Letter from Home-36 (Slice of Life)


Dear Doddamma,
We returned from Bangalore today morning at 6.45. We came in the night bus. There are plenty of sleeper buses now and they are very convenient. Our son-in-law, Vinay’s parents had invited all close relatives and friends for lunch on the 9th afternoon. Our daughter invited her cousins and families. More than 150 people had come and it was very nice because we could meet everyone. We went to Bangalore on the 8th night. Vinay had booked a hotel room for us not very far from his place. We reached Bangalore on the 9th morning by 6.30. We took an autorickshaw to the hotel from the bus stop. Vinay and Advaith, our grandson came to the hotel and Advaith said he would come with us to his grandparents’ home, which was just about ten minutes away. Our granddaughter, Kavya smiled at us, she had not forgotten us. 😊



We left for hall at 11.30 Maharashtra Mandal. It is an old hall and there are many rooms too. People from the state of Maharashtra get some concession. Advaith was happily playing with the sons of Vinay’s cousins, all of his age group. Kavya too was fine. She was happy to see children of her age. My mother, brother, sister-in-law and niece had come.


By the time we returned home it was almost 6.30. We were feeling very full, the food had been very good. Vinay’s mother invited us to stay for dinner but wanted to eat only some fruits. We went back to the hotel.
We had a good night’s sleep. The breakfast was very good. I especially like the masala poha. Vinay came to take our luggage in the scooter his friend had lent him. We vacated the hotel and walked to Vinay’s home. The streets of Bangalore are so busy and crowded. I was remembering the empty streets of Walldorf, Germany. 😊

Vinay’s parents, Vinay, Gayatri and children had to attend a wedding. We wanted to see Lalbagh, the very nice botanical garden in Bangalore. We decided to walk there. It took us about 25 minutes. On the way I twisted my left foot a little but there was no pain. I was not worried. We had very nice time in the park. The huge trees were a joy to see and it was so cool under the shade of their branches and leaves.



By the time we came out my foot was paining. Fortunately, there was no swelling. We had planned to have lunch in the famous M T R ( Mavalli Tiffin rooms) but to our disappointment we saw it was closed on Mondays. My husband was always telling us about another famous hotel in Bangalore called Vidyarthi Bhavan. We took an autorickshaw to that place. The hotel was to open only at 2. There was place to sit and we waited. Many people started coming. At 2 we went in. The doors are closed once the place is full. As people leave others are allowed to come in. A group of ladies were sitting next to us. They told us all the dishes are good there, specially masala dosa. We ate that and drank very good strong filter coffee.



Just outside the hotel there are many flower shops. The air was fragrant.

We took an autorickshaw back home. Vinay’s father had given us an extra key. We had planned to go to some book shops but gave up the idea. I took some rest. My foot was better by night. We took a taxi to the bus stand. Vinay came with us. Our bus left at 10. We had a wonderful two days. We did not go for our usual walk. I will have to rest my foot for a few days.
Gayatri, Vinay, Advaith and Kavya are coming on 14th night. We are waiting for their arrival. They will be with us till the 28th.
With lots of love,


Lal Bagh – Official Site

MTR | Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, known more popularly as MTR, was established in 1924 and is one of Bangalore’s oldest and most well known restaurants. Now also open in Singapore and Dubai.

Masala Poha recipe
04-12-2012 · This is easy to make and tasty to eat. Good for snack or breakfast.

Vidyarthi Bhavan (Restaurant), Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Vidyarthi Bhavan, a heritage South Indian vegetarian restaurant, started in 1943 as a small students’ eatery (from where it gets its name), has become a place that makes up part of the culinary history of Bangalore and which has metamorphosed into what it is today, a place where time and tradition have stood still, drawing people from all walks of life.
[‘Slice of Life’ has reaffirmed my belief that everyday moments are precious moments. They make us what we are. I have been posting my letters to my father’s elder brother’s wife, I call her Doddamma. It literally means elder mother. I mailed my letters to my cousin’s wife. She used to read it to her. One day she told me that doddamma enjoyed hand-written letters. She reads and re-reads them. So, I have once again started writing letters on paper and posting them to her. I edit and share what I have written to her in ‘Slice of life’. I like reading the different slices of life. We live in different places of the world but there is a sameness in our everyday lives. It is fascinating and that sameness connects us.’]

Letter from Home-36 (Slice of Life)


By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


  1. Hope your foot heals quickly. It is always great to get together with family, especially if it includes family members we don’t get to see very often. Glad you all had an enjoyable time.

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