Letter from Home-7 (#SOL 2019)


Dear Doddamma,
We went to Maikuri yesterday morning to be with my father-in-law. It takes us two hours by car in the mornings. We had breakfast on the way. My father-in-law will be 94 soon. He is able to do all his work but he finds it difficult to recognize people. His thoughts too are all tangled up. He cannot express what is in his mind and we find it difficult to understand what he wants to express. I feel very sad. Life changes so much as we grow older.

When we go there Kuvara likes to go to the areca garden. He brings the leaves of the areca tree and makes plates from them. We enjoy eating our food from them. Long back areca leaf plates and banana leaves were used as plates. My father-in-law told me once long back, all banana plants died to some reason. There were no leaves and that year steel plates were purchased for all family members. We left at 3 and reached home at 5.30.


Last week we cut a banana bunch from the plant in our garden. The fruits were tasty and our neighbours enjoyed them too. We use the banana stem in our food preparations. As we slice the stem we have to remove the fibres. The stem is tasty and good for health too. We also removed two types of yam. We had planted the saplings many months ago. The tube like one is called ‘mundi gadde’ (Alocasia root) and the round one ‘suvarna gadde’(elephant yam). I have not prepared anything from alocasia root. I will have to see a recipe.



Doddamma, I had mentioned earlier that I listen to the lectures of Bannanje Govindacharya everyday. He is a great Sanskrit scholar. These days I am listening to the episode of ‘ Yaksha prashne’ in Mahabharata. It is very interesting. There is so much that we do not know. I am not sure whether I will be to read so much, so I am listening to these fascinating lectures.

On the 6th my husband went to his cousins’ home to attend a religious function. Their home is about three hours away from our place by bus. He had not been there for a long time and was glad to meet his cousins and their families. He returned in the evening.

Aravinda is busy with his classes. Today evening we went to the park near Venugoplala temple. We walked for half an hour. On our way back we bought grocery from the Cooperative society in our town. We have been buying there for more than three decades.

As I am writing this amma will be with you Doddamma. She has been wanting to be with you for quite some time. I can picture both of you sitting together.
With lots of love,

(My letters to my Doddamma, my father’s elder brother’s wife, have made letter writing a part of my life again. Both of us enjoy the letters. Doddamma literally means elder mother. She is my favourite relative. She is 88. She cannot go out and is not able to hear well. So, I started writing to her in November 2017. Earlier I used to send a mail to her daughter-in-law, she used to read it to her. My cousin’s wife told me Doddamma enjoys the feel of letters and re-reads them often. I edit the letters and post them in Slice of Life hosted by Two Teachers. I enjoy SOL. We, bloggers live in different parts of the world. Our lives are so different but there is sameness which is fascinating. The different posts and photos bring the world to my home. Thank you dear friends. 😊 )

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Letter from Home-7 (#SOL 2019)

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 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. I did not go there in 2020. I started going in February but I have not been there for a month now because the number of Covid cases are increasing. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. 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. The Indian diaspora in Mauritius obviously brought many Indian traditions over. Eating from banana leaves was one of the traditions, but as far as I remember, only at weddings and big ceremonies. I don’t think we had much areca. It’s strange but I have not personally come across eating banana stems. Thank you for your letters to your doddamma which always keep me enthralled. SAN

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  2. I hope the day never comes when I don’t learn something new. It is sad to see a loved one’s mind deteriorate. Having had two aunts go through this I know what it is like.

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