(I believe that the moments in each day make our life what it is. Of course, the unexpected always happens and whatever preparations we make, Life surprises us. Many a time, we think that nothing happens in our life, but things do happen. I started writing to my Doddamma, my father’s elder brother’s wife in October 2017. She is 88 and is not able to hear properly. I post my letter to her every Tuesday. Both of us enjoy the letters. These letters have made it possible for me to appreciate the ordinary moments of life. I edit the letters and post them as Slice of Life every Tuesday.)
Yesterday we attended the engagement function of my cousin, my mother’s younger sister’s son. My mother is the eldest of ten children, so my cousins are getting married now and many of the are younger to my children 😊. We left home at 8. It was a cloudy day. On the way when I saw the sun peeping out from behind the clouds, I had to take photos, in my mobile. Clouds are fascinating.
We reached our destination at ten, the town where my parents had lived for almost thirty years. My cousin’s father is my husband’s cousin.It does sound confusing 😊. It was nice meeting many of our relatives. WhatsApp and Facebook is a connecting link too.
After lunch we went to my parents’ home. Their tenants live in the small house adjacent to their home. There are two acres of land with cashew and coconut trees. The tenants look after the place. We were back home by 5.30.
Last week, we went to see old friends. I talk to my friend almost every week. Her husband is suffering from dementia. It is tragic to see the changes in people whom we have known for a long time. I remembered my father. We can do our best for our health but some things are not in our hands. Here, we believe that what is to happen will happen. It may be fatalistic but it helps.
Long back my Doddamma had given a recipe for making rasam powder to my mother who had given it to me. I have always followed that recipe. I made the powder last week. I add raw rice in addition to the other spices, the only change.
A few months ago our neighbour had given us colacasia plants, we had planted them and we are getting good leaves regularly. I make ‘pathrode’ with them. We like it.
One day, last week I made green gram dal payasam. Earlier I used to remove coconut milk, but now I grind the coconut to a fine paste and use it. It is faster and tasty too.
Our evening walks are a pleasure and an exercise too. Seeing the silver of the sunrays on the Arabian sea or watching the palm tree swaying to the tune of the breeze makes the day more beautiful.
Two years ago, our son had gifted us a DSLR camera. We were not using it all that much. But, now every morning I take photos of flowers and whatever catches my attention. It is great fun.
I usually do not write anything about what is happening in our country and outside as both of us read the newspaper. And I feel that is more than enough.
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.”
Rasam – Wikipedia
Sahaja Siri: Pathrode/ Pathrade
Pathrode can be prepared with other greens such as Moringa (drumstick leaves), Carrot/ radish/ beetroot greens, Cabbage… Here is a recipe with mixed greens such as colocasia, Ondelaga (Brahmi/ Centella asiatica), Drumstick leaves…
Moong Dal Payasam/Hesaru Bele Payasa Recipe – Udupi Recipes