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Everyday Moments – (#SOL-2019)

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(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.)

4-03-19
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Everyday moments.
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.”
Eckhart Tolle

Rasam – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasam

Sahaja Siri: Pathrode/ Pathrade
https://www.sahajasiri.com/2018/03/pathrode-pathrade.html
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
https://udupi-recipes.com/2013/04/moong-dal-payasamhesaru-bele…

Everyday Moments – (#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 am doing something in my own way. Twice a week I go to a home for the mentally challenged . This has enriched my life.
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.

12 replies on “Everyday Moments – (#SOL-2019)”

Woooow! I love your letter to your Doddamma. You are absolutely right that if we pay attention, every day can be a surprise. I love the photos too. Thank you for bringing a little bit of your life and India to my corner of the world. I am inspired by the about section of your blog also. THANKS! Your attempts to explain how people are related like “My cousin’s father is my husband’s cousin” reminded me of my family in Chile. People get really confused when we start telling them who is who. My dad was the 4th of 10 children and my mom the 6th of 6. So, lots of aunts and uncles, and cousins, and second cousins, and a couple of them married cousins! so very confusing 🙂

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As a kid I used to like looking at clouds to see what their shapes reminded me of. It is so sad to see loved ones lose their memories. I do enjoy your letters and have learned so much by reading them.

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Till about twenty years ago, exchanging rings was not a part of the engagement function. But now it is so. There are many cousins from both sides and they had lot of fun before the exchange of rings. 😊 It was fun.

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