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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.

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On 8th evening we went to the temple square of our town. There are three ancient temples there. Pilgrims always come there from different parts of our country. We had not been there for a long time. It was just good to walk around. We saw many devotees standing near the temple chariot. In a little while, we saw them pulling the huge chariot and ahead of them women were singing and children in Yakshagana costume. It was nice to see this. People have their own beliefs and it is so personal.

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On the 4th was the festival of Shivaratri. That evening went to the temple of Umamaheshwara ( Lord Shiva), not very far from our place. This festival is celebrated all over the country.

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On the 5th morning my husband went to our village to be with his father and brother. He returned the next evening. That afternoon, I went to Asare, Home for the mentally challenged. I have been going there since 2011. I had written about my friend’s daughter who was selected for the special Olympics being held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from this 14th. There are 25 participants from India. They were in Delhi for a week’s coaching and have reached Abu Dhabi on the 8th. My friend’s daughter is very good swimmer and of national level. She has Downs syndrome.

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I water the plants in our garden when my husband is away. We have planted many hibiscus plants. We have other trees too, but most of them were planted by the person from whom we got the land in 2002. Actually ten coconut trees were planted by his father in the seventies. We are eating the fruits of his labour 😊. Once in two weeks we gather all the dry leaves and burn them. After a few days we sprinkle the ashes near the plants and trees. I took a few photos of the rising smoke and the sun rays coming down. It looked beautiful.

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I did not go for a walk one evening but sat in my neighbour’s verandah talking. My other neighbour joined us. We are all so busy with our lives so we have made it a point to meet once a week at least. One evening on our way for our evening walk, I saw an old friend of my parents. They were in Nigeria from 1979 to 1982. It was nice meet her unexpectedly.
On Sunday we went to our village to see my father-in-law. He is 94 now. He was a little confused yesterday. Something was troubling him and he was not able to tell us about. My husband’s cousin came to see him and he was happy to see her. We returned home in the evening. Life changes in so many ways as we grow older. Only the very lucky are mentally and physically fit till the end.

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Everyday moments
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
Rabindranath Tagore

Udupi Shri Krishna Mutt | Temples of South India
https://templesofsouthindia.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/udupi-krishna…
25-06-2012 · There are two ancient temples in Udupi, Chandrmouleshwara and Anatheshwara temples. Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Linga and occupied the silver pedestal and a temple was built and worshiped here as Anantheshwara.

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Yakshagana – Dance, Drama and Music


Yakshagana is a theatrical form of presenting Mythological and historical stories. A Yakshagana performance includes music, dance and dialogues.

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.

8 replies on “Everyday Moments (#SOL 2019)”

“Only the very lucky are mentally …fit till the end”. You are so right. My mother was extremely confused and thought she was on holiday with her parents just before the Second World War. At other times, she thought it was the time of the war and that I was her brother. It took me a long time to realise that I was very often wearing a big overcoat and that was what he used to wear fifty years previously.

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What a wonderful way to connect with an elderly relative, write weekly letters! This letter is so full of happenings. I wanted to read so much more. I felt like I was going to these places with you and experiencing them for the first time! I need to come back next Tuesday (or sooner)!

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It is sad that our lives get so busy that we have to make dates to see old friends. I know that this is what I do. Your letters always remind me of how much there is to enjoy sin our everyday lives. Thank you for sharing your days with us.

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