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.
In my part of the country people worship the Snake God. Usually in each locality there is a small wood land called Nagavana ( Naga is snake and vana is forest). There is small temple which has idols of different snake Gods. Near our house, in a small valley, there is Nagavana. Prayers are offered in the temple regularly and every March certain rites and rituals are performed and after the prayers lunch is served to all who come. On Sunday (24th) we attended the Puja and had lunch there. On our way we noticed a tree with lots of fruits called ‘Mullu hannu’ in Kannada, ( Flacourtia montana). They are sour and juicy. My husband used to eat them during his childhood. I was eating them for the first time. They are sour and juicy.
( Naga mandala)
( Flacourtia Montana) Wild fruits
In the evening we went to Manipal lake for a walk. I met some friends and it was walking and talking 😊. As we were coming out we met Deepa and her parents. We were meeting them after twenty years. When Aravinda was studying in 7th standard in 1997, the final exam was a public exam. He needed a scribe to write for him. Most children were also writing their exams them. But Deepa and another boy, studying in 6th standard, did not have exams them. They were Aravinda’s scribes. There is a bond that ties us to people who help us whole heartedly in our time of need. They remain a part of our lives. All of us were happy to meet.
On the 23rd evening we had our book club meeting . We meet in a member’s home. Each one of us talked about the books we had read in the previous month. It is very interesting to listen and know about different types of books. We started the club in 2009.
My father-in-law’s cousin’s wife had passed away on the 11th. Certain rites and rituals are performed by the children on the 10th, 11th and 12th day after the date of passing away. We attended the function on the 22nd. Family members, extended family members and relatives come to pay their respects. We returned home at seven. Our son had not come as he had classes.
I enjoy making bread, there is something very satisfying about the fragrance that spreads in the house when bread is getting baked. I had made tomato soup for the night and we enjoyed the bread with it 😊.
One evening while returning from our walk we went to our local library. We stayed there reading some magazines. This library was started more than forty years ago. It is a nice place. It was renovated last year. My husband goes there more often, to read different newspapers.
In march, we start getting special onions, they are very tasty for salads. They are tied in a bunch. In Kannada we call them ‘Gonchilu neerulli’. Gonchilu is bunch and neerulli is onion. Their cost is almost double that of the regular onions. We usually buy them because they are available only during the season.
Certain rites and rituals are a very important part of our daily lives. Some people believe in them and some do not. I believe beliefs are very personal . On the 19th we attend ‘Dhanvantari Homa’ performed by my husband’s cousin. He was facing many health problems and was asked to perform this ‘homa’. I really don’t know if all problems get solved but it does bring peace of mind to those who believe in them.
Last week was a busy one. Our weather is becoming hotter and we will get relief from the heat only in June when the rains start. But the heat has become a part of our lives and we are used to it. Life goes on.
“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.”
Nāga – Wikipedia
Flacourtia montana J. Graham | Species | India Biodiversity Portal
Homa (ritual) – Wikipedia
Dhanvantari Homam – HinduPad
Dhanvantari Homa is performed to get relief from various diseases and attain a long life with good health. Lord dhanvantari is the chief deity of this powerful Homa who is the Divine physician believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Mandala – Wikipedia