Everyday Moments (# SOL- 2019)


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.

Weather and water is the main topic of conversation in most places. The weather is very hot, actually the humidity is very high. We are getting water once a week. We got corporation water on the 16th and hopefully we will get on the 22nd. We are keeping our fingers crossed. We have learnt how to manage water very carefully. It is good that we are doing that. Today morning it rained for more than half an hour. I love the fragrance of rain touching the dry earth (petrichor).

My husband went to our village to be with his father, he will return tomorrow evening. He said it was raining in many places on the way. The plants are happy 😊.

Last week our son had slipped and twisted his foot a little. The doctor advised him not to walk much. So, we go for our evening walks and he sits to enjoy the breeze. The temple park and the Syndicate bank training college grounds and near the lake our favourite places. We are now not going to Endpoint because there are seats only towards the end. Yesterday we went near the lake, his friend came to give him company. We met friends and there was more talking than walking 😊. The water in the lake has become less. A few years ago it was desilted, the depth in the centre is about hundred feet. Now water does not dry up completely.

Yesterday my husband attended a cousin’s son’s wedding. He was happy to meet many relatives. These days we meet them mainly at functions. Visiting relatives and staying with them for some days has become history. That is life.


We have a star apple tree in our front yard. Last year we got some branches cut. Maybe because of the we got very less fruits this year. And no fruits at all in one mango tree. But there are many jack fruits. We use these fruits at every stage of their growing. We cook many dishes and before they become ripe we make dosas with the arils. Raw arils are salted and preserved. But the main problem about cutting the jackfruit is the time that it takes and the gum the sticks everywhere. We apply oil to our hands before cutting.

Last Thursday my mother and I went to our hospital for her eye check-up. He pressure is normal but she will have to have a cataract operation in the near future.
As I am writing this my mother is writing to my doddamma. Both are very close to each other. It is nice to see their relationship. My father and his brother were lucky 😊.


Everyday Moments

“Write it in your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”- Emerson

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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. It seems that weather is a major topic wherever you go. Here in the states our weather seems to be wacky. He in central PA we are about 3 inches above our average May rainfall and the month is not over. Tornadoes have been hitting all over the country.
    Although we don’t have fruit trees in our yard we did have a lilac bush cut back a few years ago. The following year no blossoms but the year after it was in full bloom. Maybe the same will happen with your star apple.

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  2. Today the wind was so strong that it blew limbs onto the power lines causing big booms and loss of power. Now we have it back and I can write this. How terrible to have the water rationed. It seems there is either too much or too little water at any given time. For us this year it is too much water! I guess cataract surgery is much simpler than it used to be. At least my eye doctor says it is since I will need it pretty soon myself.


      1. That’s great. When my grandmother had it done many years ago she had to lie still with sandbags next to her neck to keep her from moving. It was quite an ordeal.


  3. Yes, the weather. It is May 21 and I had to turn the heat on both at home and at school today. I can’t believe that. Then a friend showed a picture from Colorado Springs–they had SNOW today! Who knows what we will have tomorrow? I learned something new about jackfruit in your letter today!

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    1. I too heard that word recently and loved its sound. My son tells me not all languages have a special word for this fragrance of rain touching dry earth.


  4. So glad to see the rain coming. It looks so beautiful there – everything is so green and lush. I have never seen star apples before. What do they taste like?


  5. It came once Todd, but it has not cone since then. We are waiting for the rains which will start hopefully in the first week of June. There are different varieties of star apples. Ours are sweet and juicy, ideal for summer. Some have a sour taste too.


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