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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.

3-06-19
The weather and rain continues to be the main topic of conversation. It has been so hot and humid and water shortage on top of everything. I cannot even imagine life without water. Today morning it rained for an hour from 3 to 4. I don’t know why, I just could not sleep, I lay awake listening to the sound of rain falling. But, unfortunately there was no water supply today. We have water in our sump and overhead tank for two more days. We are hoping we will get it by then. Otherwise we will have to buy water which will be supplied in a water tanker. Anyway, the plants look happy 😊.

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Yesterday we went to Maikuri, our village, to be with my father-in-law and brother-in-law. My father-in-law is 94. He is managing his daily routine. He talks about the past and he is not able to remember everything, so we are not able to understand all that he says. We change so much as we grow older. My husband took him to our local temple. It was a nice change for him. There is a very nice ice cream parlour in our village. The main road from one town to another passes through our village. There are shops on one side and the school on the other. The ice cream parlour owner has his own dairy and prepares the ice cream at home. We bought jackfruit ice cream. It is tasty if one likes the ripe jackfruit flavour. We started back at 3.30 and were back home by 6.

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Last week, one morning, my mother and I talked with my doddamma. I was not sure whether she would be able to hear properly. She could. She told me she enjoyed my letters. I write short stories in ‘Sunday Photo Fiction’. I write these stories to her. She likes them too. I was very happy to hear this. Doddamma is 88, she is fine in the mornings but later she gets a little confused about all that is happening around her.

We have many curry plants in our garden. I use them in my cooking. Last week I made chutney powder. We like it with dosas for breakfast.

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In March my elder brother, sister-in-law and mother had gone to Varanasi. It is and ancient city of our country on the banks of the river Ganga. My mother loved the place. They said the atmosphere there is so different and special. It is like living in a different world and different age. My sister-in-law had got salwar kameez material for me. I finished stitching the dress today. I stitch for myself and love it. There is something so soothing and satisfying in creating something. I learnt stitching long back during my college days.

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June has started and we are waiting for the monsoon season to start.
Everyday Moments
“I have come to believe that the best kind of walk, or journey, is the one in which you have no particular destination when you set out.” 
                                           – Ruskin Bond

Curry tree – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curry_tree

Curry leaves chutney powder recipe – Veg recipes of Karnataka
vegrecipesofkarnataka.com/292-curry-leaves-chutney-powder-karibevu-chutney-pudi.php

collection of 38 dosa varieties | dosa recipes for breakfast
https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/dosa-recipes

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

Southwest Monsoon 2019: Normal Onset dates of Southwest …
https://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/southwest-monsoon-2019…