My weekly Slice of Life are my letters to my Doddamma. She is my father’s elder brother’s wife. Doddamma literally means ‘elder mother’. She is 88 years old. She cannot hear properly if I telephone to talk to her. So, I have been writing letters to her since October 2017. I enjoy writing letters and she is happy to read them. They are only about the everyday moments in my life. I post my letters to her every week.
It is raining as I am writing. In fact, it has been raining since early morning. Actually, the weather has been strange for almost a week. The mornings were sunny and afternoon there was a lot of thunder, though we could not see the lightnings. And then rain. In June we were worried because there were no rains and now it is still raining and there is so much of destruction in various parts of our state. Life has become miserable for so many.
Yesterday evening we went for our walk to the lake side. It was bright and the lake looked so beautiful. As we reached half way, we saw dark clouds gathering. They too looked so beautiful. We did not have much farther to when we started hearing the sound of rain coming towards us and it started pouring. We decided not take shelter anywhere and by the time we reached our car we were fully drenched. Yesterday we had forgotten to take our umbrellas 😊. I made pumpkin soup for night. My daughter had told me about it. And this pumpkin was from our garden. Rain and hot soup are a good combination 😊.
Last week I was busy with some repair work. I had got some blouses of a member from Asare. I had to remove stitches as she had put on weight and stitch again. It took some time, specially removing the stitches. But it was done and I gave it to her yesterday.
On the 19th was our son’s birthday. We went to the temple for the morning puja and went from there to a favourite hotel to breakfast. I prepared green gram dal payasam, our favourite dessert . The ingredients are dal, jaggery and coconut paste or coconut milk.
Later, at 11 o’clock , my husband left for a reunion of friends. He went to a place called Kannur in the neighbouring state. One of the friends lives there and made arrangements. This place is near the coast. He and his friends had a wonderful time. He returned Monday afternoon.
Sometimes Aravind does not get a digital copy of a book that he needs. He gets a hard copy and scans it. But while scanning some mistakes in the page number or extra letters happen. I look at the hard copy and rectify the mistakes. I just completed On Blindness by Brian Magee and Martin Milligan. I have not read the book but I am going to read it after I finish the book I am reading now.
“The world keeps on changing, but there is always something, somewhere, that remains the same.”
― Ruskin Bond