Everyday Moments (# SOL – 2019)

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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.

11-11-19

Today was a very cloudy and we wondered whether it would rain again. It has rained in many other places. This year the monsoon season has been very, very different. God knows what is in store for us next year.

My husband went to his village today morning to be with his father. He opens YouTube in his mobile and my father-in-law enjoys Carnatic classical music.

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Our son’s college has been hosting a literature festival since 2017. I have enjoyed them. This year it was on the 9th and 10th and theme of this year’s sessions was creative expressions in the digital world. All the sessions were very interesting and I enjoyed the learning experience. Aravind moderated a panel discussion called manuscripts to ManE-scripts: Rebuilding Resources. It was all about manuscripts and how they can be saved, restored and digitized. A session about Digi-cookery was very interesting.  Food blogs and videos have become so popular. I don’t know how well cookery books sell these days. There were two plays both the evenings but I did not attend. Plays have never interested me 😊.

20191110_092914On the 9th evening there was a wonderful performance. It was visual arts in virtual world. I do not know how to describe what the artist did. He calls this art Cosmic Splash
http://www.vinayhegde.com
My husband and mother came for the session too.

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I am stitching a salwar kameez for myself. It is going a little slow. Hopefully I will finish it within a week. Last week I made some chutney powder with curry leaves and dry coconut.

Life in Asare, home for the mentally challenged is going on as usual. Some of the staff have gone on leave. But they are managing with temporary staff. Some have to be fed and cleaned and changed. I keep asking myself why some have to suffer so much.

I am reading From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple and The Other face. Both books are very interesting. The Other Face by Na Mogasale is a translation from Kannada to English. Earlier I used to read one book at a time but now it is not so 😊.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

https://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/saga-of-a-community-and-nation/article7329481.ece

15 Replies to “Everyday Moments (# SOL – 2019)”

      1. I write in English. She is very fluent in English. I find that people of that age group, even if they have finished only high school, have a better grasp of English language. My mother writes to her in Kannada as it makes her feel closer.

  1. I see you’re reading Dalrymple. He is absolutely brilliant. I too am reading him at the moment. I’m reading his latest, The Anarchy, about the East India Company. He tells the history as it was, and nowhere does he allow his own origin to whitewash the evils of his fellow countrymen. SAN

    1. Salwar is a loose pant and kameez is the top to wear with it.
      – a pair of light, loose, pleated trousers, usually tapering to a tight fit around the ankles, worn by women from South Asia typically with a kameez (the two together being a salwar kameez ).
      It is very comfortable. You can see it in Google images.

  2. I have really enjoyed everything I’ve read by William Dalrymple. His combination of history with storytelling is amazing. I haven’t read “From the Holy Mountain” but read Nine Lives a while back and it was fascinating! The way he writes stories of meeting people today is how I want to experience travel wherever I go.

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