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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.

26-11-19

On the 20th afternoon my mother’s youngest brother came home. He had not been feeling too well and was getting very tired. He came for cardiology check-up. My mother is the eldest of ten children. Her two sisters are younger to me 😊On the 21st my husband accompanied my uncle to the hospital. On the 22nd he went for an angiogram. My husband went with him. They came back late in the evening. There were a lot of patients. We waited and it is so difficult to wait. My husband had told us what was happening. At present my uncle has been prescribed medicines. He has to come for a check up nexy month.

Last week many of my husband’s old students had gathered in the college and my husband was happy to meet them. He is a dental surgeon and was a teacher till he retired in January 2017. He has always had very cordial relationship with his students. So many of them are his Facebook friends 😊.

On the 20th we hired a worker for a day to clean our garden. The rains have finally stopped. Though one afternoon we did hear a lot of thunder. It felt so strange as it was so sunny. There was a lot of grass. The garden is looking clean now.

We are going regularly for our evening walks, either to EndPoint or to the lake or to the Syndicate bank training college grounds. One evening my mother and I went to our neighbour’s place after a short walk near our home. We gossiped 😊.

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Today afternoon I went to Asare. I make roses from organdie material with others. They are bought by Rotary and other institutions. Life is going there as usual.

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Yesterday I made rasam powder. The recipe was given by Doddamma to my mother long back. My mother gave it to me. We get this masala in the market but I prefer to make mine. The ingredients are coriander seeds, red chillies, cumin seeds, fenugreek, black pepper and asafoetida. Spices are a very important part of our daily cooking.

My mother too enjoys writing to Doddamma. She feels there is not much to write but once she starts writing she is surprised there is so much to write :).

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A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.
Thomas Keller
(Thomas Keller is an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer)

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 but now I am learning to write fiction. Sunday photo fiction is fun and challenging.
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. I am doing something in my own way. Twice a week I go to a home for the mentally challenged . This has enriched my life.
There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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