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.
Yesterday we went to our village to attend my husband’s cousin’s daughter’s wedding. According to our custom, there are two functions relating to a wedding. The first day is hosted by the bride’s family and the second day by the bridegroom’s family. On the second day the bride enters her new home for the first time. We attended the function on the second day because it was in our village. We left at seven and reached home at 9.30. My husband and his brother went to the hall of the temple where the function was taking place. My mother and I stayed with my father-in-law. He finds it difficult to connect with others and feels tired in a new place. At 11.30 they came back, my husband, mother and I went to the wedding hall. We returned after lunch. We started back at 3 and reached home at 5.45. These days we meet our relatives at functions though WhatsApp helps us to be in some contact with our relatives 😊.
Last weekend my brother and sister-in-law were in Bombay with my Doddamma and family. She told them she really enjoyed our letters. My brother rand to tell me that and I was feeling very happy. Doddamma is my favourite person and writing to her every week is my way of showing my love to her. Today morning I wrote my letter to her. I also wrote to her about my blogger friend, Todd Tyrtle.
I had bought three salwar kameez materials. I have too stitch one pyjama. I enjoy stitching and while stitching I listen to lectures on our epics and puranas. They are so fascinating. At present I am listening to Vamana purana. I love to read but my son used to tell me I should also listen. These days we can listen to so many topics. My son’s teacher told me about the lectures by the great Sanskrit scholar, Shri Govinda Acharya. I am enjoying and learning so much and I am happy YouTube has most of his lectures.
The internet has changed our lives so much. It is difficult to imagine life without it 😊.
I had written about a young girl who was raped and killed. Last week, early one morning the four accused were killed in a ‘police encounter’. There were discussions on all social platforms for and against the killings. Many were happy the accused had been killed and others accused the police of being cowards. But since yesterday there has been no mention in the papers.
We are going for our evening walks and I am going to Asare. Life is going on as usual and thank God it is 😊
Finished reading a very nice book, Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand. It is about a family and what happens in their lives in the summer of 1969. Fifty years !! and life has not changed all that much.
“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. “
(Polish American virtuoso pianist regarded by many as the 20th century’s foremost interpreter of the repertoire.)