Everyday Moments ( #SOL- 2020)

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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. Since last week I am sending my letters by e mail to my cousin’s wife. She is reading them to my Doddamma. We are at home and cannot go to the post office to post the letters.

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Lock down has been extended till the 30th. In many parts of the country there is a seal down. Many wards in the capital of our state, Bangalore, have been sealed down. The Government has said all necessities will be supplied to the door steps but people are not very convinced. In today’s newspaper we were horrified to read that a group of people in a place in Punjab chopped off a hand of the policeman in anger because he was trying to enforce lockdown rules. Thankfully he was rushed to the hospital where the severed part was joined after a six hour surgery. We are praying that he will recover.

Lockdown is having so many different kinds of effects on people.

We read about local bodies feeding stray animals and birds. Wives of army-men are cooking meals and stitching face-masks for the needy. A cop rode 420 kms to supply medicines to a family. Agricultural scientists are helping farmers to sell their produce. Farmers everywhere were in great difficulty. It is the same all over the world . We read about the plight of the growers of tulips in Netherlands. There is no market for the flowers. Then we read about the Knitwear industry in Tiruppur along with hundred small industries have changed with changes happening. They have started producing gloves, face masks and other PPE. We saw a video in which a leading cardiologist was appealing to people not to use surgical masks. He gave the reasons and asked people to stitch masks or get them stitched. They can be washed and reused.  I am stitching face-masks for us and am planning to stitch more and give them away to whoever needs them. It was good to read about ‘corona warriors’, they are a group of people fighting against fake news and helping people. There is so much goodness happening everywhere in spite of the corona virus.

Coming back to our everyday life, life is going on according to the new norm. Sometimes the days seem to pass very slowly and at other times it is flying. My neighbour had given raw mangoes. I prepared a spicy chutney with them.

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On Sunday morning I got up early, as usual. Did not feel like doing yoga. As soon as there was enough light I swept the front and back yard. There are a lot of dry leaves falling every day. I also plucked two papayas.  Sunday evening suddenly dark clouds appeared, we heard thunder and lightening and waited for the rains but as an anti-climax only a few drops fell 😊.

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Today is my cousin’s 70th birthday. His daughter has been an organising an online party on Zoom for quite some days. More than twenty of us had recorded our wishes and memories and sent them to her. She and her husband compiled them. Today we all, from different parts of the world met and celebrated the occasion. My cousin and his wife were so pleased, they never expected anything like this. We all loved the occasion and we will never forget it. For some time we all lived in different world and after the party we all came back to earth 😊.

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( my cousin so happy )

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We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa

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 and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. 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 go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. I did not go there in 2020. I started going in February but I have not been there for a month now because the number of Covid cases are increasing. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. 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.

15 comments

  1. Interesting to read about how different parts of the world are coping with the situation. I smiled when I read about your plucking a couple of papayas from the tree in your yard. And the mango chutney. Stay safe, but above everything stay cheerful. SAN

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  2. I enjoyed reading your story. It’s amazing that wherever we live on this planet, we are all experiencing the same daily routine, frustration, and worries while looking for ways to keep our sanity and be thankful. Like the person above, I love that you could pop out and pick some papayas. And now I’m researching how to make mango chutney. Thank you for your insight. 🙂

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  3. There are so many people doing so much good in the world. A crisis brings out the best in people. Would that this love and care for all continues after this pandemic.

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  4. It is interesting that like you we are experiencing a strange hybrid of both very normal life (cooking, cleaning, working are just the same for me). I am really enjoying your writing about food and cooking as always. It is strange for me (and likely for you as well) to have a mostly normal life while at the same time watching the world outside being turned upside down while not knowing exactly how to make a measurable difference.

    Like you point out, many are not dealing with it well – and for many of those people it is in part because they’re not getting the support they need. I am hearing, for example, in our city that the feel of our downtown area has changed a lot. Places are boarded closed to prevent looting and there is hardly anyone on the streets except for the homeless. They are having lots of trouble because there are fewer support services for them, fewer places to take refuge from the cold, fewer people to give them money they need for food, or perhaps for liquor or drugs. In either case that affects their state of mind and I’m told it feels quite dangerous there as a result.

    To some extent I do look to the government to take on some of the role but even then, it’s not always easy. I don’t know about your culture but in ours many of us look to the government like an older, more responsible (and wealthier) adult. When we get in a difficult situation we expect them to know the right thing to do. But at this time they, like us are just doing their best – much of it through trial and error. Some of it has worked quite well, some of it not so much.

    I hope things return to normal for everyone soon. At the same time I also hope that our countries are not too quick to try to get back to normal. If we all emerge from the lockdown too soon we risk being back inside later – or in worse shape besides.

    आप और अपने परिवार सुरक्षित रहिये |

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  5. We are united around the world in these days. It will take so much to return to a healthy world. Finding ways to carry on celebrating the ordinary joys of life like birthdays is important. And taking Mother Teresa’s words to heart to do the small things we can with great love.

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  6. I love the Zoom birthday party. My daughter is arranging a surprise birthday party for my granddaughter with five friends. She is turning 13 and really missing her friends. This idea worked well in your family and I know it will please her here.

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  7. It is good to hear about how you are spending time in these lockdown days, Lakshmi. I think most of us are trying to meet the challenges that life is presenting to us – creative solutions and fortitude seem to be high on the agenda. Your Zoom party sounds like it was fun. Stay safe and best wishes 🙂

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  8. I love that you are taking the time to write such beautiful letters to one whom you love. I imagine that she greatly anticipates hearing your voice through the words and admire how you are both a way of life and a direct link to what is happening in the world. Thank you so much for sharing a slice of your life with those around you to let everyone know there is still great connectivity in the context of written words. What a beautiful gift. It is simply #priceless.

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