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Everyday Moments- ( #SOL- 2020)

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 89 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 the last week of March I am sending my letters by e mail to my cousin’s wife. She is reading them to my Doddamma.

25-05-2020

Today we read in the papers that our country is in the top ten infected countries. Everywhere cases are increasing, I wonder where it will end. I was reading in the papers about tests being done on mice, then on monkeys before being tested on humans. I wonder who gave us the right to experiment on other animals?

We are reading about swarms of locusts moving across many states in the northern part of our country. They are destroying all crops and other vegetation on the way. Then there was the devastation caused by the super cyclone to the eastern part of our country. It was heart breaking to read about the problems faced by the differently abled during the lockdown. I don’t think anyone will forget 2020. But acts of kindness and wisdom give us hope. It was nice to read about villagers cleaning a river and others digging wells and desilting ponds for rain water harvesting.

A pond in our village is being desilted and improved to be used for rain water harvesting.

When I read about the troubles everywhere, our everyday life seems so trouble free. So many questions keep coming to mind and there are no answers to them. There is a mango tree very near our roof and there are a lot of dry leaves there. My husband cleaned the roof because once the rains start the water will not flow down easily.  We had thought there were only two jackfruits in our tree but we saw four more. They are high up so we will have to be careful while plucking when the time comes to pluck them. Yesterday my husband plucked the banana cluster from the banana plant. We use the stem of the plant too in some dishes.

My father-in-law passed away on March 24th. Every month we have to offer prayers on a date told by our family priest till the first anniversary of his passing away. On the 22nd we offered prayers, we invited one close friend for lunch. It is a tradition to offer food to a guest on such occasions. I wore a sari after two months 😊. This was gifted by my younger brother and sister-in-law in December. It is a cotton sari, beautiful and comfortable.

Today morning I stitched a cover for my son’s chair using the patchwork pieces my mother had joined. It looks bright and nice. Outside too the world is hot and bright. We are waiting for the monsoon season which will hopefully begin in the next two weeks.

I was talking to my cousin yesterday evening. She lives near New Jersey. Life is the same everywhere. Things that happened last year seem to have happened aeons ago. Life is so different now. Nature has put a very big brake on human activities.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― 
Albert Einstein

https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/general-news/locusts-attack-farmlands-in-ups-jhansi-after-rajasthan-and-mp.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/panorama/invisible-minority-in-tatters-839623.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/state/mangaluru/shishila-villagers-clean-river-clear-driftwood-839055.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/state/mangaluru/youths-in-banthadka-dig-well-solve-water-crisis-840045.html

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.

8 replies on “Everyday Moments- ( #SOL- 2020)”

I really enjoy reading your letters. They takeme to a place so different from my own, and yet so universal. I like how you show us the ripening fruit on your tree and also the national news and local efforts to solve problems. You combine honest appraisal with hopefulness.

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Lakshmi, what a beautiful post, as always. I love coming here and hearing your beautiful thoughts. So many images–mango and banana trees. Jackfruit growing up high–they seem so dangerous! You look beautiful in your sari, and I love the chair cover too–made with love from your mother’s pieces.

My condolences on your father-in-law’s death.
Blessings,
Denise

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Your letters always remind me that although we live in different parts of the world the problems and joys we face are universal. I do think it is wonderful that even though many things we are used to doing are curtailed, we are finding new ways to enjoy what we have around us.

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It really is such a strange time everywhere, isn’t it? The pandemic unites us and sets the overall tone but underneath that there are so many other challenges. I hadn’t heard about the locusts until you mentioned it and then today one of my friends showed video from Rajasthan in WhatsApp and it was shocking to see.

My first inclination is to think “Oh my gosh, nothing like this has ever happened before! Something must be totally wrong!” and then I look back in history and see that some years are particularly bad. Of course years of various wars, particularly the world wars come to mind but looking at the late 60’s and early 70’s in North America (and beyond for sure) looks like it was a time in which many might’ve said “This is completely unprecedented” with wars, assassinations, protests and widespread rioting. But I take comfort in the fact that the pandemic of 1918 ended, the world wars ended, the wave of political assassinations in the US slowed, and there were many years in which things felt relatively normal. In fact, these “breaks” in which things felt what we now call normal are just a reminder of how privileged my life has been to this point that I can think that this year stands out in terms of personal difficulty and stress.

Please stay safe and take care. And keep these entries and photos coming. They are among my favourite things to read. I am reminded of R. K. Narayan when I read your postings. I hope someday you collect them into something for publication.

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