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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 last week I am sending my letters by e mail to my cousin’s wife. She is reading them to my Doddamma. I write to her a little more about our grandchildren😊

1-07-2020

Half the year is over is over and what a year it has been! Wonder what will happen in the second half? We have to hope for the best.

Today has been a sunny day after three days of heavy rain. It is now 8 o’clock and is raining again. The sound of rain falling is soothing and all the troubles of the world seem far away. But troubles are increasing. Today evening we went to the Co-operative Society in our place to buy groceries. The lady in charge said she was quite fed up with the virus and wondered when it would all end. Our life has changed so much. Online classes for children have started but what will the poor people do? They do not have internet facilities.

Temples are such an inherent part of our lives. It seems strange that they had been closed for months. Lord Jaganath temple in Puri is one of the most venerated temples in our country. But this year the annual ‘rath yatra’ was conducted by a few and the town was under curfew. This has not happened for centuries.

Last week when the days were sunny, we hired a worker to clean our garden. There is a jackfruit tree in our garden. This year we got only six fruits. Last year we got more than twenty 😊. We usually distribute them to our friends. We use raw jackfruit to make dosas and other dishes. The ripe ones are good to eat. But cutting them is a big chore because of all the gum that oozes from the fruit when we cut it.

One day I was standing in our backyard talking to someone and I saw the leaves of a tree shake violently. A snake lithered down and came towards me. Suddenly it stopped, it must have sensed my presence. It went back. We call this snake ‘Pagela’ in my language. Then there are all those beautiful birds calling out to each other, the whole day long. I could take photos of the sunbird putting its long beak inside the yellow flower. The champaka flowers from our neighbours’ garden add fragrance to our lives. Much needed and they tell us we are lucky in so many ways.

It was nice to read about the Soliga tribe and how they are able to sell their producer directly to the consumers. Unfortunately the middle men make a lot of money and the growers are always in trouble, in spite of working so hard. Kamegowda, a farmer in a village hasdug so many ponds in his eighty years to help people conserve water. A good lesson to learn. Such people give us hope for the future.

I am reading a fascinating book called The Library at Night by Albert Manguel. I am still listening to Sherlock Holmes in Audible. Those stories are evergreen. 

It is still raining. And I came across this beautiful quotation,

 “Rain is not only drops of water. It’s the love of the sky for earth. They never meet each other but sends love this way.” — Unknown

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagannath_Temple,_Puri

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrelaphis_tristis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_champaca

https://www.deccanherald.com/state/soliga-tribals-brew-a-perfect…

Karnataka Shepherd Builds 14 Ponds in 40 Years, Turns Barren …

https://www.thebetterindia.com/114464/news-karnataka-mandya-village..

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 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.

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

Glad to hear things are going OK for you all these days. I know India in general is having a lot of trouble lately. I hope it’s resolved soon.

Interesting that you only got 6 jackfruits this year. Why do you think that is? It sounds like you’re getting more rain this year than last which I would’ve thought would result in *more* fruits.

That snake looks lovely (in the photos I saw on your link and elsewhere). I’m actually quite fond of snakes – there aren’t really any venomous ones common here in Ontario so they’re rarely anything to be afraid of. I think I’d be much more cautious in India though I’ve never seen a snake there so far…

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Your description makes your home sound like Paradise–including the snake! I love the quote about the rain; I feel the same when it rains here in Texas too–it is love for our plants and lawns. Thank you for this post of “good news” today!

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Funny that you wrote about jackfruit. I and my wife love jackfruits but the kids do not. So normally we buy it rarely and that too if we can buy a cut piece. This year our local COSTCO sold jackfruits that were of manageable size. So we bought a whole jackfruit a couple of times. Unfortunately the last one we bought did not ripen even after a week or so, so my wife decided to make jackfruit curry. We are only three at home now, so she cut half and put the other half in the fridge. Day before yesterday she took that out of the fridge to make a curry again. To her surprise it was a piece of cake to cut the jackfruit this time compared to the mess that ensues as you have described. Hands were clean, the knife came out clean, no mess, no hassle. The cold temperature in the fridge may have solidified the gum to make cutting manageable.

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Same things happening in my country – the rainy season has started, still on quarantine, although some rules have been relaxed and the churches in areas with high Covid cases are almost closed as only 10 people are allowed to enter at one time. Hoping and praying this pandemic will go away!

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Your lovely post reminded me of the mostly lost art of letter-writing and the magic of opening the mailbox and seeing a good, thick letter from a friend. Most, like yours, described everyday happenings, but they were magical to receive and read (and write).

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