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Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2020)

15-07-2020

It is almost 8 in the night and I can hear the night sounds of nature outside. We hear them more during the rainy season. Early mornings we can hear the babblers, tree pies and bulbuls chattering away at top speed, the tree pies are the loudest. They come regularly to eat the chapati pieces we put out for them. The water level in many dams and reservoirs is increasing every day.

When I listen to them the corona virus seems far away but it is not, more and more people are getting infected. Our district borders are being sealed for the next two weeks. Things are becoming very serious in our state capital, Bangalore. I think people everywhere are not sure how to deal with this situation. Of course people are wearing masks but maintaining social distance is just not possible in our crowded cities. Along with health countless people are suffering due to lack of work and money. Government schools have not started this year. What fills me with wonder is the situation in America. We are reading about thousands of people getting infected every day. For so many here, America is a place where everything is the best!

Yesterday morning I met my children’s 2nd standard teacher in the bus. I had gone with my husband to the hospital. He had to have MRI done. For the past two months he had been feeling that something was not right. Fortunately, everything is fine. The teacher and I got talking, we were meeting after a long time. We have got used to talking through our masks 😊. She said most people are very anti-China. And why don’t we read anything about what is happening there. And we are having a lot of border problems with China. Unfortunately, so many Chinese goods are sold here, from the cheapest to the most expensive.

Whole heat flour bread

One morning I baked bread, it came out well. I followed the recipe from this site. The fragrance of bread being baked is wonderful 😊. It tasted fine with tomato soup. Whenever I make this soup, I remember my father. He loved making it.

https://www.tarladalal.com/article-basic-home-made-bread-recipes-79

In our garden we have the sump where we store corporation water, which comes every day. It holds 6000 litres of water. Today we got it cleaned. Udaya, who comes to clean the garden cleaned it. We all helped. We had cleaned it two years ago, usually we get it cleaned every year.

Yesterday we ate the last of our jackfruit. Unfortunately, one was completely spoilt from inside. It did not look spoilt from outside. We enjoyed dosas and curries with raw jackfruit. The ripe ones are very sweet.

From today, for the next two weeks the borders of our district are sealed. There are lockdowns in different places. I don’t know whether it will help. We have stopped thinking too much about the future and take each day as it comes. Life goes on.

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.                     E. M. Forster

( Unfortunately I am not able to upload photos )


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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.

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

Yes, confirmed virus cases and deaths are continuing to mount here. I do not live in one of the “hotspots”, for which I am grateful. One day at a time is a good philosophy.

I bookmarked the breadmaking site. Thank you! 🙂

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Maybe the best policy for you would be to stay in the house with the family as much as possible and if anybody does have to go out, then they should wear masks and also try not to touch their eyes. Up to 90% of diseases get in through the eyes. Sunglasses are a good preventative for that.
Wash your hands at least every hour, and only communicate with non-family members outside in the open air. The disease is physically heavy and if you talk quietly and don’t cough or sneeze, the molecules literally fall on the ground and cannot reach other people. That is the reason why social distancing exists!

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Yes , we are doing that. We go out only for a Walk and we wear masks. We don’t meet anyone. Though Aravinda has to go college three days a week. Classes are online. He is taking all precautions. In our place it is ok because we live in a small place and less people. Ours is a university town but there are no students now. It looks so deserted. The problem is in all big cities. Thank you.

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So glad that amidst all of the bad things that are happening at least this year you are not having to worry about the rains. That would be just too much. Of course I think it *already* is too much.

Your bread looks great – do you have an oven at home or did you adapt the recipe for the cooker? Before my last trip to India I had no idea that you could do baking in a pressure cooker. I still haven’t tried it myself but it’s intriguing.

Take care and stay safe.

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