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Everyday Moments (#SOL-2020)

26-08-2020

We are having a little rest from the rains for the past three days. There have been occasional rains but in general they have been sunny days. On the 24th evening we went for a walk around the lake. Dark clouds were playing hide and seek with the sun. Clouds are fascinating and they take on so many different shapes. There was a slight breeze and the reflection of the clouds in the water seemed to be dancing. There are seats by the side of the walking track and when we see an empty one, we rush there. Actually, earlier there never were empty seats but now there are. Most people who come for a walk, wearing their masks of course want to finish their evening walk and go back home. We saw a group of youths not wearing masks at all and it seemed strange because we have become so used to seeing most people wearing masks. The other evening, we met a senior doctor who does not wear a mask. I asked him why he is not wearing one. We know him for decades. He said there is no point in wearing one while outdoors! It is ok if we do not meet anyone and if we do, we should be careful. Anyway, each to their own.

It was shocking to read in the paper about police tortures. That is a different world. It is difficult to understand how people can cause pain to others. I remembered the scenes in Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. In those days too prisoners were tortured mercilessly and it is happening now too. Some things never change. It is tragic.

On the 22nd Ganesha Chaturthi was celebrated all over our country. Lord Ganesha is loved and worshipped by most people in our country. People offer pujas in their homes and in communities too. But this year the celebrations have been very subdued affairs. We went round our town and I was feeling very sad to see no celebrations at all. Life has changed so much. I made ‘panchakajjaya’, it is a sweet powder made during festivals. My friend told this recipe. We liked the taste very much. 

I am reading The Difficulty of being good by Gurcharan Das. It is a very interesting book.  Books take us to a different world and it is good to be there for some time 😊

“We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.”  ― Anonymous

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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)”

The photos by the lake are really peaceful and beautiful. I can see why you walk there. Thinking back now I feel like I am also drawn to water for my own exercise – except the nearest water to me is a small river. Of course we have a big lake nearby as well but that’s about 20 minutes away by bicycle.

We’re getting similar guidance here to what your doctor is saying. We’re being told to wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible and in all indoor public spaces. Outdoors it depends on where I am. If I will be walking on a sidewalk that will be crowded, I’ll wear a mask rather than try to walk far from everyone (sometimes that means going in to the road, for example). If I’m walking in the forest I won’t wear one. It’s not really possible to wear one while running so I am always sure to give extra space and choose less crowded spaces to run. Likewise when I’m cycling I won’t wear them – but I also am careful to give other cyclists extra space. Wherever I go I always carry a mask with me in a bag in my pocket. If I need it I have it. We need to wear them indoors – even in our building’s halls and elevators.

Of course it’s always better to err on the side of caution. And I find when I’m walking I often wear one anyway then I never have to worry.

Here the youth are the ones not wearing masks so much and not following guidance. As you might imagine, their group is the fastest growing group for new cases now. Those in the over 40 range are having fewer cases. Still, fingers crossed, we’re managing to have 80-100 new cases per day in our province and the death rate seems to have declined also. I’m glad. I hope the same happens for you soon as well.

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I always enjoy your beautiful photos and how the weather affects the mood of your posts – often metaphorical. So glad for your respite from the rain! The holiday is intriguing – even if subdued or bittersweet, with a pang of sadness at so much change. I love the escape – and the finding of ourselves – in books. So true.

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Is am saddened by the news reports over here about college students gathering and partying without distancing or wearing masks. The picture of the reflections on the lake reminded me of when we visited Mirror Lake in Australia. So peaceful.

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