Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2020)


It is now 8.30 in the night and it is pouring outside. We are now getting rains every day. From the 10th it has been either pouring or drizzling. Prior to that, for a few days, there was no rain and the days were very hot. People were worried that the monsoon season had ended. This year everything is not what it should be. Life has changed and slowly we are adjusting to the changes but the thought at the back of the mind remains the same, when is this going to end?

Sunday was clouded but it was not raining in the evening, we went for a walk around the lake. The water level had increased after days of raining. It was a pleasure to look at the birds on the two small islands. There are white and black coloured birds.

On the 8th evening Aravinda had arranged a talk by Prof Ubelekar Andrade for his MA students. Aravinda had met Max six years ago at a conference in USA, they met again at a conference in London and have kept in contact. I too listened to the lecture, it was very interesting. The topic was Don Quixote’s cartographic vision: mapping imagination and political identity. I am planning to listen to Don Quixote on Audibles. I read the book long, long ago. I don’t even remember the whole story.

On the 10th we performed a ritual connected to the last rites of my father-in-law. According to our customs we have to do these rituals every month till the first anniversary. We prepare certain dishes and invite a guest for lunch. In normal circumstances more people would have been invited for a more elaborate prayer. Our friend who comes as our guest had Covid. He was in quarantine in his house. He said he had fever for two weeks and during that time he lost his senses of taste and smell. But he recovered and is fine. He said it was not as terrible as he had imagined and he also said he was lucky. Moreover, he had no other health problems. Cases are increasing and now the quarantine rules have changed. But the effects of the virus are very unpredictable. One of our friends recovered in spite of having health problems and we heard a young doctor died in spite of not having any health problems. So, luck plays an important part.

On the 13th Todd Tyrtle arranged the international book club meeting. It was fun and I liked the interaction between all of us. Todd and Elizabeth are WordPress friends. Finally, I made the ‘tea masala’ which I had been planning for quite some time. The spices add a flavour to the tea. I have started listening to War and Peace on Audibles. I read it so long back that I don’t even remember the story 😊. All this seems so normal, yet it is not so. But life has to go on, we cannot put a hold on everything. Many have started saying we should learn to live with the virus.

If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want. ~Oscar Wilde

Chai ka Masala, Chai Powder, Tea Masala, Indian Masala … – Tarla …





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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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. Good morning! I read your post and I agree that blogging is a great way to meet folks from all around the world! I am sorry the virus prevented you all from your sacred ceremony. I just wanted you to know that you inspired me (with your lovely recipe) to have a delicious cup of vanilla chai tea this morning (which I am currently sipping). Of course, mine comes from a pre-made bag, still, its spices are delightful and remind me that fall is on its way! I will have to try your recipe and some of the others I found on your site. 🙂
    I hope the rains let up and you have a blessed day!!


  2. The string of unbearably hot days followed by the ongoing rain you describe in your opening are the perfect metaphor for how this year feels–like it will never end. You’re right: even when it changes, it’s not really letting up on us. Thank you for sharing today! This post was rich with story.

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  3. At the moment.more than 500 vaccines are being tried and an English hospital has discovered that a totally common steroid alleviates symptoms by up to 40% for many people. So don’t give up hope yet !!
    On the other hand, ignoring the problem and carrying on your life, hoping all will be well is just silly. It spreads the disease and then we reach a point where all the researchers and scientists are too ill to work, and we never beat it.

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    1. Yes, people forget there is a real problem. They do not take safety measures. Recently my cousin got married. She is my mother’s youngest sister’s daughter. We wished them from here. Yesterday we came to know my mother’s sister , the bride, her brother and many others have covid. People forget.


  4. It is important, I think, to record such details during historic times, as a reminder to ourselves and future readers that one’s daily living doesn’t necessarily come crashing to a halt when a major event occurs. Ducks still swim, meals made, rituals performed help us keep some sense of normalcy. Thank you again for another insight into your days!

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  5. I woke up restless this morning, tired of the same news blips on the internet, so I hopped over to my blog for my reading and landed here. Your post is kindred to everything I’m thinking and feeling today. Thank you. And I discovered another writing challenge. I hope you and your family continue to stay safe and healthy, and happy!

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  6. Lakshmi, I love reading your slices. You capture everyday moments with such precision and detail, I feel like I’ve experienced them, too. I hope the rains stop long enough for you to go on walks.

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