Everyday Moments (#SOL-2020)

30-09-2020

The monsoon season is drawing too an end. We have been having sunny days. We have not been having even occasional rains for some days. We were told that it is raining in some places. Today morning it was raining very heavily for more than half an hour in our area and it had not rained elsewhere. This year our monsoon season too has been different. Everything has been different this year!

The number of people getting infected is increasing. It was terrible to read the number that there were more than 9500 new cases on Sunday in our state. It is being reported that people are not wearing masks and  not following the rules. But for so many the fear of unemployment and hunger is more real than the virus. Most people are fed up, but what to do?

It is a very difficult time for all. I have some friends who are above 70. I talk to them sometimes and most of them are lonely or depressed due to health problems. It is sad listening to them but I call them, maybe it helps them. I like talking to one friend. She is so positive. she lives with her son and family. She keeps herself busy. She loves making crochet bags and some have asked her to make for them. They insist on paying her but she takes it reluctantly. Listening to negative thoughts hurts and every morning I do Yoga and a little meditation. It helps and I also hear the birds calling out to each other, it is a very soothing sound. That is life.

About two years ago, I heard about a lady who committed suicide. Earlier she had called many of her close relatives but all had been busy and asked her if they could talk some other time. If someone asks me if I am free and could they talk to me. I never say no even if I am busy.

One of our neighbour’s son is building a house on their land opposite our house. His parents have lived here since the sixties. His mother used to tell me about those days when there was forest in all the places where there are now so many houses. They rarely ventured out after dark fearing wild animals. There were so few houses. We have seen the whole place changing since 1982. Unfortunately, green trees have been taken over by concrete jungles. Don’t people think about the future?

We go for a walk every evening, either to the lake or to the park near the temple. We see children playing there. It is good to hear their laughter. Wonder what will be their future be like. Will this year have an effect on their lives? It hurt to read in the papers today about children being made to work, to make ends meet. Some of them said maybe they will never go back to school. Their childhood is lost forever. The tragedy of these days.

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Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

—  Rabindranath Tagore



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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 go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. 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 comments

  1. Times are so hard for so many. I am sorry for the woman who committed suicide because everyone was too busy to talk to her. She, and others like her, are in my prayers.

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  2. We have similar problems here with our case counts going back up again. In mid-August we were around 100 new ones/day for our province – 300-400 for our entire *country*. Now people have become careless, going to bars, having big parties and weddings. And now after our low of 33 new cases in Ontario on August 10th we hit over 700 twice this week. We’re breaking records we set in April.

    I hope we get a handle on this soon – that people who can take the proper precautions and that the vaccines we’re waiting for come soon. There are so many in late-stage clinical trials now that we should be hearing something soon. Then it’s time to ramp up production and distribution. Fingers crossed for all of us.

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