Everyday Moments

5-10-2020

It is a sunny day but we are getting occasional rains. Yesterday was cloudy and windy. Most people here believe that we will get rains till the festivals of Navaratri and Deepavali. Both are celebrated across the country but it will be different this year. The celebrations will be more muted.

A few days ago we met a milk-man whom we have been seeing going about delivering milk for decades. He has a Luna moped and we have seen him riding it all these years. We wave to him when we see him and talk whenever he has time to stop. His dairy had sixteen cows earlier. Now he has only five. He has three daughters who are nurses working in good hospitals. They are married. His son recently completed his post- graduation in Anaesthesia and is working in a hospital. It is really heart warming to see parents who work so hard to educate their children. The milk-man said he could not stop working though his children tell him to retire. I was feeling sorry that I do not know his name and asking him his name after knowing him for so many years does not seem right.

One evening we went to the temple square in our town. We were going there after seven months!  It seems incredible that we have not gone there or to any other temples for so many months. We did not go inside any temple but walked in the square which is called ‘ Ratha beedhi’ which literally means the street on which the temple chariot moves. The place was strangely empty. In normal times there are many pilgrims and people from nearby places sitting on the many seats. There is a very famous small hotel, we like it very much but that day we did not venture in ☹. There was an ache in the heart when we returned home.

Today and on the 3rd , we hired a worker to come and clean the garden. There were weeds and a lot of grass due to the rains. We got some trees trimmed too. His name is Udaya and he has been coming for quite some time now. He is a good worker. The garden looks neat and tidy now 😊.

I enjoy baking cakes and I make of wheat flour and they are eggless. I had everything ready and when I put in the plug to pre-heat the oven, to my horror, I saw it was not working. My pressure cookers are small and I cannot bake in them. Google helped 😊 and I baked the cake in a rice cooker, it came out well. I have to give the oven for repair. We are learning something new every day. That is life.

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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 used to 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. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. 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.

2 comments

  1. How very clever to learn you could bake in the rice cooker. I would never have thought of that. I know what you mean about being afraid to know someone’s name after talking with them for a long time. I have that trouble at church sometimes.

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