Vijayadashami was celebrated across our country yesterday. It marks the end of Navaratri festival. We usually go to temples of Goddess Durga during these days. But this year we went only once early in the evening and it was not crowded. Many people celebrate at home. One of the customs is to keep dolls on different levels. The family members collect a variety of dolls over the years. They have different themes. It is a beautiful custom. My father’s elder sister had a wonderful collection. My friend keeps her dolls every year. Friends and relatives gather on these occasions. I made wheat flour Sheera.
( In a friend’s home, a few years ago.)
On the 22nd I finished a cross stitch design which I had been making for Aravind to keep on his table in his room in the college. It is a favourite scene from Lord of the Rings. It took a month and while stitching I was listening to War and Peace on Audibles. I am loving it. I was stitching in the 21st century and my imagination was in early 19th century 😊.
From 20th to 23rd my cousin and his wife performed the rituals connected with the last rites for my Doddamma in Bombay. On the 23rd about twenty people attended. My elder brother went too. In other circumstances I too would have gone. My Doddappa and Doddamma lived in Bombay lived in Bombay from 1948. Doddappa passed away in 2014 at the age of 91.
On the 24th afternoon I listened to a lecture by Aravind’s PhD guide about Divine Comedy. The title of the lecture was , ‘ The Nuances of Dante’s Religio-Poetical Vision in context. The talk was on Google meets and was attended by students and staff. The talk was very interesting and I had been wondering if I would be able to understand. But I did understand and am thinking of listening to Divine comedy on Audibles. But I don’t know when that will be 😊.
One evening we went to the lake for a walk but there were so many people we came back. Now we walk for half an hour near our home or go to the park opposite Venugopala Temple in our town. Yesterday we went near our home and on the way we saw a couple busy walking on their terrace. They do not venture out for a walk and we waved to the old gentleman sitting in his verandah. Our granddaughter started kindergarten yesterday and her brother is in 2nd std.
Life is going on.