Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2020)


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.

Vijayadashami – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijayadashami

Dasara | Dasara Dolls | Bombe Habba | Mysore Dasara | Dasara …

atta ka sheera recipe | Gujarati atta ka sheera | gehun nu sheera … https://www.tarladalal.com/Atta-ka-Sheera-(-Gujarati-Recipe)-35791r

Masterchefs of lore | Deccan Herald


‘By-two’ convention | Deccan Herald https://www.deccanherald.com/…/by-two-convention-906112.html

Bringing the gods home | Deccan Herald https://www.deccanherald.com/…/bringing-the-gods-home-905922.html

A hunt for beauty in strife | Deccan Herald https://www.deccanherald.com/…/a-hunt-for-beauty-in-strife-905923.html

Being nosy? There will be a price to pay | Deccan Herald https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/being-nosy-there-will-be-a-price…

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. I did not go there last year. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. 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.


  1. This isn’t very much to do with your blog post today but I know that you are a great admirer of Sherlock Holmes. Yesterday I found a website about a pub about a mile from our house that is due to be demolished soon. It was owned years ago by a famous cricketer who gave half of his own name to “Sherlock”. The other half came from his colleague and friend, Frank Shacklock. Thus Sher + Lock = Sherlock

    Here’s the address:


    The section I am talking about is right at the end, after the photograph captioned…..

    “The Grove Hotel, (right) Daybrook, Nottinghamshire, C. 1900”


  2. I thought of you yesterday when I saw that Covid was starting to go up again in Germany. I hope that it does not have a negative impact on your family and your grandchildren’s education.


    1. No Elizabeth. My daughter says many restrictions are back. But both children are going to school. Her husband is working from home. They luve in a very small town and population is less. They are not having any problems.

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