My mother was diagnosed lymphoma in 2017. All her life she never had any major health problems and even age-related ones. She used to say when a health problem it came in a big way! She recovered after the treatments and was fine, going regularly for her morning and evening walks, doing other exercises and reading. A few weeks ago there was a swelling in her leg and she was feeling tired. Her doctor prescribed a PET scan. The report said there was 1 cm growth in her breast. A biopsy report came that it was cancer positive. I had read that very few people recover completely from cancer, it is always there somewhere ready to come back. My mother, sister-in-law and brother have gone to the hospital today. My mother was telling me that she is not worried about it and she has led a good life and even seen her great grand children and most important she misses my father. Doddamma’s passing away too has left a void in her life. But nothing is in our hands. She is ready to take what comes her way.
Life always surprises us.
About two weeks ago we had gone to the lake for our evening walk, there were so many people that we decided not to there in the near future. We miss it but it is better not to take risks. The virus effects different people differently. Today in the paper we read that some people got gangrene after getting covid. God only knows what the connection is. So we go to the temple park and the grounds of Canara Institute of Bank management. Very few people come there.
At the park we saw two small children wearing masks, I wonder what they will remember of these days? The children were with a lady who was supposed to look after them but was busy on the phone. I felt sad looking at them. But I believe we all get only what we have to get, nothing more, nothing less.
This post is quite a sad one but some days are like that, aren’t they?
Yesterday afternoon I listened to a talk organized by Aravind for his MA students in Google Teams. The talk was by his friend, Dr Upamanyu Sengupta. It was about The art of nostalgia in W G Sebald’s Austerlitz. The protagonist is in search of his parents lost to he ravages of the Holocaust. The lecture was very interesting. In the recent months I have been able to listen to some good lectures.
On Saturday I was looking through my old recipe books and came across a recipe for sweetcorn-potato pie. I don’t even remember when I wrote it down, actually there are so many recipes in that book and I have not tried most of them 😊. Anyway, we tried this recipe on Sunday and we all liked it.
My daughter just called from Germany, she said there is lockdown whole of this month. But children are going to school. Things are bad here but there will be no lockdown . Our economy would not be able to bear it. What a year this has been!!