Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2020)


Today is our granddaughter’s third birthday. It seems like just recently I was in Germany waiting for her delivery in the hospital waiting room. I loved those two and half months there. I experienced my first snowfall 😊. I still remember that early morning when I looked out of the kitchen window and saw snow everywhere and light from the street lamps made the place magical.

Advaith is in 1st std, studying in the school just five minutes from their home. Kavya has joined the kindergarten where Advaith had studied.

The rains have stopped for this year and the weather is a little hot and someone said this is because of the trees that have been cut. And in yesterday’s paper we read about the government’s plan to cut thousands of trees to make an expressway! Humans will never learn. And I think this has been stated across the ages. I remember all those science fiction short stories about the future and the life on earth then. I always wonder what we are leaving behind for future generations.

On Friday, I went with Aravind to his primary school. He had been invited as chief guest for Children’s day which is on the 14th. Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day. The Vice Principal of the school was Aravind’s class teacher in 7th std, in 1997.  This year students have not yet come back to school and everything is online. He was asked to talk for a few minutes and it was recorded. Aravind talked about his school days and the teachers were happy to listen to him😊.

My mother went to the Oncologist with my brother and sister-in-law. The doctor has started a treatment and if she responds to it well, she may not need mastectomy. I talk to my mother daily. Some days she feels why this has happened, other days she says she is fine and will take each day as it comes. Her only wish is she should be physically active till the end. I think we all pray for the same. She is going regularly for her walks and reading books and helping in whatever way she can.

Corona virus fills a major part of life in my country but life is going on as usual, the only difference is seeing most people wearing masks. Though some wear it on their chins, and some cover only their mouth and others remove it while talking !!  Many IT professionals have returned to their home towns from cities as they have to work online. Maybe they feel life is better in smaller places. It is ok for people with their own houses but for those people living in rented houses, they have to pay the rent even if they are not living there.

I am enjoying studying different courses in the last five months in Courseera or Edx. I am now doing Shakespeare and his Works. It has been a long, long time since I have read his stories. After many years we got a citron fruit in our plant. We call it ‘Mabala Huli’ in Kannada. We make pickles and I have salted it. We eat it raw too. It is not very sour.

Life is going on.

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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 am doing something in my own way. Twice a week I go to a home for the mentally challenged . This has enriched my life.
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.

12 replies on “Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2020)”

Happy birthday to your granddaughter. How quickly children grow. Wishing your mother well. I think her wish to remain physically active shows such positivity. I have know so many people who when they reach a certain age, whether they are sick or not, just sit back and exist. Not a way to live.

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Lakshmi, I always look forward to the slices of your life in Karnataka. So many beautiful images. My mind goes from your precious grandchildren, to studying online and your son’s experience sharing at his old school, to the weather, to climate change, to coronavirus and Mabala Huli. Wow! I always love reading your train of thought. Your words are centering, calming, peaceful, and always give me hope that the problems of this world are not overwhelming.

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