On the 20th my mother was admitted to the hospital. Her operation was scheduled for the 21st at 9 in the morning. The doctor decided to do mastectomy. My mother was a little anxious but most of the time she was calm. I talked to her that morning, she was quite calm and said we have to face whatever comes our way and this operation had to be done. Her doctor was very happy at her response to the surgery. She was shifted to her room afternoon. Later my brother made a video call and I talked to her. Yesterday she went back home but she has to rest and take care as there is a tube attached to her chest and it will be there for a week. I had told some of our close relatives about the operation and they all talked to her. She was very happy about that. She lives with my elder brother and sister-in-law in Hyderabad.
Yesterday evening we went for a walk around the lake, it is always a pleasure to walk there. It takes half an hour to walk around it and of course I cannot resist taking photos. It is the same place but there always seems to be a difference. The birds look so delicate and beautiful.
One evening we went to the park opposite Venugopala temple. There is an old ‘Ashwatha tree’ (Peepal tree) in the yard of the temple. The leaves have fallen and the tree looks different but beautiful. We do not have the autumn or winter season and leaves of only some trees fall but the colour does not always change. The dry leaves of the Ashoka trees in the park looked like a carpet and we enjoyed walking in them because they make a crunchy sound.
At that time in the evening we always see some women walking back home from work. What is fascinating is seeing them walk with such grace balancing a bag or a sack on their heads. They do not hold them with their hands and I had to take a photo😊.
Saturday night I had a wonderful time listening participants of our International Book Club. There were six of us. Todd Tyrtle organizes it, he and Elizabeth are WordPress friends. Each person reads different types of books and that makes it very interesting. I had missed the previous meeting. I started listening to War and Peace in September and am still listening to it. It is a fascinating book.
Aravinda wanted to give homemade sweets to his colleagues for Deepawali but we could not make it then. We made this milk barfi on Sunday, post- Deepawali sweets. We got the recipe from Hebbar’s Kitchen. All his colleagues enjoyed it.
Our granddaughter, Kavya, goes to kindergarten, my daughter and family live in Germany. Kavya’s classmate tested positive for Covid and all the children in two groups are in home quarantine. There is lockdown in Germany for whole of November. My cousin in America was saying cases are increasing and there are protests against restrictions in both places. Two community health workers had come the other day, they said the number of cases in our locality is very less and even those who are getting the virus are getting only a mild infection. But it may not be the case everywhere. Cases are increasing in north India due to winter season.
I don’t know when this will end. Life goes on.