Everyday Moments (#SOL-2020)

24-11-2020

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.

Socially Distanced Connection – Go Outside Today

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.

milk barfi recipe | milk burfi | plain barfi recipe | doodh ki mithai

https://hebbarskitchen.com/milk-barfi-recipe-milk-burfi-plain-barfi

https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/in-defence-of-reality-918470.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-art-culture/artistry-under-the-lens-917838.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/specials/sunday-spotlight/why-we-can-t-have-laws-curtailing-the-right-to-marry-918518.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/spectrum/revival-of-haliyals-lakes-918153.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/spectrum/stories-that-stones-tell-us-918152.html

https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/in-perspective/no-country-for-humour-or-tolerance-918220.html

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

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 used to 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. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. 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.

16 comments

    1. I send get well soon wishes for your mother and hopes that your everyday moments be filled with awe. May I capture your nature-inspired awe scene for my Abundant Autumn Gallery. It looks similar to leaved-pathways on Long Island, NY where I live? Let me know at cvarsalona@gmail.com.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I love to hear about how people in far-off places are weathering this pandemic, and so often there are stories like this, of managing in spite of everything to have joy and connection. ❤ Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  2. I wish your mother all the very best in her recovery.
    A couple of days ago Oxford University announced their vaccine which should be ready in the New Year (January). It is 70% effective, and the people who still get Covid have their symptoms reduced by 70%. In tests, nobody with the vaccine caught Covid and finished up in hospital because of it. The Prime Minister hailed it as “the light at the end of the tunnel”.
    Oxford have already announced that the vaccine will be free to the whole world, so every country will have the chance to benefit from it. So hang on, follow the rules, and the worst appears to be over.

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  3. Prayers and positive thoughts, to your mother. She is a pretty lady and looks wise as well. I enjoyed the description of your areas you walk in, and the way the ladies balance their items on the head.

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  4. Hoping your mom’s recovery is proceeding well and she is happy and comfortable. Please give her Sage’s and my best wishes.

    Thank you for answering a question I always wondered – about whether leaves change colour and/or fall in warmer places. I definitely didn’t know the answer to that. So interesting to see that sometimes they do. I also like the sound walking through them. Here there is also a noticeable smell to all the leaves on the ground – do you notice the same there?

    So glad you could make it to talk about books and other things with us this month. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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      1. Oh of course! That makes sense. And that’s likely because your days don’t get as short as us so there’s more daylight. I just looked now and it appears you get over two more hours of sunlight per day even now – and by the solstice it’ll likely be more. (I just looked – we’ll lose another 23 min, you’ll lose only 5 more minutes. (But lucky for us our days in the summer will be a little longer than yours 🙂 )

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  5. I hope your mom keeps hopeful and recovers quickly. When we had the book group I didn’t get a chance to tell you that I had to read “War and Peace” in one week in my first year o college. Needless to say, I didn’t get to enjoy it the way you are by slowly listening.

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  6. What a joy to walk with you…especially through the crunchy leaves. A wish for a speedy recovery for your mom and hopes that your grand daughter remains Covid free. When will ‘this’ end? But at least we can stay in touch with others from afar through writing. 🙂

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