Everyday Moments – (#SOL-2020)


December is here and I think in the last few months most of us were wondering what life would be like by the end of the year. In my part of the country we are reading that lesser number of people are being infected and at the same time others are saying that some of their relatives did not survive the infection.

On the 26th my brother-in-law underwent an operation of the hernia in our hospital here. Many wards had been reserved for Covid patients and patients with other problems were finding it difficult to find a bed in wards. My husband told me that most of the beds reserved for Covid patients were empty. Yesterday someone told us all those reserved wards are being made available for others.

Yesterday we had been to our small university town and we saw many students. We were told at the bakery that students are coming back. The whole place had seemed so empty. But things are not back to normal, we are seeing that most people are wearing masks and taking safety measures. But physical distancing is not really possible in our country.

Photos sent by my daughter

Today morning my daughter called from Germany saying she woke up today morning to see snow everywhere. It is the first of the season. I had been there during this time in 2017 and had enjoyed the winter. She said last year there was hardly any snowfall. Our grandchildren, Advaith and Kavya are very excited and are waiting to play in the snow. Kavya went back to kindergarten after two weeks of home quarantine. One girl had tested positive. But all the others in two groups tested negative but stayed home. Kavya was very happy to go to school. Here children are not going back to school, it is all online. But they are missing being in the classroom.

Mornings now are a little chilly, according to our standards 😊. It is windy too. Last week our eastern coast received heavy rainfall, it is normal. But due to depression in the Bay of Bengal our days were cloudy and windy. Mud is being removed from the big plot behind our house. I think it was last year that the hill side was levelled. We don’t know if construction work is going to start. Anyway, we got a lot of dust everyday and leaves have lost their green colour!! They look very dusty. The monsoon season seems like a dream now.

JCB spoiling the face of earth!

I made Rasam masala powder from my Doddamma’s recipe. I like making it at home. I completed the table mats that I had been stitching from my old dresses. They were looking faded but the mats do not, it was fun stitching them.

Rasam Masala

The bulbuls are again trying to build their nest inside the house. I had to close all the windows. If it is an open verandah it is fine if they build their nest but we close all the windows in the evening. Life is going on for the birds, we hear them chattering and busy in their daily activities. It is going for us too .

Wonder what the new year will bring for us and what we will give to it ?

Confluence of cultures | Deccan Herald


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. Twice a week I used to go to a home for the mentally challenged . But I have not gone there since March 2020. I will start going there again but I do not know when. 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. I love the table mats. How fun that the kids have snow again. Here we are in the midst of an unbelievable surge of illness and death. How I wish we could have had responsible leadership during this pandemic.


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