Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2020)

There are hibiscus, oleander and some other plants just outside our kitchen window. In the morning it is a pleasure to see birds flying from branch to branch, busy in their daily activities. One little black and white bird has quite a harsh voice while some others call each other very tunefully. I always see the pheasant crow and remember how one had eaten the eggs from the bulbul’s nest in areca plant. Two bulbuls are fascinated by the holder of the tube light in our enclosed verandah. They are trying to build a nest on one side and leaves and twigs keep falling down. They have not come today.

On Sunday Nagesh and nephew, Deepak came to pluck coconuts, they have been coming to our place since 2005 when we shifted to our house from the campus. Climbing coconut trees is a very specialized work. Nagesh drops the coconuts and his nephew gathers them and keeps them inside. We pay Rs75 for one tree. We have ten trees. We keep enough for ourselves and sell the rest. Coconut trees are grown widely in the coastal south India. We use coconut oil in our daily food. Today Udaya has come to clear the soil near the roots of the trees. We put organic manure and it is covered with leaves. Udaya too has  been coming for some years and we pay for the day.

Everyday I listen to lectures on our epics and puranas by the great Sanskrit scholar, Bannanje Govinda Acharya in YouTube. The lectures are in Kannada. There is so much to learn about our past. This great scholar passed away on the 13th. He was 85, He lived in our town. His works will be with us.

Yesterday we offered prayers to my father-in-law. We observe some rituals every month till the first anniversary. For there religious rituals we follow the Hindu calendar according to the position of the concerned star. I do not know much about it but our family priest tells us all about it.

Yesterday my daughter told me they are continuing with the lock down in Germany and very strictly in the coming weeks. Schools have closed a week earlier for Christmas. Here, the situation is getting better in south India but in North India, the cold weather is making things difficult. But we have to be careful. We don’t know what is in store for us.

But life goes on. We have to live in hope.

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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. 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.

12 comments

  1. Lakshmi, I enjoyed reading about the coconut trees and how they are harvested as well as all the traditions that are not common for us in the States. Our numbers are rising, but for now we are healthy and safe. Keep writing. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. How lucky and handy to have coconut trees! I use the unrefined oil of coconuts every day myself! In my coffee, on my skin. I’m curious about your custom of eating on the floor. Seems to me it would be easier on your back to put all your food on a table and eat sitting in the chairs. When did this practice start and why do you still eat that way today? Just curious. ☺️

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    1. We use the dining table and chairs for daily use. But during the religious functions, we sit on the floor. The use of table and chairs came into use about 25 years ago, till then in homes and in other places people sat on the floor. We sit cross legged as you see in the photo. I have heard many people say they cannot fold their legs to sit on the floor because they always sit on chairs. We are very comfortable sitting on the floor to eat food.

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  3. I always love your photos and the scenes you paint in my mind of the beautiful setting and of your loving family. And – “there is so much to learn about the past” – so true. So much quiet strength in your words, throughout.

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  4. Yes, live in hope, God’s greatest gift.
    There is great irony that the world’s most ancient language, Sanskrit and an important Sanskrit scholar, Bannanje Govinda Acharya can talk to so many people through a computer and other miracles of electronics.

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