Everyday Moments (#SOL-2020)

22-12.2020

Yesterday I was feeling quite irritated with a person. Why do some people have this habit of dismissing people, especially people belonging to the lower income group? This year countless people have lost their jobs, or had to live on their savings. They ran autorickshaws or taxis, people did not move out of their houses. Cooks did not earn much because there were no religious or social functions. Here inviting five hundred to thousand people for weddings and other such functions is normal!! But now the number does not cross two hundred. I believe we should try to understand the difficulties of others. We may not be able to help them much but at least we should not dismiss them as if they were of no consequence.

I feel better for writing my feelings ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Aravind feeling the leaves to know their texture

On Sunday two good things happened. After more than nine months we went to EndPoint for our evening walk. Our town is on a hill and that is one end of the hill. From there we can see the Arabian sea and River Swarna flowing towards it. Now only staff and students of our University can go there. The road to End Point was opened on December 1st, and we just came to know about that. On the other side of the EndPoint road, there is a dairy belonging to the university. The cows graze in the foot ball grounds and other places. We see students playing football and cows grazing peacefully on one side ๐Ÿ˜Š. But I am sure they must have enjoyed their freedom from human beings since March.

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That night we had our book club meeting hosted by Todd Tyrtle. The members are from different parts of the globe and we just talk about things in general, but now it is mostly about Covid. And they we talk about the books we have read. We enjoy ourselves.  I started listening to War and Peace in Audibles in September. Now I am listening to epilogue and three more hours of it ๐Ÿ˜Š. It is a fascinating and wonderful book. Everything changes in this world but human nature does not really change.

One evening after returning from our walk, I started sneezing and sneezing. Oh my God, our thoughts first went to the virus !! Earlier cough and cold came and went but now we feel so worried about it. We have a lot of Tulsi ( Basil) plants in our garden. For a few days I was doing steam inhalation by adding a few leaves to the hot water. It is very refreshing and I am loving it.

The bulbuls once again tried to build their nests in different rooms on one corner of the tube light holder. Fortunately, they gave up and must be busy elsewhere. We hear them at different times of the day among the plants and flowers.

On the 19th my husband and his brother went to our village in our car but we engaged a driver for the day. They were going there for the first time after May. They had lunch in their maternal unclesโ€™ home, who is also their lawyer.

To end, yesterday night I made sweet corn soup and earlier I baked masala whole wheat flour bread. Both came out well. I like baking breads ๐Ÿ˜Š. Life goes on. I think all of us will be praying for a better new year.

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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.

16 comments

  1. Times like these are hard for everyone, but the poorest of the poor suffer the most, as they have no cushion to land on. Looking around here in Cambodia I can see how hard it is for so many to try to continue to earn a salary.

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  2. Lakshmi, you’re so right about writing as catharsis or healing outlet… and no person is of “no consequence.” COVID has ushered in so much more suffering and despair; energy can be redirected to help instead of hurt or ignore…the advice about getting out and leaving your “boxes” (I like to think of that as the boxes of our minds as well as physical zones). I had to smile at the reaction to sneezing and immediate thoughts of virus infection… we are a fearful species on the edge, yet, as you beautifully illustrate, there’s healing to be found in the outdoors, in the passive freedom of cows, in the sound of birds, in breathing freshness and herbs…as well as in books and writing! Much peace and safety to you and yours.

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  3. Yes, many people are suffering because of this pandemic. Writing about what is troubling us does help make us feel better even if we can do nothing to change the situation. I, too, enjoy baking, although for me it is cookies and cakes instead of bread. The smell of the baking and the taste of the end product seem to have a calming effect on me. Here’s hoping that 2021 is a much better year for everyone.

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  4. So many nuggets. It is disheartening to know there are many who lack the ability to see beyond their own circumstances. It is helpful to air your feelings through writing. The corn soup and bread sounded delightful. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. So many have lost their income as a result of the Pandemic, which is why we must not look down on people with lower income. Maybe we can,, if they are lazy. But there’s not much to do these days. I hope you’d get well.

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