Everyday Moments (#SOL-2020)

29-12-2020

Yesterday my husband’s cousin passed away due to complications after bypass surgery. He was 85. This year we lost five near relatives, but due to old age. They had lived their lives fully though my Doddamma suffered for some years. So much is not in our hands, we have to do our best to be in good health. Here, most of us believe what is to happen will happen.

Yesterday, my neighbour asked me if I could come to her place to help her with her mobile phone. She lives alone and feels very lonely though she keeps herself busy. Another neighbour has a girl living with her but she too is not happy, she keeps worrying about something or the other. I was shocked to hear her say that old age was a curse. Another relative’s husband has dementia and is bed ridden. She feels depressed often. I talk to them once a week but some times I feel so drained, maybe negative thoughts do that. I think I will not talk to them much but I feel sad for them. Maybe talking to someone will help them. After listening to all of them I feel very happy about my mother. In spite of all her health problems she is very positive though she misses my father very much. And she lives with my brother and sister-in-law who look after her very well. She firmly believes she is lucky. I pray that I will be like her as I grow older. But who knows what is in store for us ?

Whole of last week and even today JCBs have been busy digging the plot behind our house and mud is being transported in lorries the whole day. It is dusty and we don’t know what is really happening. Today evening we saw children playing cricket at one end.

In our place number of Covid cases have come down a lot but we see people wearing masks. On the other hand my neighbour told me that there is lot of rush in temples and in beaches and marriages and other functions are taking place as if the virus is not there at all ! It is good if it is not there but how can we be sure?

Cashew nuts at a very early stage, they will become grey in colour and the fruits, orange or yellow in colour. More than month away.

We are going for our evening walks to EndPoint and to the grounds of the Institute of bank management. There are mango trees all along the side of the walking track. There are mango blooms and mangoes too. No one plucks the fruits. But we can take the small raw mangoes which fall down. They are very tasty when added to fresh coconut chutneys instead of tamarind😊. From December 1st End Point area has been opened but only for the staff, families and students of our University. Others have to apply for a pass.

The rain water harvested lake on the way to Endpoint.

Last week something really nice happened. We see and hear many birds in our garden. One afternoon, I recorded the birds talking to each other and shared the video with friends and relatives and in the next few days others recorded bird songs and shared them. I love it because it sounds so normal in this world where so many changes are happening.

Today I finished listening to War and Peace. I had started it in September. It is a fascinating book. I am reading Indica by Pranay Lal. It is the geological history of India. I have been living billions and millions of years ago 😊. Our life seems smaller than a grain of sand !!

Raw Mango Coconut Chutney Recipe by Archana’s Kitchen

Pranay Lal on his book, Indica, natural history, the nature of …

https://www.thehindu.com/lit-for-life/pranay-lal-talks-of-the…

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.

9 comments

  1. Birdsong, flowers, fruit, trees and the love of family are all beautiful things to think about as this year, with all its troubles, comes to a close. Wishing you and your family a bright new year ahead filled with blessings and joy, Lakshmi.

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  2. I’m afraid that our life is smaller than a grain of sand! In the early 19th century, those eras were called “Deep Time” although when I looked on google I was totally amazed to see that the Americans are claiming the phrase as their own invention. Presumably, it is mere coincidence when it crops up so many times two hundred years ago.

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    1. We do use turmeric in our daily food. But there are vegetarians and non vegetarians here. In my place people eat more of fish and chicken. We are vegetarians. But I don’t know about Indians living long because they are vegetarians. I will have to ask. Take care and we wish you and your family a Happy New Year.

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