Today is my husband’s birthday, he is 69. We were married in 1982 and it has been a good journey together. I made green gram dal ‘payasa’. It is a sweet porridge and we all like it. Aravinda got a beautiful bouquet for his father. In the evening we went to the temple. It was very quiet there and outside a Yakshagana class was going on. The teacher and the small children were enjoying themselves. Yakshagana is a folk art of our place. It was good to see children learning it. We watched for some time.

We have cable TV connection and a staff member had come to collect money. I asked him what he thought about Corona now. He said it was no longer there. I said we were reading a lot about it in the papers, he said with conviction it was all fake news!! I did not answer. Fortunately, all are not like that and people do wear masks, we do. Yesterday morning I added masala to the salted lemon, I now have two bottles of lemon pickle but we have to wait for some time to eat it. I have sun-dried cooked gooseberries, they are good if we have indigestion.

We had not been away from our place, except once. On the 30th we went to Karkala, about 36kms from our place. My husband studied his graduate course there before joining for BDS here. He loves going to Karkala. We left at 7.30, first went to a small town called Hebri, which is famous for its temple to Lord Anantha Padmanabha, a form of Lord Vishnu. There were not people around. We had breakfast in a 75 year old hotel, it was an old building. The food was amazing and we enjoyed ourselves. The owner said he had been working there for forty years and 1 ½ years earlier he had become its owner. Karkala is a pilgrimage centre for Jains. There is a very tall statue of Bahubali on a hill. The black boulders reminded me of a book that I am reading, Indica by Pranay Lal. It is a geological history of India and is a very good book. The author says that every boulder has a story to tell. So, this time I made it a point to look at boulders beneath my feet 😊. We also went to my husband’s college and his other haunts 😊and returned home by 4. It was a good outing.

My daughter says, lockdown has been extended in Germany indefinitely and children may have online school. Maybe the cold is ideal for the virus to spread. But people are not home-bound. They are going for walks and exploring the nearby places which they had not seen.

I wonder what life will offer to us this year, anyway we have to take each day as it comes. Take care dear friends.

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

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

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. Happy birthday to your husband and also congratulations for 38 years of marriage!

    It is funny how many people now talk about “fake news” – even related to something as serious as the pandemic. Perhaps for some it’s less scary if they just decide it isn’t happening. We are also in a more serious lockdown and our neighbours to the east, Quebec, are about to institute an even more strict lockdown with curfews. I think for us it is spreading more now for a couple of reasons. The first is, of course, that with the cold weather we’re spending more time indoors where the virus can remain in the air longer and transmit more readily. At the same time many people are feeling tired of being away from others – and the media is telling us that when people get too tired of being alone they stop paying attention to the rules. (I wonder what would happen if the idea of “covid fatigue” were not perpetuated and spread by the media and others). So many now are seeing friends and family for the holidays and after every holiday we see a spike in cases.

    The pickle looks amazing! I have a plan to make turmeric pickle soon. Fingers crossed it goes well!

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  2. This allowed me to travel with you and your husband to somewhere I’d never been. Thank you. (I didn’t need to wear a mask, either. I would have though.)
    Happy Birthday. I am living the year of 69 myself; it’s been a doozy so far.

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  3. Please pass my birthday good wishes to your husband.
    Every boulder does indeed have a story to tell. I believe the same holds true for every person, every tree, every river, every sea … I could go on and on but I’m sure you get my point. Thank you for sharing this little of your life.

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  4. Your husband is a very young looking 69 year old! The vaccine has arrived in Europe and people are being inoculated as fast as possible. No doubt the Indian authorities will be keen to make a start too !

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  5. I enjoyed sharing your day with you, and Happy Birthday to your husband! It’s encouraging that it’s not just the US with ‘fake news’ attitudes. Thank goodness we can get outdoors for a breath of fresh air! Love your photos…thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!!!

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