Everyday Moments ( # SOL-2021)


Yesterday morning we attended the house warming ceremony of a neighbour. According to our custom, people consult their priest and at an auspicious moment the family members enter the house for the first time. We attended that and we were the only people with masks on!! We stayed for half an hour and came back. We were later told there was a huge gathering for lunch. These days many do not wear masks. We believe that we should take care, we cannot be sure that we will not get the virus. Anyway, people have to understand and be responsible.

Mud is being removed from the plot behind our house. JCB is at work the whole day and mud is being transported whole day long. Last three or four days we have been suffering cold due to that. My husband had little fever too and he decides to have a Covid test. Fortunately, the result was negative. It is a sad state of affairs that common cold is making us scared ☹. The weather too is not what it used to be earlier. The days are very cloudy and in between we see the sun trying to peep out.

While returning from the house warming ceremony, we met another neighbour. A little away there is a half-constructed building. It has been like that for years. We asked him the reason. In my part of the country,  actually everywhere in India, people worship snakes, especially the King Cobra. The owner of the plot had been advised not to construct a building there due to presence of many snake burrows. But he went ahead and destroyed them. People believe because of that deed he has not been able to complete the building. He has lost money now and cannot even think of completing the work. We believe  there are many things in life which cannot be answered by science or reason.

On the 15th was our daughter’s birthday, she is 34. How time flies! On the 17th was her wedding anniversary. Gayatri and Vinay were married ten years ago. I learnt that we can make collages in Samsung gallery. I made two and shared them . Due to lock down they stayed at home. They live in Germany. It is snowing there and our grandchildren are enjoying themselves 😊.

On the 16th morning looking out of our kitchen window I saw a beautiful little bird, I was seeing it for the first time. It was kind enough to wait for me to get my mobile and take photos. I later learnt it is the Indian Pitta.  There are many coconut trees around us and I love to see the gentle swaying of the fronds. It made my day.  Later I made raw mango paste-pickles  and chutney powder. I enjoy making them. They taste good with dosas.  My husband’s cousins came home yesterday evening. We had not seen them for long. They called to ask whether they could come. We said yes. We enjoyed their company. But I missed our International Book club meeting.  There is always another time.

So, Life goes on.

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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. You are brave to entertain guests in your home or to go to others’ homes. We don’t do that here in California unless we can be outside the entire time. We continue to do our very best to stay safe during the pandemic, especially now that a new strain of the virus has come to our state.

    I have a former student living in Germany and she sends posts of their life there during the pandemic. They were allowed to travel for awhile and then the cases increased and everyone was in lockdown again. I wish people would just stay home until we have all been vaccinated.

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  2. I am so thankful your husband does not have covid. It is such a hard time when people will not wear masks. Your photos are lovely. The bird is quite an interesting one. It is so beautiful.

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  3. We also continue to wear masks when out in public which for us means grocery shopping or doctor’s appointment. I am glad to hear your husband tested negative. I think many people think the worse these days when they are not feeling well. We enjoy watching the birds that vist our bird feeder. It is interesting to see which ones come year round and which are seasonal.

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  4. As of this writing, India is 2nd to US for the most number of Covid-19 and still, most do not wear facemasks in a gathering? Here in the Phil. , we have to wear face masks and shields in public places and parties are not allowed, but of course, some people are stubborn. We have about an average of 1,500 new cases each day.


  5. I love the collages you were able to make. I remembered when your grandchildren were little too. I had to miss the book group last Sunday also because I had church. I hope we meet up there again soon.

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  6. I so enjoy hearing the details of your life across the globe. So much of what we are experiencing is the same–dealing with the pandemic, taking care of ourselves, worrying about every little cough, even the strange weather. I am doing a lot more bird watching, too! And I lived in Germany with my family for awhile growing up; you brought back good memories with your pictures. Lovely post!

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