January is a month of birthdays in our extended family. So many cousins were born in this month. There are birthdays from 3rd to the 31st. We wish each other on WhatsApp, I call those who are close to me. There is something good about talking, a cousin recently told me she finds it boring to type messages, she always calls and talks with the other person. My mother too prefers it. remember those days when we made greeting cards and posted them. I sent photos of my grandchildren to my mother as new year greetings 😊.
My birthday was on the 22nd. I am 59 and when I told my mother she just couldn’t believe that her daughter was a grandmother 😊.We usually go to temple on birthdays. This time we decided to go to small temple about 45 kms away. Aravind, our son, applied for leave. We left a 8’o’clock and had breakfast in a hotel in a town not far from the temple. This temple to Lord Kanthesehwara ( Lord Shiva) is on a hill top, in a small village. Two old and tall Champaka trees were an added attraction. We had been to this temple a few years ago and I was relieved to see them standing tall. They are more than five hundred years old. Their trunk and branches remind of Treebeard from Lord of the Rings 😊.
They are safe from human hands because they are in the courtyard of a temple. On the 21st people in that place celebrated the annual Utsava (festival) of the temple. On the 22nd, there were special pujas and we were blessed to be a part of them. Usually in our temples, food is served after the main puja in the afternoon. We did not wait for food. We had lunch in the same hotel and were back home by 3.
My son has gifted me four salvar kameez materials and I have started stitching one. I enjoy stitching 😊. I listen to lectures by Bannanje Govindacharya, a great Sanskrit scholar while stitching. For more than a month I have been listening to his commentary on Vishnu Sahasranama. I always remember my Doddamma when I am doing two things at a time 😊, she believed that it was better to do one work at a time.
The number of Corona cases have come down a lot. A doctor friend told us that there are no cases in the hospital in our town. People do wear masks and many don’t. But we are being careful. Vaccinations are being given but we are reading in the newspaper that people are hesitant to take it. The other day a neighbour told me that we have lived through whole of last year when there were so many cases. Why take a vaccination when there are so few cases now. In the paper we are reading that our country is second to USA in the number of cases. But relatives and friends living in other cities are saying cases are very less now. We don’t know what to make of all this. Already, we are completing one month of this year. Life goes on.