Everyday Moments- (#SOL-2020

2-2-2021

February  has started and I wonder where has January gone. Covid is still a part of our lives and we are reading different reports from different parts of the world. In Germany, lockdown is still going on. My daughter tells me there are a lot of rules to follow. People wearing cloth masks are not allowed inside supermarkets. Our grandson, Advaith is busy with school work but his sister Kavya misses kindergarten. Here, high school students have started going back to school. But only 10th and 12th std children will be writing exams but there will be no summer vacations. I don’t think we would have ever imagined such a situation. Otherwise, things are moving back to what life had been earlier. Cinema halls are to open to full capacity. It has been a long time since we have gone to see a movie, they have stopped interesting me for a long time now. We are not reading much about the vaccination or about the number of cases in the world. Many of our acquaintances are not having any side effects after taking the vaccination.

I love watching flowers  falling from the tree in front of our house, the yellow flowers make a carpet on the ground. Last week I learnt that action is called abscission. This was a new word for me. Another word that I learnt is Dviti, it is a Sanskrit word and means the brightness of the moon. I like the sound of both words. Writing about words , I completed Indica by Pranay Lal a few days ago. It is a fascinating book about the geological history of India. I had started it in November 😊.

We are going for our evening walks regularly but not to the lake, there is always a crowd there. We did not mind it once, but now it bothers us. There is a line of Ashoka trees in the park opposite the temple, the new green leaves at the top look beautiful. I think of ‘new life’ when I see them. The mango trees in the grounds of the bank management institute are flowering and there are mangoes in many of them. Yesterday, we saw sign boards forbidding people from plucking them. People who come there for a walk have never plucked them 😊.

The mango trees in our garden have not flowered. One of the reasons is that they are under the shade of the coconut trees. And here very rarely do people cut down coconut trees. Usually, my husband waters the plants. Sometimes I do. I know it is always better to put water to the roots but I like to spray water on the leaves. I imagine they look happy 😊. Mud is still being removed from the plot behind our house and there is so much of dust that the leaves are looking more brown than green. The star apple tree in our garden is giving us a lot of fruits, we are eating them and sharing with our neighbours. I made lime squash and salted the peels. They make good pickles, but after a month or so.

So many things are happening which have always happened and last year seems like a dream but of course it is not. I felt the despair in my cousin’s voice. There have been changes and we have to learn to live with them. That is life.

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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. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. 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.

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  1. Nice post! Why can’t someone go in a grocery store in Germany in a cloth mask? Maybe I misunderstood? Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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    1. I don’t know why, my son-in-law went to the supermarket wearing a cloth mask and he was not allowed to enter and was told that according to a new rule one has to wear a different type of mask to enter the supermarket.

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  2. I really enjoy your musings and the range they travel- from Covid restrictions lifting where you live to your family’s different experience in Germany. And then the refreshment of walking and paying attention to growing things.
    Thank you for teaching us two new beautiful words.
    Your last paragraph is lovely.
    “So many things are happening which have always happened…”
    the ripening of the mangoes, the making of lime pickles… but other things are very different. We must learn to live with the changes. Yes.

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  3. I too loved your post, and yes we must live with the changes because, well, we have no choice do we? Here we are still being forced to wear a mask in all public places, even though people on social media claim we don’t have to. No, I guess I could be a rebel and then be asked to leave the store, or restaurant, but that is a battle I choose not to fight. I did manage to make it through Sam’s without one the other day and no one said a word. I’m sure it was a freak thing. Part of me still thinks we should all band together and protest the wearing of masks but the other part is saying just wait a little longer and it will all be over, but I wonder.

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  4. Lakshmi, I like the way your paragraphs move from topic to topic, and yet they are all connected. This is how my mind is moving lately. You wove your story together really well!

    One of my life dreams to is to pick a mango from a tree and eat it. I love them from the grocery store, but I’ve never seen a mango tree! I wouldn’t be able to resist, even with the signs forbidding it.

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  5. “abscission” is a new word for me, too. I don’t see it cropping up too much in conversation, though, because the chances of two people who both know the word coming together must be extremely remote.
    I very much prefer “dviti”. My wife is always very enthusiastic about the moon, and always rushes to the window when I tell her how bright it is.

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