Day 7 of the March SOLSC #SOL 21

I enjoy Stream of consciousness hosted by Linda G. Hill. I was wondering whether I would be able to write this week’s challenge posted by her. Fortunately, the prompt is butter and that is a slice of my life. I thought I would combine the two challenges.

Curds and buttermilk are a daily staple. We eat curds for breakfast too. It is a good combination with dosas and idlis. I cannot imagine lunch and dinner without curds. Every night I add a teaspoon of curds to warm milk to set curds for the next day. The next morning, I remove the top layer of cream and store it in a vessel. When it is full, I churn it in the mixer to remove butter and we get butter milk too. We love butter and jaggery syrup with dosa. Our grandchildren love icing on the cake 😊. We too love it but at our age we have to careful.

(Removing the layer of cream from the curds to store in a vessel.)

Butter takes me back to childhood when our grandfather told us stories from our epics and from elsewhere too. He read aloud to us stories of Lord Krishna. The child Krishna and his love for butter  are part of our psyche.  We celebrate His birthday every year which is called Krishna Janmashtami. Our town Udupi, has one of the oldest temples to Him. There are many cultural activities on that day and invariably toddlers are dressed as Lord Krishna.

And another little girl who is a very sweet part of Indians is the Amul girl of the Amul butter fame.  She has been around since 1967. The advertisements are topical and the Amul girl and Amul butter are a part of it. Over the years I have enjoyed each and every one of them. Some make us laugh and some move us to tears and most of them make us think.

And what about people buttering up others for their own gain? It does seem demeaning to do that. What can we say about the lives of others and their problems which make them act in that way?

But we do love to butter up our grandchildren, calling them very sweet names. It is such a pleasure to see them responding. Time flies and they will grow out of this phase of life and only precious memories will remain.

Krishna Janmashtami – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna_Janmashtami

Amul girl – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amul_girl

Amul – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amul

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 6, 2021 | (lindaghill.com)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curd_(India)

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 used to 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. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. 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.

19 comments

  1. Love the different connections between butter in your life! Glad to hear that it’s still okay to butter up kids. It reminded me of my mom’s freshly-baked buns, we’d layer them with melted butter and enjoy them while they were toasty warm. 🙂

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  2. Mmm, butter! I am a firm believer in butter making almost everything better! I loved reading all of your butter connections through the years. I have never made my own butter and (so far) my favorite butter is from Ireland.

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  3. It’s amazing to me that you still make your own butter, something we take for granted, being able to just go to the store and buy it. I don’t know what curds are, unless you mean something like our cottage cheese?

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  4. Love how you explore the different meanings of butter and how they relate to your life. For me, butter always conjures up the image of my grandmother’s homemade bread. I mentioned that in my slice for today.

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  5. This was really interesting, foremost because I love butter. Secondly, because my husband’s grandparents had a milk cow and made a lot of what you referenced. And i was fascinated with the history and cultural activities. Thank you 🙂

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