Day 26 of the March SOLSC! #SOL21

My mother had many silver glasses in the bank locker. She said they had been gifted to her and my father on their wedding day in 1959. In those days it was a common practice to give silver items as gifts. My father worked in the Indian Railways and was transferred from one place to another and for safety reasons the glasses always remained in bank lockers.

My grandfather had given some silver things, my grandmother’s copper jewel box and a small  silver container to keep kumkum to my parents. Many years ago my mother gave them to me and my brothers . She gave me my grandmother’s copper jewel box, the kumkum container and this beautiful silver water container.

My grandfather was an  English and Maths teacher and also the Headmaster of the Municipal High school in Hospet.  He retired in 1950 and on his last day in school,  the staff members gave this container as a gift. I don’t know whether he used it. After retiring he lived with his two sons. All his worldly possessions filled a small trunk and two bags.

At the time my mother gave me this container, my husband and I had started drinking four glasses of water (800ml) in the morning before drinking anything else. We had read it was good for the body. I did not want to keep this beautiful container inside and forget all about it. I had read it was good to drink water stored in silver vessel and decided to use it regularly.  It holds 750ml of water. There is a small glass which is kept inside the jar, but I don’t use it much. Drinking water every morning has really helped us.

Some years ago I had taken the container to the silver shop to get it polished but I was told it would lose its beauty. After drinking water from it I wash it carefully.  I keep the small container with kumkum in the puja room. The copper jewel box has some important documents.
A small part of my grandparents’ lives is a part of our daily life.

With our grandfather, this must be in 1969.

https://www.aimsindia.com/blog/use-copper-ware-and-silver-ware-to-store-drinking-water/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumkuma

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. I did not go there last year. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. 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.

17 comments

  1. It’s great to remember our family from our childhood. I have many antiques from both sides of my family. I’ve treasured them over the years. I need to use them more like you do.

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  2. Lakshmi, I love the silver vessels from your grandparents. That is a beautiful water bottle–so special to have it and be able to use it. I’m curious which of the girls are you with your grandfather.

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  3. Some objects remind us of family members. The memories are priceless. It is wonderful that you things that belonged to your grandparents. I have two pictures that slways hung in my grandparents house. I treasure them.

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  4. I admire the beautiful simplicity of the silver vessel, your water-drinking tradition, and this bit about your grandfather: “All his worldly possessions filled a small trunk and two bags.”

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  5. That’s a beautiful vessel. I had never heard about benefits of drinking water from silver containers until I went to City Palace in Jaipur where they have two of the Maharaja’s 4000 litre silver vessels he used for carrying Ganga water for a visit to London. That’s some serious devotion to a health regimen!

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