Word of the Day Challenge

The Word of the Day is HECTIC,

I hope you enjoy using this word in a story, poem or anecdote.

My father-in-law passed away last year on March 24th. We follow the Hindu calendar for deciding the days for our festivals, rites and rituals. My father-in-law’s first death anniversary was yesterday. We performed certain rites and rituals on the 10th, 11th and today. We performed these rites in a temple hall. Yesterday was the main day and we were happy most of our near relatives could attend.

We were reading about the increase in Covid cases in my country. We were not sure if our relatives could attend. But all those who came wore masks and were careful. My father-in-law was loved and respected by all his relatives and by those came into contact with him. Lockdown was imposed across the country last year on the day he passed away last year. Our village is in the neighbouring state and only those who lived in our village could attend. So this year our relatives made it a point to attend to show their love and respect for him.

These three days were very hectic, organizing everything and inviting our relatives and other small details. We were very happy that everything went off smoothly and it was wonderful to see our cousins and all other relatives. My brother, sister-in-law and mother too came. My mother will be with us for some months. She could not come here for more than a year.

Though the days were hectic we felt happy and satisfied.


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. A lot of people in England are finding that Covid interferes enormously with their normal religious services, but they have found Zoom a great help in meeting together, albeit on the computer screen.


    1. Last year many were doing Zoom meetings . Our neighbour can see a direct telecast on TV from her church on Sunday mornings. But in some cases it is not possible. We too were worried but there were no problems.


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