Everyday Moments – (#SOL- 2021)


The weather is different this year. We are getting pre-monsoon rains in April. Last year they started in May and the year before rains started only in July. Today afternoon it rained for more than an hour. There was wind too and we could see coconut fronds swaying to the beat 😊

From today evening we are having lockdown for two weeks. Aravind will be working from home. The hospital and the staff will go working as usual. Two months ago we were feeling very relieved that Covid cases were not increasing. Many had all sorts of funny ideas why the cases were not increasing. I wonder what they will now say when the situation is getting out of control. Lack of oxygen is one of the main problems and of course there are no free beds in the hospitals. We have been reading that people with mild symptoms need not get admitted in the hospital. I was thinking that trees are being cut indiscriminately in the name of development. Trees which provide us with oxygen, and ironically lack of oxygen is causing so much suffering.

Curfew was imposed on Saturday and Sunday. We did not go out. There was no sound of vehicles from the main road. Memories of lockdown last year came to mind. But I don’t think there will be lockdown now, our economy will not be able to stand it. The poor will suffer and for then day to day survival is a harsh reality, more real than corona virus. And for how long can people stay indoors ? The virus is here to stay. I know it is very easy to say this. Only people who have suffered from it will know its reality.

Early last week, I took my mother to her bank. She applied for a debit card. We went to the post office too. My husband’s hearing aid was not working. Fortunately, this happened within the guarantee period. We posted it to the company. Aravind had ordered some books for Advaith and Kavya, our grandchildren. But what was delivered was not what he wanted. So, we returned them. We are planning to go to the shop to buy books. We are going to send them by post. Our daughter and family live in Germany. They were planning to come this August but they cannot. It will be next year. We are feeling very sad but it is not in our hands.

Our neighbour gave us wild mangoes from her garden. The tree is very tall and she cannot pluck them. Every morning the fruits keep falling. Hybrid mangoes are tasty but wild ones are a class apart. They have a lot of fibre and we cannot slice them. We have to suck the pulp. We can make rasam, sasive and other dishes. I made sasive, we all loved it and finished everything at lunch 😊.

Work is going on in the plot behind our house. Due to rains last week there had been a land slide on one side. Now they are building concrete walls on three sides, they have to finish it before the rains start in June. So much is being destroyed, for the sake of a hotel!


Mavina hannina sasive recipe | How to make tasty mango gravy | …

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. I’m really sad to see the impact of COVID on so many people now in India. A few months ago I could say that nobody I knew had been directly affected – it was always a friend of a friend. But now that’s not true. Friends have been sick, their family members have passed or have been very sick.

    This time has made me very aware of how much money and politics play into all of our day to day life. So many are poor and suffering, while others are doing well. Then there are the incredibly rich. There are people who have so much money that they could literally afford to eliminate hunger or build dozens of hospitals around the world and *still be billionaires* while others are suffering. Jeff Bezos can get rich from Amazon while hundreds of his workers are getting sick working in warehouses and bring the virus home to their families while the privileged get to sit and work at home and have things delivered from Amazon for our entertainment. Our Premier could isolate at home with pay when a colleague got sick and he had to isolate. While there he was able to work (he had to, quite literally, learn to use a laptop) while he eliminated the paid sick days that would have helped people stay home when they felt sick and could have helped stop the spread. These same super rich could have worked to support the needy through this. Instead many of them made record profits for themselves.

    I’m not sure what to do with that information except to use it as an example to myself: if I’m upset for the super rich not helping by building hospitals, I should, myself, help to the best of my own capacity. I’ve seen lots of people helping others – and that gives me encouragement for the human race. I think this is our true nature – some may forget it but it is truly who we are.

    I had never heard of sasive before and had to go look it up. Is it similar to raita but made with mustard? It looks really good. Your talk about food always makes me hungry.

    I hope things get sorted soon and India gets the help it needs.

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  2. The second wave of the pandemic is very stressful for all of us. Am happy that you cherish the little things and trying to make the most. If only we learn our lessons and start to cohabit with nature again.

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  3. I have been so sad to read about the new rise in cases. I am hopeful more vaccines will be released to your country. Our poor planet suffers so much from continued destruction and building. I am holding positive thoughts for you. Be careful and stay well.

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  4. I am happy that you and your family are well. This is a very difficult time. You seem to be handling it like a champion. Best to you as you continue your good work.

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  5. I hope things start to ease a bit with the influx of help with oxygen , respirators and vaccines from other Countries. Perhaps Prime Minister Modi will have built some units to isolate the very ill and have the army medics look after them to take the pressure off the hospitals. I send my very best wishes to you.,

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  6. Our Prime Minister has said that the United Kingdom stands side by side with India and our country, and France, Germany and the USA have all sent things to help you.
    Try to respect the lockdown if you can, wear a mask if you have one and if you have a chance to be vaccinated, take it. It is the only way to beat this disease.

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    1. Yes, people do wear masks but there are many who don’t, they believe there is nothing like covid. We have been wearing masks whenever we go out. It has become a part of dress now. .Just toda my husband and mother got the second dose of the vassination. I have taken my first dose. It is a terrible situation.


  7. Your country’s troubles with covid19 are on our news a lot. We have new Zealanders of Indian descent really worried about family in India. I hope this awful situation can be dealt with soon for all your sakes.


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