Everyday Moments –(#SOL-2020)

4-04-2021

We are living last year again but fortunately not exactly like last year when there was complete lockdown. Reading about the increasing number of cases in different parts of our country is heart wrenching. There is so much suffering everywhere due to lack of oxygen. And the tragedy is that trees are being cut down in the name of development. It is basic knowledge that trees give us oxygen. Today I saw photo which said it all. In a black and white photo, huge trees are being transported in trucks. And in another recent photo, a row of oxygen tankers are moving slowly on the road. And the caption is, Nature takes her revenge.

It was wonderful to join our international Book Club on the 2nd night. There were only three of us, Todd, Katherine and myself. We missed the others but had a good time talking about books and other topics.

On the 28th my husband and mother got the second dose of the vaccination at our hospital. We went at 1.30. Fortunately, there was no rush. Now the vaccination is out of stock.  I too went with my mother. After the vaccination we had wait for half an hour in a hall. We met many of our friends and wished each other from far. One of the ladies seemed familiar. She comes to cook in a neighbour’s house. She had always interested me. She makes a living by cooking breakfast and lunch for many families. She was happy to talk about herself. Her day starts at 4.30. After cooking for her family, she leaves home at 5.45. By noon she cooks in ten houses and afternoon four houses. In each house she cooks what the family wants. By evening she is back home. It seemed amazing to me. She said she does not get bored of cooking.  She started 23 years ago. I have heard there are others who cook to order. In a friend’s house they cannot get vegetables, dals etc. A lady cooks at home and delivers cooked food. In her case she decides what she will cook. It is good to know there are so many different ways to make a living.

The weather is becoming hotter and every other day we hear thunder in the distance. We have had a few rains. It has been predicted that we will have normal rainfall this year. It is good to read that something will be normal. Life goes on.

Mangoes in our garden 🙂

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 in 2020. I started going in February but I have not been there for a month now because the number of Covid cases are increasing. 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.

12 comments

  1. Lakshmi, I’m glad your family was able to get the vaccines. That “nature takes her revenge” caption is a gut punch. So very sad. I’m praying for India every day. Peace and safety to you and your country.

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  2. Glad to hear your husband and mother are now fully vaccinated.
    There are so many ways to make a living. The key is having a product or service that people need.
    Normal rainfall – yes, it is good to know that something will be normal.

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  3. That lady whose day starts at 4.30 and who cooks for up to 10 families to make her living will probably never win a Padma, but she is an Indian heroine. The poet (Thomas Gray) must have had people like her in mind when he wrote these lines:
    Full many a gem of purest ray serene
    The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear:
    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
    And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
    If you see hr tell her that a chap from Scotland is full of admiration for her.

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  4. “Life goes on.” Indeed it does. Glad that your family was able to get vaccinated. Learning about the woman who cooks in so many different kitchens opens a window on how others find ways to make a living through their talents.

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  5. 1) I have never seen mangoes on a tree! I should look up more photos!
    2) So glad you got your vaccine.
    3) I would have to cook and deliver what I wanted to make that day. I can’t imagine doing so many different meals in a day.

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  6. I am glad to hear your family was able to be fully vaccinated. That must be a relief! Wishing you and your family safe passage through troubling times.

    Mangoes are a favorite fruit of mine, and I am sure the wild ones are even better. It is hard to get good ones from the market here in my area. We have noticed that with some kinds of wild fruit here, the wild is much more flavorful, too. Eating certain things does bring back memories from childhood. I always enjoyed picking wild raspberries as a child, and remember walking a long way to get to a good patch of them.

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