Everyday Moments ( #SOL-2021)

11-05-2021

It is 11.30 in the morning and is quite cloudy. It may rain. This year we have started getting pre-monsoon rains. It is such a relief when it rains because the days are very hot. Humidity is very high here. It is also very quiet. We are having lockdown till the 24th. Shops are open in the mornings. A few days ago we had gone to buy medicines. The town was deserted, It was the same last year but last year we did not go anywhere. It seemed very strange to see no people moving about.

In the plot behind our house work is going on very slowly, there are only a few workers. A few days ago drilling work was going on and the sound was awful. My husband is a  dentist and was a professor in the Dental college of our university. He always said the sound of the drill has adverse effects on the ears of the dentist. Though the sound is not heard by all, the sound is there and many dentists have hearing problems. I told him I could understand what he has always said, now, very well. 

Lockdown has put so many restrictions in our lives. But life has become terrible for so many. In cities more people are having breathing problems and there is shortage of oxygen supply. It must be terrible and we are reading about people having fungal infections. Is there no end to problems ?  We are lucky, life is going on without many difficulties. We can walk in our garden, mornings and evenings. We hear the birds at all times, they add music to our lives in the midst of the pandemic. We have grocery and vegetable shops two lanes away. I send a list by WhatsApp and pay the money by GooglePay. The owner calls us when he has packed what we need. We go and get them. We read in today’s newspaper about police being unnecessarily harsh on people who go out to buy their daily necessities. I wonder what happens to the police? They become bullies without much effort.

The star apple tree in our garden is over burdened with fruits, this is the third crop this year. Unfortunately, many of them are spoilt from inside. We have cut, check before eating. Every morning there are so many fruits lying on the ground. My husband picks them and puts them near the coconut trees. They are good manure. We have a very popular devotional song by the great Purandara Dasa. It starts with the words, ‘pour the water of the lake back into the lake…’ So we give the fruits back to the trees.

Purandara Dasa – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purandara_Dasa

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. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. 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.

16 comments

  1. I read quite a lot of the link to Purandara Dasa and the section about “Social Reforms” was very reassuring. I thought everybody in India was labelled a certain way by their birth, but this great man clearly saw the weaknesses in this view of society.

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  2. Lakshmi, I am always fascinating with your many reflections on everyday life happenings. Beautiful post. I learned some new things, like about the dentist and the drilling sound’s adverse effects. Wow.

    It’s also very nice that you can shop with such convenience using WhatsApp, Google Pay and the shopkeeper packing the groceries.

    Three crops is one year is something I have never experienced where I have lived. No wonder the quick-growing fruits are splitting from the inside out.

    Do stay safe!

    Thanks for telling your stories,
    Denise

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  3. Your situation with Covid19 in India is much in our news here in New Zealand, as we have had quite a few people of Indian descent for over a hundred years. They often get brides and husbands for their children from India, hence your news is also our news. It looks truly terrible and scary in India from here so it is good to see that you and your family are managing well.All the best to all of you.

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    1. Thank you. Where do you live in New Zealand? Long back I loved books by Essie Summers. Her stories were set in New Zealand and since then one of my dreams was visiting your country. Regards.

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      1. Thank you. I think I read a few Essie Summers books a long while back, but I do not remember much about them. I live in Palmerston North, two hours drive north of our capital city Wellington.

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  4. I was surprised to read about how drilling affects a dentist. I never gave it much thought since being on the receiving end all I think about is that drill in my mouth.

    I haven’t tried using a shopping app yet. Our community is small and the store is never overcrowded when I go that I never saw the need to shop any other way but in person.

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    1. Maybe in small clinics there will not be much problem. But in college with hospital, the drilling goes on in so many patients. That sound is heard by the ears. My husband has hearing problem, many of his colleagues have told him that they too have hearing loss.

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    1. It is ok. I am happy that I won the prize and I had also ticked the wavered option in the form. Earlier a friend had sent books from outside and there were so many formalities and in the end I did not get the books. Regards.

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  5. As I read your small moments, the way you shared set such a quiet tone to match the aloneness of lockdown. One of my students from Arlington, VA went to Punjai for Spring Break and he joins my TEAM meeting each day from India. He tells up about how hot it is. Because of him and now you, I am feeling more connected to India. Thank you for sharing your story. Stay safe.

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