Everyday Moments–(#SOL-2021)

18-05-2021

Saturday ( 15th) morning we woke up to heavy rains. It had been raining since 3 in the morning. It continued to rain the whole day and on Sunday too. This was due to the approaching cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. It did not touch the coast near our place. We read in the papers that it made land-fall in Gujarat today. There is chaos and destruction along the west coast. As if the Corana virus was not enough!

Seeing the sun shining the clothes were drying in the sun. I was making chapatis for lunch when it became darker. I did not think it would rain but soon heard the sound of approaching rain. I rushed out to get the clothes and got drenched. During the monsoon season I never dry the clothes outside because by instinct we run out when it starts raining. I am scared of falling. I often feel our problems are trivial compared to the problems faced by so many.

Yesterday, my husband and I went to our hospital for our annual check up. But, I was going after one and half years. Thankfully everything is ok. The hospital looked so empty. We had heard that wards with Covid patients are full. But the emptiness was not because patients were less but because there are no buses from other parts of the state due to lockdown. I wonder how people with health problems are faring. My husband had to go to the cardiology department too. I was waiting outside and met a senior friend. He is 83 and taught Zoology. Our daughter was his student too. It was very interesting listening to incidents from his life. He and my husband are Facebook friends too. On meeting us he said it was good to meet face to face 😊.

One morning last week, I was looking out of the window and saw some monkeys sitting on my neighbour’s wall. She had kept something to dry. The monkeys were busy eating from the plate. I called her immediately. She had kept green gram to dry in the sun. I told her to ask someone whether she could use them. I must ask her what she has done with them. We see monkeys often. In the mornings they go in search of food. I don’t think they like star apples. They don’t touch the ones in our tree. They don’t touch pineapples too, maybe because of the thorns.

My husband plucked curry leaves from the plant, my mother cleaned them and I made chutney powder from them 😊. They are very tasty with dosas. One day we made bread pudding, we all liked it. Otherwise it has been our daily food. Due to lockdown shops close at 10, we have to get whatever we want before then. It seems so strange to see empty roads.

Life is going on. We talk to our daughter almost every day by video call. We talked to my cousin too, she lives in New Jersey. It is nice when we can see the person with whom we are talking 😊. I remember those days of trunk calls. We had to book a call, wait for hours and then talk only for three minutes. Most people worried if they heard there was a trunk call from someone! So many changes 😊 and we have to change with the times. As I am writing, my mother is talking to a relative in Kolkota. She is enjoying herself 😊.

Hope you all are fine, dear friends, take care.

Cyclone Tauktae weakens after making landfall on Gujarat coast (deccanchronicle.com)

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.

11 comments

  1. Lakshmi, so glad you and your family are safe from cyclone! We read about devastation in news here. Hope that you stay safe from COVID, too! Blessings! 💐💨🙏💨💐

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  2. Thanks, Lakshmi, for your lovely post and wishes. You take care too. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of the quiet street and your sweet mom. I learned something new from your post today, and I wonder if you can answer a question. I have learned to love curry leaves, and we can buy them very reasonably here in a big old branch. I don’t like to waste them, so I usually remove all the leaves and freeze them in a jar. They last forever that way, but I wonder if you can tell me more about making them into chutney powder. We make dosas now too. Thanks!

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  3. What an interesting and newsy blog. Very enjoyable reading. I am jealous of your plentiful supply of curry leaves. In the UK they have become very rare and expensive since the government imposed a ban on its importation from India on the grounds of some plant disease, so it only comes from Africa.

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  4. Lakshmi, thank you for posting your comings and goings. I am glad to hear that things are going well for you and your family, and I’m grateful for your reminder about how important connections between us are.

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  5. Glad to heat you and your family are doing well. Here we are enjoying above normal temperatures with very little rainfall forecast.
    It is always nice to meet friends in person. Next week we are getting together with some friends we haven’t seen in over a year.

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