#SoCS May 22, 2021

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On a verse in the Mahabharata

It is afternoon,  we are sitting in our verandah and reading.  Our verandah is enclosed and the roof is a slanting one. In Kannada we call this space Mukhamantapa. Earlier in villages many houses had such verandahs but they were not enclosed.  It was a pleasure to sit on the low wall and read a book.

My father planned our house. Long back I had told him that if there was extra place I wanted a mukhamatapa. We bought this plot of land in 2002.  There was place and he said I could have my wish. But he felt it was better to have grills above low walls on three sides. Our house is not far from the main road and a grilled verandah is a safer place.

It is our favourite place. Those who visit us also prefer to sit here. From here we can see coconut trees,  plants and other trees beyond our gate. Green is my favourite colour. The flowering plants have grown tall. They are like a green wall. Actually there are three plants,  their names in Kannada are Mandara, Lambana and Karaveera. All three bear yellow flowers. Yellow flowers against the green background looks beautiful. They remind me of brocade. The tree opposite our gate also bears yellow flowers, it looks like a huge bouquet when in full bloom.

Our daughter and grandchildren in 2019
My father and his elder brother in 2009

Every evening we sit in our mukhamantapa to drink tea. It is such a relaxing place. Now that we are in lockdown, we walk in our front yard. The star apples keep falling. Due to the rains, they are spoilt from inside. Every morning my husband picks them in a basket and puts them at the roots of two of our coconut trees. In evenings too we do it . Maybe the two  trees will bear more coconuts next time 😊 because they are getting a lot of sweet star apples.  It will be a relief when all the star apples fall.

After returning from our evening walks , we sit in our favourite place. On the 15th and 16th of this month we had heavy rains due to  cyclone Tauktae which roared ferociously along the west coast of our country leaving behind a trail of destruction.  The sea is about ten kms from our house. There was wind along with rain and our mukhamantapa was drenched. This also happens during the monsoon season. So we have plastic chairs there.

As it gets darker, the fragrance of the Parijatha flowers fill the air. It is a pleasure to sit out but it also the time for mosquitoes to make their appearance.  They are there always. Aravind suffers most from them. I tell him his blood must be much sweeter😊. We then go inside.

All this came to mind when I saw the sun shine and yellow flowers in full bloom and I thought of the book I am reading, The Mahabharata,  An Inquiry in the Human Condition by Chaturvedi Badrinath. It is a fascinating read.
One of the verses in the epic says, ‘ Flowers do not proclaim themselves before giving their pure fragrance.  Neither does the sun announce itself before shining in the sky.’

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 used to 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. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. 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.

5 comments

  1. Without being personal, I regard Aravinda as a flower. He didn’t declare anything but filled up our lives with the fragrance of his exceptional capabilities.

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  2. The photograph of th light coming in from the grillage with its green background and blu light reflected from the floor is stunning.

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