Everyday Moments – (#SOL- 2021)

25-05-2021

Partial lockdown has been extended till June 7th. It seems strange that life is going on. I was telling my husband that our life was flowing on like a river. It is morning and then it is night, we are in the last week of May. But for so many life has become just survival from one day to the next. Small shop owners are not doing business because the have to close their shops at ten. There is no one to travel in auto rickshaws. So many people depend upon their daily earnings. People in our locality have got together, collected money and have provided a sack full of grocery to people who are finding it difficult to make ends meet. All these people are people who work hard, they must be feeling frustrated about accepting charity and at the same time they must be feeling a little relieved too. Today morning Basavaraj called asking if there was work. He used to come to clean the garden. He said there is no work and is sitting at home. Unfortunately, we had to say no.

Aravind’s students have completed their semester and will be writing their final exams soon, all online. Who would have thought that in 2019 that life would change so much? Our day to day activities are going on. I am reading a fascinating book about Mahabharata. And while doing cross stitch in the afternoons I listen to Don Quixote in Audibles, it is a fascinating book.

Yesterday we did not feel like going for a walk in the by lanes, I walked the eight-walk in the yard and my mother the straight walk 😊. She walks for half an hour in the morning too. I took some photos of different flowers. A small wild flower comes up when the rains start. It is strangely beautiful. My husband’s cousin is a botanist. He said it’s botanical name is Curcuma cannanorensis.

The south-west monsoon is going to hit the coast of Kerala, the state to the south of our state, in the last week of this month and we will get rains a week after. The forecast has been for normal rains this year.

In the last week of April, starting with Aravind we all got Covid. Fortunately, we only had fever, cold and other mild symptoms. Aravind was feeling exhausted for more than two weeks. We were at home for three weeks, though it was not possible for each of us to be in isolation but we managed. We were getting calls from the Government health centre every day about our symptoms. We were very fortunate. Everyday we thanked God that we did not suffer as so many are suffering. So many have died. Later we came to know that many of our relatives had Covid but with mild symptoms.

It is now eight at night, I am hearing a lot of sounds, maybe of frogs and other insects. They do not disturb because they are part of nature. Construction activity is going on in the plot behind our house. And that sound is quite irritating but we have to get used to it. Workers are working from morning to night. I don’t know what they will do when the rains start.

On Sunday morning I made ‘kottige’ for breakfast, it is a form of vegetable idli. We put the batter of rice and bottle gourd pieces in banana leaves and steam for an hour. We have a banana plant in our garden. We use the leaves when they are big enough to be used. I made some masala powder to add in some dishes. I like to make chutney powders and masala powders, it is fun to experiment. This year there is only one jackfruit in our tree. There are some kokum fruits in its three but they are still green in colour.

Some time ago I was reading The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser. I liked these words, ‘Some go through life’s journey- to reach the final resting point, when there would be no worries and they could afford to follow their hearts.  Some appreciate each day, changing directions on a whim, the final destination did not matter.’

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.

18 comments

  1. Your slice feels so gentle. You describe your observation so clearly. You take me back to last March in Arlington, VA when I was placed on lockdown. But daily I had to walk around the neighborhood. And just like you, I found so peace by taking photos of the flowers. Your writing also reminds me of the BIG world I live in. Though my town is starting to feel more normal, it is not so everywhere. Have a peaceful day today. I’ll be thinking of you all day because you shared your observations from miles away.

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  2. Thanks for a little window into you life. So glad no one in your family became very sick. Here in the USA – at least in my city things are slowly returning to a more normal pace. People are now getting out and about. Many are now vaccinated and that is helping. Wishing you the best to stay healthy and safe.

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  3. I am glad to hear that you family did not have any of the serious symptoms of Covid. Life has changes for so many during this past year. So many restaurants and businesses have closed permanently. Walking and enjoying nature does help ease the mind. Hope you and your family stay healthy.

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  4. While not what we wanted – covid seems to be a common link that unites us and one we can all understand. Glad to read you had mild symptoms. May we all move forward with greater understandings of each other!

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  5. Lakshmi, so many striking details in your post. I love that wild flower you shared. I looked up the botanical name and quite a variety came up with the same genus. Praise God that you all had a mild form of Covid. The kottige looks good and such a nice way to cook it. I am so impressed with all the ways banana leaves are used. Don Quixote is a fascinating story.

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  6. My favorite line, “Our life flowing on like a river.” I’ve been thinking of you when I hear the news about Covid in India and am glad to see that your are all managing okay. I always enjoy reading about your daily adventures. 🙂

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  7. So thankful to hear you all got safely through COVID. I am always intrigued by the gifts of nature that you share, such as this flower which comes with the rains. A striking metaphor for life in itself. Such love and devotion in your community, coming together to care for those who need help. These are the flower. Strength, healing, and endurance to you all-

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  8. I am just catching up with your posts, Lakshmi. I am sorry to hear all of you caught Covid, but it sounds like you are all recovering. The numbers of infections seem to go up and down here, and numbers are broken out by county. Unfortunately my county is still high risk, but at lease we have been vaccinated.

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    1. Here too there are ups and downs. I am glad you have been vaccinated. I have got the first dose. My mother and husband have got two doses. Actually my husband and mother got infected after being vaccinated. Maybe that was one of the reasons for mild symptoms. We were lucky. Thank you for your comments 🙂

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