Everyday Moments- (#SOL-2020)

1-06-2021

This year the weather has been different, we have been getting rains on and off since March. Our summers are very hot with high humidity but this year the rains gave us a little relief. But all the time we were thinking whether the rains were good for agriculture. But nature has her way. We are expecting the south west monsoons within a week. They are very necessary and important for our country. We are keeping our fingers crossed that rainfall will be normal, the meteorological department has said so, but one never knows.

Wind and rain a few days ago. We pushed the chairs to one side. It was wet inside the verandah.

The star apples in our tree are finished for this year. Most of the fruits were spoilt. Many are saying it is because of the rains. In our neighbour’s garden all the mangoes in their tree are spoilt. They are putting them at the base of their coconut trees. In our tree too the mangoes are getting spoilt. Fortunately, there were not many. We plucked the raw ones. I made pickles from them. It is a paste type of pickles, good with dosas and idlis.

I am stitching cross stitch designs to make table mats for our grandchildren. For Kavya, I stitched from my book. My friend had told me about this site. It is very interesting. I am trying a design from it for our grandson, Advaith.

We are in partial lock down till 7th. A few days ago, my husband and Aravind went to some shops in the morning.  We eat raw rice and parboiled too. Both are tasty in their own way. When I prepare parboiled rice, I keep aside the water in which it has been cooked. I use it to make soup. During the rainy season it is warming to eat hot soup 😊.

My mother is 80 and in the last few years she has forgotten many people with whom she has no contact. A few days ago an old acquaintance called her. I was watching her talk, she was answering all the questions. To some questions she answered frankly that she has forgotten many things and could not give an answer. Then I talked for a while. Later my mother told me she just could not place the person. I asked her how she had answered the questions. She said they were very general and about her daily activities. We then talked about the lady and then my mother recognised who she was.

Aravind has Retinitis Pigmentosa from birth. A few evenings ago he and my husband went for a walk. They met a couple who are old friends. The lady, instead of introducing herself, kept asking Aravind whether he  recognized her. He was getting quite irritated. He had not met them for a long time and how was he supposed to recognize their voice ? He recognizes people by their voices. There are many such people. Many a time I have told some that it was better if they told Aravind who they were instead of asking Aravind to tell them who they were. There are all sorts of people!

Two days ago a blogger wrote a Pantoum. This poetry form is fascinating.  I am trying one. Though we are in lockdown, and life is going on in a set routine. I was wondering what to write. There has been a lot to write about everyday moments.😊.

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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.

10 comments

  1. I do hope you get the right amount of rain. Raw rice surprised me – I would have thought it too hard. It is such a shame that the woman didn’t get it right about Aravind.

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  2. Sometimes I have people I scarcely know on the phone and they ask, Do you know who’s talking? It’s very irritating. Once when that happened, I put the phone down.

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  3. I always enjoy your Slices of Life. They often include such items as these about the preparation of rice dishes. We have forgotten such skills and rely on prepared rice bought from the shops. I do hope that the weather sorts itself out and treats you kindly.

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  4. It’s hard to watch your parents decline, I’m going through it with my dad. I’m sorry about your hubby. I’ve never heard of that eye condition, I’ll go look it up now. Good luck with your surprise gift!

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      1. Oh, I’m sorry! I’m sorry for your son too. I’m sure he’s learned to cope with it, I pray they find a way to fix it. 🙏🙏

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      2. Kim, there is no definite treatment for it. And my son could not see properly from birth. He says he does not miss what he has never had. And he is doing all that he wants to do in life. In 2016 he completed his PhD in English literature and since then is working as Assistant professor in the department of languages of our University.

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