Everyday Moments(#SOL- 2021)

14-06-2021

On the 14th evening it was raining heavily and we felt it was the right time to eat something fried. My mother cut the cabbage and I made pakodas. It was tasty. We were also feeling very relieved because we had lived two days without electricity 😃. It has been raining since 10th and heavily since 12th morning. The monsoon season had finally started. On 8th and 9th Basavaraj came and cleaned the garden. He also cleaned the parapet. Dry leaves from the mango tree fall there and clog the water outlets. We have to clear them before the rains start. This is to prevent water seepage through the walls. Fortunately, in these fifteen years we have never had that problem.

On the 12th afternoon we heard a loud noise outside and were wondering what had happened. Then we saw there was no current supply. We registered a complaint at the electricity department. There were problems everywhere due to wind and rain. We have an invertor and as the weather was cool we did not use the fans. Sunday morning we were horrified to find there was no water. There is an overhead tank and an underground sump. Every morning we fill the overhead tank. I think I must have forgotten to fill it. There is a well in our neighbour’s yard. Their hose reached our garden and we filled three big buckets. We also got water for cooking. I was remembering this quotation, ‘Thousands can live without love but not one can live without water.’

We were waiting for the for the linemen to come. They kept saying they are coming but no one came. We had to take some more water from our neighbour. The weather was cool, so we were not really worried about there being no electricity. The invertor finished and the charge in our mobiles too became less. It was pouring and we did not feel like going to our neighbour’s house to get them charged. Moreover, we were sure someone would come. There was no electricity only in our house and we were thinking that the fuse had melted but we did not know how to rectify the problem.

We sat in our verandah looking at the rain pouring down. We did not have any candles and were going to light the Puja lamp. I light it every evening at dusk and put out the flame just before going to bed. If there had been electricity we would not have watched the rain or heard the sounds of the insects and frogs outside 😊. My husband remembered his childhood days in is village. There had been no electricity till the early seventies. Lamps were lit in the rooms and all the children were fast asleep by 8.30. Except for the stars or moonlight there was no other light. I lit a lamp and we sat in the verandah till 8 o’clock. I was not able to join our book club which started at 7.30. I sent a mail to Todd that I would not be able to join. We had lamp-light dinner, in a way it was a nice experience and soon retired for a day.

Yesterday morning we started calling two or three linesmen. One of them came at 8.30. Just before that another neighbour said there had been no electricity in her house the whole night. She was worried about the things in the freezer of her fridge. Fortunately, there was nothing in mine that would spoil. One headache less 😊. The linesman was a young man. He said his name was Krishna. He said trees and electric poles had fallen at different places and linesmen were repairing them. He checked the fuse and that was the problem. We were really relieved. We filled water first. After an hour there was again a problem with the fuse. He came again at about 2’o clock, our plumber came too and the problem was finally solved.

Those two days were a different experience and somehow, I think we will remember them for a long time.

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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.

14 comments

  1. Glad to hear your problem was solved. I always worry about the electricity going out during heave storms not so much because of the food in the freezer, but because without electricity our sump will not work. We have had a flooded basement several times and it is not something I like to deal with.

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  2. I love the way you paint the picture of this evening with your words! I can picture you sitting with your candle enjoying the sounds of the rain. We had a huge rain storm here the other day and there were times when everyone in my family stood and watched it fall. It’s very relaxing.

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  3. Lakshmi, I always look forward to seeing what you are up to in the kitchen. The idea of you and your mom frying pakodas in the kitchen before the power outage is a sweet image. I’m glad you were able to get it solved without too much time passing. Wow…this quote: ‘Thousands can live without love but not one can live without water.’ Water is so important! Thank you for your lovely post.

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  4. I am glad that your electricity was restored. You approached not having electricity with such positivity. Sometimes it is nice to not have all of the distractions that electricity brings with it. I hope the rest of monsoon season is uneventful.

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  5. A reminder of how we are at the mercy of the weather and so many things beyond our control – glad electricity and water have been restored. What I enjoyed most here in this time of enduring was the sparking of childhood memories, living in times before electricity (not so long ago, in fact). Which, in turn, sparks gratitude for now.

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  6. Lakshmi, thank you for sharing your experience. You have had a rough time lately but you still present an optimistic picture of life. May your monsoon season not leave you with additional hardships.

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  7. I could feel all your gratitude from the fried food to the linesman who finally came, and then again. Glad for you it was resolved and now just a memory, preserved here, and as you said for a long time to come.

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