Everyday Moments(#SOL-2021)


We are having a break from the rains. Last three days were sunny and today it did not rain at all. When it rains everyday we wonder when it will stop and when it does not rain we keep wondering why it is not  raining, human nature 😊.

On the 23rd my mother celebrated her 80th birthday. Since the beginning of this month my niece and I had contacted our close relatives from my father’s side and from my mother’s side to record their birthday wishes and their memories and send them to us. My niece combined them. She had to make three sets, everyone responded. It was very nice of them.

Her two younger brothers and family
My father’s elder sister’s daughter. She and my mother are very close to each other.

I made green  gramdal payasa. We usually go to the temple but did not go this time. Aravind ordered a cake. I made a video of my mother cutting it and shared it in our family WhatsApp group.

My mother was receiving calls from early morning. She is the eldest of ten children. She is loved by all our relatives. She kept wondering how everyone knew of her birthday 😊. Our grandchildren wished her from Germany.

We sat and watched the videos. My mother was very happy to hear and see everyone. She misses my father. He passed away in September 2016.  They were married for 57 years.


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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. The one, perhaps only, good thing that has come out of this horrid pandemic experience is our willingness and at times eagerness to use technology to connect and embrace family and friends, I am sure you mom was glowing from all the good wishes and happy birthdays! From me, here in northern New Jersey, USA, I wish her a wonderful trip around the sun!

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  2. Lakshmi, please give her greetings from your blog readers too! Lovely post and photos. She had a lovely celebration with so much love. Bless her!

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  3. 57 years is a very long time. I cannot begin to imagine what it must feel like when one of the couple passes on, and the other is left alone.


  4. What a wonderful post! I love how you found a way to celebrate “with” the whole family, even if they could not all be there. The smiles and happiness in these photos say it all!

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  5. Belated birthday wishes to your mother. What a lovely way to receive birthday wishes from relatives. A nice post with pictures. Pleasant read Lakshmi.

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