#SoCS July 3, 2021

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Our grandson’s birthday is on the 16th. He will be eight. How time flies! Many restrictions are being removed in Germany. Advaith wants to invite some of his friends. Gayatri and Vinay are planning the party.

In 2013

My thoughts go back to those days when our children were in school. On their birthdays they wore a new dress and took chocolates for their classmates and teacher. I have always enjoyed stitching and stitched frocks for Gayatri. But now it has been a long time since I stitched for others.

Aravind’s birthday is in October and usually Dussehra and Deepawali festivals come in that month. It was vacation time and very rarely could he give chocolates to his classmates on his birthday. We lived on the university campus. I don’t think we had large parties for my children’s birthdays  but we invited a few of their friends. I usually baked a cake and made other snacks. The baking procedure seems very primitive now. The oven had two parts. Sand was poured into the shallow lower vessel. Atop the sand was a ring shaped vessel in which the cake was baked. Both the vessels had a hole in the centre which conducted heat. I don’t know what happened to that oven 😊. All the children had a delightful time together. Going to the temple to offer prayers was and is a part of a birthday.

Much earlier I remember making greeting cards and sending them to cousins and others for birthdays. But somewhere along the way we stopped sending them. I don’t know why ☹️. We called and wished. But now it is wishing on WhatsApp. We do call our really close relatives because wishing on WhatsApp seems so impersonal. I enjoy taking photos and usually send my greetings with a photo. That gives a personal touch to our wishes, that is what I think 😊

My father-in-law celebrated his birthday by offering prayers to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganapati. Our family priest came to perform the pooja. This was the custom in our village. The birthday was calculated according to the Hindu calendar and called Poranna-nalu. This is a Malayalam word which means birthday. We speak Kannada at home but our village is in North Kerala, not far from the border of Karnataka and Kerala. In 1956 states were divided according to the language spoken by the majority. There are many Kannada speaking people here. Malayalam is the official language of Kerala. There is a lot of Malayalam influence in the language and customs of Kannada speaking people in the border areas.

In 2013, Shiva Puja
Offerings to Lord Ganapati

Someone asked why should birthdays be celebrated, it is just another day. For me celebrating birthdays means we are together and are there for each other.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_Reorganisation_Act,_1956

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.

16 comments

  1. On our birthday mother makes rice kheer (a sweet dish). This is the only special on birthday for a very long time. Now I bake my cake. Miss the old days with a sigh. Life was a lot simpler back then.

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  2. These are wonderful family memories, and I am intrigued by the two part oven. I like your idea of birthdays, “celebrating birthdays means we are together and are there for each other.”

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  3. Birthdays are always special times, aren’t they? Too bad your grandkids live in Germany and you are not able to see them in person as often as you would like.

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