Everyday Moments – (#SOL-2021)

13-07-2021

It has been raining heavily since 8th. Earlier, for almost ten days we had sunny days with occasional rains. So, it was good to hear the sound of rain. It was just pouring on Sunday. These rains are very important for agriculturist across the country. They are necessary for paddy cultivation. Radhika was telling that paddy seeds have been sown in her parents’ home. Some families living nearby have got together to cultivate paddy. The land belongs to one person. They  work together and share the yield. Rice is an important part of our daily food.   

Monday evening when the rains took a rest, we went for a short walk near our home. One of our neighbours was plucking teak leaves. A batter of ripe jackfruit and rice are steamed in them. We call it ‘kottige’ in Kannada. I have always steamed them in banana leaves. Teak leaves give out a beautiful red colour to the cooked kottige.

Yesterday another neighbour gave us two big pieces of ripe jackfruit. Her parents had come for a visit and the fruits were from their village. The fruit was very tasty.

On the 10th evening we had our Book club meeting. There were only four of us, Todd, Rupali, Karen and myself. Todd and Karen live in Canada and  Rupali in Norway. We had a good time talking books and other things 😊. The pandemic has brought many changes in our life. I never thought I would meet people living in different parts of the world sitting in my room. It is fun.

We have coconut trees in garden. Due to the wind and rain fronds and coconuts keep falling. When a coconut hits the terrace wall and falls down, my husband removes the husk immediately. Usually, the hard shell is broken and it spoils quickly. We usually keep the fronds outside. They are good as fuel. Some of our neighbours take them. But now they are very wet and cannot be used. They are still lying outside. When it is sunny they will dry once again. There is a cremation ground in our locality. Many give the dry fronds there.

Life is going on.  We are hearing of people getting Covid in spite of getting vaccinated. The virus is there to stay. We have to be careful.

I am enjoying writing Pantoums. They are fun and challenging.

Outside our window

The tall coconut tree

Graceful swaying fronds

Dancing to the wind.

The tall coconut tree

Fronds like an umbrella

Dancing to the wind

Like giants at a glance.

Sliding down

Dead brown fronds

Dry and weak

Separating from the tree

Dead brown fronds

Crashing with a thump

Separating from the tree

Outside our window.

The pantoum is a poem of any length, composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza. The last line of a pantoum is often the same as the first.

Food For Joy! Pelakai Gidde / Pelakai Gatti) / Jackfruit Idlis Steamed in teak leaves – Food For Joy!

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.

9 comments

  1. This is a beautiful Pantoum, Lakshmi. We have herd of people here contracting covid after vaccination. Hopefully the severity was reduced from what it might have been otherwise. We are in the dry, hot season now in my area. Little to no rain will fall until late September.

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  2. The nice thing about a book club is that no matter how many show up, conversation flows and thoughts and ideas ae shared. I picture coconuts falling and can’t help of the thunk they must make as they hit the ground. Do they cayuse damage to property?

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  3. I wish I could buy jackfruit! I was able to once and we enjoyed it, but have not seen it fresh since. Maybe the processed jackfruit I can buy would be worth it. I enjoyed this description of your area of the world.

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