Everyday Moments – (#SOL-2021)

20-07-2021

It has been raining every day from 8th. Earlier there were almost ten sunny days with occasional rains. On Saturday evening it started raining and did not stop till Sunday evening. We were wondering about the amount of water up there. Early yesterday morning there was silence around us. We were thinking what was different and realised it was not raining 😊 There had been a steady downpour and we had got used to the sound of rain. There are many low-lying areas in our place and there are rivers and backwaters. There has been flooding in all those places. So much chaos and destruction.

Yesterday morning was sunny. We were seeing the sun after many days. But afternoon the weather changed. Suddenly dark clouds gathered and there was a steady downpour with wind. Seeing the sun my husband put his clothes out to dry. He had to run to bring them inside 😊. The weather is on my mind!

Sun and rain

On the 16th was our grandson, Advaith’s  8th birthday, how time flies. Our daughter, Gayatri, Vinay and  and children live in Germany. They had a small party for his friends at home. One of his friends wore a beautiful long dress and Kavya was fascinated by it. She wants one just like that. She will be four in November. My daughter was telling till a few months ago Kavya refused to wear frocks !  I had stitched two cross stitch mats for Advaith and Kavya. We posted them and some books to the children on the 14th. They will get it in two weeks. They would have come for their vacations end of this month. Hopefully they will be able to come next year.

Every afternoon my mother and I listen to music and stitch something. She is making a blanket from a cotton sari. She finds it very heavy to wear. I am doing cross stitch. My husband took a photo of us 😊.

Today evening we went to the lake in our place. We have not been there for months. The lake is almost  full now. It is a rain water harvested lake. It is one of my favourite places. I feel so good to see so much water. The road to Endpoint, another favourite place for walking is still closed. There is a rainwater harvested lake there too We did not see it when it was full last year. I don’t know when we will be able to go there. How life has changed.

Pouring and pouring

The skies have opened

Water pelting down

Hitting the earth.

The skies have opened

The amount of water up there

Hitting the earth

Big drops and small drops.

Dark clouds gather

Sound of approaching rain

Water and wind together

Hit the plants and trees.

Sound of approaching rain

Gathering momentum

Hit the plants and trees

Pouring and pouring.

(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.)

Heavy rain in Udupi district: Low-lying areas inundated- The New Indian Express

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.

11 comments

  1. It is amazing how you get use to a sound around you and when it stops it takes a minute to figure out what is different. I think it is wonderful how you and your mother take stitching time in the afternoon.

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  2. I can guess that you’ve missed your daughter and grand children this year. I hope that next year when this Covid calamity is behind us they will come spend time with you. Regards SAN

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  3. Lakshmi, I love your pantoum. The form seems perfect for your relentless, repeating rain these past few days. I love the picture of you and our mom stitching. It sound peaceful and comforting. I hope you get to see those sweet grandbabies soon!

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