It is 8.15 at night and it is pouring outside. We have been having sunny days since Friday. Suddenly dark clouds would gather and it would be rain. There was sunshine and rain together. I loved watching the shining raindrops. Friday evening, we went to the lake in our place. We were going there after so many months. It is a rainwater harvested lake and the water has almost reached the brim. We went today also. My husband and son walk round the lake, it is almost 2kms. My mother and I walk for fifteen minutes and walk back. There is a temple to Lord Ganapati near the lake. People have started going there again. Today evening my mother and I were sitting outside on a bench. We could hear some people singing devotional songs inside.
On Sunday we went to Venugopala temple in our town and to the park opposite. We were going there too after many months. Just as we went round the walking track once it started drizzling. We had to hurry back. It was nice going there.
This is the time when tender bamboo shoots are available in the market. We use them in many of our dishes. We got a long piece. We slice it and keep the slices in water for three days. The water has to be changed everyday. Tomorrow I will make sambhar with it. It does have a very pungent smell when it is cooking 😊. Many do not like it.
Writing about food, it is interesting that two food channels have become very popular. One is from Karnataka with only vegetarian food and the other from Tamilnadu showing both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Both are set in a very rural background and the presenters are everyday people😊. We don’t miss the Bhat n Bhat channel. They are from our community and prepare the dishes we prepare everyday. It is fun to read many of the comments. People are enjoying the rural background and many remember their childhood days with grandparents in their villages. The lockdown was a turning point for both the channels. In spite of everything life goes on.
Recently I read these words by the Dalai Lama, ‘Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stoke of luck.’