Everyday Moments(#SOL-2021)

27-07-2021

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.’

Sahaja Siri: Bamboo shoot – Green gram Curry/ Kanile – hesaru …

https://www.sahajasiri.com/2018/03/bamboo-shoot-green-gram-curry-k…

First time in TN: ‘Village Cooking Channel’ receives diamond play …

Bhat‘n’bhat – Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/bhatnbhat98

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. Love the quote and the pics you shared, is that your mom in front of the temple? I checked out the YouTube channel and the recipe you shared I sent to my Lebanese friend who lives in SE Tx. We used to be neighbors and she taught me how to make stuffed grape leaves. I eat them now in restaurants that feature Mediterranean foods or Egyptian foods. I have never had Indian curry, is the taste much different than Thai curry? I love green Thai curry!

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    1. Yes Kim, it is my Mom. I must check stuffed grape leaves. I don’t know what it is. We make different curries with different spices. Black gram, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, red chillies, fenugreek seeds and asafoetida are commonly used. Some prepare the powder and store it. I make rasam powder and keep but for curries I roast the spices and make it fresh. We use coconut too.

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  2. Love that quote. It is so true. There seems to be something special about a sun shower. One of the things I enjoy about the sun after the rain is looking for a rainbow. I an a fan of cooking shows as well and have gotten several recipes that we have incorporated into our menu planning.

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  3. Wise words from the Dalai Lama! If I’d got a certain job, I would never have met my wife, never had a daughter and my life would have been infinitely the poorer for it.
    We’ve just had a violent thunderstorm with lightning, but it was over in 20 minutes, and now it’s beginning to dry up. Wonderful English weather!

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  4. Wonderful pics from your walks. Sunshine and rain together, a lovely combination. We haven’t had rain in a long time and our plants are thirsty for it. Love hearing about the things you’re able to participate in once again.

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