Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2021)

3-08-2021

Today has been a cloudy day and it was drizzling at intervals. It was sunny for four days. Suddenly dark clouds gathered and it rained for five minutes. At times there was sun and rain. One evening on our way back home we were surprised to see a small place dripping wet, it was dry in all other places. It happens some time The passing clouds give rain in one place and move on. It is fascinating to watch dark clouds come nearer and nearer and the onslaught of rain.

Watching it takes my mind off the disturbing news that we read in the papers. I was reading about child trafficking and I closed the paper. Why is there so much suffering in the world? There is no answer. How can people hurt others for their profit ? They would have no conscience.

Yesterday evening we went to Endpoint for a walk. It is at one end of the hill. Vehicles are not allowed there. That place belongs to the university. There are football and cricket grounds. Students cannot play there during the monsoon season. All the students are yet to return. Online classes are going on. Endpoint was opened on the 1st after three months. There is a small rainwater harvested lake on one side of the road. It is almost full now. It is not used for anything, just to replenish groundwater. The lake is surrounded by trees and water is green like an emerald. It felt good to walk in that place. There is so much greenery. It is very peaceful.

A very wet Tree pie

During the monsoon season many birds come to eat the chapati pieces my husband keeps on the ledge. Squirrels come too. It is so satisfying to see them. We hear peacocks in the distance. They are so beautiful but their call is a little harsh. I listen to lectures by a renowned Sanskrit scholar, Bannanje Govindacharya everyday. Now I am listening to his commentary on Vishnusaharanama. He says there is no perfection in this world. A seemingly perfect thing has a flaw. When I hear the peacock call, I remember this 😊. We are not seeing sparrows. They are just not there. I wonder what happened to them when smaller birds like sunbirds are in large numbers. It is sad.


Where are the sparrows ?

I wonder when I see

Bulbuls and babblers

Flying from branches to branches.

I wonder when I see

Birds active the whole day

Flying from branches to branches

Their everyday life.

I hear the peacocks calling

From somewhere nearby

I wonder at the harsh call

Of birds so beautiful.

From somewhere nearby

I hear twittering and chirping

Of birds so beautiful

Where are the sparrows?

(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.)

Bannanje Govindacharya – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannanje_Govindacharya

Vishnu Sahasranāma – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishnu_Sahasranama

( For bloggers who use screen readers, the first photo is of the tree in front of our house. We see sunlight behind the tree and it is raining too. The second photo is of the rainwater harvested lake. There are trees around the lake and the water is reflecting the green of the leaves. I have kept a clay pot on the ledge in our verandah. There is a wooden plate on it, we keep chapati pieces on it. We keep the clay pot in water because of ants, who like chapati too. In the third photo a very wet tree pie has come to eat them. )

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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.

12 comments

  1. It is amazing how it can rain in one spot and not far away it is perfectly dry. Yes, you have to wonder why there is so much evil in the world. I don’t understand how one person can do something to hurt another. Because of something that seems to be affecting birds her we have not filled our feeder in over a month. We miss seeing the birds in our yard.

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  2. Love your pantoum.
    Isn’t it surprising how we tend to keep the bad news away by closing our eyes and turning a deaf ear or turning the pages of newspaper? If problems would have been solved so easily. We take the easy way out and think that it is for someone else to solve the problems.
    You live in a beautiful place.

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  3. Not 100% sure about this, but I believe that anything artistic made by a Muslim such as the decorations in the mosque, always have an error put into them, because only God can achieve perfection. I’ve always liked that, It teaches Man to remember his place.

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