Everyday Moments(#SOL-2021)


The rainwater harvested lake on the way to EndPoint

Yesterday was a cloudy day and at some moments there was a light drizzling of rain. I like to watch it. In the evening we went for a walk to Endpoint. It is so peaceful there and surrounded by greenery. The troubles of the world seem far away. I had read Caravans by James Michener a few months ago. The story is set in Afghanistan and the author takes us to the interiors of the country. Now , what is happening there seems more personal. I wonder what the Taliban will do. In the book we read about the Buddhas of Bamiyan and I remember their being destroyed.

On the 15th was our 75th Independence day. Last year we had been to Amritsar in January. Along with independence our country was partitioned too. The museum was an experience which brought home the horrors of those times. I think for people living in South India, it was something which happened far away, from their lives.

River Swarna on her way to the Arabian sea
The hanging bridge across the River Swarna at Kemmannu

Sunday evening we went to a village called Kemmannu, about 15kms from our home. The river Swarna flows the village on its way to the sea. In 1991, a hanging bridge was built across the river. We were going there for the first time. My mother wanted to cross the bridge but she felt anxious as it kept rocking a little. She waited nearby as we crossed the river to the other side. It is a beautiful place and we were told there is kayaking and other water sports after the monsoon season.

Bulbuls are trying to build their nests inside the house. We kept the windows closed for two days. We hear them busy elsewhere. They enjoy the chapati pieces my husband keeps for them. Other birds come too. One morning I made chutney powder and a masala powder which I make to add to some dishes. We made pizza at home on Sunday afternoon. We get pizza base and the sauce in our bakery. My mother cut the vegetables and we enjoyed the pizzas 😊. We were making them after a long time. Along with a non-stick pan,I tried baking them on the clay pan. The taste is good but we have to be careful as the clay pan becomes hot soon and retains the heat too. One pizza got a little burnt 😊 but it was ok.

Pizza baking on the clay pan.
Aravind and I preparing the pizzas

Covid cases are increasing and it is terrible to read that more children are getting infected. School is all online and children must be missing the interaction with others. We do not know when this will change. The department of languages where Aravind teaches are starting the next semester and new student have joined and it is all online. Life is very difficult for those who cannot afford mobiles and internet. I remember Basavaraj who had come to clean our garden saying his children are just playing the whole day. There are so many side effects to Covid and is creating havoc in the lives of people.

Buddhas of Bamiyan – Wikipedia

Partition Museum | Amritsar


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.


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