Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2021)

21-12-2021

Yesterday I received new year greeting card from my college Sir. He was my Philosophy teacher. I completed BA in 1982 in Wilson College in Bombay ( Mumbai). When in Bombay about twenty years ago, I went to my college. One of my classmates is a professor in Philosophy department. I also met Sir. We were meeting after twenty years. I was happy that he recognized me 😊. Since then, we have been exchanging New year greetings every year. With the greeting card I also write long letters to him. Being a teacher of Indian Philosophy, he was very happy when I told him our grandson was named Advaith.

Sir’s New year greetings

This year along with the card he has sent old photos of Bombay and First day postal covers of our college. I called him immediately to thank him for his precious gift. I asked him why he had given me his personal collection. He said he was giving away his books, cards and so on because he has had them for so long. He felt it was time for others to appreciate them.

He said he was clearing away. When he said that  I remembered my blogger friend, Muriel 😊. She too is clearing her papers. I was inspired by her and have cleared many things and disposed them.

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Sunday evening, we went for a long drive on a road by the sea. My friend told me about it. This road starts from one beach to another about 15kms away. To our right is the sea and to the left a river. It was a wonderful experience. We stopped by a beach where there was no one. The sound of waves is beautiful.  We felt it was a wonderful place when our grandchildren come. They will come in August and the rains would have started. People rarely go to the beaches during that time.

One evening we went to the temple not far from home. We go there at least once a month to attend the evening puja. It is a small and serene temple. My husband has been going to the Yoga department to learn some asanas. Yoga has been a part of my mornings since 2016. And I get to hear the birds greet the morning 😊. We had posted a package of bags and clothes to our daughter in Germany. They got it within ten days. They would have been in India now but it was not to be ☹. I had frozen mango and chikkoo pulp to make ice cream for Advaith and Kavya. Now I will have to use them. Many a time, things do not happen the way we want them too. That is life.

Advaith and Kavya

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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.

12 comments

  1. What a wonderful gift to receive, My aunt was a stamp collector and she had many first day covers. You are so right that many thing in life do not happen the way we would like, but there is always a reason for how things turn out even if we don’t what that reason is. The drive you took really sounds peaceful, water on both sides.

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  2. I love the tradition of exchanging New Years cards. Even though some people are not in your day to day life, it’s always good to hear from old friends. Enjoyed your post and I hope you get to see your grandkids soon!

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  3. How lovely that you stay in touch with Sir and former college classmates. Being remembered is a gift. Your grandson has a mighty name! I loved this image of visiting the small, serene temple and hearing the birds greet the morning – it speaks to my soul. And I’m very impressed about the package being delivered to Germany within ten days! Thank you for many layers of appreciating life. Even when it doesn’t unfold as we’d wish – there’s so much to appreciate.

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  4. Wow! I loved this post and am honoured you thought of me when your professor said he was giving away treasured things. I continue to do so — and what a lot of papers and books I accumulated! My San Francisco children are visiting me right now and I had Rafi, my son, look through the file of HIS cards and essays and whatever I’d kept about him. He enjoyed doing so but asked me to just keep them for him. Nice, huh?
    I guess he’s too young to want to throw them out yet…
    Have the greatest of New Years, Muriel

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