Everyday Moments  (#SOL-2022)


A milestone in my life 😊. I was sixty on the 22nd. When we were small sixty was old but now sixty is definitely not old 😊. There is so much to do and so much to learn. My cousin who is 61 said she gets very irritated when she reads about women in their sixties being called old😊. Earlier the 60th birthday of a men was celebrated with many rituals. Maybe this so because very few people reached the age of 60. But we are hearing about people in their forties and fifties dying due to heart attack. And I wonder about the progress we are supposed to have made in life! At the end of the day good health is  so important. Of course, money is important but without good health all the money is the world is not going to make us happy.

Omicron cases are increasing. We read in the papers that all Covid restrictions have been removed in UK. I think it may happen everywhere.  For how long can people be restricted ? Here people are not protesting but doing what they feel is correct!

We had been suffering from fever and cold and recovered slowly. On the 21st evening my husband was coughing and suddenly he started shaking. He did not know what was happening. It lasted for a few seconds. We were so worried. Next morning, we went to our hospital to the neurology department. My husband’s doctor  explained to us that it was cough syncope and told us there was nothing to worry. That was the best birthday gift 😊. We had planned to go to Rajasthani Ghar for lunch. We went on Sunday because on Saturday before going to the hospital I made rice and dal. When we go to hospital we can never be sure how much time it will take to return home. This eating place is run by a family in their house. They serve only lunch and dinner . The food is very good.

Yesterday I made tomato pickles in chutney  form. It is very tasty with dosas and chapatis. Tomato pickles is a speciality in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Their process is quite long. Mine is a shorter version. I cooked tomato, red chillies in the cooker without putting water. When it cooled I made a paste of it in the mixer. In my pan, I took oil, when it became hot added mustard and fenugreek seeds. To it I added the paste, salt, jaggery, a little tamarind juice and cooked till the paste thickened.

I like Slice of Life. It is my journal . I started posting my slices in 2017. What is fascinating is the sameness in the lives of  people living in different parts of the world. Thank you dear friends for being a part of my life.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 25th, 2022, is “journal.” Use the word “journal” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

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.


  1. I thank you for letting us catch a glimpse of your way of life. I feel I know your family, your home, your lake etc. I enjoy your food by proxy. Although I grew up with Indian curries and kormas, over here (in Scotland), we eat a variety of food, including Indian of course, and although I enjoy cooking, all the spices are not available. I love watching young Mr Bhatt cooking his recipes, and often watching him makes my mouth water. I have tried one or two of his specialities, albeit in a truncated version, minus some unavailable spices.
    As you say, sixty is not old. You have a good few years ahead of you. Stay healthy and curious about life. Namasté.

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  2. Lakshmi, I love that you are capturing your life moment by moment on the pages of your blog and celebrating life to the max through the simple things – food, family, writing. There is nothing to me, as an introvert, quite as socially powerful as my writing group friends. We are family – across oceans, across races, across religions, across political views. There is peace in a writer’s world that exists nowhere else.

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  3. Happy Birthday. Wishing you many more. At 70 I don’t think of myself as old even though others do. Our perspective changes as we age. Glad to hear there was nothing seriously wrong with your husband.

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  4. Even though they have been very very careful for two years, my daughter and grandchildren caught covid, the omicron variety. So far they seem to be doing all right. at 74, 60 sounds pretty young to me! Happy Birthday to you.

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  5. Happy Birthday. Congratulations on 60. We are a decade apart, and I must give some advice as the elder…really enjoy this decade. It will go so fast, but enjoy each day. Make a point of noting those events that give you joy. Hang on to those moments. Revisit them and figure out how to make more. In 6 months I will be 70 and I wonder what that decade will have for me. The 60s decade has been terrific and I hope yours is too.

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  6. I am glad your husband is alright, and that you did not need to worry, Lakshmi.

    60 years old is not old! If one remains young at heart and stay interested in life, one is never old. 🙂

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