The Weekly Smile for the 25th of April, 2022 #weeklysmile

On the 23rd we were returning from Bangalore. Last October we had seen many temples of the Hoysala period in and around Belur.  I wanted to see some more of them and read about the twin temples in a place called Mosale Hosahalli. We started from Bangalore at 6.15 in the morning. Near Hassan we had to turn off the highway and travel on country lanes. GPS is a blessing in such places because there were miles and miles of fields and no people to ask the way. Jowar was being grown in most places. I was satisfied when I saw the twin temples. They looked so beautiful.

On the right side was the temple of Chennakeshava. Many people were standing outside and we heard chanting of shlokas from inside. Puja was being performed by the priest. We left our footwear near the main gate and walked up the steps to the temple. We were not sure whether we could go in. But the people of the village standing there urged us to enter. We stepped inside the ancient structure. A lady encouraged us to walk right up to the garbhagudi (sanctum).We thought it was very nice of them. The good in people is something to smile about.

The beautiful sculptures in the temples of the Hoysala period inspired me to write this poem.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #6. Use GRACE as your inspiration this week.

The sculptors slowly chipped the stone to reveal the maiden

She lived hidden inside the stone, waiting to be revealed

The grace in her arms and legs was sculpted as if by magic.

Nageshvara-Chennakeshava Temple complex, Mosale – …

Arti (Hinduism) – Wikipedia

Sijo is a Korean form of poetry. In it there are three Lines14-16 syllables per line. A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.The first line of the Sijo usually sets the theme. The second line elaborates on the first line.  The third line brings the poem matter to a close.

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 loved your poem, but not as much ass the thought that “The good in people is something to smile about.”. And that is true. The vast majority of people are nice and only too willing to help if you seem to be in difficulty.

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  2. All of this is beautiful – on so many fronts, the heart that views the world to find the good, the words strung together, to share the beauty of your world, the art & skills of others, etc. I confess, overall, to visiting you, and working through your archives – to get a ‘feel for you’ and why, my post, somewhere in cyberland, impacted you enough to take the time to comment! (THANK YOU!)

    Will journey through your words and posts, for awhile longer – and yet, still one question – I can’t find full answer for ‘what’ cereal grain, Jowar is, as known in my culture/nation/land – some say it’s what I call ‘sorghum’ and some info posts say it’s ‘white millet’ – – both sorghum and millet can grow in my area, but, for the small, homestead gardner like me? Millet grain options are more doable, here, on lower consumption of water need ( I live in deep drought area).

    But, well, as your comment on my blog, referred to? My incessant need to ask “What…(followed by If or Is…) is showing up again – and here’s my But, conclusion, for now….

    But…..Someone else, heard my heart, referred back to my never ending fascination with “What If?” or asking, “What Is [this word referring to…?]

    So, for now, I will comment on this one, to give you time to ponder whether you regret commenting on my blog – and my return visit to you! LOL

    But yes, thus far? I find through your words posted, pictures posted, stories told, things in common, with you, too!

    Thanks for visiting me, so I could ‘meet’ you!

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    1. Thank you for your interesting comment 🙂 I don’t think I will regret commenting on your post. I like blogging because I come into contact with so many from different parts of the world. Jowar does not grow in my place, coastal Karnataka. It is grown widely in the northern part of my state. But whole jowar and its flour is available here. We make dosas by grinding the whole ones with rice. The flour is used to make rotis. We use different types of millets. Thanks for visiting 🙂

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      1. I did a little ‘tour’ through your blog, though I have YET to read all your archives stretching back to October 2013! But, I liked many, and sans ability to comment, on older posts?

        Let me just say, “Thank you ever so much for visiting me, so I could find you!” – Followed and yes, I’m looking forward to finding your writing in my ‘line up’ of folks to read, their lives to follow/learn more from – sadly? Um, yes, I am flying towards many parts of you, I find within myself – too – but, well, in my ‘language/world’ there is a saying, “Birds of a Feather, Flock together” and at your blog? I may not know/understand everything in your world, but to me? I hear your heart and it is one I love ‘listening’ to – ❤ your writing/reporting in on so many fronts –

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