Everyday Moments- (#SOL-2022)

23-05-2022

On Sunday we saw the sun shining brightly after ten days. It was a welcome sight. It has been forecast that our South-West monsoon will enter Kerala early next week. These rains are very important for agriculturists. They bring down the temperature too.

We usually see monkeys walking on our compound walls in search of food. They taste our star apples but do not appear to be very fond of them😊. I think they get plenty of mangoes. Some of them run up our areca tree and jump to the branch of the Champaka tree in our neighbour’s garden. There they eat the fruits and also the tender pods of the Caesalpinia flower shrub. They are called Peacock flowers. I know they are foraging and it is a matter of survival for them. I don’t know why but I smile when I look at them. Today morning the monkeys were on our neighbour’s wall. She had kept her garbage bin there and the monkeys decided to see what was inside😊. Fortunately, they did not empty it. I called her immediately.

The fruits of mango tree at the end of the road in front of our house were enjoyed by many people. I have made a bottle of squash from them. A hotel is being constructed in the plot behind our house. Every evening women workers pluck these mangoes. I see them throwing stones at the fruits. I think they get quite a lot.

I have started going to the Home for the Mentally challenged again. We go together. My husband goes to the main library of our University to read Dental journals and I drop Aravind at his college and go on to the Home. That is a different world and I really appreciate the work of the caregivers. My husband and I return together. A kingfisher waiting patiently on a rock in the lake made me feel as if the troubles of the world were far away.

I enjoyed writing Sijo Poetry.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #10.
Use GROWING UP/Mature as your inspiration this week.

In the world of books there is great scope for imagination

From childhood onwards books were a nice part of growing up

Real world and that of books were pulling the cart of life.

Sijo is a Korean form of poetry. In it there are three Lines 14-16 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.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima – Wikipedia

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

Magnolia champaca – Wikipedia

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

The Weekly Smile for the 23rd of May, 2022 #weeklysmile

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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. 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.

19 comments

  1. I loved reading about your visiting monkeys and seeing photographs of the lush greenery that surrounds you. It was like a little armchair vacation! Also, I’m intrigued by Sijo and wrote down the basics of the form. I hope to give it a try. Thanks for the introduction to a new form of poetry!

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  2. You live in a beautiful place filled with the wonders of nature! I love that you shared the link to the sijo writing! That sounds like something I would enjoy reading more about – and trying! The monkeys amaze me – I would be so busy watching them it would be hard to work! I love their playful mischief.

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    1. Yes they do. They eat fruits and vegetables. They like the tender leaves of the Papaya plant. When they pluck it the plant does not grow. Usually people here just shout at them but they are least bothered 😊

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  3. Lovely to read about monkeys. Here in the city we only see sea-gulls causing havoc among the littler bins and bags. Also pigeons.

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  4. Really enjoyed your sijo. They are fun to write. I can’t imagine seeming monkeys run free through yards. I think I would enjoy watching them. Here we watch the squirrels and their antics.

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  5. It is lovely to read your posts and be exposed to another view of the world to at I do not have in Colorado. The scenery, the monkeys, I can just imagine them scurrying about and gathering their food!
    One thing struck me-you and your husband visit the home for the mentally challenged and you mentioned caregivers and to it gratitude. How we should all remember those that give so freely of themselves for others. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Annalee. My husband worked as a professor in the Dental college of our University. He retired in 2017. Here even after retirement, those who worked in the University can go to the Libraries of their colleges. Ours is a teaching hospital. My husband likes to go to the library to read Dental journals. The library is on the way to the Home. He goes to the library and I go to the Home.

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  6. So good to read of your rich life and abundance of nature you are surrounded by – how you share selflessly and also serve in the communtiy. Makes me think of our world as a beautiful place to be in 🙂

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