We are getting rains but not like they should be in June. At least this is better than what had happened in 2019. It did not rain even once in the month of June that year.

On Sunday evening Todd, Katherine and I had a wonderful time talking about books. Todd started our book club meetings in 2020. We tell about the books we have read.

Last month I purchased salwar kameez materials for myself. Here we get the materials as a set, for kameez, salwar and the dupatta. I like making dresses for myself. While stitching I listen to audio books in Librivox. Stories of Dr Dolittle are fun. I don’t remember reading them. Now I am listening Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge. I have read the book many times but I am enjoying listening to it 😊.
Another lady is coming as a volunteer at the Home for the Mentally challenged. She lives nearby and comes every day. I meet her twice a week. She was a teacher. She is a nice person. She loves going to temples and there are many temples in and around our town. She reads a lot and that is our bond 😊.

One morning we went to our town centre. We purchased a new washing machine. Our old one was giving some problems. Here the old machine is taken by the sellers, they give a little discount. It is not much but what can we do with two machines? They delivered the machine home and today their technician came and set it up. He showed me the working. It is fully automatic but simple to use.

Sunday afternoon we went to the Rajasthani Mess in our place. Homemade food is served and is very tasty. Usually there is a special rice, three side dishes, roti, a glass of buttermilk and a small cup with Churma. That day there was Dal Baati too.  We can eat as much as we can and they charge Rs 100 per person. Of course we can’t much 😊but younger people must be enjoying themselves.

A friend had shifted to Chennai recently. She can see the Bay of Bengal from her house. She posted a beautiful photo of moonlight on the sea. The sea makes us see ourselves as something very small in an infinite world, like a grain of sand. Ships and boats add a touch of mystery to the waters. I remember this quotation.

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Many of us in our group got inspired and posted photos of the moon from our houses 😊. That was something to smile about. The Moon is always beautiful. I recently read in a commentary on the Taittiriya Upanishad that the moon is the ‘source of all essence’ in the living world.

Shalwar kameez – Wikipedia


LibriVox | free public domain audiobooks


churma recipe | Rajasthani churma recipe | traditional …


dal baati recipe | rajasthani dal bati churma | dal baati in appe pan (hebbarskitchen.com)

What do you see # 138

The Weekly Smile for the 13th of June, 2022 #weeklysmile

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 have never tried listening to a book when I am doing something else. I am afraid that I would get too caught up in the book and not finish what I was doing.
    The world does take on a whole new look in the moonlight. It can be beautiful.

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  2. Oh, I love your description of the sea and the way it makes you feel, and “ships and boats add a touch of mystery to the waters.” I have felt that exact emotion (but wouldn’t have said it so beautifully.) What a lovely way to begin my day—this post!

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  3. What a befitting post, Lakshmi. Glad I stopped by. Yes, the moon is indeed the elixir of life and today’s Strawberry moon is so gorgeous.

    Lovely, quaint descriptions that I soaked in. Thank you.

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  4. When we bought a new washer I found that it works much better than my old one. I wonder if you will discover the same. I guess my old one was not working as well as I had thought. I keep missing the book group. I hope that I arrange to join again soon.

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  5. When I read your words, I feel I am walking alongside you, contemplating the weather, feeling concerned for the rain, visiting the town center, making the dresses (which I cannot do although my mother was a seamstress). And what beautiful image and reflection on the moon – it speaks of peace. Thank you for sharing all these resources also!

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