We are in the fourth week of June and the monsoon season has not really started. What we are getting now seems like the pre-monsoon rains. But it rained and rained yesterday and was raining late into night. Today is very cloudy. It is nearing 12 in the morning and is so dark I have to switch on the light 😊. And it is pouring now.

On the 14th we went to our village to spend some time with my husband’s brother. The temple to Shri Udaneshwara ( Lord Shiva) is the village temple. Three of us went to attend the afternoon puja and had food there too. Temple food is always tasty 😊. We have to donate some money, this helps to prepare food for others. In big temples such donation is not necessary as large number of devotees come and they have a good income.

We usually hire Udaya to clean the garden. He came on the 15th. He also cleaned the terrace and the parapet for rainwater to flow out without hinderance. He also trimmed many plants.

We had been thinking of going to the temple of Lord Karthikeya in Subramanya. We had gone there about twenty years ago. It is an ancient temple and people from different parts of our country come there to offer prayers.

On the 18th it was not raining and we decided to go. We left at 7.15, had breakfast on the way. We were there at 10.45. The temple is beautiful and is surrounded by hills and forests. We parked our car and as we neared the temple, there were announcements that the door of the sanctum would remain closed from 11.30 to 12.30. We left our footwear in the allocated place and went in. There was a long queue. Very, very few people were wearing masks ! We were wearing them. The idol of Lord Karthikeya looked beautiful. We read that the afternoon puja would start at 12.30. We sat on the platform on one side. So many people come to offer their prayers. I think this belief helps us to face the difficulties that come our way. Rites and rituals are a part of religion. Those who believe, perform them. I suppose they give them solace and of course there are people who take advantage of this to make quick money. Unfortunately we see violence in the name of religion and this has happened through the ages everywhere. They are the tragedies of human life.

Food is  served to all who come to the temple. There was lot of rush, we had lunch in a nearby restaurant. On our way back we visited my maternal uncle and a cousin. Their houses are on the way. We were visiting them after a long time. We started back at 3.15 as we wanted to reach home before it was dark. It was raining so heavily at some places, we could hardly see the road.

When we reached Pangala, about 16 kms from home, the car stopped. Fortunately, we were just five minutes away from a car repair shop. My husband went there and came back with a mechanic. He said the clutch plate was broken. Another mechanic came. They pushed it to their garage and said they would deliver it to us on Monday. They were very nice. One of them called an auto rickshaw. On our way back we made a list of all the things we were happy about in spite of the breakdown. It was fortunate that we stopped near the repair shop and not in some lonely place on the way. If this had happened on Sunday, all the shops would have been closed. There was much to smile about 😊.Today morning Mohan from the garage delivered the car.

Kukke Subramanya Temple – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Kukke_Subramanya_Temple

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 415 DAY and New.

New thoughts bring changes

Days have a fresh beginning

We are more alive.

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. You are so right about religion. Nobody ever seems to think that other people’s religions are actually interesting. They just see themselves as right and the others as wrong so attack them.
    The BBC News actually featured India last night, with a story about how Hindu politicians are having the houses of Moslems declared illegal because they are built without planning permission and them having them demolished within a day or so, and leaving the Moslem family homeless. That will end in tears, probably on both sides.


    1. God only knows who are the people behind such terrible deeds. People of different religions have lived together with much problem but now the divide and rule policy is going on.


  2. It the same over here too, rains before the monsoon season. Thanks for linking with WDYS!
    Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims have lived together peacefully in Indian subcontinent for centuries and now they are made to hate each other because of political reasons. How unfortunate.


    1. No, summer solstice is not connected to the monsoon season. Normally the rains start in the 1st week of June. This year it has been delayed. The monsoon season lasts till 1st week of October.

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  3. I love that you made a list of things you were happy about. So often when misfortune hits we dwell on that and forget about all the good that came before that incident.
    Many atrocities have been carried out in the name of religion. The crusades and Spanish Inquisition come to mind.

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  4. Thank you, Lakshmi, for another interesting post. History is full of religious disputes and wars, with millions being killed or persecuted for their beliefs. It seems that if one person shouts “kill him” then hundreds are eager to join in. It is a strange and worrying world!

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  5. I so loved the portion where you wrote:
    “Rites and rituals are a part of religion. Those who believe, perform them. I suppose they give them solace and of course there are people who take advantage of this to make quick money. Unfortunately we see violence in the name of religion and this has happened through the ages everywhere. They are the tragedies of human life.”

    In my heart? I believe rites/rituals are what we cleve to, in a way to ‘create the space’ for the Divine to touch our life – to commune with it, to strengthen, heal, give hope, in a world that often seems so full of chaos, suffering and which often feels out of our control –

    That said, just wanted to let ya know – resources have come onto my radar – without me asking or looking for, that are helping me to learn more about Hinduism (? is that the correct term??) because I’m fascinated and always want to learn more, about such things – traditional practices, reasons why, and how, over time, our religious traditions and spiritual practices rise to the challenge of meeting ‘current’ needs/challenges –

    I thought about asking you, but afraid of ‘not asking in right way, so as not to offend” (I’m under no illusions on how my country/predominant branches of religious sects are viewed on the global landscape….:D ) – but all I did was pray in my heart…”Please send this – I’ve struggled before to learn more OR walked away from tomes/texts, in western publications, because they seemed either above my head (I’m a newbie, spell it out, start at the beginning) OR seemed diluted by modern perspectives ( westernize it and simplify it so much that westerners latch onto it, market it, build a biz out of it….) that I just felt stymied in even where to start – –

    But help has arrived in form of being, it seems, honest enough to say, “Okay – you cannot compare or view this and see the truth/heart of it, if you bring to it (this perspective/western ideal) AND takes me through the baby steps of ‘learning the alphabet first, before ever I learn to read” for learning more – thank you! Either you visiting me, or commenting on another comment I left? I don’t know – but you/your blog/you connecting/reaching out in cyberland?

    Means, for me….. “YES! Finally, a window into learning more, and if I run across something I just can’t figure out/understand?? I NOW have some one to ask! 😀


    1. About ritesvand rituals, I agree with you TamrahJo. I too am fascinated by the customs and traditions of people living in different parts of the world. Please excuse me for asking , I would like to know , which is your country. I am glad we are connected, blogging does that 😊. Please do ask . Thank you.

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      1. I was born/raised and still live in America, state of Colorado. Raised in Protestant branch of Christian religion, and have a lineage that includes ministers, pastors and deacons.

        Fortunately, for me, my dad, while raised in the same faith, himself, was fascinated in and curious about the cultures/traditions of others, and spent most of his adult life exploring the earlier, non-cannonized books of bible and esoteric works from Judaism/Christianity, and had a respect for the spiritual traditions of the Native Americans –

        I inherited this from him, and have spent most of my adult life, learning about the spiritual traditions, etc., as much as I can –

        that said, my country, with it’s history seeped in the various sects and cultures of those who ‘fled here, to have a better life’ but who all wished to endure the persecution they had faced, given where they fled from?

        Well – – much contention here, and recent years in our country has raised the polarization between various groups/sets of beliefs – thus, I tread carefully, perhaps more carefully than I need to when enquiring in wish to learn more, from my bloggy pals, who share their knowledge/experience of and describe their traditions, sacred sites, etc. 🙂

        Thank you for asking – hope my answer is sufficient and learning enough terms and names of temples, food, etc., to search/learn more! Thank you!!!

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      2. Okay, I’m In for the conversation! I will tell you this, from my perspective, and pondering thoughts that well up within me, as I read your blog posts…..
        No matter where we live, what government reigns over us, the traditions, rites and rituals that give meaning to our lives, over and over, I come into contact with many who live a very different existence from mine – and yet….over and over? I find folks (or they find me! :D) that, in our heart of hearts, we care about the same core things – how we support, live, care for our families, survive within our own ‘local world’ may look different, but usually, what we deeply care about? Is pretty much the same – even if we use different words or perspectives or ways of expressing it –

        This is just WONDERFUL to connect with you! So many of the foods and plants you mention by name, are unknown to me, and yet, with a search, I can usually find information and assess the recipe, or learn more about the plant, or the temple, or the Hindu God (god?) – and the story of such things – from many sources….

        It’s such a BLESSING to know, should I read, read, read, here there and yonder and am either confused, or suspect I may be reading a ‘westernized/modernized version of’ such things?

        I now have SOMEONE who LIVES that life/cuisine/tradition/geographical region, etc., to ask, “So, ran across this, while reading your blog – was clueless, so looked up the term/reference and still confused – – can you help explain/clarify to me???

        For me? Our shared love of food, plants, understanding of the pain and suffering in the world, that sometimes, we can do/sometimes we cannot fix?

        To me? That’s our shared starting points…?

        Correct me if I’m wrong…. 😀

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      3. There is a quote, from a speech made by a past President of my Country, John F. Kennedy, during the ‘cold war/nuclear’ fears time, that, for me, still sums it up nicely, for many:

        “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

        this is always my starting point, anytime a new connection, no matter how different we may be – then I wait and see if they feel the same way, too. 😀

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