Everyday Moments (#SOL-2022)

28-06-2022

I am enjoying the walking exercises by Lucy Wyndham-Read every morning. I started in the first week of May. Along with Pranayamas, they are a good beginning to my days. As the dawn breaks, I hear birds calling to each other. Construction work is going on behind our house. Every morning I hear someone calling out good morning in a jovial voice but I have not seen that person. That good morning makes me smile 😊. Our neighbour blows the conch each morning at about 6.15. Blowing the conch early in the morning is thought to be an auspicious beginning to the day. People blow the conch at dusk too. I cannot blow one. I have tried so many times but not a sound comes out 😊.

We have a swing in our enclosed verandah. I sit there sipping a mug of hot filter coffee, reading blogs. Birds come to eat chapati pieces. These days many babblers are coming. They do babble a lot 😊.

My husband reads the newspaper with his coffee. Then I go to prepare for breakfast. I usually finish my work by 11. After bath and lighting the lamp, I read a few pages from  The Gita. I have the commentary by Swami Chinmayananda. I am stitching salwar kameez for myself.  I find stitching so satisfying. I am listening to Anne of Green Gables in Librivox. I like the whole series. In fact, I have all the books but listening to the story is a nice experience. The narrator, Karen Savage is very good.

Yesterday afternoon I went to Asare. It is a home for the mentally challenged. I like going there though I feel very sad when I look at some of the members. But this is a good place and they are well looked after. It is horrifying to read about children and others being illtreated and abused in so many places. How can people behave is such an evil way? It is as if the very essence of life is removed and discarded.  I remembered the photo by Sadje of water splashed out from a glass.

               What do you see # 140 – 27, June, 2022 – Keep it alive (lifeafter50forwomen.com)

On Sunday we performed the death anniversary rites for my mother-in-law at home. My brother-in-law came for prayers. She passed away in 1980, she was just 47.

June is coming to an end. It has not rained as it should have. People are praying that it will rain more in the coming months. Otherwise, there will be problems.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 416 LIFE and Smile.

A smile from within

Lights up the whole atmosphere

Making life a joy.

SIGNIFICANCE & BENEFITS OF SHANK (CONCH SHELL) BLOWING

www.speakingtree.in/blog/significance-benefits-of-shank-conch-shell-blowing

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 416 LIFE and Smile.

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.

16 comments

  1. I love reading your everyday moments and learning more about your culture! Yes, atrocious behavior against children is intolerable. We had another case of it on the news last night, this time from Dallas, our neighbors to the east. (I live in a suburb of Ft Worth, Tx.) I can hardly stand to watch the news anymore, nothing but bad going on in the world it seems. I like reading the 1440 Digest and the Morning Brew, at least there are heartwarming stories almost daily, along with real time news. ☺️

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  2. Thank you for writing about all the simple actions of your day across the globe. (I’m in Virginia, USA). Your remind we how much in common while also how unique your culture is. A good lesson to always remember. I hope the rain comes soon.

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  3. Miles and different cultures separate us, yet we share many things, too- the birds singing, a happy good morning greeting, books and poetry to read and write, sadness in knowing there is cruelty in our world, but a quiet joy at opportunities to serve others and see good in life. I’m glad we can find each other through our writing.

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  4. I enjoyed your everyday moments and even though we are far away from each other, the link to peaceful ordinary living is similar. Thank you for sharing what is rich and peaceful in your morning. I walked outside to my garden and listened to the morning calls and thought of you.

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  5. There is something calming about hearing the birds in the morning. It is like they are planning their day. I didn’t know about the significance of conch shell blowing. Thanks for including the link to that information.

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  6. Anne of Green Gables is very good and the TV series, while quite old, is very well done. I can understand your difficulties with a conch. I once tried a trumpet and I was absolutely hopeless.

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