Everyday Moments (#SOL-2022)


On the 20th my husband was having an uncomfortable feeling in his chest. He felt he should consult his cardiologist. And he was due for a check-up. The doctor told us to come at 3.30. The cardiology department of our hospital is always full of patients. The doctor prescribed ECG and a blood test. After the tests, we walked back home. It takes 25 minutes.  The next morning my husband went to take the reports and see the doctor. Everything is fine and that is something to smile about 😊. The hospital is a different world. I was looking at the people waiting for their turn to see the doctor. Their feelings of anxiety and fear, relief and happiness are reflected in their expressions and body language. Today I saw Sadje’s photo of light and reflection and thought of them. I was reading in a commentary on The Geeta by Swami Chinmayananda,‘Our actions are generated by the mind, strengthened in the mind and performed with the mind’. We have to do our best to remain healthy but many a time surprises come our way.

We are now having cloudy days. There are sunny and rainy moments 😊. In front of our neighbour’s house there are two neem trees. They grow well during the summer months but when the rains start, they lose all their leaves. I think our rains are too much for them. They flourish well in drier regions. There they grow to a greater height and look beautiful.

An old Neem tree in Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, we were there in 2011.

On the 22nd evening we went to the temple of Goddess Mahishamardini for the evening Puja. We had gone there in June. Prayers are offered to the goddess three times in a day. Tuesdays and Fridays are special days in all temples to the goddess. Many devotees come to offer their prayers. When the prayers are offered by the priest people ring bells and usually a drum is beaten. But now three youngsters were beating Chenda drums. In an open space the sound is fine but in an enclosed place it feels as if someone is hitting on our heads ! My husband and Aravind enjoyed it 😊. I asked one of the persons in charge, whether the drums were beaten at every puja. He said on Tuesdays and Fridays. I am going to avoid going to the temple on those two days 😊.

We went to EndPoint and around the lake for our evening walks. It is so satisfying to see water in the big and small rainwater harvested lakes and trees all around us. One evening we walked near our home. In one of the roads we usually see an old gentleman sitting in the verandah. We smile and wave to each other 😊.

I finished listening to Anne of green gables series in Librivox and enjoyed every minute. The last book is set during World War 1. Hundred years later, war is going on !

Sunday evening, Todd, Rupali, Katherine and I met online for our book club meeting. We enjoyed talking about books and so much more 😊.

Droupadi Murmu is our 15th president. She is only 64. I loved the Amul Ad welcoming her.

‘MurMuther India’: Amul’s creative congratulations to Droupadi Murmu …


Chenda Drum Kerala Traditional Musical Instrument



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. A fascinating set of moments. Those symptoms of your husband must have been scary. I am pleased all turned out well. Those drums are best heard from a distance. Good photographs. I enjoyed the book Anne of Green Gables

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  2. I love hearing about the difference in your culture and when you talk about the trees and the rain. I’m a little jealous because every year here in the summer by this time we are just praying for some rain! I’m so glad your husband is ok! I can’t believe you walked from the doctor after having that scare!

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  3. That is a genuinely beautiful picture of what is to me a different world. I do wonder though, if the pace of life in India gets faster and faster, whether people will have time for their religion, or whethe it will just be simplified in some way.

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    1. Religion is an important part in lives of the people here. When we go to the temples we see many of the younger generation. Many rituals have been simplified. My father-in-law said in his younger days wedding ceremonies went on for more than five days. But now all the rituals are completed in one or two days. Earlier rules were rigidly followed but now priests and people adjust according to the needs. It is good there are changes. Thank you for your appreciation.


  4. I always enjoy your slides as you I end feeling like I just had a fieldtrip to your country! Today I heard the drums, saw the trees, and learned our your new leader. Thanks for including the links at the end. Thanks for the fieldtrip!!

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  5. So glad your husband is fine. Sitting in an emergency waiting room does cause anxiety. As you say, you can see it in the faces and body language of those waiting to see someone. Our three day heat wave finally broke here so I am looking forward to getting back outside to do some yard work and just enjoying being outside.

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  6. What a relief for your husband, Lakshmi. Yes, waiting for seeing the doctor let always us a bit anxious.
    I like your trees photos but the old Neem tree with two truncs in V looks dangerous . I cut a tree like that in my garden because of the potentiel danger during a storm for the near neighbor’s house !
    Love ❤

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    1. Thank you Sir. We were in Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram in Sabarmati, Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat. There are many neem trees there in the grounds . We were there in 2011. I don’t know if they are still there.


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