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.
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.