Everyday Moments (#SOL-2022)

2-08-2022

Today is Nagara Panchami or Nag Panchami. The Snake God is worshipped by people in different parts of our country. Near our house there is grove with a small temple to the God. People living in nearby come to offer prayers. I made rice kheer for lunch 😊. I cook rice with sugar and milk in the cooker. In the link of the recipe, rice is cooked in an open pan and that takes a lot of time .

Yesterday was very windy and cloudy. Afternoon it started raining and we welcomed it. Last week was dry and sunny. We were hoping the rains would not stop. They are very important for people who have paddy fields. But too much rain is not good for farmers who grow areca trees. The areca nuts fall before they are ripe due to a disease. What we want and do not want, may not be what we get. That is life.

One bright evening we went for a walk around the lake. The blue and white reflected in the waters looked different and beautiful. I never tire of looking at the lake. I cannot imagine our place not having it. Another evening we walked near home. We met a lady who works in one of the houses. My mother and I met her many months ago. She has elephantiasis in one leg. She always greets us by saying, ‘bye amma’. Amma is mother but here many address women ‘amma’ or ‘akka’. Akka is sister. We saw the old couple sitting in their verandah. We smiled and waved at each other. We must talk to them sometime.

Last week I went to Asare twice. The teachers and those who can, make roses from organdie material. They are bought by Rotary clubs and some colleges. I have learnt to make them and it is very satisfying 😊. When I saw Sadje’s photo I remembered the flowers we make 😊

The walking exercises and other exercises by Lucy Wyndham-Read have become a very nice part of my early mornings. Every morning I hear Amit going by at 5.30. He is the milk and paper man. At the same time I hear the birds. It is a nice beginning to the day. At 6.30, my husband and I drink coffee. We like strong filter coffee 😊. I sit on the swing, sipping coffee and reading some blogs. Sometimes I see squirrels running by. It is a pleasure looking at them. They make us smile. On the 26th we went to the hospital to show our blood reports to our doctor. Fortunately there are no problems 😊.

On the 30th evening we went to our town centre to do some shopping and then went to Temple Square. There are four ancient temples here. Vehicles are not allowed in the square. We went to Mitra Samaj, a very popular small restaurant. ‘Goli baje’ is one of the most popular snacks there. We bought vegetables in one of our favourite shops. The owner is a human computer. I am filled with awe when I hear him calculating the prices of vegetables bought by different customers.

I am reading The Rings of Saturn by W G Sebald. It is about his walking trip in coastal Anglia, from Lowestoft to Bungay. It is a fascinating book because it is not just about his trip but includes many details about history, literature and other subjects. I learnt about Ustasha camps, Taiping rebellion , about Kozara and King Leopold ! and what happened in Congo. Human beings can be evil.

Goli baje recipe | Mangalore bajji recipe | How to make golibaje | Mangalore bonda recipe | Mysore bonda recipe (vegrecipesofkarnataka.com)

Naga Panchami – Wikipedia

Kheer Recipe | Rice Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) » Dassana’s Veg Recipes (vegrecipesofindia.com)

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/08/01/what-do-you-see-145-august-1-2022/

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.

17 comments

  1. I always enjoy reading about your week. Today, I especially like oyur reflection: I never tire of looking at the lake.There is something about being outside by water that is so soothling. Your blog is reminding me to go take a walk! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  2. How true that we don’t always get what we want but have to make do with what we get. I also enjoy listening to the birds in the early morning. I like to think that they are planning their day and will then meet in the evening to discuss what they did.

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  3. Thank you for taking us along the journey of your life. There is a nice rhythm to the descriptive details as you move from one scene to the next. It is very interesting to hear your insights and inner thoughts spread out in between describing what you are doing.
    I liked learning that you call fellow women “akka.” In Chinese, people would also use a similar term for “sister” or “auntie” (even if there are no blood relations).

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  4. I hope you got a great Nagara Panchami ‘s Day.
    About the rice cooking my wife made something like that : rice , milk, egg, sugar and it is cooked in the oven . We call this a “gâteau de riz” ( rice cake )! 🙂
    I amazed to see how early your husband and you get up. It is true it is the best time of a day: the air is pure, the birds sing…. and the coffee is perfumed! 🙂
    Love ❤
    Michel

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