Everyday Moments (#SOL-2022)


Yesterday morning we went to the ophthalmology department for a routine check up. I prepared sambhar and rice before going because once we enter the department it takes a lot of time. The doctor was satisfied with the results of the various tests. We too were happy. On our way back we stopped at Annapoorna Canteen for a cup of coffee. We were thinking of walking back but it became very cloudy and we had only one umbrella. We took and autorickshaw.

These days we are getting sudden rains. It rains heavily for a short time and stops. But Saturday night it started raining and I think it was raining almost the whole night. For three days we are getting heavy rain in the evenings. Teachers in Asare said this rain is necessary for the paddy fields.

On the 18th morning a middle aged lady walked up to our house. She was selling jackfruit papad. I asked her to sit and enquired whether she wanted water to drink. She said no. I purchased two packets jackfruit papad and two made of Bengal gram. Just before leaving she asked me if I was belonged to the Konkani community. I said we were Havyakas. She said, you are Brahmins. I was amused when she asked me for a glass of water. She said she did not drink water in all houses, only in Brahmin houses. Caste is ingrained in the thinking of most people of my country. The younger generation talk of a casteless society but I am not sure whether it will ever become a reality.

The Champaka flowers are blooming in our neighbour’s garden and every morning when I open the kitchen window, their fragrance adds beauty to the day. The Parijatha flowers bloom at night and every morning there is carpet of flowers on the ground. Sadje’s photo is about birds and we are fortunate to hear birds around us morning and evening. And I was really sad when I saw a neighbour bring a beautiful and small yellow coloured bird in a cage ☹. The sky is the limit for birds, how can they be caged? I remembered a Mandrake comic in which aliens capture humans and other living beings from earth for their zoos . Mandrake and Lothar save the day.

Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated all over the country on 18th and 19th. It is Lord Krishna’s birthday according to the Hindu calendar. People gather in thousands in the temple square of our town. There are three ancient temples and the one to Lord Krishna attracts devotees from different parts of the country. We don’t go there during the festivities because of the rush 😊. We went to Venugopala temple in the campus of the engineering college of our university. It is one of our favourite places. My husband remembered his childhood days in the joint family in his village when idlis were steamed in banana leaves on this special day. We made them 😊.

We were happy to see the tiger dance at the inauguration of an online course. Some colleagues of Aravind were involved in the project. The tiger dance is an important event in the cultural life of our place. There were many people and the dance was amazing and towards the end many students started dancing 😊. Their enthusiasm kept us smiling 😊.

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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. Thank you for taking me to a new place far, far away. The links at the end were an informative bonus and made your piece stronger. I also made a connection with Mandrake. Wow! I almost forgot about this comic.

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  2. I am glad your eyes are good !
    At reading this post I had to google many times . Indeed all of this is new for me ( excepted about the castes ).
    I admired your curse of Indian cooking and loved you relate to us your religious traditions .
    Thanks for this lesson haappily given, Lakshmi.
    Love ❤

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  3. Lakshmi, I have been going to your page every day, but i saw only the first one about the Japanese thing and the shintu stuff, and I wondered why you hadn’t posted anything new. Today again the same thing, and I started scrolling down and saw this beautiful post about rains and the birds and the food and the lady who wouldn’t drink water until she realized you were a Brahmin! What a neat post all in all! Thank you. The first picture of the rain twisted my heart. So beautiful, so India! I would like to paint that. I am so happy I discovered how to get to your main posts.

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    1. Thank you 😊 From which part of South India are you from? You had written about growing up near the Indian ocean. In the Calendar at the end , the dates on which I post are underlined. You can click on them. And just above that there are links to ten of my earlier posts. I like your posts too. I am glad we have come into contact. 😊

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      1. Originally from Hyderabad, but moved to Madras when I was in elementary school. Went to Vellore Medical College (CMC) for Medicine, and came here in the mid sixties.

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      2. My brother and sister-in-law live in Hyderabad. My younger brother studied in Vellore Medical College in late eighties. We often went to Madras to visit my husband’s uncle but now it has been a while.

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      3. Too bad that I had already left CMC in 65. I knew a Mira Baliga from Mangalore. She was a year senior to me. Not too many non Christians came from Mangalore.
        have a good rest of the week.

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      4. One Dr Mira Baliga was here in Manipal. She was a child specialist, she was my son’s doctor :). She passed away many years ago. She was a very nice person. She joined MBBS after her husband passed away at a young age.

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      5. Exactly. That’s the lady. She had a small daughter. She was a widow when she came to CMC. She did specialize in pediatrics. Yes I had heard that she passed away several years ago. She was a very nice person.

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  4. I love reading your writing so much. I feel like you love and appreciate the world and it comes through in every line. I especially love the recipes and images of meal prep! I am taking a course with Pico Iyer on the life-changing travel. (Offered by TED). Reading your posts feels like vicarious travel. At the moment, it’s the only kind of travel I can afford!

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