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 😊.