Everyday Moments (#SOL-2022)

 
6-09-2022

Today morning I was sitting on the swing in our verandah, drinking coffee and reading some blogs. I enjoy those moments. The sun rises and I hear birds calling out to each other. Today I noticed a bird calling out from near the Parijatha tree and a second later a bird replied from another side. This went on for several minutes 😊. The problems of the world seemed far away.  Sadje’s photo about the rising sun seemed apt . But the valley in the photo reminded me of Enid Blyton’s The Valley of Adventure. Her books were such a nice part of childhood 😊.

Yesterday evening there was a steady drizzle for an hour. We welcomed it because it was raining after four days. The weather is not very hot but usually we get rains till October. September 5th is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in our country. My husband’s students wished him on WhatsApp and Facebook and some called him. It is a nice feeling to be remembered by students. Aravind’s students had organized a small party in the department. I called my Philosophy Sir and wished him. I did BA in Wilson college in Bombay. I passed in 1982. About twenty years ago, when we were in Bombay I went to my college and met Sir. He remembered me. Students remember their teachers, but it is really nice when teachers remember their students😊. That is something to smile about 😊. Since then, we have been exchanging greeting for new year.

On the 4th afternoon we attended a religious function in a temple not far away. It is in a valley, surrounded by areca trees. We were less than three kilometres from the main road but we felt as were far from the madding crowd 😊.

Tomorrow, we have to attend my Sister-in-law’s brother’s daughter’s wedding. On the 2nd my brother and sister-in-came to our place. That night we all went to the Rajasthani mess for dinner. Members of the family cook the food and it is very good. They are open only for lunch and dinner. On the 3rd my mother went with my brother to Puttur, a small town about three hours away. My parents have a house there and it is looked after by a couple who have been tenants in a small house in the compound for more than a decade. My parents bought the place in 1980 and lived there for nearly thirty years.

Ganesha Chathurti was celebrated across the country on the 31st. The customs and traditions are different in different place. Lord Ganapati is a very important part of our daily lives. His idols are kept in different localities and worshipped. There are cultural programmes too. Drawing and other competitions are organized for children.  On the 31st evening we wanted to go and see the idols and offer prayers. Bit it rained heavily! We went on the 1st evening to two places. The idols in both places are beautiful. At Geeta Mandir children were busy drawing and parents were waiting outside. We were surprised to see masala dosas were being to offered to all who came there. We too ate 😊.  

At Geeta Mandir

On the 2nd the idols were immersed in different water bodies. There are complaints about pollution☹. People who worship at home immerse their idols in a bucket of water.

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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.

13 comments

  1. As a rule here, your old pupils show little inclination to keep in touch, but sometimes (rarely) an old pupil will discover you on FB, and send you some greetings.

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  2. It is interesting to hear the birds carry on their own conversations. I often wonder what they are saying. Are they planning their day? Are they telling others where food can be found? It is an enjoyable way to begin the day.
    I have had many former students reach out to me on FB. It is a nice way to keep in touch and know that you are remembered.

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  3. Hello, Lakshmi, I felt like I was there on your verandah swing with my cup of tea, listening to the birds calling to each other. Such a beautiful thought in my imagination. I love all the details of your days. Enjoy the wedding!

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  4. Another fascinating blog post. It was very nice that your teacher remembered you. As a retired teacher, I can tell you that it is very difficult to remember former pupils, and usually I remember most vividly the naughty ones and the very nice ones. So many of the ones in the middle, though, I just cannot recall.

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