Everyday Moments(#SOL-2022)


We are still getting rains. Radhika tells me this is important for the paddy fields. Sunday evening, we went for a walk to the lake. My mother is with us now. Both of us walk for fifteen minutes and return. She walks for half an hour in the morning too. She is very particular about it because she is convinced if she does not walk, she will not be able to. Since 2017 she has had cancer three times. She is fine now. I do my exercises in the morning so I am comfortable walking at her pace.

On the 7th we attended a wedding about 100 kms away. It was pouring in the morning, we could start only at 8.30 but we were there by 10.45. It was nice meeting relatives. The next afternoon, my husband an I attended a religious function. My neighbour and her husband attend many functions in a year. All their relatives are nearby and there is some social or religious gathering happening. During 2020, life had come to standstill.

Yesterday I went to Asare. I was talking to two caregivers. They said in that year their husbands had no work and they had to live on their earnings. It was a difficult time. We were praying that a pandemic should never happen again.

I am reading some fascinating books. My mother enjoys reading. She loves Kannada books. We borrow from the library. She tells me she forgets the story after reading the book. I told her that it is nice that she has wonderful moments while reading them. She told me forgetting them is a plus point because she can read them again 😊. We are now buying books on Kindle. My husband is also reading in it. Of  course, holding a book is a different experience altogether. Recently he read The Braided River: A journey along the Brahmaputra by Samrat Choudhury and liked it.

I baked bread after a long time and made tomato soup, a delicious combination when it is raining 😊. I usually roast spices to make chutney powder when I pre-heat the oven. I made orange peel flavoured chutney powder. I sun dry the peels during orange season and store them. I enjoy experimenting. The aroma fills the air. Behind our house a hotel is being constructed. The workers live nearby. There are cooks to prepare food for them. The aroma at nights tell us what is cooking 😊.

Yesterday I saw many Babblers sitting on a tree. They really babble 😊 Birds are a joy and I like listening to them early in the morning. A good beginning to the day and something to smile about.

peanut chutney powder recipe | shenga chutney pudi | groundnut …


The Weekly Smile for the 12th of September, 2022 #weeklysmile

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. You mother is right. If we forget what we read, but remember that we enjoyed it, re-reading is an added pleasure. Since you use Kindle, you might like to read my latest, ARABIAN NIGHTS REDUX, available at Amazon’s.

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  2. Good for both of you with the walking. I love reading as well! Hand held books are a better experience I think too.
    I’d love to smell your house while you’re cooking, I bet it smells heavenly 😉

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  3. Beautiful images of togetherness, slowing the pace, savoring moments…a deep sense of gratitude emanates from every line, inviting the reader to abide in it. And I do. Your mother is a truly amazing person. Thank you for sharing the gifts of your days with us – and reminding us of our own.

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  4. Walking is such a great low impact exercise and there is always so much to see on a walk. It is wonderful that you and your mother share these walks. Although, as you say, there is nothing like holding a book in your hands while you are reading, I have many books downloaded to my Kindle. There are books I may never have read by authors I may not have known I liked if I didn’t download them. I like freebooksy.com for a daily look at some free books.

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  5. Lakshmi, my favorite parts of your post is imagining you walking with your mom in the evenings and the photo of the babblers. The colors and composition of that photo make it look like an award-winner!

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