Everyday Moments(#SOL-2022)


On the 25th, we left early in the morning to a religious function. We call it Ashtage in Kannada. The last fortnight was Mahalaya. People in different parts of our country offer prayers to our ancestors. The ritual varies from place to place. Members from five families attended and one cousin sat for the rituals. This function hall is in a place called Uppinangady, on the banks of River Netravati. It was a pleasure to see the river flowing on serenely and something to smile about. There are many such halls here and people come to perform these rituals. Offering prayers to those who lived before us is a very important occasion of our lives. We were back home by 6.30.

Yesterday we did not go anywhere. We were feeling the after effects of the previous day 😊. The rains are stopping and from now on we will get a few occasional rains unless Nature has other plans!! Radhika tells me that soon it will be time for harvesting paddy and if it rains the harvest will spoil. We have to keep our fingers crossed.

On the 24th evening we went to the lake for our evening walk. The sky was bright and blue and water looked a beautiful blue too. My husband and Aravind walked around the lake. My mother and I walked for fifteen minutes and walked back, stopping now and then to look at the lake. I saw the colour change and then it started drizzling. In a few minutes there were grey clouds everywhere and it started pouring. Fortunately, we had an umbrella, but we got wet 😊.

On the 21st and 23rd afternoon I went to Asare. Friday afternoons students from the Physiotherapy come to teach simple exercises to the members. Some are excited and greet the students happily and others stand still. I was happy to see the students making the extra effort to help those who found it difficult. It was sad to hear that a caregiver’s brother died by suicide. He was an alcoholic and has left behind a huge debt for his sister to clear. It will be a burden for her. A house keeping staff, Vimala’s seventeen year old granddaughter ran away with her nineteen year old boy friend. The family gave a police complaint and the couple were caught in another state. Both are students and unemployed! The police told the girl she could marry the boy when she became a neighbour and now she should complete her education. Both agreed.  Vimala said they had not thought of the future.

Suddenly I realised I had stopped writing haikus or any form of poetry. I don’t know why I had stopped. I tried writing Sijo.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #28. Use BALANCE as your inspiration this week. | ronovanwrites

Problems come and go, they are a part of our daily lives

Their solutions are not to be found in two extremities

But in the balance we find when walking on the middle path.


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. I am so sorry to hear that sad to hear that a caregiver’s alcoholic brother died by suicide and has left behind a huge debt … life is so fragile. We are left feeling helpless to help the helpless, wishing we could do more. Thank you for your lovely pictures of the lake and letting us walk vicariously with you. Glad you had an umbrella!!

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  2. Presumably, when it rains where you live the rain isn’t as cold as rain would be in England or Germany. And thank you for telling us the story of the coupler in love. It’s nice to hear that young people are still much as they have ever been!

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