Everyday Moments (#SOL-2022)

18-10-2022

Ravi, my younger brother came on the 11th night. He and his family live in Australia. He was coming after almost three years. He is a geriatric psychiatrist. As our mother is here, he spent a week with us and left yesterday night for Hyderabad, to be with our elder brother. On the 11th morning I made groundnut chutney powder. We all like it and Ravi enjoyed it. I like making chutney powders and other masala powders at home. It is very satisfying 😊.

groundnut chutney powder

On the 13th Ravi went to Puttur, the town where my parents lived for nearly thirty years, to meet our maternal uncles and my mother’s youngest sister. My mother is the eldest of ten children. There is a gap of 25 years between her and her youngest sister. Actually, many of my cousins are younger to my children😊. This was common in those days of large families.

We went to Endpoint and to the lake for our evening walks. Sunrises and sunsets are so beautiful. We watch the sunset from EndPoint and on our way back it was a wonderful experience to see the vibrant colours of the sky. Sadje’s photo of a sunrise came to mind.  On 15th afternoon we had lunch in Rajasthani Ghar. It is one of our favourite places. There was aloo paratha, dal and palak paneer that day. We enjoyed the food.

The main road

That day we employed Ashoka and his nephew to put manure to the coconut trees. They have been coming to our place for many years. We have ten coconut trees. They cleared the ground around the roots, put the manure and covered it with leaves.

organic manure

On the 16thevening we went to the temple square. There is a small,  old and famous restaurant there called Mitra Samaj. We enjoyed ourselves 😊. Whenever my brothers come, we go there. My father too enjoyed going there. I remember he used to go by bus to the stop nearest to the place and walk to the temple square. We often meet a lady and her family who are flower sellers. We bought flowers from them for our daughter’s wedding in 2011. Most of the shops were closed as it was Sunday evening.

We had a wonderful time together. My mother was very happy to be with Ravi. He lazed around and said it was good to do nothing for a change 😊. Being together was something to smile about 😊.

We thought the monsoon season had ended but it has been drizzling early mornings. One night I woke up and heard the soft sound of rain on the leaves of the jackfruit tree behind our bedroom. It is a nice sound. Yesterday evening, after Ravi left, we were wondering whether we should go for a walk when we saw dark clouds gathering and heard the sound of thunder in the distance. It rained slowly and steadily for almost an hour. The house seemed empty, but life goes on.

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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.

11 comments

  1. Seeing family we haven’t seen in a while is always wonderful. The sound of a gentle rain falling is relaxing. Yes. the house does seem empty and quiet when company leaves. Glad you had a nice visit with your brother.

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  2. Lakshmi, here’s what I love about having read your blog for a long time: I’ve started to recognize the people and the places around you. I so enjoy seeing the way things are both familiar and different at the same time. Like your walks to Endpoint and the lake…your different visits help us, as readers, see things anew. Thank you!

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