Everyday Moments(#SOL-2022)

22-11-2022

Early mornings are chilly, and the days are cloudy. But it does not rain. It is 3 in the afternoon has become darker than it usually is. There are changes in the weather conditions. And there are many other changes too. We are seeing flowers in mango trees. Normally they bloom in March. I am reading a fascinating book, Early Indians by Tony Joseph. It is interesting to read how researchers and others are reconstructing what might have happened in those long-ago days. The Indus valley script has not yet been deciphered. I wondered what people in the future might be think about our times. We believe that we are leaving behind enough evidence, but who knows? Life always surprises us. We cannot even imagine what changes might take place. Life goes on and we have to live our daily lives.

A beautiful old tree by the side of the main road

Yesterday afternoon I went to Asare. One of the boys has learnt Carnatic classic music. He has various other problems. I asked him to sing, and he sang so beautifully. The teacher in charge has made arrangements for him to attend a music class. But we will have to see how he manages it. The small boy listened raptly to him singing and started smiling. Watching him was something to smile about.

On the 18th we went to our village to spend a day with my brother-in-law. We usually breakfast in a hotel on the way. But we saw many vehicles and decided to go on. We stopped in Woodlands Hotel in Mangalore. This hotel is old and has an old-world charm. The service was prompt and the dosas very tasty.  Sadje’s photo reminded me of our breakfast that day. We returned in the evening.

The flush tank in my mother’s bathroom was spoilt and we got it changed. We got the cistern on our way back on Saturday. The plumber came on Monday morning. I notice that my mother gets very confused when there are changes in her daily routine. She is 81. Looking after my father who was bedridden for eight months changed her. My parents were living with my brother and sister-in-law. There were home nurses, but it was a difficult period. My father passed away in 2016. In 2017 my mother diagnosed lymphoma. She underwent treatment and was fine, then cancer recurred again and again. Now she is fine but there are changes. But I am always thankful that I do not see a blank look in her eyes

My husband is enjoying Football World cup matches. Here we always see students playing the game on the way to Endpoint. There is a huge football ground. And we see different groups enjoying themselves. Ours is a university town and it is good to see students everywhere. We will not forget 2020 and 2021. The town seemed like a dead place ☹.

The football ground

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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.

14 comments

  1. We have lots of written and printed archives to inform and delight us concerning the past. I wonder if, in years to come, there will be almost a complete absence of records because their storage medium will no longer be able to be read!

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  2. Lakshmi – I always enjoy reading of your adventures in South India – they quite different and then again very similar to my adventure in New Jersey. The world is small. And I too believe that there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. I was right there with you – the small boy singing, the breakfast at the hotel, the care for your elderly mother. The stuff lives are made of. Thank you!

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  3. As always I enjoy reading about your daily life. It does prove that we all share the same experiences wherever we may live. Yes, the weather is strange. We had lilacs bloom in October. Our iris are up but there is no bloom. Given these signs how can we deny the effects of global warming? Glad your mother is doing well.

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  4. I am glad that your husband is a football fan. Many years ago, I went to Birmingham to see the India international team play against a local team. There were 30,000 people there and India played extremely well, constantly frustrating their opponents’ attempts to score a goal. The match eventually finished honours even at 0-0.

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  5. When you say football 🏈 do you mean that or ⚽️
    Soccer?
    Losing parents or watching them decline is so heartbreaking. Today makes one year since my dad passed and I remember him every day, but today especially 😞

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