Day 19 March SOLSC! #SOL23   

On the 14th morning we went to the post office to send a parcel to our daughter, Gayatri. She, Vinay and children live in Germany. Advaith is nine and Kavya five 😊. When we went to Shantniketan we got gifts for all of them. Along with the gifts we sent some books and a cross stitch mat I made for Kavya. Some months ago, Aravind was showing the TV cover I had stitched to Kavya during a video call. She immediately asked him to give it to her. He told her to ask her grandmother, but she insisted that he should give it to her. So, I decided to stitch a mat with the same design.

WhatsApp video calls are a boon. It is so nice to see and talk to our near ones. Kavya is at a stage when she wants to show us many things. Advaith lives in his own world. He comes to say hello to us but does not talk much 😊. He is growing.

Aravind was telling Gayatri that there was a surprise gift for Kavya. Gayatri asked what it was. Kavya who was dancing in the background came rushing forward and told Aravind not to tell what the surprise was because it would no longer be a surprise 😊. My husband sat back and thought how clever his granddaughter was 😊. We think everything they do is wonderful.

That evening we went to the lake for our evening walk. It is a huge rainwater harvesting lake. The rains stopped in October and slowly the water level has gone down. This water is not used for anything, only to help the groundwater. There is a walking track around the lake. It is one of my favourite places. There is a lovely breeze and I love to see the reflection of the sun in the water. During some months it is like shimmering gold and at other times like shimmering silver. We met some friends and acquaintances. My husband and Aravind walk the full length around the lake. My mother and I walk for 15 minutes and walk back.

Looking at this large body of water is so satisfying. It has made a lot of difference to the ground water in the surrounding areas. We cannot imagine our town without it.

My mother and I walking around the lake 🙂
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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.

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    1. They speak Kannada at home, German in school and also when they talk to each other 😊. They understand English. Advaith has English as a subject from class 3. He is 4th now. Vinay and Gayatri made it point to speak Kannada at home. That is very good.

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  1. What a lovely setting! Sunday walks are delightful! Are your grandchildren on a different school break system than the children in India or are they in a school with many Indian ex-pats?

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  2. Your grandchildren are growing up as I follow your writings over the years. It is a real delight to share being a grandmother across the globe with you. Mine are now 13 and 15! How did that happen?

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  3. It’s lovely to live near the lake and have fruit trees in your yard. I am thinking of moving to my sister’s house in the province 15 hours ride away from the city I am living in right now. It’s quite scary to live near a body of water during the typhoon season, but great during the summer.

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