Day 20 March SOLSC! #SOL23  

Yesterday morning I woke up to the sound of rain falling on the leaves of the jackfruit tree in the back yard. It was 5.45. I opened the window to smell the fragrance of rain meeting dry earth. That is petrichor and is one of my favourite words. It was drizzling for quite some time. Later I hung out in the sun drying them, and it started drizzling again. We have two clotheslines in the open garage. I hung some of the clothes there and the rest in the verandah. Because it rained there is a change in the weather. It will be a little cool for at least two days 😊. The hot summer will continue till June and then the rains will start earnest.

The tall and beautiful mango tree which we can see from our gate has fresh, new leaves. The tree looks beautiful but new leaves mean the tree will not bear any fruit this year. Last year there were mangoes in abundance. As this tree is by the side of the road, anyone can pluck the fruits. Many were plucking the raw ones to make pickles. Spicy pickles from small, whole tender mangoes are very popular here. The ripe fruits too are very tasty, specially to make a rasam from them.

Yesterday morning Yamanappa came asking if there was any work in the garden. There was a lot of work. He is from Badami, a town about 400 kms to the north. Many people from there come this side in search of work because their region is arid and there is a lot of poverty. They have settled down here, but they have not cut off their bonds with their homes. They spend a few months every year there.

I finished two books which I had started some months ago. And there are so many blogs to read in the March challenge and it is fun to write every day. And the best thing to happen last week was listening to Lucy play the piano. She is the winner of The Piano. My cousin posted the video in our WhatsApp group.

Who won The Piano? What happened in the final of the Channel 4 series as blind pianist Lucy stuns competition (

Mavina midi uppinakayi | Tender mango pickle | Mavinakayi ……

Curry tree – Wikipedia

Prunus avium – Wikipedia


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 can’t imagine going for a walk and just picking fruit off of the trees growing alongside the road. Now that spring has arrived I am looking forward to warmer temperatures.

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