Day 21 March SOLSC! #SOL23  

On the 14th we posted a parcel from our post office to our daughter, Gayatri. She and family live in Germany.  They went there in 2015. Some years ago, we were wondering how to send parcels to them. My cousin told me she sends chutney powders and other masala powders to daughters living abroad by India Post. We followed her advice.

I remember those long-ago days when we wrote letters regularly to our relatives. My paternal grandfather was a regular letter writer. He wrote on post cards to all his grandchildren and other relatives regularly. I used to write to him when he was staying with my father’s elder brother in Mumbai. My grandfather was a teacher. He taught Mathematics and English. I remember when we made mistakes in our writing, he would tell us about it in his next letter. This helped us to improve our writing.

I don’t think anyone writes letters now, but our postal department is still busy. They transfer parcels to different parts of our country and to rest of the world too. People invest their savings in different post office schemes. They are considered very safe. We have been saving not only for ourselves but for our children too since the eighties. Last year I opened a senior citizen fixed deposit 😊.

Through the India Post tracking system, we tracked our parcel. We were surprised that it had reached Frankfurt yesterday. We booked it in Manipal on 14th   noon. It reached Mangalore that night. At 9.30 the same night it was sent to Bangalore. It reached there on the 15th afternoon. After customs clearance it reached Delhi early 16th morning at 5.17. The same morning it was sent to Frankfurt. It was received in Frankfurt on the 20th at 11.51 in the morning. We will get a message when it is delivered to Gayatri.

Quite a journey 😊.


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. Lakshmi, writing postcards monthly was one of my beginning of the year goals, so this slice warms my heart to see things arriving in the mail. Margaret Simon today listed one of her joys as actual letters arriving in the mailbox. It’s a beautiful thing to see your name on something arriving just for you, and I’m hoping that these days continue for a really long time. It’s why I send things to my grandchildren.

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  2. It is a shame that letter writing is not as prevalent as it wone was. Letter writing is a art that is not emphasized as it once was. I think that the postal system is amazing. When you stop to think about letters or packages starting in one place and traveling who knows where to get to its final destination, it just bogles the mind.

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    1. We live in a small town in Karnataka, South India. The parcel is sent to the capital of our state, Bangalore. Then it goes to the capital of our country, Delhi in the north. I think it got delayed by two days due to the weekend. My daughter has yet to get the parcel 🙂 It was dispatched from Frankfurt yesterday.


  3. I am amazed at the ability of a system to move a parcel around the world like that. What a gift. I still write actual letters and cards. I still think other forms are too impersonal. I am sure it is because of my age that I think that.

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