Day 23 March SOLSC! #SOL23 

The last three days have been very windy. Dry coconut fronds are falling regularly. We keep them outside the gate. Some of our neighbours carry them home as they are good fuel in firewood stoves. These days we see the seeds of the Crown Flower plant floating by. They have white hairs attached to them. We call them Ajjana gadda, which literally means grandfather’s beard 😊.

Crown flowers

On the 21st was my father-in-law’s death anniversary. It is the custom to invite a guest for lunch. This guest performs the rituals. There are elaborate rituals and simple ones too. Ours was the latter. My husband and mother cut vegetables early in the morning and I prepared the dishes. My husband’s brother came too.

Yesterday I took my mother for an eye check-up. I had got an appointment earlier. We were in the hospital by 9.30. Yesterday was Yugadi, the New Year’s Day according to the Hindu Lunar calendar. There were very few patients, but it was almost 12 by the time we returned home. When we have to go to the hospital, I prepare lunch in the morning itself. My mother has cataract. She has to have an operation but there is no emergency. My brothers are coming to our place in the third week of April and she will go to Hyderabad with them. My elder brother said he will take an appointment there.

While waiting for the doctor to see us, I started talking to the lady sitting next to me. She had come with her son who is studying in class 9 for his eye check-up. Five years earlier due to a reaction from a medicine he had many health problems.  They come from a small town about 50 kms away. It is interesting that many people here when asked about how far their place is, reply by telling us the amount of money they have to pay for the bus ticket. This lady told me she pays Rs 59 for one bus ticket. People who commute by bus regularly immediately understand how far away the place is 😊.

Just now Gayatri called to say that they have received the parcel we posted on the 14th. She is yet to open it.

Calotropis gigantea – Crown Flower (

Ugadi – 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 like the way you take us through the moment – I feel as if I’m sitting there beside you, observing the ritual at lunch. The pictures you always include help us see what you describe. I’m glad the box arrived! When will she open it?

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  2. Kathy had cataract surgery several years ago and couldn’t believe the difference in colors she saw afterwards. I was told I have the beginnings of them, but they are not yet ripe. Hope your mother’s surgery goes well whenever she has it.

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