Three-things-challenge #120

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Every day I’ll give you three words that will hopefully trigger your creativity.
No need to use them all if you don’t want to, simply read the prompt and see what it brings to mind.
You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the new logo if you wish.
There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
Have fun!

Your three words today are:
TEA
NAP
MAT

These words reminded me of our short naps after lunch. We sleep either on the floor or spread a mat and lie down on it. We take a nap for about fifteen minutes. It would be nice to drink a glass of hot tea after the nap, nicer still if someone handed me that while I relaxed on the mat 😊. But, usually it is too early for a glass of tea.

Three Things challenge #116

2020-logo.jpg Three things challenge

Every day I’ll give you three words that will hopefully trigger your creativity.
No need to use them all if you don’t want to, simply read the prompt and see what it brings to mind.

You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the new logo if you wish.
There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave a link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly.
Bear in mind although the challenge will go out around 6.30am UK time, pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately if I’m late accessing my blog.
I look forward to reading your responses.
Have fun!
Your three words today are:
SECRET
MARSHMALLOWS
LUCK

‘ Soft and spongy piece

Never tasted marshmallow

Sweet experience.’

 

 

Everyday Moments- (Write. Share. Give. #SOL20)

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My weekly Slice of Life are my letters to my Doddamma. She is my father’s elder brother’s wife. Doddamma literally means ‘elder mother’. She is 88 years old. She cannot hear properly if I telephone to talk to her. So, I have been writing letters to her since October 2017. I enjoy writing letters and she is happy to read them. They are only about the everyday moments in my life. I post my letters to her every week.

2-01-2020

Amritsar, Punjab

We planned our vacation a few months ago. We wanted to go to Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple (GT) or Harmandir Sahib and to Mcleodganj in Dharamsala. The Dalai Lama visits the Tsuglakhang Temple, popularly known as the Dalai Lama temple two or three times in a year.

We left on the 1st evening for Hyderabad. We stayed the night with anna (elder brother). On 2nd morning our flight to Amritsar was at 8 o’clock. I always feel a little apprehensive when the plane takes off since there is nothing under us. But when we go above the clouds it is like being in a different world. The clouds look like the infinite ocean.

We reached Amritsar at 11. We had to put on our sweaters as it was very cold. Our hotel was very near the Golden temple which is in the older part of the city. We told the driver that we would call the hotel and the receptionist would give the directions but they had more faith in the GPS. At the end we had to take an electric autorickshaw 😊 from one point as the roads were too narrow. Only electric autorickshaws are allowed near GT. The narrow alleys of the old part of the city with shops and eateries on both sides are fascinating. Our hotel was good and the staff helpful.

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We went to the G T at 2.15, just five minutes away. At the entrance there is a shoe and baggage counter. We kept our footwear there. Before entering the temple complex we have to cross a stream of running water to clean our feet. All have to cover their heads and scarves are provided. I covered my head with my shawl.

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Entering the complex was like entering a different world. On the right side is the AkalTakth and on the left, the entrance to the Golden Temple. It is a small and beautiful shrine. We joined the queue and slowly made our way towards the sanctum. The temple was as beautiful inside as it was on the outside. There are floral designs on the wall and some inscriptions too. There are carpets everywhere for people to sit. In the central chamber the Adi Granth was being read. We sat outside the sanctum for some time and then went to the first floor. We sat there too. There was peace and serenity in the air. We were inside the temple for more than an hour. It was a divine experience. We were given Kada Prasad when we came out of the temple. The prasad is made from wheat flour, ghee and sugar. It was delicious.

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That day ( 2nd January) was the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the spiritual leader of the Sikhs. We were lucky to be there. There were fireworks. Hymns were sung continuously. Thousands of diyas and candles were lit. The final Ardas or the ultimate prayer address to the Almighty was powerful and touched the heart. Everyone was standing and when the hymn ended all knelt, facing the temple and touched their head to the ground. It was an emotional moment too. Then we went to the Langar hall to have food. The feeling of service and devotion is inherent in the temple complex. All are welcome to eat food that is served there. We were served chapati, dal, a vegetable dish and rice kheer. Devotees do all the work as part of their service to God. There is no discrimination at all. We learnt that food is served twenty fours a day.

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The Golden temple is closed from 11 pm to 22 am when the Guru Granth Sahib is taken from the temple to the Akal Takth.
That day was an amazing day. Being in the temple complex, watching all the devotees and soaking in the atmosphere is an experience of a life time. We went back to the hotel at 8.30.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmandir_Sahib
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akal_Takht
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Gobind_Singh
https://www.republicworld.com/lifestyle/festivals/guru-gobind-singh-jayanti-2020-significance-of-the-festival.html
https://www.learnreligions.com/illustrated-prashad-recipe-2993137

50,000 Free Hot Meals a Day and 9 Other Amazing Facts About the Langar at the Golden Temple


https://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Golden_Kitchen

#SoCS 2020 – Jan. 11th

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Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “the first 3 words of the first full sentence.” Okay, follow me here. This is what I want you to do: 1. Grab the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. 2. Open it to a random page. 3. Locate the first complete sentence on that page. 4. Use the first three words of that sentence to start your post, then take it from there–write whatever comes to mind. That’s it! Have fun!

I am reading ‘From the Holy Mountain’ by William Dalrymple.
The first three words of the complete sentence on page 72 are ‘Back at the’…

Back at the hotel after spending the whole evening at the Golden Temple was like returning from another world, a divine and spiritual world to the mundane. We were on a vacation from 1st January to 9th January. We had wanted to go to Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple and to Dharamsala, home to Dalai Lama.
Our hotel was very near to the temple. We went there every evening and it was like being in a different world. Devotees kept coming at all times. The feeling of devotion and of service is felt in every part of the temple complex. People are served food (Langar) at all times, day and night. The temple is in the middle of a man-made pond. Seeing the golden temple reflected in the water adds to that special feeling inherent in the place.
I will post photos which say so much more than words but being there was an experience of a life time. We were happy that we decided to go to Amritsar. And the cold was another new experience, there and in Dharamsala 😊. When we told people there that our place does not have a winter season, they were surprised😊.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langar_(Sikhism)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmandir_Sahib

Wishes

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DEAR FRIENDS,

WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

BEING A PART OF WORDPRESS IS ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF MY LIFE. I AM COMING INTO CONTACT WITH WONDERFUL PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD. I AM LEARNING SOMETHING EVERY DAY AND IT IS REWARDING IN EVERY WAY.

THANK YOU DEAR  FRIENDS

WITH BEST WISHES,

LAKSHMI BHAT

‘ Not by appointment do we meet delight Or joy; they heed not our expectancy; But round some corner of the streets of life they of a sudden greet us with a smile.’
Gerald Massey

#SoCS Dec. 14/19

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “loud.” Find any word that means “loud,” and use it any way you’d like in your post. Enjoy!

This prompt reminded me of our granddaughter. Our daughter and family live in Germany. They had come for a vacation in August. Kavya, our granddaughter is two years. This time she got to know us very well.
I talk with my daughter every day through WhatsApp video call. We talk with our grandchildren too. I usually make the call. When Kavya sees only me she starts asking for ‘ajja’ . Ajja means grandfather. Then she calls out ‘ maama’. Maama means uncle.  Then she says ‘pijji ‘ which means great grandmother.  She starts in a soft voice and the volume increases as she calls every one. After talking for some time we say goodbye and then she says ‘bye bye see you’ in a loud voice, not once, but many times😊. It makes our day . We think that whatever our grandchildren do is wonderful 😊

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Everyday Moments (# SOL- 2019)

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My weekly Slice of Life are my letters to my Doddamma. She is my father’s elder brother’s wife. Doddamma literally means ‘elder mother’. She is 88 years old. She cannot hear properly if I telephone to talk to her. So, I have been writing letters to her since October 2017. I enjoy writing letters and she is happy to read them. They are only about the everyday moments in my life. I post my letters to her every week.

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On the 20th afternoon my mother’s youngest brother came home. He had not been feeling too well and was getting very tired. He came for cardiology check-up. My mother is the eldest of ten children. Her two sisters are younger to me 😊On the 21st my husband accompanied my uncle to the hospital. On the 22nd he went for an angiogram. My husband went with him. They came back late in the evening. There were a lot of patients. We waited and it is so difficult to wait. My husband had told us what was happening. At present my uncle has been prescribed medicines. He has to come for a check up nexy month.

Last week many of my husband’s old students had gathered in the college and my husband was happy to meet them. He is a dental surgeon and was a teacher till he retired in January 2017. He has always had very cordial relationship with his students. So many of them are his Facebook friends 😊.

On the 20th we hired a worker for a day to clean our garden. The rains have finally stopped. Though one afternoon we did hear a lot of thunder. It felt so strange as it was so sunny. There was a lot of grass. The garden is looking clean now.

We are going regularly for our evening walks, either to EndPoint or to the lake or to the Syndicate bank training college grounds. One evening my mother and I went to our neighbour’s place after a short walk near our home. We gossiped 😊.

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Today afternoon I went to Asare. I make roses from organdie material with others. They are bought by Rotary and other institutions. Life is going there as usual.

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Yesterday I made rasam powder. The recipe was given by Doddamma to my mother long back. My mother gave it to me. We get this masala in the market but I prefer to make mine. The ingredients are coriander seeds, red chillies, cumin seeds, fenugreek, black pepper and asafoetida. Spices are a very important part of our daily cooking.

My mother too enjoys writing to Doddamma. She feels there is not much to write but once she starts writing she is surprised there is so much to write :).

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A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.
Thomas Keller
(Thomas Keller is an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer)

A Day in the zoo

Kavya enjoyed play school. But she had not liked being separated from her mother in the initial days and had protested before leaving home. The teacher took the children to the playground every day. One day they went to a farm. The children were excited to see black hens in the coop. Kavya touched the soft feathers of the hen. She liked it. Seeing the children enjoying themselves the teacher decided to take them to the zoo in their town.

The children were too small to know what a zoo was. When they reached the place, they were happy to see the animals. The five children walked around, holding hands. The teacher was behind them. It was autumn and the beautiful leaves were lying on the ground waiting to be picked and thrown up in a shower. They walked on. Suddenly they stopped when they saw two strange-looking birds. The little ones were not scared but just surprised by the birds’ big round eyes. The teacher was surprised to see the owls and wondered how they had come out of the enclosure. She looked around and saw the board with slightly faded words, ‘Beware owls in the road’.
(200 words)

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Photo from Morguefile

Twittering Tales #162 – 12 November 2019

 

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The four friends loved music. They had studied at the same music school and had formed a group in the early days. They enjoyed their daily practice.

That day was their first public performance and their music had been appreciated by all.

They had no words to express their joy.

(277 characters)

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( Photo by rawpixel@pixabay.com)