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Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2020)

10-11-2020

Today is our granddaughter’s third birthday. It seems like just recently I was in Germany waiting for her delivery in the hospital waiting room. I loved those two and half months there. I experienced my first snowfall 😊. I still remember that early morning when I looked out of the kitchen window and saw snow everywhere and light from the street lamps made the place magical.

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Advaith is in 1st std, studying in the school just five minutes from their home. Kavya has joined the kindergarten where Advaith had studied.

The rains have stopped for this year and the weather is a little hot and someone said this is because of the trees that have been cut. And in yesterday’s paper we read about the government’s plan to cut thousands of trees to make an expressway! Humans will never learn. And I think this has been stated across the ages. I remember all those science fiction short stories about the future and the life on earth then. I always wonder what we are leaving behind for future generations.

On Friday, I went with Aravind to his primary school. He had been invited as chief guest for Children’s day which is on the 14th. Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day. The Vice Principal of the school was Aravind’s class teacher in 7th std, in 1997.  This year students have not yet come back to school and everything is online. He was asked to talk for a few minutes and it was recorded. Aravind talked about his school days and the teachers were happy to listen to him😊.

My mother went to the Oncologist with my brother and sister-in-law. The doctor has started a treatment and if she responds to it well, she may not need mastectomy. I talk to my mother daily. Some days she feels why this has happened, other days she says she is fine and will take each day as it comes. Her only wish is she should be physically active till the end. I think we all pray for the same. She is going regularly for her walks and reading books and helping in whatever way she can.

Corona virus fills a major part of life in my country but life is going on as usual, the only difference is seeing most people wearing masks. Though some wear it on their chins, and some cover only their mouth and others remove it while talking !!  Many IT professionals have returned to their home towns from cities as they have to work online. Maybe they feel life is better in smaller places. It is ok for people with their own houses but for those people living in rented houses, they have to pay the rent even if they are not living there.

I am enjoying studying different courses in the last five months in Courseera or Edx. I am now doing Shakespeare and his Works. It has been a long, long time since I have read his stories. After many years we got a citron fruit in our plant. We call it ‘Mabala Huli’ in Kannada. We make pickles and I have salted it. We eat it raw too. It is not very sour.

Life is going on.

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Everyday Moments (#SOL-2020)

18-08-2020

The rain today has been acting in a different way. There have been periods of sun shining down and then dark clouds gathering and a heavy downpour. It has been going on like that the whole day. In the evening I went to talk to my neighbour, Juliet. Once a week, another neighbour, Rekha and I sit in the open veranda in Juliet’s house and talk. Juliet said such a weather causes many health problems as if the coronavirus was not enough. She was feeling very sad about not being able to go anywhere freely. She is 75 and her children are abroad. A girl lives with her. There are so many lonely people all over the world. It is really very sad.

On the 15th there was quite a drama in her house. Afternoon she called me to tell there was a snake inside her house! We were wondering what to do. Fortunately another neighbour came and was able to make the snake come out, it was a small cobra ! We were all standing and watching when another neighbour came by on his bike. He stopped and went in. Both tried to catch the cobra in a bag but it slithered into a hole beneath the stairs. Everyone was of the opinion that it would not come out as it must be very scared. Today Juliet told me that she had asked many to cover the hole with cement but no one agreed to do this till it was sure the snake was not there. People here fear and worship snakes.

Last week we went to our town centre after quite a long time. On the way we gave some books to a cousin. There was some shopping too. We used to there every week and to the temples too but so much has changed. On the 22nd is Ganesha Chaturthi. People all across the length and breadth of our country celebrate this festival but this year it is going to a very restricted celebration. But nothing can be done.

We had started a book club in 2009 and we used to meet once a month. It was fun but now we have not met for quite some time. We once had a zoom meeting. But somehow it was not repeated. But I am enjoying the Book club meetings organized by Todd Tyrtle. I have been following his blog for quite some time. We met on the 15th evening. It was a wonderful surprise to meet Betsy. I have been following her blog too. We talked about books and other topics too. We are meeting again in September.

I have joined an Essay writing course offered in  Edx.org. Aravinda told me about it. Till September 20th we have free access for the materials. It is fun to read about English grammar. I am enjoying it.   My Doddamma is fine, I sent a mail with photos to Sujata. She will read it to her. I talk with my mother almost every day and my daughter talks with me everyday 😊. We enjoy the photos and videos of our grandchildren and we watch them many times 😊. Hopefully they will be able to come next year during summer vacations.

I am reading My grandmother asked me to tell you she is sorry by Fredrik Backman and enjoying it.

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