A Proud Prized Possession of mine

This life of mine, wonderful moments to cherish, education, teaching sanskrit shlokas , helping me with my homework , introducing me to the world of stories and storybooks , freedom to express and air my views ,  agree to disagree philosophy , values, housekeeping skills, cooking…… apart from the materialistic things are some of the things that have been passed on to me by my loving Amma.
Children learn watching their parents and we surely as kids absorbed many things like a sponge during the growing up years.
Amma was very fond of cooking , stitching and knitting . She used to pamper us with her home made delicacies and used to  knit so many sweaters for her kids and grandkids.
Amma had bought a sewing machine from her salary when she was working before her marriage. That makes the machine older than her marriage and daughters too!!
 I have this flair for creative work and  Amma’ s sewing machine is with me now . I use it do some alteration work as and when required or to try my hand in creating some home decor stuff. I am filled with joy  both internally and externally when I am using her sewing machine. Internally because I know she would be so happy to watch me from heaven making use of something that she passed on to me and I feel externally happy too when I see my creative stuff  enhancing the look of my home..
I had brought it to my home in two trips by train. The first time I brought only the top part and used it like a hand machine .During my next visit I brought the entire bottom frame consisting of the pedal, frame and wheel.The first thing that I did was to call a service centre person who could install the bottom frame to the machine and set it working for me.
Each time I am pedalling and stitching  she seems to be smiling and whispering to me to unleash my creativity.
This machine was bought by her in 1969  and is half a century old now !!!. I am often reminded of the times when she helped me complete my SUPW activity while in school in which we were taught stitching .
It is definitely one of the proud prized possessions of mine  and I feel her presence surrounding me, comforting and protecting me whenever I am using one of my Amma’s possessions.
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Overwhelming

via Daily Prompt: Overwhelming

I watched a movie recently on AIDS awareness. The plot revolves around a few people who are waiting for the results of the blood test of the dreaded disease. The reports of the blood test will come only in the evening. The emotions portrayed by the characters is overwhelming. Initially they are in a state of denial when someone asks them if they are waiting for the report of the ELISA test. Time seems to be heavily weighing on them with the clock seeming to appear to tick at a snails pace. During the waiting period they try to enter into a conversation with each other . They reveal to each other how circumstances put them in situations which make them suspect ” could I have contracted the deadly virus??”  . Evening time approaches and as they await their turn to collect the paper that will reveal the status , there is an overwhelming suspense . The overwhelming suspense has been depicted beautifully both for the viewer as well as in the characters .

The movie made me ponder over the various developments for quite some while. A very different kind of movie. I am talking about a yet to be released tamil movie “Sila Samayangalil” that was screened at a literary festival recently in India.

 

Recharge

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We have got so used to recharging our gadgets on a daily basis that sometimes we forget to recharge ourselves on a daily basis. The daily grind leaves hardly one with enough time.

We look forward to vacations to break the monotony of the daily routine. Vacations have become so popular these days . It does make me wonder sometimes at the impact nature and travel has on the mental and physical well being of a person. Travel, sports, visiting new tourist places, sight seeing, camping, trekking, hiking  are some ways to recharge our batteries .

Apart from these things I consider some more things equally  important  to recharge oneself on a daily basis like expressing gratitude for whatever one has works like magic. A simple thankyou expressed from the bottom of the heart works like magic to recharge both the body and soul.Prayers too said sincerely, it could be any time of the day, when said from the heart works wonders and recharges the mind. God never said take bath before praying , avoid x y z food items, perform  x y z rituals for me. It’s all created by humans.

A visit to a hospital , blood bank made me realize and learn some important lessons in life. Blood donation is  something so important. Blood transfusion for a patient in need of blood saves his/her life. This fact made me realize how it recharges one’s physical body with life. As I watched the crowd who had come to collect blood for their loved ones -Travel, sports, visiting new tourist places, sight seeing, camping, trekking, hiking for recharging oneself seemed so insignificant at that moment to me.!!

Meditation too is said to play an important role to recharge. I am yet to practice this and experience the benefits of this form of recharge.

A warm genuine smile, kind words, acknowledgement,  laughter, encouraging words, interesting company, food of ones choice, a nice book, writing wherein allowing thoughts to flow, heart to heart talk  ,yoga,running,walking, hobby, the feel of cool  breeze,  music are also some other ways to recharge oneself.

It’s time for me to wake up and recharge myself!!

Fierce

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Heartbreaking photos of a calf crying and guarding his dead mother surfaced on the social media last month. The video showed a baby elephant wailing for its dead mother and refusing to leave her side.

As per the news the elephant was walking along with her baby in Southern India, when she collapsed. 

She died immediately, but her son prodded his mother with his hooves, tried waking her up with his trunk and chased away anyone who came near her in a desperate attempt to awaken her.!

This piece of heart breaking news made me ponder about the fierce love  a child possesses  for one’s mother and vice versa too. All animals are God’s creation and here the love of the calf for his mother in the way he is protecting her, trying to wake her up  is love in the purest form. I am sure the calf is too young to know what death is. What all thoughts , feelings he might be undergoing!!

The very scene made me shed a tear.