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A Day in a Writer's Life - Some Reflections & Revelations

Updated on April 20, 2016
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Venkatachari is a spiritual minded Hindu, aged 63 years. He values morals, ethics, traditions and believes in God. A positive minded person.

Introduction to the writer

Venkat is an Indian online writer, who took to writing passion after his retirement in 2010. He is a South Indian Hindu with belief in God and social | moral values of life. He believes all religions and all paths lead to the same God or salvation. He loves human values, relationships and simple styles of living.He was deprived of his spouse by God in 2012 and cooks food with his own hands presently for himself and his two grown up sons.

The purpose of writing this article is to offer you a glimpse into the writer's way of living and his style of dealing with situations, so that you may find anything beneficial from it.

This is your hubber residence on 4th floor. Hall leading to his bedroom entrance in center. The puja room is on left and kitchen and bath on right side. There are 2 more rooms - one opposite puja room and one opposite kitchen which are not shown
This is your hubber residence on 4th floor. Hall leading to his bedroom entrance in center. The puja room is on left and kitchen and bath on right side. There are 2 more rooms - one opposite puja room and one opposite kitchen which are not shown | Source

It's morning time

The alarm rings melodiously from the mobile lying to his side. As if saying-

'Wake up Venkat, it's 5:45 am. Another day has started in your life.'

Venkat slowly opens his eyes and turns his head towards the mobile and stops the alarm. Then looks at the wall clock to the other side and slowly gets up from the bed. Stands up, holding the nearby wall to make himself straight. He walks out of the room slowly, still in a sleepy mood, bows towards the puja room at the right side and then goes slowly into the kitchen room on his left. Switches on the light, and opens the back door of the kitchen leading into a backside balcony. Bows to the Tulasi Plant there in a pot and then to the sky upward. Returns in and goes into the bathroom by the side of the kitchen to relieve himself and wash face and then drinks a glassful of water.

Now it is tea time

Now Venkat goes into the kitchen, prepares tea - four cups (for himself and the elder son) - to be had in two takes: at 6:30 am and 9:30 am. The other son does not drink tea. After the tea boils and is ready for drinking, he leaves it there in a flask and goes towards the puja room direction in the hall where the wash basin is located in that corner of the hall by the entrance side of the puja room. He brushes his teeth and washing the face, feels refreshed. Then he pours the tea into two cups and goes towards the same bedroom again to have the tea along with his son sleeping in the other bed there (that guy is accustomed to bed tea). The time is 6:30 am by now.

Some kitchen work and getting ready for Puja or worship

After drinking tea, it is kitchen cleaning time. He cleans the gas stove with wet cloth applying a bit soap if needed and the whole kitchen platform. Then cleans the small rice cooker once again which is already washed by the maid, as it is to be used for cooking some rice to be offered to God at the completion of puja.

After this cleaning work is over, he attends to his toilet and takes the bath and gets himself ready for puja. This toilet and bath take up at least 30 minutes. Stepping out from the bathroom he straight goes into the puja room, wears his puja dress- silk dhoti and what they call as Kanduva (the cloth on shoulders) and applies the tilak to his forehead.

The puja dress

This is your hubber in his puja dress
This is your hubber in his puja dress | Source

Some more tasks performed before beginning puja

First, he will have to bring some fresh (pure) water for puja and cooking purpose from the running bore water below stairs at ground floor. Venkat is on the 4th floor. So he takes the steel pot and goes down through the lift, fills the water from the bore pipe (which is operated by the motor pump for filling an underground tank there for lifting water to the overhead tank on the terrace of the 5th floor). The water from the overhead tank is supplied through taps to the flats. But it may not be pure. The drinking water is purchased from outside water suppliers who supply through refill bottles.

After bringing the steel pot of water, he goes to the Tulasi Plant with a bowl of water and offers it to Sun God chanting the Gayatri Mantra and pouring the water into the Tulasi plant pot. Then bowing to Sun, he takes blessings and returns into the kitchen. He has to prepare the breakfast also ready for the younger son who has to go for his work by 8:30 am as it takes more than 90 minutes to reach his office in Hitech city by car. So, Venkat takes the idli cooker, fills the plates with idli mixer and puts the cooker on medium flame. Then, he takes the rice cooker and washes some rice in it and fills with required water and places it also on the other burner flame. Now, taking some water in a tiny small pot (it is a silver pot for God), goes into the puja room, sprinkles water drops on all the Gods. His main God is Lakshminarayana (small silver idols of God Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi).

Tulasi Plant and Sun
Tulasi Plant and Sun | Source
The wooden temple in puja room with Lakshminarayan idols in center and other images of Gods all decorated with flowers
The wooden temple in puja room with Lakshminarayan idols in center and other images of Gods all decorated with flowers | Source

Vishnu Sahasranamam with meanings

How to perform Puja or worship

Puja is done in a systematic way. After Surya Namaskar (bowing to God chanting Gayatri mantra), you will have to take some water with a mango leaf or a flower or a copper spoon known as "Uddharini" from a copper or silver glass (pot) and sprinkle on God taking His name. This is a kind of bathing God. Then you decorate God with flowers and may wear clothes also and apply turmeric to Goddesses and tilak to all Gods. Then start your worship and prayers by first bowing to the tree line of your religious Gurus and teachers. Then you will chant the hymns and verses and names in praise of God and His wonderful achievements. Worshipping can be done by offering flower petals, turmeric powder and the red tilak powder known as kumkum while chanting the 108 or 1000 names of God. After prayers and worship are over, you will have to show the incense stick to Him and then the lighted oil lamps also to Him with your right hand. Then, you can offer the food and fruits by showing them towards His mouth with your right hand. Then, last but not least, camphor is lighted in a plate or spoon and shown around Him chanting the slokas known as Mangalasasanam (for well-being).

This is how your hubber also does. But he does not indulge in chanting those thousand names (known as Vishnu Sahasranamam which is linked in the video for your reference) daily. It is done only on special festive days by him. Even then, it consumes one full hour for him in completing his puja. That is why he has to prepare the breakfast also in between this time and serve to his son. His son leaves at 8:30 but his puja continues till 9 or 9:15 am.

So, what about you?


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Day Time Full: Browsing on Internet

First, Breakfast

After performing puja, Venkat changes clothes and takes his breakfast idli. He prepares daily, at morning times, the same breakfast of idlis. Only the side dish for it may vary. He may serve it with sambar or some chutney or with a spice powder. Spice powder is generally taken on more days than the sambar or chutney. After the breakfast is over, he drinks tea and then goes down the stairs to bring milk from the milk depot nearby his building. He may spend some time viewing the newspaper and at 10 am starts his computer after cleaning it and the workplace with a duster.

Now at Computer

He logs into his mailbox and views each mail. Hey, here it is our billybuc with another stellar hub! I should not miss it. He is so nice always "helping others to spread their wings and fly". Venkat reads it and comments. Here it is Eric Dierker with his Sunday Sermon. What a great perception!!! He comments on it. Here is Gypsy Rose Lee with her "Lost in this world" and Jo Alexis (tobusiness) with her Tribute to Bob Marley. There is a lot more with great writers like Alicia, Rebecca, teaches 12345, Phyllis Doyle, tillsontitan, Jackie Lynley, MS Dora, Catherine, the great lady Nellieanna, peachpurple, Devika and many personalities I can't recollect just now. You can spend the whole day reading their writings and getting some rich knowledge.

Then Venkat logs into his own blogs on blogger- Lifestyle Tips (vnktchari.blogspot.in), or that of TVserials and his own website of mvchari.in on finance & economic topics to see whether there are any improvements in traffic. But they are not encouraging. Only articles like 'Peeing at public places" or "Clean India Drive" have received some good response in lifestyles blog with above 50 views. Others are within 20. Tv serials received in 100s excepting recent episode posts. In mvchari.in, only consumers surplus received above 50 views all others are in their 20s and 10s. So, a lot requires to be done Venkat, it is not so easy to get the audience.

This is your hubber Venkat (venkatachari) with his computer in his bedroom-cum-office.
This is your hubber Venkat (venkatachari) with his computer in his bedroom-cum-office. | Source

No breaks except for Lunch & Tea or Coffee

His browsing, reading, commenting or writing fresh topics on his blog or on Hubpages continues throughout the day till evening 5:30 or up to 5:50 pm on all days including weekly offs. He browses on social media sites like facebook, google plus and linked.in and newspaper sites of times of India and economictimes.com and at times on Washington post also. Everywhere there is something interesting to read and know. His comments on newspapers are saved by him on a separate blog created for this purpose which simultaneously get shared on google plus also. He takes a cup coffee at 11:30 am, lunch at 1:30 pm, then tea at 4 pm and again coffee at 6 pm. He may rest for 10 minutes after lunch or at times there may not be rest at all.

Meals ready for dinner. Rice in cooker, yellow dish 'dal', curry in deep pan, rasam on left and curd on right & pickle in bottle.
Meals ready for dinner. Rice in cooker, yellow dish 'dal', curry in deep pan, rasam on left and curd on right & pickle in bottle. | Source

Evenings and Nighttime

6 pm to 9 pm is cooking and TV time

After closing computer at 5:40 pm, Venkat prepares coffee and then gets refreshed and starts cooking. First, a light tiffin "Upma" is prepared with finely broken wheat. It is the snack between his lunch and dinner. After eating it, he starts cooking for the dinner. Dinner consists of main food rice and one dish called 'dal', one vegetable curry, one rasam and curd or buttermilk. This is the daily menu for dinner. Dal is prepared with dry yellow split pigeon peas or legume. He adds either tomatoes or green leaves or cucumber, etc. in the dal while cooking. Curries are prepared with any kind of vegetable available or with any edible roots like carrot, beetroot,etc. While dal gets prepared, he cuts the vegetables. Venkat watches only 2 tv serials presently from 8 pm to 9 pm both of which are based on moral values of life. He is fond of this type of serials and music talent shows. His tv serials blog contains these episodes only. So cooking and tv watching get completed by 9 pm and they have their dinner watching music on VH1 or other channels.

One more sitting at Computer after Dinner and then "Good night".

After dinner, he takes his daily dose of medicines and again sits at the computer for one more hour browsing on HubPages for some time and facebook or newspaper sites also to see the updates, if any, as morning starts for them when it is the night time for him. So, he is able to see some more comments or replies and respond to them. But he is wondered at some amazing update that statistics are still 45 years ago. It is very funny to notice such slips from site administrators at times.

Now it is time for Good Night

So, thank you all my dear friends, for bearing with your Venkat. Enjoy your day with your browsing, commenting and other activities. Have a nice day (it is night here).


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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks a lot, Tim, for your nice comment. I keep engaged this way, even though I don't yet receive any appreciable audience. I try to improve my style a bit so that my presentations could be better. I keep on reading articles all around the web sites for this purpose and also to increase my knowledge. You know learning has no age barriers. Your writing style is better than me and I admire your works much. Blogging is a good platform, as you need not follow any set rules for it. It gives you more freedom in presenting your thoughts and topics in a simple style.

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      Tim Mitchell 3 months ago from Escondido, CA

      A wonderful article Venkat. Thanks for sharing your nickname because now I know ;-) Your day is full on your writer's adventure. That is something to aspire toward for me. I didn't know you had a blog site too. I an see your dedication to the journey as a writer. Nice! One day I may have a blog. But, like at HubPages I don't have any real Niche yet to write about it. One day I will. I am encouraged by your success Venkat. Hoping today's venture for you today is full of discoveries.

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      Venkatachari M 11 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Missy, for viewing this article and leaving such a beautiful comment.

      Yes, both my sons love me and like to keep me with them and happy always. I don't feel her loss as I daily look her big photo in my room and know she is with me even now looking at me from heaven.

      I too am much interested in all cultures and read whichever comes in my front to know about their lives and cultures. I personally am much moved by your hubs and like all those feelings and attitudes of you. They appear very natural and full of emotions and with an aim to spread awareness.

      Wish you all my best blessings.

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      Missy Smith 11 months ago from Florida

      Hey Venkat, I came to your page today to find a more personal view of who you are and your lifestyle. I am so interested in learning about other cultures. I think I picked the right article here.

      You express in complete detail what a day in your life consists of. It was so very interesting to me, as it is different for every culture I'm sure. I couldn't help but think of the hubs of yours that I have enjoyed so much. The one about Tea and its benefits, also the flash fiction one about the maze. I really enjoyed these.

      Your hubs on the knowledge you've gained building a blog and things like that are really good as well, but I'm the type of person that just marvels at stories of personality, which I feel the ones I mentioned are full of your personality. :)

      I'm truly sorry to learn you have lost your wife, but I am glad to know that you have two elder sons who stay with you. I know they treat their father well, as I can tell by this article, that their dad treats them well and loves them very much.

      I hope you write more articles about a day in your life. They are very interesting. :)

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      Venkatachari M 15 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      That's very nice of you, Paula. I am very happy that it appealed so much to you. It's true that there are so many nice people here sharing their ideas and experiences. It is a great place here on HubPages, and I enjoy it a lot.

      Thanks for your visit and such a wonderful comment.

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      Paula 15 months ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Venkat, I really appreciated reading your hub, about a day in your life. I like how you commented about how there are so many things to learn, and grow in knowledge when reading daily. I agree with you on that! I wish I had more time to spend reading and learning, as it is one of my greatest joys.

      I am thankful for friends like you on HubPages, that take joy in writing and sharing with others. It is great for me to learn of other people's cultures and ways of life. I enjoyed it, thank you. Paula

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      Venkatachari M 16 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Parul, for your visit and the nice comment.

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      Parul Srivastava 16 months ago from Lucknow,India

      A very nice hub Sir.Thank you for sharing.

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      Dana Tate 20 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Your life seems well-planned and peaceful. I can't wait to retire and enjoy life on my own terms.

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      Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Jackie. But, you should find some way of doing things with some planning and avoid rushing. It will reduce the tension and keep you healthy. My blessings to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks so very much for sharing your life with us. It much be so serene to have a schedule in ones life which I surely do not. Mine is a rush with little relaxation before sleep. naturally a schedule like that often makes me wake in the middle of a nights sleep but it is my way of life.

      Thanks so much for sharing yours!

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I think no one is exactly the same as other person. This is what is life. Unity in diversity. We are so different from each other personally, but live as one large family.

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Wonderful insight into your day and how you spend your time - I think sometimes we forget how different we all are (and how different our lives are), and yet we are also exactly the same. Great Hub.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Padmaja. I am proud to be of some inspiration to you. I think this kind of lifestyle is good for any retired person.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Padmajah Badri 2 years ago from India

      A very inspiring and truthful Hub .Your Schedule is much similar to my Dad and Grandpa with the same puja room setup .This Hub is must read for retired people who can still manage their time effectively rather than watching serials.I will suggest to all my relatives who have crossed their 60's and cribbing on their boredom.Great thoughts on healthy menu.Thanks a ton for writing .Truly an example for "Life is what you make it ".

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you very much, Sunil, for this kind of appreciation of my hub and also for your concern for me. I think you returned after a long gap here. Wish you my blessings, friend.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Venkat sir, I did enjoy reading this hub. It is extremely entertaining and really a live commentary of your daily life. You are so passionate about your writing and is religiously sharing your time for the same. You work hard and honestly. I feel sympathetic no better I say empathetic with you on one thing- you lost your loving spouse. You miss your wife and that tragic story was shared here by you so beautifully and in a touching manner. You are a god fearing man and I hope god bless you. Keep on writing such interesting stories. Thank you for this nice post. It is shared.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you very much, Albion. I am glad you like all this. Thanks for the visit, votes and comment.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Venkat. A really tip top hub Vencat. You make a simple day so interesting, filled with prayer and honesty. I feel that you lead a most fulfilling life and I wish you well.

      Voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Catherine. I am humbled with your comment. Thanks for the visit, votes, nice comment

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You have a charming writing style. It was very interesting for me to learn about Hindu worship practices. Voted up and Interesting

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I am honoured by your visit and comment, Tim Mitchell! Thank you for this nice comment and appreciation.

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      Tim Mitchell 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you for inviting me to be with you :-) This article is inspiring and I hope that grows further. Thank you for opening a door to Hinduism with lifestyle. I have read much on Hinduism regarding religion or philosophy. I have never had the opportunity to understand it as life choice and realize the significance with a spiritual life. Thank you for adding to my understanding. Enlightening!

      tim

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Chris, for visiting my hub and leaving a nice comment. Wish you a good day.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Venkat, Thank you for such a detailed account of a lifestyle so foreign t many of us. The description of your routine of rising, tea, worship and blogging is very interesting. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks Romanian, for your visit and a nice comment. It is very helpful and easy in performing your tasks if you can plan your daily or weekly routines more in advance.

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      It was interesting to read your daily routine, Venkat. It's great to have a job with a fixed schedule. It's more easily to plan what to do when you come home.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks Jackie, for visiting and wishing me. I hope you are enjoying the Valentine's Day happily. My best wishes to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you for sharing this!

      Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Patricia, for taking time and visiting my hub and leaving a warm comment. My all best wishes to you and your family.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you for sharing so much I do not know. It fills the holes in my mind with information it thirsts for. It is very interesting to hear of your culture.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks a lot, Alicia, for visiting my hub and leaving such a nice comment. Wish you all the best.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very interesting hub, Venkat! I loved reading about a typical day in your life. I always like learning about other cultures, especially in an enjoyable article like this.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you so much Dora, for your visit, nice comment and for your laugh. I can see your laugh from here. Wish you all the best.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Venkat, this article is very interesting. Thanks for introducing us to your way of life with some of the differences. Would love to have some chutney. At the end you made me laugh. Good job!

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks Eric, for your visit and a nice comment. Sharing our cultures can bring us closer. Glad to see your family shares similar lifestyles and sorry for your homesick feelings. Wish you a nice day and best wishes.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting. This is very similar to how my family in Vietnam run their lives. (other tasks than the internet) But the fullness of spirituality and the pureness of food taken in. It makes me homesick for there. But I will go in April and think of you while there. Thank you for sharing this with me and others.

      I am humbled by your mention of me.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Devika, for your visit and sharing a nice comment.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You shared a great part of your day here. I enjoyed reading about how you go about the day as another interesting hubber.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you so much, tillsontitan. I know a little bit about the climates there. My relatives live there in Canada and North Carolina. They share their photos on facebook also. I hope it will be warmer from March onwards. Here it is minimum 17 celsius and day time it goes up to 30.

      Thank you once again for your visit and nice comment and votes.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Glad to see you as first commenter on this hub, Bill. You really deserve that mention by me, as I try to learn a lot from you. You always inspire us and that is what I mentioned in it. Thanks for visiting first and encouraging my work with your nice words.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      What a wonderful hub Venkata. Thank you so much for sharing your day, it was not only interesting but enlightening. How differently we live and yet, we are the same.

      I am flattered by your mention. I think you are probably getting up as I am writing this. We have had close to 12 inches of snow with more predicted but hopefully it won't be much. The problem is the coming of single digit temperatures. Bless you.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was enjoyable, my friend. I have an endless thirst for knowledge, and I love to hear how others live. Thank you for sharing a day in your life with us, and thank you for mentioning me in your hub. You are appreciated!

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