Lockdown Diaries

So yes, it is a stupendous situation that we are in and nobody could have thought that they would witness something of this kind in their whole life. We have a lot to tell our grandchildren that we witnessed this pandemic and came out of it, unscratched, well not really. The gravity of the situation can be judged from the fact that countries all around the world are witnessing spurt in cases and there is nothing much we can do to control it. The vaccine is awaited and its only through social distancing and basic hygiene that we can overcome this covid devil. Yes, it is a devil which has evolved from bats and can spread alarmingly fast if we don’t follow basic precautions.

Our PM has been constantly connecting with us and asking us to be confined to our homes till the devil goes away. His last address to the nation was categorical as he talked about making India self-reliant, but I feel that during the lockdown each one of us has become aatmnirbhar in our own ways. Yes, we have! So, the lady of the house has to manage everything without the support of the elusive bai and she is doing well. Not only that the man of the house and kids too help out in daily chores like never before. I am surprised to note that we are capable of doing so many activities in a day’s time. It is as if we are from a different world altogether. Working moms, dads, children taking online classes have all evolved and are becoming self-reliant.

Families are contemplating saying goodbye to the “bais” altogether. This stems from the fact that the sales of dishwashers and vacuum cleaners have sky-rocketed and people are feeling in control of their stuff. Maybe the maids will be back, but their tasks will be curtailed. Some people do not yet want to get back to normal and would rather wait for a few more months. Quite reasonable on their part. It will of course take time to accept the new normal and get over corona fears. But there will be many relaxations post May 17. Let us get back to life slowly and take the necessary precautions. As one of my friends put it, each one of us will get it, it’s a matter of when. So corona might strike us and it is up to our bodies to develop the antibodies against the virus so that we can be safe in the most natural way!