A Photo a Week Challenge: Coronavirus Changes


Lockdown started on March 24th. A week after that I took part in a Zoom seminar hosted by Mr L Subramani about story telling as a personal narrative. It was an interesting experience.

On 14th April we celebrated my cousin’s 70th birthday on Zoom. The party was organised by his daughter. All near relatives and friends joined from our country and different parts of the world. We all loved the experience.

Changes due to the Corona virus.

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


  1. I am really enjoying many of the new aspects of life – particularly the increased connection with others regardless of where they are. That storytelling seminar sounds amazing!

    I feel like the pandemic is making us look more closely at our lives. What do we like, what do we not like? And maybe more informative: What things are we doing or avoiding doing because it’s just our habit? Many of us here get in our cars and drive 1+ hours to get to work, then drive back that much. Each of us alone inside a little metal box. Do we need to do this? Do we need to create the environmental problems, traffic and stress? On the other hand, our habit is to only have people who live within 20 km of our homes in our book clubs. But now we see that that was just a random construct.

    What other constructs are there that we realize are just habits that we are doing for no good reason?

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    1. Yes, that was good and the birthday party was wonderful. In normal circumstances we would never have done that. Then for my brother’s 60th birthday, All our cousins made videos wishing him. My niece compiled them into one video. All of us loved it. Life is terrible for so many, I don’t know how they will come out of this. We are safe and secure in our lives and it hurts to see the sufferings of others. But we can help some not everyone.

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      1. Agreed – I feel the same way. So much suffering is happening and that knowledge is bringing out compassion in many. Hopefully the suffering disappears but the compassion and helpful action remains behind.

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