It is almost 8 in the night and I can hear the night sounds of nature outside. We hear them more during the rainy season. Early mornings we can hear the babblers, tree pies and bulbuls chattering away at top speed, the tree pies are the loudest. They come regularly to eat the chapati pieces we put out for them. The water level in many dams and reservoirs is increasing every day.
When I listen to them the corona virus seems far away but it is not, more and more people are getting infected. Our district borders are being sealed for the next two weeks. Things are becoming very serious in our state capital, Bangalore. I think people everywhere are not sure how to deal with this situation. Of course people are wearing masks but maintaining social distance is just not possible in our crowded cities. Along with health countless people are suffering due to lack of work and money. Government schools have not started this year. What fills me with wonder is the situation in America. We are reading about thousands of people getting infected every day. For so many here, America is a place where everything is the best!
Yesterday morning I met my children’s 2nd standard teacher in the bus. I had gone with my husband to the hospital. He had to have MRI done. For the past two months he had been feeling that something was not right. Fortunately, everything is fine. The teacher and I got talking, we were meeting after a long time. We have got used to talking through our masks 😊. She said most people are very anti-China. And why don’t we read anything about what is happening there. And we are having a lot of border problems with China. Unfortunately, so many Chinese goods are sold here, from the cheapest to the most expensive.
One morning I baked bread, it came out well. I followed the recipe from this site. The fragrance of bread being baked is wonderful 😊. It tasted fine with tomato soup. Whenever I make this soup, I remember my father. He loved making it.
In our garden we have the sump where we store corporation water, which comes every day. It holds 6000 litres of water. Today we got it cleaned. Udaya, who comes to clean the garden cleaned it. We all helped. We had cleaned it two years ago, usually we get it cleaned every year.
Yesterday we ate the last of our jackfruit. Unfortunately, one was completely spoilt from inside. It did not look spoilt from outside. We enjoyed dosas and curries with raw jackfruit. The ripe ones are very sweet.
From today, for the next two weeks the borders of our district are sealed. There are lockdowns in different places. I don’t know whether it will help. We have stopped thinking too much about the future and take each day as it comes. Life goes on.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. E. M. Forster
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