I wonder why we move away from people at different points of our life? I remember those childhood days when I thought relationships would last our lifetime. But it was not so. A small gap widens to a huge gulf. We just have to move on. In 2009, we formed a Book Club. We met regularly till October 2019. A member was seriously ill and passed away, then the Covid happened and is still happening and members want to meet again. But I excused myself. I just don’t feel like meeting again. It is not that I have not been reading books, I have. I enjoy our online International Book club meeting. It is a pleasure to meet book lovers from different parts of the world. I told my friends I would not be joining the meeting as I had not felt that I was missing a meeting whole of last year. Many a time, good things do come to an end. I told them about Silent Book club meetings. We will see what happens in the next few months.
I used to go regularly two or three times a week to Asare, Home for the mentally challenged 2011. But I have not been there since march last year. The number of Covid cases in our place has come down a lot. But we are not free of the virus. More than 3000 new cases are being treated in my state, Karnataka. But I am thinking of going to Asare at least once a week, wearing the mask, of course.
My neighbour, who is 75 was worried because she was losing hair and wondering why it was happening. I remembered those days in 1997 when our son, Aravind was in class 7th. He needed a scribe to write his exams. That year the government decided to hold a public exam for that class. In a public exam, students of 7th std have the same question paper through out the state. Otherwise, each school holds its own exams. We were very worried wondering from where to get students studying in a lower class to be scribe. We had to contact many people and those were tension filled days. Fortunately, everything was solved, two children wrote for him, he did well and school life continued. Then I discovered that due to the tension and worry I had lost a lot of hair and there were bald patches in my head. Fortunately, all the lost hair came back. My neighbour has the habit of worrying about everything. I told her all that I have written down just now. She should worry less but I suppose it is easier said than done.
I have joined an Astronomy WhatsApp group organized by my son’s old college. The Admins send video recordings about the night sky of each month. Two nights ago, I was looking at sky try to recognize the constellations. It is fascinating that we are seeing the light which started its journey thousands of years ago. I could identify the Orion constellation, right above my head. I am also listening to a lecture on Archeoastronomy. It is fascinating. Since last march I have been listening to a lot of lectures, in English and Kannada. My husband is writing a book on Dentistry, in Kannada for the general public. He has sent the Book proposal to the Press of our University on the 5th. He is feeling very relieved. So, life goes on.