January 1st is the beginning of the new year but for most people in my country it is the new year according to the English calendar. Our festivals and other religious rites and rituals are based on the Hindu calendar. Some follow the lunar cycle and some the solar cycle. According to the lunar cycle, the first day of the new year is called Ugadi and according to solar cycle, Vishu. Usually the many weeks between the two days but this year , Ugadi was on the 13th and Vishu on the 14th. We celebrate Vishu. Earlier we went to our ancestral house in our village. All members of the family and the extended family gathered to offer prayers. As years went by only a few could attend. Now due to Covid restrictions we could not go to our village. I made green gram dal payasa.
Sunday morning Nagesh came to pluck coconuts. He has been coming here since 2005. There are ten coconut trees in our garden. Climbing a coconut tree is a specialised work. He drops the coconuts from the top and his nephew gathers them and keeps them inside. We ask him to keep the fronds outside our gate. Some neighbours take them, that are good as fuel. That evening we felt lazy to go for a walk. My mother walked in the yard and I walked the ‘eight-walk’. I came to know about it last year. Every morning I walk for ten minutes in my room. My mother too is enjoying it 😊 . She came with my brother and sister-in-law on the 11th and will be staying with us for some months. She is coming after more than a year.
We have been going to EndPoint almost every day for our evening walk. I was not sure whether my mother would be able to walk till the end, but she did. Some days we walk for fifteen minutes towards Endpoint and walk back. My husband and Aravind go ahead.
Covid cases are rising in different parts of the country. It is scary. But there will be no lockdown, restrictions are stricter. But I am not very sure whether all will wear masks. In may places people are fined. Maintaining social distance is not possible in crowded cities. Life goes on and no one knows for sure what is in store for us.
Today afternoon, dark clouds gathered slowly and steadily. We were wondering whether it would rain. Then there was thunder and lightning and it started raining. It rained steadily for an hour. I remembered 2019 when the rains started only in July. All were worried. Wonder whether this is a pre-monsoon rain?