The weather is different this year. We are getting pre-monsoon rains in April. Last year they started in May and the year before rains started only in July. Today afternoon it rained for more than an hour. There was wind too and we could see coconut fronds swaying to the beat 😊
From today evening we are having lockdown for two weeks. Aravind will be working from home. The hospital and the staff will go working as usual. Two months ago we were feeling very relieved that Covid cases were not increasing. Many had all sorts of funny ideas why the cases were not increasing. I wonder what they will now say when the situation is getting out of control. Lack of oxygen is one of the main problems and of course there are no free beds in the hospitals. We have been reading that people with mild symptoms need not get admitted in the hospital. I was thinking that trees are being cut indiscriminately in the name of development. Trees which provide us with oxygen, and ironically lack of oxygen is causing so much suffering.
Curfew was imposed on Saturday and Sunday. We did not go out. There was no sound of vehicles from the main road. Memories of lockdown last year came to mind. But I don’t think there will be lockdown now, our economy will not be able to stand it. The poor will suffer and for then day to day survival is a harsh reality, more real than corona virus. And for how long can people stay indoors ? The virus is here to stay. I know it is very easy to say this. Only people who have suffered from it will know its reality.
Early last week, I took my mother to her bank. She applied for a debit card. We went to the post office too. My husband’s hearing aid was not working. Fortunately, this happened within the guarantee period. We posted it to the company. Aravind had ordered some books for Advaith and Kavya, our grandchildren. But what was delivered was not what he wanted. So, we returned them. We are planning to go to the shop to buy books. We are going to send them by post. Our daughter and family live in Germany. They were planning to come this August but they cannot. It will be next year. We are feeling very sad but it is not in our hands.
Our neighbour gave us wild mangoes from her garden. The tree is very tall and she cannot pluck them. Every morning the fruits keep falling. Hybrid mangoes are tasty but wild ones are a class apart. They have a lot of fibre and we cannot slice them. We have to suck the pulp. We can make rasam, sasive and other dishes. I made sasive, we all loved it and finished everything at lunch 😊.
Work is going on in the plot behind our house. Due to rains last week there had been a land slide on one side. Now they are building concrete walls on three sides, they have to finish it before the rains start in June. So much is being destroyed, for the sake of a hotel!