We are living last year again but fortunately not exactly like last year when there was complete lockdown. Reading about the increasing number of cases in different parts of our country is heart wrenching. There is so much suffering everywhere due to lack of oxygen. And the tragedy is that trees are being cut down in the name of development. It is basic knowledge that trees give us oxygen. Today I saw photo which said it all. In a black and white photo, huge trees are being transported in trucks. And in another recent photo, a row of oxygen tankers are moving slowly on the road. And the caption is, Nature takes her revenge.
It was wonderful to join our international Book Club on the 2nd night. There were only three of us, Todd, Katherine and myself. We missed the others but had a good time talking about books and other topics.
On the 28th my husband and mother got the second dose of the vaccination at our hospital. We went at 1.30. Fortunately, there was no rush. Now the vaccination is out of stock. I too went with my mother. After the vaccination we had wait for half an hour in a hall. We met many of our friends and wished each other from far. One of the ladies seemed familiar. She comes to cook in a neighbour’s house. She had always interested me. She makes a living by cooking breakfast and lunch for many families. She was happy to talk about herself. Her day starts at 4.30. After cooking for her family, she leaves home at 5.45. By noon she cooks in ten houses and afternoon four houses. In each house she cooks what the family wants. By evening she is back home. It seemed amazing to me. She said she does not get bored of cooking. She started 23 years ago. I have heard there are others who cook to order. In a friend’s house they cannot get vegetables, dals etc. A lady cooks at home and delivers cooked food. In her case she decides what she will cook. It is good to know there are so many different ways to make a living.
The weather is becoming hotter and every other day we hear thunder in the distance. We have had a few rains. It has been predicted that we will have normal rainfall this year. It is good to read that something will be normal. Life goes on.