It is 11.30 in the morning and is quite cloudy. It may rain. This year we have started getting pre-monsoon rains. It is such a relief when it rains because the days are very hot. Humidity is very high here. It is also very quiet. We are having lockdown till the 24th. Shops are open in the mornings. A few days ago we had gone to buy medicines. The town was deserted, It was the same last year but last year we did not go anywhere. It seemed very strange to see no people moving about.
In the plot behind our house work is going on very slowly, there are only a few workers. A few days ago drilling work was going on and the sound was awful. My husband is a dentist and was a professor in the Dental college of our university. He always said the sound of the drill has adverse effects on the ears of the dentist. Though the sound is not heard by all, the sound is there and many dentists have hearing problems. I told him I could understand what he has always said, now, very well.
Lockdown has put so many restrictions in our lives. But life has become terrible for so many. In cities more people are having breathing problems and there is shortage of oxygen supply. It must be terrible and we are reading about people having fungal infections. Is there no end to problems ? We are lucky, life is going on without many difficulties. We can walk in our garden, mornings and evenings. We hear the birds at all times, they add music to our lives in the midst of the pandemic. We have grocery and vegetable shops two lanes away. I send a list by WhatsApp and pay the money by GooglePay. The owner calls us when he has packed what we need. We go and get them. We read in today’s newspaper about police being unnecessarily harsh on people who go out to buy their daily necessities. I wonder what happens to the police? They become bullies without much effort.
The star apple tree in our garden is over burdened with fruits, this is the third crop this year. Unfortunately, many of them are spoilt from inside. We have cut, check before eating. Every morning there are so many fruits lying on the ground. My husband picks them and puts them near the coconut trees. They are good manure. We have a very popular devotional song by the great Purandara Dasa. It starts with the words, ‘pour the water of the lake back into the lake…’ So we give the fruits back to the trees.