I have just received a post informing that today is the 183rd day of the year 2020 and there are 183 days left in the remaining part of this leap year.
I think that in the living memory of the current generation, there wouldn’t be any other period as difficult as the last 183 days of the current year have been! It started with the usual fanfare- start of a new decade, some people equating the new year to be be as exciting as the cricketing game of 20::20 and such usual stuff that we experience at the beginning of each new year!
Corona virus was still a Wuhan centric phenomenon and social media was agog with curiosity for this new contagious viral strain. And February saw Covid making its muted presence in India in Kerala and by third week of March, we had one day Janata curfew, which was soon followed by lockdown that has continued till date – tightly enforced in some parts a little relaxed in a few others.
What started mutely is now in its full pandemic flow and major cities of India – Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai are in its grip. Businesses are down, joblessness increasing, stories of human tragedy are unfolding and there’s no end in sight! As if this was not enough, two severe cyclones ravaged East and West coasts, untimely rains have wreaked havoc on ready to reap crops and India had to face the ugly face of Chinese expansionism by losing 20 of its brave hearts. Pakistan is choosing to spread terror here rather than control Covid back home and Nepal is turning out to be China’s new ally!
The very thought that the we are only halfway through with this year 2020 is shuddering. Moreover, while Corona doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to spare us from its fangs, where are China and Pakistan going? We have to face it all – bravely, intelligently and unitedly !
If Corona spares me
Why should I be happy?
For I have lost my job
And my life has become so crappy!
Cars and vehicles are not on road
But petrol is rocketing Sky high
All I can do to look skywards
And ask the almighty, why?
Bible says love thy neighbours
But that only I am supposed to know
For our neighbours Pakistan and China
It’s conspiracy so that India goes slow
I welcomed 2020 with great fanfare
The way I welcome each new year
Half way down the line
There’s no cheer but only eye with a tear!
Let’s hope the next 183 days are at least not worse if the happy days are still some distance away.