I distinctly recall- exactly 29 days ago I had heralded the start of September on a very optimistic and pleasant note and had exhorted all my readers to dance to the tune of maverick Bobby Darin’s evergreen tune of Come September! However, even the most optimistic and eternally hopeful chaps like me can also get caught in the sea of negativity when the things continue to worsen but refuse to hit nadir, not raising any hope of reversal of the trend!
Covid tightened its grip on India and both – infections as well as mortality rates went up substantially. On a personal note, Corona entered my home with my wife getting infected having travelled in connection with the funeral of her brother and contacting Corona in the process. Her 3 weeks of self isolation within our home was one of the most painful and agonising events in our recent lives. And that’s not all. On the national front, Sushant’s death and Kangana’s rub off with Maharashtra government became unsavoury to the last t. Entry of Narcotics Control Bureau in addition to CBI has given new twist to Sushant’s case and only God almighty knows where will this mess lead to and quagmire end. China’s PLA and Indian troops came eye ball to eye ball at Pangong Tso in Ladakh and situation remained extremely explosive and sensitive. Economy went into deeper recession and seemed to be in tatters with one green shoot followed by a darker reality! Vaccine remained elusive and so was any comprehensive cure for Covid. International flights remained suspended and people continued to be bereft of their children and other nears and dears, stuck up across continents. Job scenario remained gloomy and ironically more people continued losing jobs than getting them! And we lost one of the country’s finest playback singers S P Balasubrahmanyam, apart from noted economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia. As if this was not enough, our elected representatives, those expected to lay moral code for the entire nation, behaved most irresponsibly and the nation once against erupted in protests against new Farm bill. To tell you the truth, I have not been able to assess till date whether it’s of such great benefit to farmers, especially the small ones and if so, why so much protest?
But let’s not lose hope. Just about while I am writing this blog, pace of Covid infections has come down, my wife has fully recovered, Bollywood has taken Sushant and Kangana incidents in its stride and resumed shooting, india and China have agreed against further built up of forces, rains have been adequate and sowing of crops has been at a new record level, in spite of all bottlenecks, IPL is happening and French open is starting, Delhi metro has resumed service and Mumbai metro is likely to follow suit and from tomorrow, restaurants and bars are likely to be opened in Mumbai! There’s no known song “ Come October” but let’s celebrate the advent of October by overcoming the gloom by singing and dancing to the following created by me:
September came and we celebrated
But it created ruckus and went;
We hoped all would be kosher and well
But stubborn Covid remained hell bent!
Covid attacked communities, nations and the world
But worst it entered my very home;
I was worried, agonised and distraught,
But we fought off and survived the doom!
Tomorrow comes a crisp new October
With cool breezes and blue skies
My hopes are alive again
And I want to sing, dance and eat delicious pies!
It’s the onset of Q4 of the calendar year and Q3 of the financial year, but the biggest cause of celebration is that 2020 is now just a quarter away from its end!