Weekend Musings


The first emotion that I went through when I read the message on our group that Dr Shanta had passed away was, ‘a single boundary shot less of a memorable century’. The feeling of gloom was only dispelled later in the day when India scripted a memorable test series victory against Australia winning the Brisbane test.


2020…phew! A fateful year - by any standards. Battered economy, students in limbo and a non-existent social life!  While everyone is glad that the year is finally over, no way can we tell ourselves that the misfortunes it brought are past us? Many feel this could just be a trailer, and the main picture is yet to unfold.


The drama and uncertainty that followed the recent U.S. Presidency elections could easily have been avoided if only the American voters had the foresight to choose Hillary instead of Trump in the last elections - in other words, perseverance over personality.


As we see increasing numbers of health-care professionals in the country testing positive for the Coronavirus, the sentiment of some of those on the frontline - the so-called 'COVID warriors' - is more a feeling of lambs being led to the slaughter; not much unlike the foot-soldiers of the past during a war.


For those tracking global events in connection with COVID-19, the national lockdown announced on the night of 24th   March could not have come as a surprise. The big shock was 4 days later when we watched (on TV and social media) thousands and thousands of workers, now jobless, migrate from different cities in the country and make a beeline to their villages – the biggest mass-migration since partition.

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