Pune Yesterday.

This is a drone camera clip of Pune yesterday when we went into voluntary total curfew following an appeal from our Prime Minister.

From today till the 31st of March, the curfew like situation will no longer be voluntary. We have to stay indoors except for emergencies.

There is no traffic and therefore one can now hear the sound of insects and cicadas that we had stopped hearing for decades. The air is cleaner and last night, we could see the stars for a change. we can hear the birds sing and our garden is suddenly full of butterflies.

I am catching up with a lot of reading after my regular dose of solving crossword puzzles. Thankfully, the news papers have not been stopped from publishing and delivering papers to homes.

I have a feeling, shared by many of my friends that after this drama’s curtains come down, may be even after a few months, our lives will be of a different nature than they have been over the past few decades.

15 thoughts on “Pune Yesterday.”

  1. I have just come back from town. Shame on me (not that I have come back but that I went in the first place).

    You’ve got to walk it to see it, Ramana. I feel like an extra, nay, the main player, in a dystopian novel/film. The shutters have come down. The place is deserted. Don’t worry about two meters. Twenty will do. Having said that, and I wish I’d had a camera on me to take the shot, there was a group of youngsters (guys I’d say in their early twenties) carrying large boxes of, yes, wait for it, beer. Corona. No less.


    1. I keep getting clips on WhatsApp showing the shut down in many towns in India and I can relate to how you feel. In some cases, the sheer beauty of old cities sans traffic and people is breathtaking.

  2. Yes I saw your drone shots on f/b – and then last evening on another page I saw something else, about how a big broad avenue leading to somewhere significant was just plain empty!

    I’m going to try and avoid on my walks anything to do with shops – although some of the essential services here are vastly different to other countries. We still have supermarket, chemists, doctors, banks, and a few other things. They are still deciding on the convenience stores because they would really hamper a lot of people. A lot of the younger generation do not have cars – and a lot of the older people do not have internet or computers.

    I’ve already signed up for some readymade meals, to supplement what I can get via online shopping (food shopping has restrictions as well) and I actually have quite a good supply. But so that I can start topping it up, will make some small online orders later this week – hope the delivery slots aren’t closed…

    When I woke up this morning, it was still a bit dark, looked out of the curtains and it was dark across the ROW. Then I remembered, maybe that lad isn’t going to be going to work! He was like a kind of “go back to sleep alarm”.

    I wonder if the new tenant coming on Friday is an essential worker or will he be here all day…

    Life is certainly feeling different…from the news reports. But for me around here, is often as quiet as a church mouse. So maybe it will change with children running around their yards … arguments you never usually here, as the world get’s “cabin fever” +++

    1. Interesting experiences that you are having which are different from the ones that I am having here. What is inescapable however is that the world is shutting down thanks to a viral infection. Just imagine a virus has shut down the entire world! Awesome is it not?

  3. The UK has also gone into lockdown as from today, and staying at home and social distancing is no longer voluntary but compulsory. Supposedly the lockdown will be enforced by the police but they’re already over-stretched and short of police officers so I have my doubts. But it’s wonderfully quiet and peaceful with all the local schools closed. There’s still a big problem with panic-buying and stockpiling, and the government have done little about that apart from appealing to people to be less selfish. Like that’s going to work….

    1. The police here too will be overstretched but, by and large from the reports that I get from social media, the voluntary part of it is working bar some stray incidents by foolish groups.

  4. Yes, life will be different. In many ways that will be good, but I am still concerned about people who don’t not have my resources. So many low income people are now out of work. How long can salaried employees keep that salary? Thankfully, there is a moratorium on evictions and repossesions of property in our state. The amount of the homeless people should not increase. Share what you have if you have it to share.

    1. Unfortunately, what I give below is not understood by most people in the upper income levels.”

      “Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practise it. Hand washing is a privilege too. It means you have access to running water. Hand sanitisers are a privilege. It means you have money to buy them. Lockdowns are a privilege. It means you can afford to be at home. Most of the ways to ward the Corona off are accessible only to the affluent. In essence, a disease that was spread by the rich as they flew around the globe will now kill millions of the poor. All of us who are practising social distancing and have imposed a lockdown on ourselves must appreciate how privileged we are. Many Indians won’t be able to do any of this.

      Working from home too is a privilege.”

  5. that is an amazing video! I think it is even more impressive if one turns off the sound. I hope it DOES change things for the future!
    like you say… you can actually hear the birds and the cicadas!
    our president is saying he hopes to have people out and about and in the churches for Easter!!! ??? good grief. that’s April 12th.
    as if it’s up to him. I despair of his leadership ability. I don’t see this virus going away that soon. our numbers are still rising daily.
    our town requires a car to get around. so I don’t know how it will all work.

    1. I keep telling people that at my age I have seen many things and this is another experience that I will undergo and hopefully live to write about if not talk a great deal about like the older people in my youth used to talk about the war time experiences.

  6. Here in Southern California USA we’re battening down the hatches awaiting the predicted peak effects of the virus. Health care workers lack the needed personal protection equipment that was always so readily available on those occasions when I needed to provide services to patients, so I fully empathize with how staff must feel. Its nothing short of criminal that our nation’s leadership didn’t take action months ago when the handwriting was on the wall from what occurred in other countries to set in motion efforts to come up with PPEs. Meanwhile, I simply adhere to safety guidelines as best I can, including remaining away from others in my home. My earthquake emergency preparedness kit has become my Coronavirus kit now, along with a few extra items I added to my regular shopping cart weeks ago before panic shopping by so many set in. I thought then this would last much longer than the two weeks predicted. Do take good care of yourself.
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    1. I have been receiving clips on whatsapp from California and am happy that my family and friends there are sharing the same experiences that we are having right now here. In our case, the shut down has been announced for three weeks and it will be a completely new experience for us to be like that. Post the shut down, new experiences on the economic front will challenge all of us and those will be other experiences that we will undergo.

  7. I’ve been following how the rest of the world has been addressing this crisis, and am happy that India has taken this step. We are doing the same in Canada. It will make us all safer. Stay well, Ramana!

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