Parts of our state had already received relaxation of lockdown rules last week but, our city and district was among those that did not as the daily covid cases were still high compared to the other parts.
Many businesses were suffering due to the lockdown rules and so their associations staged protests in many places which obviously registered with our political masters. After consulting so called experts a relaxation has been announced with effect from this morning.
Here is the news item announcing the same.
The lockdowns may have prevented further spread of the pandemic but the price that ordinary people have had to pay in terms of loss of earnings and employment has been very high. I personally know of cases where housewives have had to go to work as domestics or start catering services from home to keep up with mortgage payments and to meet other domestic expenses.
With this easing of the conditions, I hope that the economic situation of our city and state will start to recover.
Our help, just before she left home yesterday after finishing her chores, instructed me to convey some messages to the LOH (Lady Of the House).
On the return home from her work, I passed on the messages to the LOH, that is my daughter in love. I was however informed by the LOH that the messages had already been conveyed to her through a phone call earlier from the help.
I asked the good lady this morning as to why she told me as well as the LOH. She promptly said that she remembered from an incident some months ago when I forgot to pass on a message due to absent mindedness; and that she did not want to take any chances. I was bemused and asked her why she thought that I would be absent minded this time too and she told me that she has noticed that I have aged somewhat faster during the lockdown and felt that I would also be forgetful!
2021 is here with us and what better can lead us into it than the inimitable Lucy?
I do not have a Lucy in my life but, my daughter in love more than makes up for that lack. She bullied me into getting dressed “properly” and took me out to lunch at our local club earlier today. I had gone for a drive only once before during this lockdown and this was my second outing after March 5, 2020. I thoroughly enjoyed it though, wearing the mask was quite a nuisance.
The outing has given me the confidence to make other forays and I intend doing that to catch up with some socialising and shopping soon.
I take this opportunity to wish my readers a very happy and certainly a much better 2021. I hope as I am sure they do too that the Covid problem will leave us soon and that we can get back to some semblance of normalcy soon.
We had a heavy downpour of rain for almost five hours yesterday afternoon. Coming after a dry spell it was very welcome and I quite enjoyed watching it fall in our garden for some time.
Later after it cleared, Ranjan took Koko to the grounds for her evening exercise and took this photograph of the late evening sky.
After a little while, Manjiree went into the garden and found the skyscape attractive and took this snap.
I haven’t seen such skyscapes during the last many monsoons, possibly due to the pollution and one of the collateral benefits of the lockdowns has been such clear air over our city!
Since 1200 midnight we are back in a lockdown due to alarming rise in the number of cases of covid reported and treated in our city. We were just getting slowly back to normal and this is a googly if ever one was.
Since early this morning, we are back to the beginning of our lockdown experience of no traffic or little and hearing nature’s sounds. The three of us at home sharing houesehold chores as the help will not come during this lockdown.
The lockdown is expected to last till the 23rd of this month.
I am not looking forward to it though, this time around, the supply of newspapers will not be stopped and so I can have my mornings occupied. The first problem has cropped up with our washing machine going on the blink and the mechanic not being able to come to attend to it. He is trying to get a pass to come over and we are hoping that he will be able to.
I hope that my readers are faring better.