We’ll emerge a better race

This Monday (March 23), as I climbed the steps to my office, the silence unnerved me. Mornings are busy in government offices. But thanks to the lockdown ordered by the Delhi government, attendance was 25%. I felt a sense of loss: will we ever see normalcy again? To protect our staff and break the infection chain, we made a roster for distribution of duties.

However, with PM Modi announcing a com-plete lockdown on Tuesday night, most of us may work from home for now. Luckily, we have e-office and email. Electronic movement of files and money transfers will save the day.

But meetings have been cancelled or re-scheduled, leaving us with considerable free time. I am using this to bond with my family. Covid-19 has sent the world into a tizzy. My daughter is finishing college in the US this year.

Her convocation ceremony has been cancelled, classes are yet to resume (online, of course) and she is feeling uncertain about the future. She has stayed back in the US. Luckily, we are connected through WhatsApp chats and we are trying to keep her morale high. My son just finished his 10th boards. It’s a challenge to keep a restless teenager gainfully occupied, espe-cially one given to bouts of anxiety. He is keen to learn playing the guitar; obviously he needs to postpone that. Yesterday, I spent some time with him exchanging notes — he is interested in western music and I have learnt Hindustani classical (vocal). We discussed the ‘komal’ and ‘teevra’ ‘sur’, which are similar to flat and sharp notes of western music. I played notes of raag ‘Yaman’ on the synthesizer. I intend to use this free time for personal growth too.

Maybe, I will finally compile my short stories

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

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