Corona and the long gap..

It has been quite some time and I have written anything.

The fifth lockdown (or Lockdown 5.0) has been on since 4th of May but my offie has started functioning again and I have been on full-time work since then. Lots of pending works during the earlier four phases of the lockdown took away most of my time and too many deadlines and meetings and webinars and emails and….

Thought I will restart my blogging again. Now we are in a very interesting situation in Puducherry (India) where I live. Before the lockdowns, we had very few cases, and people were extremely scared about the pandemic. Four versions of lockdown, people are fedup with the system and now with the current unlock process, the cases are increasing day by day. Today was the highest increase with 27 new cases registered.

The funny way in which the Indian administration is responding to the pandemic is noteworthy. They have opened all the places of workship – all temples, churches, mosques etc. And people are flooding to these places as this was the ONE thing they have been missing all these days. In most states, the liquur shops also have opened up. The result? Obvious.. the rising Corona cases. And to add to the twist, a border standoff with our neighbours China as well. How politics overtakes all other interests is a thing to watch and learn.

Anyway, this is how the system works. And whether we like it or not, that is how it is. And that’s how it shall be. Unless the people react. But we have forgotten to react or have lost the energies to react in ways where the government will sit up and notice. This pandemic is a chance for those in power (which every country or nation, I think it is the same everywhere) to push their agenda.

Rest later,

Signing off….

Tropical Cyclone Amphan

It is too hot in Pondicherry (a small state in the southern part of India) and now at 3.00 pm it is 40-42 degrees Celsius or 107 F. Usually the hottest month in Pondicherry is June but the tropical cyclone Amphan that is creating havoc in Eastern part of India and Bangladesh is making us in a hot air oven drawing all the cool air towards it.

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Courtesy: Windy.com 

Not only Pondicherry, but most of India is reeling under the heatwave created by the cyclone as is evident from the temperature graph from windy.com. But compared to the impact of the cyclone where it is going to hit, this heatwave is manageable. But to the thousands of migrant labourers who are out on the road due to the COVID pandemic, this is going to be a big challenge!!

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Courtesy: windy.com Date: 20/05/2020

Pandemics…history repeating?

The current pandemic is something very new for all of us. But a little digging into the history and too if one goes back to about 100 years, we can see exactly that history is just repeating. The flu of 1918  caused by the H1N1 flu virus had one of the worst death rates in the world. And it lasted for about two or three years, spreading all over the world. Just after the world war I, the disease spread by returning soldiers getting back to their countries. Though it might not have much to Spain and may it is interesting to see why it was called so.

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Anyhow, in India, it was called the Bombay fever which spread to Chennai, Kolkatta, and other major cities (though the modern concept of a city was not there). It is supposed to have a couple of millions people in India alone and all over the world, it would have killed many millions, some estimates put it at 50 million. As the communication systems and reporting systems were not up to the mark considering this happened about 100 years ago, nobody might even know actually how many people would have died the world over. Still the available news says the world population would have got decimated by a very high percentage of about 6-10% . This flu killed more people than the World war 1 itself points to the fact as to how lethal it was.

Interestingly the Father of India, Mahatma Gandhi also got infected by the flu but survived the same. Also, it is to be noted that the 1918 flu had similar symptoms as of the current Corona virus. The old photographs available astonishingly reflects what we see now around us! But the flu of 1918 is very different from the current pandemic in the way it affects different age groups as the current pandemic is more dangerous to elderly while as the 1918 flu was more lethal for young populations.

So history is just repeating. Do we learn our lessons enough at least for the future?

Better we do !!!

Budh Poornima/Chitra Pournima

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Today is Budh Poornima which is Buddha’s birthday. It is a Buddhist festival that is celebrated in most of East Asia commemorating the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha, and was the founder of Buddhism. According to Buddhist tradition and modern academic consensus, Gautama Buddha was born c. 563–480 BCE in Lumbini (currently located in Nepal), and raised in the Shakya capital of Kapilavastu (courtesy: Wikipedia).

In Tamil culture, the same day is called the Chitra Pournami which is the full moon day of the Tamil month of Chithirai which is again today, the 7th of May 2020.

Today is full moon day and today’s moon looks so fabulous.