Covid Experience

It was the day of Holi when we have got the news that my elder brother-in-law passed away due to cardiac arrest, we have rushed to my hometown, Prayagraj. He was sick for some time but we were not expecting that it will turn so bad. The train was not an option I have decided to drive. This was about the time when the covid second wave started picking up. After reaching Allahabad came to know that 3 of my relatives from my parent’s side have already passed away in the gap of few days.

Few days after reaching to hometown, my father, elder brother, and I all fell sick, it was Typhoid as per pathology lab, but it had all the symptoms of Covid, we called a lab to send someone for sample collection but no one turned up, my entire neighborhood stared coughing in few days, luckily all recovered except 3 unlucky ones. All 3 people who died were living not more than 10 feet away from my house.

I was constantly in touch with my friends in Ghaziabad, theĀ situation here was even worst. My building alone had at least 15 deaths in April and May. We were only getting news of the deaths of many close and far relatives, friends, and known people in these 2 months. At one point I have lost hope for my life.

With the grace of God, the covid is slowing down and life is again coming back to normal, but fear of Covid returning is there.

As we have rushed to my hometown unplanned, so could not carry much, just a few sets of clothing, a work laptop, and a mobile, and spend more than 2 months there, the longest since I have left my hometown back in 2002. All these photos were taken from my below-average phone Redmi 6 Pro.

A sadhu is seen at the bank of river Yamuna. Prayagraj
New branches and leaves growing from the cut trunk
An old mansion sighted in Civil Lines, Prayagraj
Brother Balkrishan and Dr. Sharad chilling between berry bushes in the alluvium of Prayagraj
My car condition after returning from alluvium
An air-cooler shop and owner in Katra, Prayagraj
Company (East India) Garden, later renamed as Chandra Shekhar Azad park
Ram-Janki Temple
A couple of temples at the edge of Prayagraj alluvium, approximately 1 KM from my home. It was visible from my home rooftop in my childhood. The entire stretch is now packed with houses.
Flowers on Cactus
An old building in new Katra, Prayagraj
Sangam, Prayagraj
Dr. Sharad on his morning walk
All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad (Prayagraj). A gothic style beautiful building in the Civil Lines area
Keoti Fort, Sirmaur MP
Monsoon and roasted corn, one of the fond memories of childhood
Tea after our morning walks

Covid 19 and Lockdown

Life is returning back to normal (chaotic as it was earlier), but winters are going to be difficult as it is predicted that the pandemic will return.

Nature has healed itself since March, at the same time mankind has witnessed the worst time in recent history. My grandma used to tell stories of pandemics. Pandemic so bad that it used to wipe the entire village. Earlier, war and pandemics were the main killers. Luckily this pandemic is not localized, but still took its toll and killed many people across the world.

We all have witnessed it as it spreads from China to Europe, then America, and then entered into India. Thanks to the Indian Govt for proactive measures and thanks to the immune system of Indian people, our deaths (per 100) were very less as compare to other countries of the world. Note that India is one of the densely populated countries as well.

I personally witnessed people’s exodus as soon as the lockdown was implemented and continued for a very long time. This was apparent as the number was very big and of mostly those who work on daily wage, they do not enough backup to support themselves. But exodus is still on, an exodus of people who lost jobs, lost businesses are still moving back to their ancestral home or some other place for another opportunity. Restaurants were badly hit, but other businesses like automobile were also impacted. So far I have managed to survive, not sure for how long though.

I saw people coming out to help each other in this difficult time, regardless of all differences of religion, caste, or language, people help with an open heart and help accepted gratefully.

Unlock started a couple of months back and life is coming back to normal. In between, I have traveled to Jammu 2 times for work. Learned the importance of $aving a hard way, I think everyone makes mistakes and learns lessons from them but few who remember mistakes and do not repeat succeeds in life.

Posting a few photos taken during this pandemic and my travel as well. All these photos are taken from mobile, so excuses for poor quality šŸ˜€

My WFH Desktop, March 2020

Empty street due to lockdown

Empty street due to lockdown, March 2020

Exodus

Daily wage workers exodus, March 2020

Exodus - Met this group of pulley rickshaw pullers going all the way to a district of Bihar from Delhi (more than 1300 KM)

Exodus – Met this group of pulley rickshaw drivers going all the way to Bihar from Delhi more than 1300 KMs. March 2020

Migrant workers waiting for the turn for test, Govt quarantine center Jammu, July 2020

Migrant workers waiting for the turn for sample collection. Govt quarantine center Jammu, July 2020

Sample collection for Covid-19 test. Govt quarantine center Jammu

Sample collection for Covid-19 test. Govt quarantine center Jammu, July 2020

Queue at a grocery store, following social distancing. April 2020

Queue at a grocery store, following social distancing. April 2020

Me in safety gear on a flight to Jammu, Oct 2020

Me in safety gear on a flight to Jammu, Oct 2020

Also thinking to compile all photos of this year and post in a blog, there will not be much but still worth it. Will do this towards the end of the year.

At the end will request you to please sanitize your hand regularly and follow social distancing. May God bless us all!