In recent times, we got to know many unfamiliar words and phrases due to covid19. Masks and Sanitizers have made news headlines. Necessity of these things have become too common to safeguard ourselves and also it is turning out to be a part of your wardrobe. Some people have made an excellent business out of it and some people have donated it for the needy.
Because of masks, we also got to know the term “N95” masks, which are personal protective equipment that are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face. Sanitizers made us to carry it wherever we go. It is one more protective gear available in wide varieties ranging from with or without alcohol, with moisturizer, with bag tag, with pump, with holder, etc.
And many more terms:
Novel Corona virus, Covid19, Masks, Sanitizers, N95. Social distancing, Quarantine (Self, Home, Institutional), Incubation period. Pandemic. Community Spread, Super-spreader. Isolation.
My daughters Nidhi and Saanvi got to know that we are travelling. They got ready well before with their bags packed by making sure that they have carried toys, water bottles, crayons, drawing books, dresses, sneakers, goggles, masks and so on.
Once ready, kids started reminding us it’s time we need to start. They get so excited when we plan to go out and takes responsibilities on their own to take bags to the car and organize seatings.
Walking in the woods and playing in the sand are the fun elements.
Tenant in the ground floor has locked her house and started knocking on the door continuously. I had observed this earlier too. This time I thought of finding out why she always keeps knocking on the door after locking it. Is there a problem with the door or with the lock or something else?
I was passing by when I heard the knocking sound and stood there for a while thinking she might notice me and stop knocking. But she didn’t, rather continued knocking with the usual way. I started asking whether she needs any help with the door either to open or to close and then she unveiled a strange experience on why she knocks on the door even after locking it.
She explained that sometimes she forgets if she has locked the door or not. Sometimes she has left the house without locking it and realized when back. Hence this has caused her to make sure again and again by knocking on the door continuously.
For us, it may look silly, but there is something serious with the person who is going through with such syndrome. It could be an anxiety disorder or OCD and one can overcome it with certain therapies and lifestyle.
On a lighter-note, hope you have ensured that you have locked the door 😊.
First ever opportunity for air travel and that to Andaman islands came as a surprise to our entire family when Dad announced the plan! It was December, 2004. I was also invited from my friend Arun for other south india trip on road. As both the trips were at the same time I decided to go with the family trip. For a middle class family where we were just heard about air travel but never imagined how it would be and its experience but it is happening soon. It was like a dream coming true. We started planning months ahead, especially me and my bro.
We have received a lot of instructions from the travel agent on Do’s and Dont’s and what to carry so on. We started to know about new terms such as boarding pass, security check, table manners, language, etc. We never heard about terms like these. Finally a day has come where we are going to catch a flight of life time! This is because we never thought we would get any more opportunities to travel. We got to get into the flight and looked at seat numbers to make sure we get the seats as we were used to travel in bus where you have to go and book in person through any things which you carry, it could be a handkerchief, bag or whatever you have with you and you could book either getting through a door or via window!
We had all new experiences starting from getting into airport, checks, boarding, fastening seat belt, instructions from the flight stewards, attendants, etc. Take-off gave us thrilling experience similar to the one which we had in a giant wheel. Landing was also nothing less miracle than take-off. While getting down from the flight we were energised and felt like celebrities with so much of paparazzi!
We have been taken to hotel and nearby sightseeing on day one and we starting enjoying the beach, food, people, places, etc. Day two was also planned to visit nearby island. We got up early and got ready to wait for the cab to pick us. We were in 2nd floor of the hotel. My mom and brother went down first. I was wearing shoes and when done went to wash my hands in the room and suddenly felt like falling. Previous day, I was bit unwell and thought it was due to giddiness. Immediately there were sounds of windows, people screaming and realized it is earthquake. Without any thought I started running down the stairs but it was crowded all over the place as people are rushing and falling on one another. With some struggle I made my way to the ground floor and joined Mom and Bro. We now realized Dad is missing and mama told that Dad was about to lock the door and realized geaser is still ON, so he went back to switch it OFF. We were all worried and thought to go and pick him but by that time he too has managed to come down by himself.
We started praying and thanking god that we are safe. After a few minutes when there was no more earthquake, two of us went up again and got our bags down. We had one more thing to face and there was a beach opposite to our hotel with in 200 meters. We are seeing big tides and rushing towards us. We all started running where the crowd is moving and it was like climbing hilly area to avoid sea tides. We were taking a deep breath after running to a safe place. We had been moved to one more hotel now which seemed to be safe. But we were staying most of the times outside the hotel, sleeping in open air as there were frequent earthquake tremors. We were having coffee at a nearby shop and my brother made an interesting observation on my t-shirt with quote “The lost boys” and it was perfectly matching the circumstances we were in where we were completely lost by running, escaping from quakes and tides. Both started laughing even in such situation and took it as challenge and opportunity to face Tsunami and we came back to our place safely after few days. First air travel was filled with joy and also weird challenges. And those tides are nothing but Tsunami which we realized after couple of hours!!
Last night it was raining sideways and got to see water getting through our farmhouse. We did some arrangements to stop the water getting in. This made me to recollect one of the old incidents of the year 2004. During those days I was staying in Jayanagar close to Lalbagh botanical garden. A room which was more than sufficient for me to place things like computer table, bed and kitchen in one corner. Struggling days but had an amazing life with the exceptional friends including our incredible landlord.
It never occurred to me that I was a tenant over there. Most of my coffee and dinner were being served at their home. Initially, I was hesitant and later on it became a routine. We used to play carom in the evenings with a lot of joy as we never played like a match though. Landlord Uncle was hilarious, and still he is. He used to crack jokes like anything, and it was turning to a mega laughter challenge.
Once it happened that I came back from my native place in the early morning hours. It seemed there was a rain previous night and as I opened the room door, I couldn’t believe that the room was flooded with water all over the places. All the things in the room were drenched by leaving the bed in the center to form a small island! I had thought of taking a nap before going to office, but it all went in vain. I tried to sleep somehow but couldn’t and started texting to the landlord saying, “No one has taken care of the room during the rain and it is flooded. I’m looking for a new room elsewhere.”
I started cleaning the room with all the circus just to make my evening better. Someone knocked on the door. To my surprise, landlord family had come with all the tools to clean the room. I thanked them for the support shown, but I managed to clean the room on my own. Our family is still in contact with them, and we keep visiting on occasions. They still talk about this incident when we meet and take us back to those nostalgic moments!!
We have seen legends from different walks of life. They are legends because they have achieved something outstanding. They have achieved something extra than others. They have achieved ordinary things extraordinarily! They have overcome many challenges, and they had a desire to fightback even after many failures.
They were not immune to struggles, failures and pains. They also had many roadblocks.
There were struggles, but they had composure.
There were failures, but they had courage.
There were pains, but they didn’t give up.
There is no proverbial “door to success”. It can’t be a single door; it has to be a chain of doors opening one after another. Somebody gives you a responsibility, you do it well, that opens the first door. They give a bigger responsibility that opens the second door. It’s about a job well done and looking ahead to take up new challenges. Sometimes you try to work on something, pursue your interests but you delay it with excuses, saying let’s do it tomorrow or some other day and then you lose focus for various reasons.
Sir M. Visveswaraya who came from a poor family from Karnataka became one of the greatest engineers & statesman India had ever produced. He was honoured with Bharat Ratna, highest civilian award of our country. For his contributions to the public goodness, he was bestowed as Knight Commander. His birthday, 15th September, is observed as “Engineer’s Day” in India. He was known for his work ethics, honesty, discipline, dedication & excellence.
Learning from my experience is the need of discipline, hard work with persistence and consistency which are the keys to success in any area. One has to be self-motivated and to be in high spirits to contribute towards work and for the society. Without which, one will be a mere spectator.
Vance Havner once quoted “It is not enough to stare up the steps–we must step up the stairs”. You have seen many great achievers, you might have role models and now it is your turn to be one of them, step up the stairs and be a legend in your own way!
I still remember my school days where my gang of friends used to come down to our house intending for group study but resulting in watching Tom and Jerry episodes. It was more of a routine for us to follow this comic cartoon series. And it was always thrilling with so much fun to watch the hide and seek game of Tom and Jerry.
The legendary Tom & Jerry director Gene Deitch is no more. His classic works on love and hate relationship between Tom and Jerry is unforgettable. Many of us grew watching it. Each episode used to have a series of fights between an iconic pair of adversaries, Tom and Jerry. Integral part of such fights were classic chasing scenes, spin-offs, sometimes nice to each other and “catch Me Though You Can’t” which used to make audience to be on their toes to know what’s in the store for Tom, can he catch that little and lightening speed Jerry and what’s Jerry’s next move to make Tom worrisome.
Even now with my kids, I look for best funny episodes of Tom and Jerry to watch on iPads. We all have someone like that in our lives who bother us but is also a nice friend when in need. My kids are no different. The younger one is like Jerry, who makes her sister Tom to fight hard to get any of her own toys or goodies back. Me and my brother were like these two. We used to annoy each other. And I was the Tom and will be a Tom forever!
Thanks a zillion to Gene Deitch! His cult classics will be cherished for the generations to come. Who do you think you are? Tom or Jerry?
It’s more than a month been to a salon 😃. Social distancing is the buzzword and need of the hour. There’s a fear of going to salon as it is high risk considering hygiene factor. I got an idea to do it on my own but considering the stuff or the tools I had; I thought to check with my dentist brother-in-law, who accepted the challenge without giving a second thought!
He started trimming my hair slowly with directions from at least a dozen people at home 🧐. I didn’t worry about the procedure or the expertise as I just wanted my head to be light at the end. After 30 minutes of exploration, there was anxiety in his quiet voice and asked me to check. I got to see the mirror but there was an unrecognised face in it and still I appreciated his experimental efforts for the make over he got in me and that to without paying a cent. You know hair cut was not that bad either.
He shared a surprising information about the new profession which he just experimented on me is that “Starting from the Middle Ages, barbers often served as surgeons and dentists.” There is a nice connection between these two professions which could surprise you as well!!
Would be good to know your experiments during this period 🙂
Today, my father-in-law who is a farmer had planned for ploughing the fields with the tractor. We went to see it and got to see amazing white cranes which were moving behind tractor as they find worms, snails and insects straightaway when field gets ploughed. Kids were astonished to experience the presence of cranes and its movements to consume insects with long beaks, running away to another place when tractor comes near to it.
There were few days of rain at our place and farmers have started preparations to sow seeds for growing future crops and grains. Farmers should get needed seeds, fertilizers and nature’s support to grow crops in required amount. They are backbone of the country and they do face lot of challenges. They work hard irrespective of weather conditions to grow in certain quantity.
I started the day with jog. Nidhi and Saanvi joined me as usual as they would get to see peacocks, cranes and other birds. These beautiful birds roam around in the nearby farm areas as they would get to eat variety of grains and insects. From the past few days what we have experienced is when we move bit closer to birds, they flew away. So we are cautious now and we kept our movements pin drop silent so that we can watch birds for some more time. Birds have good conscious to recognize around and they even determine our presence in spite of our silence and plan to move away from us!
Last evening got to know from our farmer neighbors that lock down due to pandemic situation is going to be extended further. They are planning to sell recently grown grains and copras as they couldn’t afford to keep things in stock since it may not last after few weeks.
We played different sports with kids. Sometimes football, passing the ball, running and so on. Watched few episodes of Swami and Friends which was taken from RK Narayan’s novel “Malgudi days”. This was a teleseries made in 1986 and it can be viewed as many times as it has captured simple things of life, people, place and kids adventures.