“Yes, there is fear. Yes, there is isolation. Yes, there is panic buying. Yes, there is sickness. Yes, there is even death. But, they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise, you can hear the birds again.” -Fr. Richard Hendrick
The COVID-19 world was unprecedented but as Kakuzo Okakaura said, “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.“ Each one of our lives has drastically changed since the pandemic, and all of us, in our own ways, are finding different ways to cope. A few months ago, a day in lockdown would have seemed quite pacifying; an opportunity to take some time off from our routines and reconnect with ourselves and families, but now that the moment has arrived, we are left flabbergasted at the timeliness. Bangalore’s infamous traffic, the morning bus stop banter, and the paperman’s call (the list can go on) had become so embedded in our lives. The loss of that familiarity leaves us startled that we not so long ago wished to be granted freedom from it.