Lockdown Dairy - March 27th

Lockdown Dairy 1 –

So I thought I should buy chicken and other essentials. I tried looking for an online source, but the couple of ones I know were shut down.

I reached the cold storage. The shop owner said he doesn’t have chicken. But has something else, I wasn’t interested. Then he asked me if I have run out of food, I said no, I am just sick of dal chawal.

He said, why are you risking your life, If you are alive you can eat chicken all your life. We are open because we are essential services. I think he had a point. I walked back home after buying some milk and vegetables.

There was another driver of a madam, Madam insisted the shopkeeper get on the phone so she could instruct the shop owner. The shop owner refused to touch the phone. The driver was helpless, the shopowner had to speak on speakerphone.

Meanwhile, I have a cough for several days. I don’t have a fever, every morning I wake up with a cough, it takes cups of masala tea and latte to get the cough down, the stomach is grumbling. I worry, never been so paranoid.

Lockdown Dairy 2

So the other day when the PM announced the lockdown, I needed to buy my multigrain bread. I reached the store and there was only one man ahead of me.

But the one store guy was busy on the phone. I was getting impatient, then a zomato guy comes and stands very close to the guy ahead.

I remind the zomato guy on social distancing, he gives me a sick look and goes out of the store. I tell the store guy to drop the call and ask the lady to come to the store and pick up herself.

He hands the phone to the guy ahead of me, it was his wife instructing and asking about the stock. The husband was frozen with fear, I apologised to him and I said I didn’t know it was his wife.

He looked at me blankly. This is when I realised, the panic that was there in men. Men are worried sick about running out of food for their families, women are even more worried, as they play the role of the nurturer.

Hopefully, after this 21 days of lockdown, when the Ro goes below 1. We will get back to a bit of normalcy. Things will never be the same. The partial or complete lockdown might go on if cases in India go exponential the Italy way.

Lockdown Dairy 3

The death of Chef Cardoz, made me scared in the stomach. He was a successful and reputed chef. He left Mumbai on 8th of March for NYC. On 18th he reported fever and got hospitalised. In about a week he was dead.

He was not a senior citizen, he led an active life. The virus knocked him dead in a week?? How powerful is this virus! So far I was thinking, that it is only severe for the above 70 age group.

But now it seems, anyone is susceptible.

Lockdown Dairy 4

The Indian Health system scares me, but I have a friend in Amsterdam who says the Indian health system is better than the dutch one.

She has experienced it. She gave me how once she and then her mother received good treatment in an ordinary hospital in Goa when on vacation.

The dutch are going for herd immunity on the strength of their robust health infrastructure. I think it is a kind of bais, I don’t know if this has a name. Many Bhakts say that we don’t appreciate our own country, we are not Nationalistic enough.

We appreciate the west and think they are better and superior. Why can’t there be a quantitative and qualitative study about how we measure upon with the rest of the world?

It will at least give us the metrics which we need to improve and where we are good, we can think of how to become better.

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