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IhavespentthelastmonthinaremotepartofKulluvalleyinHimachalPradeshwheretherehasbeena2pmcurfewmostofJune.Roadsandmarketsaredeserted,youcanwalkformileswithoutseeinganyone.Thelocalsarehuddledindoors;lifehasrevertedtowhatitwaslikemaybe30yearsago.Covid’ssignaturetensions,fearofillnessandloomingeconomicbloodshed,somehow,feellesspotenthere.Perhapsalargelyagrariancommunityaccustomedtoaslowerexistenceisbetterequippedpsychologicallytohandlethefalloutofapandemic. InthecottagenexttomineisalargejointfamilyfromWestDelhi.Theyarethreegenerationstravellingtogether,withtheirdog,whodidn’teatforaweekbecausethematriarchpassedon(ofCovid).ThelanguishingpethasbecomeafocalpointfortherestofthemwhoareinvariousstagesofpostCovidshockandbereavement.Theydecidedtoheadtothemountainshopingachangeofscenewouldpulltheirpetoutofthethroesofdepression.AlldayIhearthemdiscussingwhetherBrowniewouldliketodriveuptoseesnoworwhattheyshouldcooktocheerhimup.Humanityisthrivingdespitethisseasonofdespair,whensomanyarerecoveringfromanemotionalbatteringtheyneversawcoming. Wewillneverfullyunderstandtherangeofheartbreakingcalamitiesthathavestruckpeoplethispeculiaryear.Inaway,weareallgrieving.Ifit’snotaboutadeath,it’sformissedschoolandlostopportunities,orforritesofpassagelikegraduationsandweddingsthatwerecancelledorpostponed.It’slikeataut,invisiblefilmhasbeenloweredinfrontofeveryhumanbeing,condemningustoourlonesomebubblesforGodknowshowlongmore.Yet,inthisoppressiveandjoylessatmosphere,whenIopenInstagramIamurgedtodiveintonewpursuits,asifallittakesisbakingandyogatoswitchoffandfindpeace.
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