Saturday, August 01, 2020

Of containment zones and age advisories

“Mummy, Dadu and I are going out. I am taking my bike.”

It has rained whole day and the weather is pleasant outside. It took a lot of pleading but Dadu has agreed to leave his news and take him outside.

“No Rohan, you cannot go outside,” Mummy tells him as she pours milk into simmering tea.

“Why mumma?” He has completed his homework and he will not let mummy talk him out of his one hour of fun.

“Rohan, there were two corona positive cases in the next block yesterday. As per the rules in UP an area of 500meter radius becomes a containment zone. Now we cannot go outside till atleast two weeks assuming no new cases are found.”

“Dadu said we could go.” As water rushes to his eyes he runs to his Dadu. Mummy sims the stove and follows him.

A priest of the mandir and 14 security personnel were found covid positive around the mandir complex.

Mummy mutes the news and looks at Rohan clinging to his Dadu.

“Papa ji, now our area is a containment zone and we cannot step out for two weeks at least.”

Rohan cries louder and digs deeper into the sofa and his Dadu.

“Also, papa ji you know the government advisory, children and seniors above 65 years should not go out.”

“Bahu, what is the age of Modi?”

Somewhat confused she looks at him as he takes the remote and changes the channel.

“Rohan, let’s watch cartoons.”

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