March 23, 2020
Fear echoes through the empty streets…
I live in Mumbai, India which has a population of approximately 22 million people. The very idea of social distancing seems bizarre here.
We have packed streets, trains, shops, theatres bars, restaurants, markets, schools and daycares… ALL of which are now shut (Medical and grocery stores, I hear, are open).
My husband & I recently moved in to live with my young mum (age 73) to a suburb called Bandra.
Bandra is known for its famous churches, restaurants, small villages, the ocean surrounding the suburb with the Bandstand and Carter Promenade to mark the edge.
This morning, at 8:30 am, my husband and I walked to Pali Market (a usually busy market where most of the residents of Bandra buy their groceries). The roads were empty; a few cars and bikers rode by us. Some even acknowledged us and nodded their heads.
As we walked, we heard birds chirping. It’s rare to hear them; usually, with the noise of the traffic, you don’t.
We picked the essentials and walked back to prepare our meal for the day.
It's 6:00 pm now as I sit by my window, looking out at the street. An old man on his cycle passes by and I think to myself - I have the privilege of working from home: what about the homeless, the daily wagers? The man who had to leave for work on his cycle today? What is going to happen to them?
I feel the blessing that I have this space to stay safe with my family.
I hope the earth will be healed soon.