Today morning, I hurried to the local market to pick groceries.The moment we entered market premises, I could sense the caution and fear of the deadly virus in the prying eyes. The shops once bubbling with customers now caters to only few within stipulated time.
We somehow managed to fetch our groceries. Meanwhile, the clouds also started to gather and I could hear the distant rumbling. Usually, we take the shortest course towards home, but that day I decided to take the longer course through the less inhabited mountainside. Was it the melancholy or the solitude which wanted to take some time off.
While driving, I could feel the cool refreshing mountain breeze blowing through, touching every nook and corner of this mountain side with bliss and positivity. I couldn’t stop myself and halted for a while. The hustling leaves, swaying pines and the wild flowers, distant cymbal of cicadas and song of mountain birds. I felt that the nature was in perfect tune with the divine rhythm of life.
It was thundering now, the clouds were rumbling harder and I could see the downpour on the distant hills.The cheerful song of the birds was becoming more distinct and vibrant, as if they were singing and dancing with joy.
As I looked up high in the sky, I found few Griffon vultures gliding through the high winds. Although I tried to capture them, but the image is hazy. It gradually started to pitter patter and the moist smell the first rain on the parched earth lingered through the valley.
It was now time to head towards home and we rolled down through the steep bends and curves. The dichotomy of mind and heart already started. But my heart and soul was still entrapped in the bewildering profusion and we reached home. While I was still lost in the wilderness thoughts a pair of Red Billed Blue Magpie flew across pine branches.
Due to the corona pandemic, curfew and lockdown has again started in different parts of the country. The cases are steepening everywhere with numerous reports of death and bereavement. This corner of the hillside is also not untouched. Still life has to go on. My prayers and good wishes for all.
Stay safe and stay healthy!!
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