Yeah, I know it’s bad form to start with an apology, but I’m going to do so all the same.
Sorry for being a little quiet over the past few days, but there’s really only one thing to talk about here in India and especially in Delhi where I live, and that is coronavirus.
And the complete and utter sh*t show that is the official, governmental response to this pandemic.
For the past few months I’ve really tried to be upbeat and positive here in my blog, partly because that’s what we’ll need, and partly because I want to get all the vicious trolls off my back.
I’m fed up of badly written, ugly messages telling me to go back to my own country. I don’t know how many times I have to repeat it here, but – like it or not – this is my country.
This is where I live.
This is where I will most probably die, and be buried.
(I know I don’t have say this to all you well-mannered readers. That was for any trolls out there who still read what I write 😛 )
So yes, back to my apology.
I have been so depressed and so fearful at what is happening, that I decided I needed a bit of headspace.
Otherwise, dear reader, I would have to vent all over you, day after day after day.
I would have to vent about my friends in ICU on oxygen.
I would have to vent about the hours it takes to try and book a vaccination appointment online.
I would have to vent about the tragedies unfolding in the city and in this country.
So I took a few days off.
I don’t know about you, and this is addressed to all my Indian friends and readers, but I start every day like this:
- Apprehension about switching on my mobile in case there is bad news.
2. Then I start messaging and calling people who are sick, checking in with them.
Day after day after day.
It is endless, it is soul-destroying, it is demoralising – AND WE ARE SAFE AND HEALTHY.
I cannot even begin to imagine the terror and exhaustion of those caring for sick friends and family.
Which is why the latest crass idiocy from the mouth of our esteemed health minister makes you want to scream.
…suggested that eating dark chocolate would beat Covid stress.
I mean, who doesn’t love a pice of dark chocolate?
This sounds just the ticket for the poor villagers in Bihar, who have resorted to throwing the bodies of their dead into the river.
Equally, sounds just the ticket for all the millions of people still waiting for their vaccinations. Though, to be fair, Mr. Vardhan does keep telling us how many sms the government has sent out, so I suppose that’s some consolation.
Nibble on that dark chocolate, won’t you, while you keep getting those OTPS, as you try over and over and over again to book a vaccination via the government website.
Let them eat cake.
The 2021 version.