The Family is a great forager. My shopping trips start with a list, and, sometimes, when some of the things on the list are not available, I replace them with the nearest equivalent. The contents of the bag do not surprise anyone. When The Family leaves home, I have no idea what she will get back. The trip that she took to work also yielded some surprises. A few landed up on our table instantly. The samosas and the hot vadas (without pav, unfortunately) were what I liked best. She put it on the last remaining piece of the first table setting we’d bought together. The usual rule of ceramics seems to be holding up: a chipped plate never breaks.

The fluffy hot dhoklas were another surprise. She’d also managed a peek into the kitchen where they had been prepared. As we demolished a large part of her findings, I listened to her stories of foot operated hand sanitizer dispensers, thin crowds in favourite shops, and clean kitchens. The first wave of infections is not over in Mumbai yet. As long as people remain masked, and spend most of their time distancing from each other, there should be no disastrous second wave.

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


    1. I don’t know what kind of lockdown Delhi has now. Mumbai is going easy on opening shops now: standalone food, medicine, salons, general stores are open, even-odd days to keep crowds down, taxis are running, limited number of buses, no trains. Enough for us to go out and get things of this kind.

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      1. In Delhi lockdown is more relaxed than Mumbai. No metro but autos, taxis and some buses are plying. But people who don’t take care of social distancing are a deterrent. So have avoided going to crowded shops.

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  1. My bro lives in Bangkok. He says that everyone wears mask and follows the rules. They have not had a case for almost two months. Also when people enter a building or shopping mall, they have to scan a card, so if any case happens, they can tracked down…

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