Feeble attempts at normalcy

The world is in actual and virtual turmoil. Still a lot of us are trying to maintain normalcy and go on with life as though nothing as change- perhaps for some of us, nothing has changed but it seems each day more and more people are having their lives disrupted due to the virus.

Our courses go on as usual- with no mention of the virus going on around. The major health threats class goes on as per syllabus, into a module on obesity- we had a class yesterday, where during the session, many students protested that the teacher needed to read comments and answer them during the lecture, rather than proceeding at her own pace, oblivious to the chaos around her. Questions were asked on stigma and obesity and socio-behavioral determinants of obesity to no avail. Many asked why the course was going on as usual when it could have shifted gears into a current major health threat- the COVID. It seems ironic that countries like India, and even parts of the US may actually face food deficits and starvation- even counter the obesity threat. People suffering from COVID actually lose weight.

Shops are open as usual to sell food though the initial stock piling of food seems over and the shelves are full of long lasting food- we shop but shop with not so much of a gay abandon and are considerate of moving up and down aisles that have people deliberating over their purchases. It seems those who have kitchen gardens are coming out quite well in terms of food. We deliberate on whether we actually need something rather than buy or procure it.

Families that are forced to stay together during lockdowns are, contrary to all predictions, actually loving the times they have with their children, most of whom they actually met with only on weekends. Husband and wives are reconciled in meal preparations and child care.

The use of lipstick and make up might be on a decline except when one is on Zoom calls for classes or meetings online- because otherwise we are masked.

People are actually listening into religious discourse- and talks- seems like everyone wants to catch up with their lost time with their creator.

The only thing that does not seem to change is the animal market in China from which this virus purportedly originated. For there, it is business as usual.