The city these days has adopted a rather meditative and reflective mood. As it city goes under a Lockdown due to the Corona Pandemic, silence prevails; pensive mood pervades in the air, in the city and among its inhabitants. One can hear and feel silence everywhere. This quietude enables one to marshal one’s thoughts and relook one’s surrounding with a new appreciation.
This silence on the roads, the stillness in the air and the static nature of the city is both desirable and undesirable. It is desirable because man’s absence on the quiet lanes, empty streets and deserted pathways has brought down the pollution levels significantly. As millions of people remain homebound to slow the spread of the virus, nature is rejuvenating itself. The pristine, the immaculate and the purity of nature which was brutally violated by man are being restored gradually, though in small measure. Nature has come out in all her splendour and glory. The city is bathed in sun rays and moon light, shimmering and shining in the open. There is a beautiful interplay between the wind and the trees. The leaves of the trees sway to the rhythmic music played by the wind. Walking has become a joy. One finds only the trees, the leaves, the birds and the quiet flowing of the wind on the roads for company. They are mute spectators of the Lockdown and wonder the absence of the noisy creatures on the roads. This deafening silence is a source of bewilderment to nature and the animal world. It seems with man’s confinement to his home, nature has come out to claim and mark its presence on the earth which was robbed due to man’s dominance.
This static nature and silence is undesirable because a city is made by people – the inhabitants. And now it seems bereft of them. The noise, the din and bustle, the crowded streets thronging with vendors alongside, the ongoing trade of a busy marketplace, the streetwalkers, the people running to and fro to reach the destined places, all make up the pulse of the city. Now with the Lockdown, the city has come to a standstill. There is a long pause in all these activities. The energy and synergy of the city seems to be lost somewhere. The vibrancy, the fluidity, the people of varied hues and cultures, the madness on the road, the boisterous crowd swarming along the path way, that sums up a city are replaced by haunted roads and deserted pathways. Loneliness is filling the long vistas and emptiness is stretching as far as the eye can behold. Some places on earth where the corona virus has sharpened its tentacles appear to be ghost towns.
This gloom and doom has halted man’s activities and forced him to interrogate his own fast paced life. In his mad rush to brighten his Job Profile and his credentials, he has forgotten to connect deep within his soul. This Lockdown has given us all a chance to critically review the path we have chosen and the direction we are heading to. It has also given us all an opportunity to forge good relations with our near and dear ones, whom we had hitherto taken for granted. This period of Isolation has helped us to learn the art of living which is lying lost and forgotten in the manuscripts of the sages and seers. We have left it behind in our march towards so called progress.
Hope man comes out wiser and better from this period of interlude. After the period of Lockdown ends and normalcy is restored, we all will look back at this period with some nostalgia, some pain, some gratitude and a whole mix of other feelings and emotions. Some may learn something from the lesson taught by this virus to humanity, while others may simply take it in their stride and will consider it as a forgotten chapter of their life.
Nevertheless, this noise and furore created by the silence due to Coronavirus Pandemic will be heard and felt for ages to come.