Now that we’ve been threatened with plague and famine, the spectre of war appears to be rearing its ugly head. I’m no eschatologist but the headlines these past few weeks seem to have been pulled right out of the Book of Revelation.
Mumbai’s liquor stores were allowed to reopen on May 4th, having been closed since Day 1 of lockdown. No sooner had the news got out than legions of pandemic-defying tipplers descended upon the streets in a booze-buying frenzy.
On Tuesday, D and I made a trip to the nearby neighbourhood of Khar, the furthest we’ve ventured out since the start of lockdown. D had a doctor’s appointment in the suburb, which borders Bandra on its north side, but the trip also gave us an opportunity to see more of the beleaguered city.
India has been in lockdown for nearly a month now. Prime Minister Modi announced on the last day of the initial 21-day lockdown period that the restrictions on movement will remain in place until May 3rd. With the virus showing no signs of abating, either within India or abroad, I suspect we’ll be seeing further extensions beyond that date.