Before you get worried or shocked, let me clarify right away that this is not about journey to the afterlife and I am perfectly fine. I just travelled to the other side of the city after a really long time. Sorry to disappoint! 🙂
Believe it or not, I haven’t stepped out of my apartment gate in almost five months. I just occasionally go downstairs to collect deliveries, but that’s about it. I used to get stir-crazy back in March, but now the confinement doesn’t bother me much (don’t know if that should be a cause for concern).
So, a few days back when my husband asked me if I could go to the bank and take care of some document verification, I was delighted.
On a normal day (I’m saying normal, because clearly these are not normal times you and I are living in), I would hate going to the bank. Now, you can clearly imagine my state of mind, given that I was actually looking forward to this visit! But with this virus situation, it was a little scary too.
On Tuesday morning, I changed into something other than my pyjamas and was extremely happy that my pre-pandemic clothes still fit (though barely). And my hair straightener finally breathed a sigh of relief that I hadn’t gone bald.
I booked a cab, masked myself, loaded my bag with sanitizers, an energy bar(it could have taken hours at the bank!), an extra mask(I don’t know why I did that) and set out.
The bank I had to visit is around 15 kms from my place, which on a normal day can take anywhere between 1-1.5 hours, if you start during peak office hours. It took me just 25 mins that day. It was a surreal sight to see only a handful of cars first half of the way. However, it was comforting to see that the notorious silk board hadn’t lost its enthusiasm and had a decent amount of traffic.
I realised how much I had missed the hustle bustle of Madiwala. How much I had missed all those daredevil pedestrians jumping in front of cars. But thanks to the sparse traffic, I could actually smell all those fresh flowers being sold in that market. I had even missed haggling with the taxi drivers over toll charges (though this one was honest and acknowledged that trip fare was inclusive of all charges).
I got all the work done and though it was a nice change, it was extremely worrying to see a lot of people without masks. I was finally happy to be back to my hopefully virus free home(or have I jinxed it now?).
P.S. Have you watched Netflix’s new trippy movie “I’m thinking of ending things”? Toni Collette might just bag an Oscar for her performance!