Our little village in Goa is very quiet, full of nature sounds - birds chirping, dogs barking. The only manmade sounds are church bells at dawn, the honk of the pohawallah, the fishwallah, and the occasional two-wheeler passing by.
For the average Anil, there was nothing. No tax relief, no change in tax rates and no suggestion that there would be some in the future.
The party is over. Covid is back with a bang and we could be getting into a worse outbreak than summer this year.
The Biden Presidential pregnancy lasted the full term of nine months and 16 days. It gave birth to a lame duck.
Vaccination and curbs are not going to stop breakthrough cases as no vaccine is 100% effective, but almost all of them, when fully vaccinated, provide very high levels of protection from severe illness and death.
While planning for the third wave, and may be a fourth, we need properly-formulated guidelines that trigger local restrictions without the long political infighting and fear of economic downturn.
Today, as the fear of a second wave engulfs us, it seems we have learnt nothing from how the world wasted February 2020, allowed COVID-19 to spread. Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned yesterday that if we did not act fast, this time rural India could be severely hit and if that were to happen our medical system would collapse.