My parents and relatives were worried a lot about how the society will react. I came in quietly and closed the door. I was the happiest to reach home. The first thing I did was check on my beautiful plants. Nature had indeed nourished them, but some were on the verge of death. I watered them well. I looked at them and wondered, together we will heal and recover.

In the next few days, I focused on sanitizing my home, replacing the bedsheets, washing the utensils thoroughly, sanitizing everything I carried to the hospital. Aftercare is very important.

I made…


I received mixed reactions when I informed my situation to the extended friend circle. Some were not convinced and pushed me to go for a retest. Some criticized the doctors and hospital for covid deaths of their close friends. Some were thankful to me for sharing my experiences. Either way, I felt there is a huge lack of awareness and that’s what motivated me to write this series. Hoping that it reaches further and helps some confused soul like me on my day 1. There are definitely some pros and cons on home quarantine vs hospital. It’s up to us…


As I eagerly counted for the 7th day to arrive, I saw some of the patients getting released. There was another family with an old man, his wife, and their daughter. Old people generally start making conversations randomly, he had become friendly by now. He would ask me every day if I ate well. They released them on their 9th day of stay, their happiness was worth watching. He was so happy that he invited everyone to come to his house before he left.

Among the list, was an old woman, also called out for discharge. The patients around her…


6 AM, the nurses announced, “Milk & Rice water (Ganji) is available, you can collect it”. My world had turned upside down. I wasn’t used to this schedule.

7 AM, the breakfast was served, Bisi-bele bath. All the meals came in these packed portable boxes. There was an option to opt for Raggi Ganji or normal food. The diabetic patients received a different kind of food too. On some beds, the patients were too tired to even eat, the food was left unattended on a table beside their bed.

They gave us medicines based on our present condition. The nurses…


Gently absorbing what we had just heard, I picked my phone to inform my team-lead about the reports. He gave me words of assurance. When someone repeatedly says not to worry, the fact is that they are panicking more than you. I called my sister to inform her that her whole family is tested COVID positive. I could sense that she was scared and crying a bit. My sister is really strong, she never cries.

My dad made a couple of calls to inform the near ones. His voice was croaking by now with all that coughing. He was tired…


11 August 2020

Tired of my dad’s uninterrupted coughing for over a week, I finally managed to convince both my Mom & Dad to go to the hospital. My dad asked me to check on viral fever clinics, I nonchalantly said, ‘there is no such thing as a viral fever clinic, but there are hospitals and we should be heading towards that’! [Young blood, too adamant to even listen to a piece of advice]

Then I googled, and he was right, just that it wasn’t being called a ‘Viral fever clinic’, but BBMP fever clinic and apparently they take up…


A large house with comfortable furniture, a home theater, a six seater dining table, two balconies, three bedrooms and a tiny kitchen where the coffee was brewing. The perfect view of setting sun through an elongated diwan placed at the corner of a balcony. Life sounds so safe through these materials!

The house walls were filled with pictures of kids and grandkids, their stages of growth recorded so beautiful right from their baby steps to their school uniforms! The pictures look happy with two couples smiling with their kids, the phrase “Family” inscribed on the corner! The refrigerator had too…


Being in Bengaluru and not experiencing traffic would be like getting a deserved hike every year, obviously, none of it is real. We, the proud owners of two-wheelers are here to share our story. We are like the water in the river, no matter how many stones block us, we still flow through the crevices. And yes, that does make the big stones a.k.a the four-wheelers to hate us more than ever. We do not stop for anybody, actually no, we do! We stop for the bright red light in the middle of a junction, our biggest enemy to be…

Anjali Sunder Naik

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