Updated: May 9, 2020
I once read somewhere “When it is raining inside, sky is the answer.” But I have never looked towards the sky to seek answers. The sky gives me hope of a new beginning, a new day, that today everything will be different, everything will be new.
I am an early riser for the sole purpose of waking up to a beautiful blue sky every morning. Most people I know are fans of the night sky, they love the way stars twinkle in the night sky. But I have always been a lover of morning skies. Blue skies, white clouds, and the morning breeze have always fascinated me. As a kid, I would always look at the clouds and wonder what it would be like if we were able to live on one of them.
I don’t look up to the sky to think of what’s left behind, I always look up to the skies to embrace what lies ahead for me.
The skies have never been more clear , the clouds more abundant and their shape so distinct than they have been in the past few days. Having been lived in my city, Patna, for more than 8 years now, I had never heard a cuckoo sing in my neighborhood. On the third or fourth day of the three week lockdown imposed in India, for the first time I heard a cuckoo sing with its utmost glory in my locality.
I remember, almost 7 months ago I was travelling to Delhi to visit a close relative of mine. As soon as my flight landed and I got out of the airport, I noticed a strange darkness in the sky at 11’O clock in the morning. My aunt called me to ask if I had landed safely and I questioned her that was it going to rain that day, she said it wasn’t going to rain, it’s a mist of smoke and polluted gases .
I had heard about the condition of pollution being quite bad in Delhi but I had never imagined it would be so ugly that it would be capable of covering the glory of the morning sun.
It’s a human being’s tendency to try and claim what isn’t his. In a similar manner mankind claimed each and every bit of the sky, which now the sky has been given back thanks to a mere virus. I wonder what the sky would have to go through again, once the lockdown is lifted and lifestyle is restored. I wonder whether man would realize what it had been doing to the boons presented to him and won’t make the birds and the clouds suffer again.
I strongly believe that if man learns the meaning of a simple theory that “Mankind and nature are coexistent”, he would have the power to fight any pandemic.