Lockdown – Part 1 – Unfinished Story

LOCKDOWN – Part 1
Fiction Short Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE
Dramatis Personae
Husband – A Retired “Veteran” – a gregarious “outdoors” type person.
Wife – a Career Woman – presently “working from home” due to Lockdown.
22 March 2020 – 7:30 AM
Wife: “Where are you going…?”
Husband: “I am going for my usual morning walk. Today is Sunday – I’ll get some breakfast – Idli, Wada and Dosa on my way back – so – we both can enjoy…”  
Wife: “You can’t go out – today is “Janata Curfew” from 7 AM to 9 PM – and it is already 7:30 AM…”
Husband: “To hell with all this bullshit – I am going out…”
(The Veteran Husband walks out of the house and goes for his customary daily morning walk. He returns one hour later – in a foul mood)
Husband: “Bloody Nonsense – everything is closed – even the restaurant – so – I couldn’t get any breakfast. And – there are some youngsters roaming around asking shops to close down – some even asked me why I was outside…”
Wife: “I told you not to go out – there is a “Janata Curfew” – everyone has to stay at home…”
Husband: “Isn’t it voluntary…?”
Wife: “You know how things are – why risk your life and limb by going out…?”
Husband: “Then what happens to my golf…?”
Wife: “Golf…?”
Husband: “I have scheduled at “Tee-Off” at 11 AM with my course-mates. I have even booked Uber Cab to pick me up at 10 o’clock. After golf – we were supposed to have our customary Sunday Beer and Lunch at the club…”
Wife: “You better cancel all your plans for today and stay at home – I am sure the golf club will be closed – and – Uber Cabs may not be running – and – even if you manage to go – you may get stuck somewhere – I told you – it’s “Janata Curfew” – it’s best to stay at home and remain safe…”
Husband: “That means our customary senior-citizens evening get-together is off too…?”
Wife: “Yes – the curfew is till 9 PM – so – you just remain at home…”
(So – the Veteran Husband cancels all his Sunday Plans – and – he remains at home – observing “Janata Curfew”…)
22 March 2020 – 4:45 PM
Wife: “Come on – you lazy man – let’s go to the balcony…”
Husband: “Balcony…? It’s still quite sunny. And – why are you carrying that Thali and Tablespoon…?”
Wife: “Don’t you know…? We are all supposed to stand in our balconies and bang utensils – or – you can clap if you want – better still – why don’t you blow your Conch Shell – blow the one you got from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. That Conch makes a good sound…”
Husband: “You want me to blow a Conch Shell – do “Shankh Naad”…?”
Wife: “Yes. Why not…? It is an auspicious occasion”
Husband: “Auspicious occasion…?”
Wife: “Yes. Corona Virus…”
Husband: “How can “Corona Virus” be auspicious…?”
Wife: “Not “Corona Virus” you stupid man – it is the beginning of the war against Corona Virus. We are supposed stand in our balconies and clap our hands, banging, ringing bells utensils etc for 5 minutes to express our gratitude and give a standing ovation to all those providing essential services during the fight against Corona Virus. Come on – don’t be a “spoilsport” – you are a Veteran – you must join all of us citizens in this…”
(“Okay – Okay…” the Veteran says – and – he joins his wife in their balcony. At 5 PM – for 5 minutes – as she beats the thali with a tablespoon – he blows his conch – the “Shankh Naad” reverberating in the atmosphere…)
24 March – 8 PM
Husband: “Did you see the TV…? They have announced a “Lockdown” from midnight. Total curfew – everything closed – we have to remain in our houses…”  
Wife: “Really…? I think our maid had some inkling of this – she has gone to her village…”
Husband: “Our maid has gone away…? And – you allowed her to go away…?”
Wife: “Who am I to allow or not allow…? She didn’t say anything in the morning. Then – in the afternoon – she called up to say that she was scared of catching Corona Virus – so she was going away to their village where they were safe from Corona Virus…”  
Husband: “What nonsense…? Isn’t she safer here…?”
Wife: “She is right. Corona Virus has been imported from abroad – so – it is more likely that maids get infected if the person they work for has returned from abroad…”
Husband: “But – we haven’t been abroad…”
Wife: “She works in many houses – mostly in houses of IT “Techies” – and many of them frequently travel abroad. Someone must have returned from abroad – so – the maid may have got scared – and – there are so many rumors floating around – she was saying that most people living near her house were going back to their villages – a sort of exodus…”
Husband: “I think the “Janata Curfew” must have triggered the exodus – these people are street-smart and canny – they could predict the “Lockdown” – whereas we didn’t have a clue…”
Wife: “Anyway – forget about the maid. You go down and get some milk and other things we urgently need – I will give you a list…”
Husband: “Now…? At night…?”
Wife: “Yes. It is 9 PM now – and – everything will be shut down from midnight onwards – shops may not open tomorrow – so you better go fast…”
(Husband goes down to the neighborhood grocery shop. He returns after one hour…)
Wife: “Why did you take so long…?”
Husband: “There was a huge rush – panic buying – total chaos – but – I managed to push my way through – and – I have got everything you wanted – except milk – which had finished – so – I got a large packet of milk powder…” 

(And so – at midnight of 24/25 March 2020 – the COVID-19 Lockdown started – 21 Days of strict Lockdown) 

To Be Continued…

VIKRAM KARVE
Copyright © Vikram Karve
1. If you share this post, please give due credit to the author Vikram Karve
2. Please DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. Please DO NOT Cut/Copy/Paste this post
© vikram karve., all rights reserved.
Disclaimer:
1. This story is a fictional spoof, satire, pure fiction, just for fun and humor, no offence is meant to anyone, so take it with a pinch of salt and have a laugh.
2. All Stories in this Blog are a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the stories are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Copyright Notice:
No part of this Blog may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Blog Author Vikram Karve who holds the copyright.
Copyright © Vikram Karve (all rights reserved)



Source: Vikram
Click to read article at Source Lockdown – Part 1 – Unfinished Story

Hits: 176