The New Normal
The New Normal
What was so new
In our "normal way".
Why the "new normal" hits so different when your generation say
it with a smile, like you all won a battle to stay alive till today.
You see, son
Back then, we weren't having masks on our face
Or in our bags on normal days.
There were no gloves, covering the layers of sanitizers on our hands in order to be safe
Coz back then we weren't bothered by a fight with a virus face-to-face.
Carrying sanitizers, masks and gloves
Is a ritual of today,
But what we loved
Were our normal days,
When festivals were not felt without a crowd
When Kumbh was known to be the largest gathering
And visarjan was the saddest ending
Of a period of some happy days
Just to welcome them again
The next year and relive the same phase.
But the year-to-year routine ended,
Things were amended,
Social distancing was recommended,
We all comprehended,
That to stay alive we have to go through this.
Sometimes, it takes efforts and time to get things fixed.
And, we headed
In a direction, to end the suffering
But what was not expected
That it would be so long-lasting,
That we would get used to the festivals not involving gatherings,
Visarjans in no more practice
Only to avoid the crowd
Is what we did in fear of a virus, but to end water pollution we never vowed.
Fireworks on Diwali reduced
Coz people started celebrating in solitude,
With just a few members around
Resulting in air-quality to improve
Because of the toxic gases which lowered down.
Celebrating festivals in this new normal way
Was not acceptable in the initial days.
But we started getting used to it year by year,
The virus faded away but not the fear.
So, you see dear,
We started living differently,
Named it "new normal" subsequently,
Things got better eventually,
Reached this stage ultimately,
Where our new way of living became normal for you to such an extent,
That you don't realize, what we went through back then.