27 October, 2020

COVID-19 Shifting Diary

Illustration by Saahil
COVID-19 Shifting Diary
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2020-06-26T16:31:08+05:30
Lockdown Luckdown

I don’t know if it was COVID-19 or the stupid lockdown that made my smooth home-shifting plans a three-month-long nightmare. I had been living happily for 27 years in a cozy Asiad Village flat allotted to my wife Mangala, but I lost her two years ago. My stay there could have been extended, but I decided against seeking such favours from the government. Luckily, I was able to get my flat in Mayur Vihar vacated and readied. In mid-February, I requested IGL to disconnect my gas connection. They promptly complied. I requested the DoT to shift the landline, but despite several reminders, the request remains unattended.

I was supposed to shift on March 25, the first day of Navaratra, as my two astrologers—one in Kerala, another in Delhi—suggested. Luckily, my astrologers were unanimous on the date, though they differed on the time. One wanted me to enter the house at six in the morning, light a lamp, perform Ganapathi Havan...

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