Let's get a sense of the new normal in human relationshipsWhen are you going to get the "absolutely no problem" signal to affectionately hugging a cousin of the same or even opposite gender? Or shake hands with him or her? Or even simply hug your own brother, who was never to be seen for the past several months, as he was holed up in distant New Delhi and could not come back?
24 months is the answer. Even after the vaccine arrives, there are health experts who warn that for two full years, the virus is likely to be part of us. It will attack anyone at any time. Perhaps the vaccine has to be given to every single surviving Indian. Till then, perhaps those who are a little healthy and do not have any big health problem can be saved with Ayurveda or Siddha or Homeopathy medicines as they will possibly have the immunity to keep the virus off.
Even after the buses and trains start to ply, just avoid staying in any relative's house for at least one full year. No one is going to welcome this unless it is your own son or daughter. And the usual masks and social distancing and so on, is going to be a must. Furthermore, never ever ask anyone for money. Unless they are filthy rich, our relatives may themselves be going through the toughest of times. If you are retired and have some resources, it is fine to even rent a decent house in a village that is well connected by buses but is still remote and hence safe. Such a living with nature, even for a few months, will hopefully bring about a big change. For one, the cost of living will be far less. No pollution. No chemical based vegetables and so on. Go after such places at least for a while.
And that will perhaps be the new normal in human relationships.