Dear friends, I am very happy to share my views through these columns. My absence was not really planned . It so happened. To a certain extend the negative climate in the society, I mean the presence of Corona, limited the contacts with friends and relatives. In my place, here at Edappally (Kochi) the life used to be active , especially because of a Park, called Changampuzha park. Almost every day there will be a programme in the park. It may be art, literature, talks on various topics, elders meetings, programmes by children, ladies etc. Kadhakali, drama, music concerts, dance programmes, exhibitions, etc. Elderly people gather there every day and sit in groups chit - chatting. Like this we get different topics for discussion. naturally, to be elaborated and jotted down. This park has been identified as one place in the world where almost everyday some programme is taking place.
Corona forced the closing of the gates for more than one and a half years. Even now it is not fully active.
Another place where people like me go and spend the evening is our Library, one of the best libraries here. There we had to close the door and stop issuing the books. for about a year or more. Social gatherings like marriages. birthdays, etc. also were curtailed.
I happen to be an active worker of an organization, " Kerala Sasthra Sahthya Parishath" which organise meetings, discussions, study classes, art forms etc. we had to stop these as well, since people could not move out.
In fact all these affected my mental setup. Now the meetings are organized at least on line.
These forced me to withdraw from all fronts, even interest for reading and writing took back seats.
Now I hope I can overcome my mental inertia slowly. ISC may may help me !!