Where have the parrots gone?2020 was a terrible year for me. Continuous panic-mongering by some television channels and news portals took a very heavy toll on me. More importantly, I lost my father. I could not attend his funeral as I was stuck in Delhi and he breathed his last in Kolkata. I was extremely depressed and locked myself within the rooms of my residence. Only in the evening, I used to go to the terrace. I used to feel all-encompassing silence (without mental peace). However, the silence was occasionally broken by the chirping of parrots. I watched thousands (yes, thousands) of parrots. The old mango tree just beside our residence was always full of parrots.
The terrible year ended. 2021 came. We somehow brought our very sick mother to our residence in Delhi. I started going to office. But, during the peak of second wave, three members of our family suffered from Corona. Very astonishingly but very fortunately, my very old mother escaped from this deadly disease. In that year also, I used to go to our terrace, and could see parrots. Instead of thousands, I used to notice hundreds of parrots.
2021 was a mixed bag for me. My mother left the world smilingly within a few seconds in presence of my daughter and my sister's daughter, while enjoying a popular television programme. Later my daughter left Delhi and went to Vadodara for higher studies.
Life has slowly started becoming normal in 2022. Although third wave of Omicron came in 2022, very fortunately it did not affect much. People now go out, drive vehicles, go to malls and have been trying to live a normal life.
Now, I go to our terrace only on holidays. The mango tree is now full of buds. The peculiar sweet smell comes out from the fallen mango buds. Everything seems to be normal.
But, this year I don't see any parrot. Not even a single one!
Where have the parrots gone in 2022?