1st August Saturday 2020
Bhuti went to Sonchoe to her clinic because she was alone today. I prepared lunch for three of us at home. Both of my girls enjoyed the dish I prepared. I responded to my students’ queries. Sonchoe and Bhuti came home in the evening. We had tea. In the evening, I prepared dinner for my family.
31st July Friday 2020
I went to drop Sonchoe and on the way I thought of taking the power adapter from the mobile shop. I didn’t get the adapter. So, I went to Dhashoe to do some shopping. I was able to get the thing I wanted to buy. I also felt relaxed because I didn’t have to attend the class for few days. Nevertheless, I had been preparing for my coming lesson.
30th July Thursday 2020
I went to drop Sonchoe at Mcleod.
29th July Wednesday 2020
I went to drop SOnchoe at Mcleod. After that I returned home. Was busy with household chores. I went to Mcleod to buy one switch. Soon, I came to know that SOnchoe was also coming from her clinic. So, I met her in the middle of the way. I visited few shops in Mcleod but I didn’t get the switch that I was looking for. I returned home.
It rained on the way and I got drenched. I spent my day responding to my students’ queries. I also had a good rest both physically as well as mentally. Today, India received 5 Raffales fire fighter. The entire news channels were covering the live visuals of the jet being welcomed at Ambala Air Base. It was a proud moment for the Indian Airforce.
28th July Tuesday 2020
Like yesterday, I got early in the morning. As soon as I got up from my bed, I quickly went through my slides to check if everything was good. Then I took breakfast with Sonchoe. At around 8:40, we went down and found the car waiting. It was a good ride till Mcleod. I dropped SOnchoe at Mcleod square and I went to Gangkyi.
My teaching also went so well. I was fully confident about my topic. So, I enjoyed teaching. When we were done with the teaching, suddenly heavy rain started pouring. There wasn’t anything we could do but to wait in the office till the rain subsided. While waiting in the corridor, we saw Sikyong coming to Tibet TV studio for his live session with the students. We greeted him and he congratulated us and said we were doing great.
After almost half an hour, the rain gradually subsided and we didn’t waste a single minute in moving towards our cars. I took my car and Genla took her car. So, I returned home safe and sound. I really felt relaxed reaching home because I had six days’ break before my next class would come. After having my lunch, I took a nap.
27th July Monday 2020
Today is my lesson day. I got up early in the morning and browsed through my slides quickly. Both Sonchoe and I had breakfast together because she would be going with me in the car. When we went down to wait for the car, there were two cars! There was some miscommunication among Sherig staff but for us, it was a great. My wife got lift. Reaching Gangkyi, as usual I got my temperature checked.
I went to Mentsekhang cafe for a hot cup of tea. Gen Nima of VOT was there, so we had a cup of tea. After that I went to the studio. My session went well and I felt glad. Then Gen Tenchoe la took her session. As such all our sessions went so well. It was a great and successful day for us.
After my Online teaching, I returned home. I had my lunch prepared by my gals. After lunch, I started preparing for my Tuesday lesson. The preparation went well because I stayed late into the night.
26th July Sunday 2020
I didn’t enjoy this Sunday because I had to prepared for my class the next day. SOnchoe was at home. We all had good food and good family time. By night time, I was fully done with my presentation. It gave me some kind of relief. I went to bed feeling fully secured.
25th July Saturday 2020
Today Yangdon accompanied Sonchoe to her clinic because she would be alone. They left at around 8:30 a.m. I had my breakfast along with them. In the morning, I prepared my Monday lesson which was on poetry reading. After that, I started preparing lunch. I made mix vegetable and Bhuti made roti. We all had a great lunch.
After lunch, I recorded my video for my classes. I didn’t teach any lesson but I gave them assignment where by they had been asked to either write an essay or do an oral presentation. I felt relieved after making the video.
Bhuti went to receive Yangdon and Sonchoe. So, after more than 45 minutes, they all came home fully exhausted. We had afternoon tea. After that, I started preparing dinner which was chilly mushroom. Gen Tenchoe la shared me her famous recipe. Actually, I was to prepared that dish for lunch but I didn’t receive the recipe on time. Anyways, I followed her recipe meticulously. And guess what! The dish came out so well. I shared the picture with genla and she gave me a big thumps up. All my family members liked the dish so much. I had been ordered in advance to prepare once more next time! Wow!
24th July Friday 2020
Today is Choekhor Duechen and it was off day for Sonchoe. So, we all got up late. I went for a walk around Dal lake. While taking walk there, I detoured towards football ground to get some mint plant. So, I returned home with few saplings of mint, which I planted in all the empty pots. We had a heavy breakfast. We thought of having a late lunch. So, I went to buy mutton. At around 3 pm, I started making mutton curry. It took me little more than an hour for the dish. But when I laid the dish on the table, it was gone within few minutes! Everybody liked the mutton curry and it was quite heavy.
In the night, we watched Dil Bechara, the last movie to the late actor Shushant Singh Rajput. The film was a remake of the famous English movie “Fault in the Sky”. I Enjoyed the movie and missed that young and energetic actor. It has been more than a month and still there was no CBI enquiry into his death mystery. His fans are asking for CBI enquiry and using the social media platform. They were working so hard and they were hell bent in giving justice to the late actor’s family. It was believed that he had not committed suicide but had been murdered. Hope he gets justice soon.
23rd July Thursday 2020
As usual, after my breakfast, I went to drop Sonchoe. Every day there were less and less people taking their morning walk. I could very well understand it was all because of the monsoon season. Everyday, I used to drop her at Dolma Chowk and then I would return. Sometimes, I used to buy vegetables and sometimes, I came empty handed.
Back home, I fiddled over computer and mobile but also kept in touch with my students and google classroom. There was His Holiness’ live teaching which had been going on since few days back. The students of Free Tibet unfurled a big banner from a building near temple road. After that I prepared lunch for four of us. Today, since there was Dal, I prepared yummy pakoras. It came out good and it was finger-licking. I got many thumps up for this delicacy.
I took a power nap. At 3:00 pm, I took my class. The class went went. I enjoyed the entire 60 minutes’ session with my student in Australia.
22nd July Wednesday 2020
I was feeling relaxed right from the morning because I didn’t have online class. I got up later than usual. After a quick breakfast, I went to drop Sonchoe. While returning, I brought few vegetables. Back home, I started attending to the assignments uploaded by my students. Majority of the time was spent with the students and my google classroom.
After that I started preparing lunch for four of us. We all had a great lunch. After lunch, everybody was busy with respective work. Bhuti had her classes which began few days back. Paldon was not with her class but she was busy helping her friend, who had started a new NGO. Wow! Yangdon was busy with her online class. I sat in the sitting room and kept myself busy with my lesson. Yes, I had been taking one online class on a request by one Rinpoche in Australia. I had been trying to manage all these lessons and would continue until problem cropped up.
21st July Tuesday 2020
As usual, I got up early in the morning and went through my slides before taking my breakfast. The breakfast was great. Sonchoe came with me in my car. She got down at Dolma Chowk. There were less people walking on the road today. On reaching Gangkyi, I did all the things I had been doing all these time. Today, there was National Geographic film make and she took video while I was teaching. I was not at all nervous facing two cameras because I was fully prepared.
Apart from the online live teaching, I also had to take care of my two classes i.e. class VIII and class IX. I shared my videos which was already recorded, in my google classroom. I really felt relieved after that. On top of that, I was done with the teaching for the week.
Fully contented, I returned home in the same car. In the car, Lobsang la, the driver and I discussed about our lives and our family members. Basically, everybody has so many similarities; the only thing is that we hardly share these important things. Anyways, we had a good chat. We finally bid good bye.
In the night, I had a restful sleep because I was relaxed both physically and mentally.
20th July Monday 2020
Today is Monday and I have a class to take. So, I got up earlier than usual. I had already prepared my lesson few days back and I was feeling very comfortable. Truly, if you are prepared well, then you feel very relaxed and confident. I felt it myself. As usual, the car came on time and I reached the studio well ahead of time. Whenever I went to the studio, I never missed registering myself at the Gangkyi gate where two staff members of the security department taking down the temperature. I always did that as a good citizen.
After my two sessions, I returned home in the same CTA car. I was all alone in that big car and every time, I was in that car, I didn’t feel comfortable but that was the protocol I must follow. That was the honorarium the Department of Education gave for taking online class.
I got a new neighbour. My class mate Thupten Dhargyal popularly known as Major shift to the room next to mine. Yes, we had become neighbours! Hope to be a good neighbour.
16th July Thursday 2020
Today I tried to be different from other days. I got up early in the morning and went for a morning walk with my daughter after so many months. I used to go for a morning walk but somehow it got discontinued because of so many factors, one of which was the lockdown, of course. Nevertheless, I was glad I resumed today. I hope to continue for some time provided that the rain does not come in between. So, Bhuti and I made a few rounds around Dal lake.
Back home, I had my breakfast. Then I went to drop Sonchoe at Mcleod square. Unlike other days, there were very few people taking a morning walk. After dropping her, I returned home. I had Tibetan butter tea and pancake. Then I did my work. Later I prepared lunch for three of us. In the meantime, Bhuti went to Mcleod because she had an appointment with her friend who was coming from TCV Suja. So, before preparing lunch, I went to drop her but in the middle of the way, It started raining. I had to leave her and she kept walking with others. I felt sad for her but that was what she told me to do. So, I returned home on my scooty in spite of the drizzling.
I interacted with one student who was in Australia. One of my ex-students requested me to give online English tuition a few days back. I could not turn down her request. So, this afternoon, I had a preliminary session with him. We had decided to start the class from tomorrow.
15th July Wednesday 2020
I got up lazily from my bed and there was a feeling of complete relaxation in my mind just because my two sessions for the week were over. After a quick breakfast, I went to drop Sonchoe at Mcleod. Sooner I left, sooner I returned. I devoted my time to my students online and responding to their never-ending queries.
The weather was good. So, I decided to go to deposit Yangdon’s LIC premium which was lying for months. SO, at around 11 am, I took my scooty and went to the office down there. There was a good arrangement at the office like hand sanitizer and temperature recording. I also felt secure in the office although there were many customers.
I finished my work after a little more than an hour, which was reasonable. I refilled my gas. Since it had seen so many days we didn’t have Pizza, I packed three regular size Pizzas for my daughters. When I reached home, the first thing we did was to attack the pizzas which were hot and yum. I felt glad for I was able to serve them Pizzas after a long time. Yah!
14th July Tuesday 2020
I got up early in the morning and got ready for my online class. Today was the last session of the week. As usual, the car reached on time and therefore I reached DIIR in time. I met Dawa, my childhood friend. He took me for a hot cup of Tibetan tea near Delek Hospital. After that I went to the studio. Everything went as usual. While I was there, there was something wrong with my video I shared in google drive. So, my students kept on sending messages. I was busy with my online class but I responded to them. Rigden la also helped me reduce the video size in the midst of his own engagement. He was busy collecting news bite about the historic cbse class 12 result of Tibetan schools. 20 Sikyong awardees!
After all my lessons, I returned home. My daughters had prepared a nice lunch, which I had hungrily. All I had down there was juice and Lassi. I felt relaxed after my lunch because my belly was full and also I had the next five days off. At 3 pm, I went to school Gompa as the Welfare committee needs some volunteers. There was a special prayer in the Gompa and I had already given some money and rituals done. They served me tea and later thukpa in the evening after the work was done. I felt glad I was able to give my hand.
In the night, I recorded my 2nd video for students of class VIII. I stayed late at night working on editing and uploading making sure everything was working. I had already faced trouble with my previous video. So, learning from my mistake I made this one better. Rest assured, I hit my bed.
13th July Monday 2020
Today is Monday and I have an online class. As usual, I went to DIIR and the lesson also went so well. I bought a few juice packs for all of us in the studio. As soon as I finished my lesson, I returned home. Sonchoe had not gone to her clinic because she worked on Sunday. So, we all had our lunch together.
After lunch, I started preparing for my next day’s lesson. Finally, late in the afternoon, I was finally able to complete all my slides. He had a nice dinner. Suddenly, we came to know about the class 12 result. It was an epic in the history of Tibetan history that, 20 students would be awarded the prestigious Sikyong Award! That was such good news for all especially Sikyong who started this award to encourage young students to score more.
12th July Sunday 2020
Today is Sunday. Although Sunday used to be off for Sonchoe, yet she went because her clinic was in the middle to shifting. I kept myself busy preparing my next day’s lesson. It was a good time to record my lessons for class 8 and 9. So, using the whiteboard which was brought from Sonchoe’s clinic, I recorded 3 lessons which was good for the week.
11th July Saturday 2020
Sonchoe went to her clinic. Bhuti also went with her to help her with the new clinic.
10th July Friday 2020
The whiteboard which had been brought from Sonchoe’s clinic was lying in the room idly. So, I fixed it on the wall temporarily. Not only that, but I also did a video lesson using the whiteboard. Guess what? The video turned out great. I would continue to use this board for my future lessons.
Throughout the day, the weather remained foggy but there was no downpour. I spent time responding to my students’ petty queries. I also shared the new syllabus in the WhatsApp group. I went to pick up Sonchoe. Today she came late because they were in the process of relocating their clinic. In a few days, their clinic would be in a new location, just a few blocks away from their previous location.
For dinner, we had thenthuk which went perfect with the monsoon night. It was yummy because we were having that after a long time.
9th July Thursday 2020
Today I got up late because I didn’t have to go to Gangkyi for online teaching. I did go to Mcleod to drop Sonchoe. When I returned home, I started working on my next lesson. I also update my record. I spent quite sometime responding to my students’ queries. The weather was cool but it didn’t rain. Bhuti and Yangdon went to Mcleod for some banking work.
In the meantime, I started cooking for all of us. When they reached home, I was able to serve them lunch on time. We all had a great lunch together. After lunch, I continued working on my lesson. I was able to prepare at least two lessons which were enough for the day. Around 4:30 pm, I went to receive Sonchoe from Mcleod. It didn’t rain on the way and we came slowly.
I had a good rest. Even though it is just an ordinary class yet it really gives us mental pressure too. So, when you don’t have an online class, you really feel relaxed. So, I felt completely relaxed today.
8th July Wednesday 2020
Today is Wednesday and CTA is closed because it is work from home day. Gen Tenchoe la and I missed one class owing to Trunkar celebration. So, we had to go to the studio for our online classes. Unlike other days, it was quiet around Gangkyi, neither was there the usual security staff checking temperature not were there many cars. The studio was open and there were four TTV staff members. As usual, all the four sessions went as per the schedule and we felt relieved.
After that, we were invited by Kalon for a lunch treat followed by a short meeting about the next week’s lessons. When we reached her home, she welcomed us and served us green tea. She and her cousin were busy preparing in the kitchen. Soon, the food was laid on the table. OMG! It was no less than a grand banquet. She had tried her best to make as grand as possible like our previous lunch many months back.
After the sumptuous lunch, we started working on our lessons. That discussion took little more than an hour and it was worth because we did planning for 3 weeks in consecutive. After that, I came home and Genla went to her home. On the way, I picked Sonchoe from her clinic.
In the evening, I checked all the students’ assignments. I kept a separate record book. I also checked how many students were responding and how many of them were still out of reach. I updated my record-keeping work. I went to sleep after finishing all.
7th July Tuesday 2020
Today I have an online class. I got up early in the morning so that I could do a quick review of the lessons. After breakfast, I went to wait for the car. Tsedup was waiting for me. In no time, the car came and we got in. Reaching DIIR, I got my temperature checked voluntarily at the main entrance. I got into the studio. As usual, the class went smoothly.
After finishing my two sessions of the day, I came back home. I had my lunch which had been prepared by my daughters. Then I started working on my next lesson, which was somewhat repetition. Nevertheless, I tried to incorporate some new inputs. I also took a short nap after that.
6th July Monday 2020: His Holiness’ 85th Birthday
Many many happy returns of the day, His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama! Wish you many more joyous birthdays! Today is His Holiness’ 85th birthday and today is the day every Tibetan, Buddhists and well-wishers across the globe wait for. I got up early in the morning; I did my ablutions and wished His Holiness happy birthday. After having a quick breakfast, I went to school Gompa for prayer and modest function. There were already so many of my colleagues. We sat in a circle and started our prayer. While the prayer was going on, we offered a scarf on His Holiness’ altar.
We had sangsol and uttered from the top of our voice “Victory to Tibet and victory to the Gods”. I helped the organizing committee in serving tea while other volunteers served sweet rice. After sweet rice, we had bread and chutney. It was a purposeful breakfast for all of us there and it was a great relief for many.
I returned home. We did our prayer in our new setting. After taking some rest, I went to Tashiling and Kyitseling area as per instruction given to clean up the fallen trees. There were so many of our members and volunteers. I gave my hand in that wholeheartedly. It took little more than an hour for the whole process. The lady staff over there served us tea and snacks. I really felt glad to see collaboration and cooperation. I made two trips to unload the wood near our kitchen. I returned home fully exhausted yet satisfied.
During lunchtime, we watched and listened to all the songs and videos shared on Facebook. Today was a very special day; everybody irrespective of age, nationality has something to offer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We had a special lunch accompanied with the live entertainment program going on in FaceBook.
5th July Sunday 2020
Today is Zamling Chesang. I got up early and went up to Gompa for the incense burning ceremony at 8 am. There were good number of people. After a very long time, it seemed everybody there enjoyed each other’s company. After the prayer, we had ceremonial sweet rice and tea. Everybody sat on the ground maintaining the social distancing to some extent.
After that, I came home. There wasn’t anything special at home. Sonchoe was having her off. We had lunch together. After lunch, they all started doing room settings. In the beginning, I was against their idea but I lent my hand. Finally, the new setting looked great. In the evening, we video chat with Acha and Amala. There were so many live video songs on social networking sites to wish His Holiness on his 85th birthday. That was a very good celebration in spite of this lockdown.
4th July Saturday 2020
Today is 4th July and Americans are celebrating today as their Independence Day. Usually, there used to be lots of celebration and public gathering all over some designated place but I wonder how that pomp and gaiety celebration would be due to this pandemic. Anyways, I remember celebrating 4th July once in Iowa State with my host family in the year 2010. Well, most of the nations have their own Independence Day and they celebrate their day with great pomp and show. I just wish our day come soon at least in my lifetime. I am very optimistic about this keeping in view the recent boycott movement towards Communist China by the world nation. In the meantime, for us Tibetans, His Holiness’ 85th birthday is round the corner and there was online preparation going on in full swing. We recently had our Amala’s Gayton celebrated online. This year was totally different.
Tomorrow is Zamling Chesang and I got a WhatsApp message in my COVID-19 group that there would be incense burning ceremony at school Gompa at 8 am. I noted it down and shared the announcement in my block WhatsApp group. My morning routine went normal as usual. I also prepared a sumptuous lunch for all three of us.
One of my friends shared this movie. The moment I got this link, I just clicked the link because I was hooked on by its title. Well, I really enjoyed watching the movie. It was a little more than 1 and a half hour but I completed the whole movie waiting for the moment where the word “Tashi” would fit in the movie. It was a really nice movie that carried a strong message of love, sacrifice, and family bonding. Well, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. As soon as I finished watching, I shared the link on my Facebook page.
3rd July Friday 2020 I went to drop Sonchoe at Mcleod. It was a lovely day without any downpour. As usual, there were people talking morning walk but the number of people had dropped due to the advent of monsoon. Sooner I went, sooner I returned. It started raining at around 11 am. We were all at home at that time. I worked on my presentation whenever I got time but I also kept in touch with my social network sites to watch funny videos and shares. I updated my bank-related work on my mobile.
2nd July Thursday 2020 Sonchoe left for the clinic on her on because the weather was good. I had my breakfast with her early morning. In the morning, I kept myself engaged in my class WhatsApp group. I also browsed the net and mentally prepared my Monday lessons. After that, I prepared a sumptuous lunch for all four of us. We completed whatever we had prepared. In the afternoon, it started raining. I cleaned the channel where there were so many kinds of stuff stuck yesterday.
1st July Wednesday 2020 Today is the first day of July! The month is going so fast and the year is almost finishing! Today we had a class-wise meeting called by the headmasters. The meeting was held in all the ICT classrooms of the senior section. Class VIII and IX group was in Math ICT. There were 6 of us. We chalked out our own time table in such a way that it would not be a burden on the student’s side. We all unanimously decided to give lesson twice a week. Before finalizing the time-table, we had a nice sharing of ideas based on our online teaching. It was a very free and candid discussion. After that, I returned home. I also visited all the ICT rooms and felt really blessed to have such art of state ICT rooms. I had also planned to use one for one of my online teachings. When I reached home, my girls had prepared lunch which I had lovingly. After lunch, I took a power nap. When I got up, it was raining heavily. And I stayed in the courtyard with a cup of hot tea and enjoyed the rain. There was no light but the good thing was that there was no storm. Today is Lhakar and the first week of July. As such, as a tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Yarkyi 2020, the annual cultural competition of TIPA will be shown live. Many of the people were delighted about this decision by TIPA.
30th June Tuesday 2020 Today is my 2nd day of teaching. As usual, I got up early. I reached there on time. The teaching went smoothly. And I really felt glad I had finished the two days of the week. So, we had done almost 16 sessions. I came back home and my children had prepared lunch. After lunch, we were called by our headmasters to get rid of some fallen trees. So, I went to the senior section and saw a big tree which had fallen on our storeroom and caused a great problem. There were almost all the male staff of the senior section along with other CoVID-19 members. It almost took 4 hours to finally finished that tree and put all the logs in the corridor. The COVID-19 group had arranged a good refreshment for all of us. Although the work was a lot, it seemed everybody enjoyed being together after a long time. We all worked sincerely and enjoyed the occasional gossips. Because of my engagement there, I could not receive Sonchoe from Mcleod.
29th June Monday 2020 Today is Monday and I should be doing 2nd time live English teaching. Having prepared all my lessons yesterday, I got up earlier than usual. I sought the blessings from my almighty. I had my breakfast with Sonchoe. She left earlier while I waited for the car. The car came and I reached on time in TTV studio. Because of the storm, there was a power failure in Gangkyi are but as far as TTV was concerned, they had good power back up and generator. Our lessons went smoothly as usual. Our teaching was on Writing Process and Paragraph writing. I also collected the suitcase of Kunga, which was left with his friend Tashi la. I brought it back home and contacted Kunga about the things in his suitcase. In the evening, I went to receive Sonchoe.
28th June Sunday 2020 Today is Sunday. Everybody got up a bit late. We had breakfast. After breakfast, Sonchoe and I went to Dhashoe for Sonchoe had to stitch one cloak to be worn in the clinic. It was our first time going to Dhashoe after more than 3 months. Unlike other days when we used to negotiate so many traffics at every corner, very few cars and bikes were seen plying. So, blessing or curse, the ride became very smooth. Surprisingly, there were so many people in the market; all had their mouths covered with a mask. Despite that, the market had lost its charm and vibrancy because of this pandemic. While Sonchoe was busy doing her shopping, I rushed to petrol pump and got refilled. We were finally done in one hour, something which never came before. Then we came back. On the way, we met Sonam who had brought his car. We stopped in the middle of the road and spent a good half an hour talking and sharing our updates. Suddenly, I started my scooty and returned home because I had an engagement. Back home, we prepared veg momo. It turned out yum. We had a great lunch. After lunch, I helped my genla with video editing. In the middle of the job, I had to attend another genla. So, I went. Three of us discussed for a little more than an hour. Then I came home. The day was very productive and I felt glad.
27th June Saturday 2020 Today is Saturday. Bhuti went with Sonchoe because Dr. Choekyi would not be there at the clinic. They packed their own lunch. After breakfast at around 9:40 am, I went to Mcleod to get a copy of some program. I was a bit early and so I just walked around the temple road. Then I got my thing. I also kept my adapter for repair. I returned home while halting at the clinic. I uploaded my write-up in my blog. I had been requested by our Principal to submit my write-up on 23rd and I got late. Nevertheless, since Ama Jetsun Pema la’s 80 years online Gayton celebration was going on, I uploaded it today. In the evening, I worked on my lesson. Unless we stop working ourselves on something, there is practically no final product as such. So, I worked on my presentation for some time and then I stopped. I prepared dinner.
26th June Friday 2020 I got a bit earlier than usual. I had my breakfast early with Sonchoe. After that, I went to drop her at Mcleod. As usual, there were so many people taking their morning walk through TCV and Mcleod road. People had become more health-conscious during this lockdown, which was great. I hope they would continue even after this lockdown. Back home, I worked on the video which had an issue with the compatibility. I finished everything and then I sent it to Sherig. At least, I had covered up my weekly portion. I had lesson on Monday and Tuesday but I could not concentrate much as of now. I took a bath in the afternoon. I took a cup of tea in my hand and enjoyed the surrounding for a while. The whole environment was covered with fog and there was a pin drop silence.
25th June Thursday 2020 Today I got up, had my breakfast. After that, I went to drop Sonchoe at Mcleod. It didn’t rain on the way luckily. When I came back, I went to TCV Gompa to return the leftover Pecha. Luckily I saw Gen Kusho la circumambulating. Before I handed over the Pecha to him, I also joined him in circumambulation. It was very peaceful and there was a holy atmosphere. There were also a few elderly people. I handed over the Pechas to Genla and came back home. The sky started filling with fog, which looked like a typical Dhasa monsoon. I prepared a very special lunch for all of us. The children enjoyed and I felt glad. You see there isn’t any other happiness other than seeing your children lovingly eating the food you eat! In the evening, I went to receive Sonchoe. I started working on my class IX lesson. In the night, I was able to record a whole lesson to be sent to Sherig. Later, I found there was a compatibility issue between my mobile and my old laptop. Nevertheless, I was able to sort it out. I left my laptop with the editing work throughout the night.
24th June Wednesday 2020 Today I got up little late because I didn’t have my live teaching. I took my breakfast lightly and went to drop Sonchoe. The road was wet because of the rain last night but luckily it didn’t rain on the way. I was feeling little relaxed as I would be off till Monday. Back home, our team had a conferencing on the phone regarding our next lesson. After almost one hour, we somehow got a clear picture. I prepared lunch, which was rice and gourd. I made the gourd in a different way; the children enjoyed the dish. The weather was foggy. I was wondering whether I should work on my lessons or not. I also had to sent video lesson to Sherig too. Finally, I made up my mind to relax and give time for myself for the time being.
23rd June Tuesday 20202 Today is the second day of my live teaching. I got up early as usual so that I would have to rush up things and mess up at the last minute. I was more confident this time. I went down and saw the driver waiting for me. Gen Tenchoe la was there in the studio. Both of us were more comfortable and relaxed today. We were able to start the teaching on time. Kalon was also there. Everything went so well. We were able to complete all the 4 sessions before lunch time. There was no lunch today. So, right after my last session, I looked for my driver and we drove home. My children thought I would take lunch down there but I had not. They made roti and stuffed it with vegetables. It was really yum. After lunch, I took a nap like yesterday. When I got up, Bhuti and Paldon had gone to receive Sonchoe. As soon as they returned we had, tea and snacks. Now that we were done with this week, I am feeling bit relaxed mentally. Our teaching would be in the next week.
22nd June Monday 2020 Today is Monday and Gen Tenchoe la and I have to give online teaching through Tibet TV. Since, it was my first time appearing for live teaching, there was a deep nervousness within me. I had been staying quite late reviewing the slides. I got up much earlier than usual and went through the slides for last minute altercation. I sought blessing from almighty. My family members were nervous too and they sent their good wishes. I left my home and saw the driver waiting. I reached much earlier in order to do some practice. Kalon came to give us moral support. It was my first time seeing the Tibet TV studio. I saw all the desk from where all the news were recorded. It was our first day and there was lots of technical issue because of which the schedule time was delayed from 10 to 10:45 am. Nevertheless, I felt glad we were able to relay the online lesson. Going live was totally different from the usual lesson recording that I used to do. Genla and myself successfully finished the four sessions, each session lasting more than 35 minutes. During lunch time, Kalon had ordered tiffin from Lha. It was a great blessing after having done two consecutive sessions. We discussed about the whole process while having lunch. After lunch, I returned home. It was bit humid and I was fully tired. Back home, my children congratulated me. They were equally nervous as I was. We all felt glad it went smoothly. I took a nap and it turned into a long nap; I missed receiving Sonchoe. I got up from my long nap. We had tea and some snacks. I started working on tomorrow’s lesson which was on Types of Sentences. It was bit easier since we were done with the first day.
21st June Sunday 2020 Today is Sunday. For me, I didn’t feel like it was Sunday despite the fact that everyday looked Sunday for us during the lockdown. There was a nervousness which was disturbing me right from within because I would be doing live teaching tomorrow. I was not done with the slides completely. New ideas and techniques kept popping and it was difficult to focus on one. Nevertheless, somehow I was able to finalize my slides and shared it with my ECDC team for suggestions. And yes, in the morning we had our family prayer after a long time. I really felt blessed. So many events fall on this day. It is Solstice, Father’s Day and one more event. It was in fact a good beginning for my online teaching. I went to bed bit early so that I could get up completely fresh for a smooth day.
20th June Saturday 2020 Sonchoe and Bhuti left to the clinic after having breakfast. The rest of us had a lazy breakfast. After breakfast, while they were busy with their respective work, I went to Gompa to return the manuscript. When I reached there, the caretaker was not there and the Gompa was locked. So, I just made few rounds and chat with those who were present. Gen Tseten la who was there volunteered to hand over the manuscript to our genla. I was relieved by genla. I returned to my home. In the afternoon, I prepared lunch. It was parantha and Dal. We all enjoyed the lunch. Kunga, my brother had reached London safely and sent me a picture of himself and Namgyal having breakfast. In the midst of all these trouble, he was able to travel back home safely and it was amazing. Sonchoe and Bhuti came home from the clinic. Gen Ngodup la was here for video editing. Suddenly, there was a torrential rainfall with hail. The weather became cold towards the evening. I could not wind up my Monday lesson.
19th June Friday 2020 Sonchoe left for her clinic. We had our breakfast late. I thought of going to Dashoe to renew Yangdon’s LIC policy but I quit. I spent majority of my time working on my lesson but no matter how much I tried, I could not finalize anything. We had rice and dal and vegetable. After lunch, I took a power nap. We got Tsok from Tenzin Gyalpo la. I felt guilty because I could not help him prepare Tsok yesterday. The rain stopped me from attending. In the evening I went to receive Sonchoe. The weather was not bad and we didn’t get wet on the way. After dinner, we watched VOA. In the middle of the show, we moved to News Nation where honorable Sikyong was speaking. After that he appeared in NDTV Sonia Singh’s show. I feel proud to see many of our people appearing in the major national TV channels. I wish Tibetan issue gets more publicity in the wake of this Galwan issue. In the night, our Covid_19 group was flooding with messages. I really had a tough time listening to all these audios which came one after another. It was all revolving around Tashi Ling. Nothing substantial came out. It was very disturbing.
18th June Thursday 2020 When I got up from my cozy bed, I found the weather looked bad. After having a cup of tea, I went to drop Sonchoe fearing it would rain any soon. Luckily, it didn’t rain till I reached home safely. I had my breakfast. After that, I started working on my lesson in google Docs. When I was bored in the process, I watched some videos on YouTube to freshen myself. My laptop battery was working well but it was not as good as a brand new whose power lasted long. Nevertheless, it was better than nothing. I would make sure it is not overcharged. It started raining in the afternoon and by that time, we had already eaten our lunch. Everybody was busy in their own small personal world. Now I was wondering how I would pick up Sonchoe if the rain didn’t stop around 5 pm. When the rain comes, there is a little peace of mind because of the less traffic and people on the road. The sound of the rain gives a soothing effect and the natural ambience around makes you so calm and sedated. I feel so lucky for the fact that people are literally boiling in the plains with mercury dripping in 40s! And here we are enjoying the cool weather. I am sitting next to my sitting room window while I am scribbling this. I send my eyes outside through the windows and see the entire vast sky covered with a white cloud through which both hail and droplets fall in thousands. The tiny leaves on trees are having a tough time battling this heavy droplets falling on them. The entire valley is resonating with the sound of thunder from the sky. These tiny hails fall on the wet concrete ground in great speed and scatter here and there. I see the tiny dyke behind my room overflowing and all the heap of garbage that has been depositing ever since unleashing and coming out uncontrolled. A small pool is formed in my backyard with small twigs dancing with the waves. The usual dogs which are found lingering around my room by this time are nowhere to be found in my vicinity. They must have managed to find a place to refuge. This is just a beginning; and we have 3 long months to go in such scenario.
17th June Wednesday 2020 Lhakar Sang! I went to drop Sonchoe in the morning and on my way back, I got my laptop memory from Jigme la. We both had a cup of tea at road corner. Later, Tashi joined and we were lost for more than 45 minutes in random local topics. After that I returned home.I replaced my laptop battery myself. I felt glad that I managed to do it myself. Hurrah! Back home, I worked on my online lesson to be given live on TTv on Monday. I could not do much today. Later, we had a simple lunch. In the evening, I went to receive Sonchoe. In the night, we did video chat with Amala, Acha and Kunga who were in Delhi. We all were glad to see all of them look healthy and enjoying their lassi. I came to know that Kunga would be flying back to London day after tomorrow. I am glad he would be with Namgyal after so many months.
16th June Tuesday 2020 Today is Tuesday. I was requested by our school Principal to join her google meet today at 10 am. We had our breakfast after which Sonchoe left as usual for her clinic. At 10, I attended the google meet along with 9 colleagues invited by her. We had that session for more than 45 minutes. She thanked us after that because it was one of her assignments given. I prepared lunch. We had our lunch at 1:20 pm. It was rice and mixed vegetable which we all finished completely. After lunch, Paldon and I watched “Herione” on Netflix. Bhuti and Yangdon watched “Three Idiot” on mobile. They locked themselves in the bedroom while we occupied our sitting room. For the next few hours, our home became two mini audis. Sonchoe called me to fetch her. I went to receive her. When she reached, we had our evening tea. After that, we watched “Kai Po Che” on Netflix because it was the debut film of the deceased. I thoroughly enjoyed both movies. It was my first time watching a movie on Netflix and secondly watching two movies at a stretch. I really could not guess where I got this sudden adrenalin! Wow!
15th June Monday 2020 I got a meeting of Sherig English Curriculum Development Committee(ECDC) at Sherig. So, I left with Sonchoe on my bike. I dropped her at Mcleod square and went to Gangkyi. As earlier, I got my temperature checked by the staff of the Security department. My temperature was 99. The meeting started at 9. Kalon, Gen Tenchoe, and I had our meeting in Kalon’s office. We planned our 8 week’s lessons based on the Curriculum we had made. We had a very successful brainstorming and we were halfway till lunchtime. Since there was no staff mess a month back because of the Covid-19 and the renovation work, the Educational council had arranged tiffin service from Lha NGO. We were surprised to see that tiffin service started by Lha and they have been providing this service to Gangkyi area and it came as a blessing for many of the staff there. I heard each tiffin was Rs.70/- and it was worth spending that amount because there were rice, dal, and mixed vegetable. We had a great lunch down in the office. We resumed after lunch. It was around 4 past when we were done. I went towards my scooty and started leaving but suddenly it started pouring. So, without braving the rain that I used to do earlier pre-Covid times, I took refuge in the driver’s office. I met Tsering la in whose car we went official tour to Dehradun. I stayed there chatting until the rain subsided. When the intensity of the rain decreased, I rode my scooty hoping to reach dry till Sonchoe’s clinic. Everything was bearable when suddenly the rain got worse somewhere near Jogiwara. I didn’t take any risk of getting drenched keeping in mind the present bad situation. I stopped my scooty and took my second refuge in the famous tea stall. Already there were 3 people stuck because of the rain. I got stuck there for more than an hour during which I had two cups of tea and offered two more cups to two more people. After more than an hour, the rain stopped and the sky started clearing up. I started leaving. I stopped at Sonchoe’s clinic and got a new clinical mask. Sonchoe said that she would come with Paldon, who had come there to meet her school friends. Luckily, I somehow reached home barely dry. Thank God! In the night, I created google Docs among Kungoe Kalon, Kungoe Cheme, Gen Tenchoe, and myself. I wrote a draft lesson.
14th June Sunday 2020 Today is Sunday. Ladies of my home had already planned a mountain trek with Nagsel and Choedon yesterday. So, they packed lunch and left at 9:30 am. I helped them in dropping one of their bags till Naddi. The weather was great and it was indeed a perfect time for hiking. While I was on my way to Naddi to drop the bag, I could see lots of Tibetans heading towards the mountain. I met them at Naddi turning, handed their bag, and wished them a good day. I returned home. Back home, I enjoyed my solitude. I spent half of the day watching youtube videos. I prepared myself a simple yet healthy lunch. I really felt peaceful after a very long time free from the usual hustle and bustle of my home. In the late afternoon, I started preparing rice and dal for early dinner. I knew this would come as a great start-up for them when they would come tired. They came home before the evening. They all unanimously said it was a great day. I felt glad to know they enjoyed it. They had met so many of our friends there. Apart from the good things they shared, there was one news that we all were on the same page. And that was the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput, the Chichori hero. We all were shocked to hear the news. This year is a great loss for the Bollywood fraternity. And so the rest of the night was spent on following the updates of him.
13th June Saturday 2020 Sonchoe left for her clinic. Since she was alone, Paldon went with her. The weather was great and I got up lazily from my bed. Three of us had breakfast. Yesterday we were Paldon, Yangdon and myself. Today we were Bhuti, Yangdon, and myself. After breakfast, we all got engaged in our own work. I worked on the unfinished gratitude message to Ama Jetsun Pema. Luckily, I gave it a final touch today. Soon, I would send it to our Principal. I prepared one video lesson for the coming week in advance. I prepared one poetry lesson and started recording in the afternoon. The process went smoothly till the uploading in my google drive. I would send it to Sherig next week so that my mandatory one video per week is done. These days due to so many unprecedented duties, I somehow missed many of my daily routines which have been running smoothly earlier. A few weeks back, I had been praying, exercising, reading, doing yoga, etc. I wish I could turn back the clock. I would definitely catch up with all those lost habits once everything gets to settle in the coming days. In the meantime, calls and messages are coming in from my students but all I could tell them was to wait and continue with whatever they were doing.
12th June Friday 2020 I got up early as usual. The weather looked nice. I had a good night’s sleep and a good rest. Sonchoe and Bhuti left for their respective engagements. We three were left. So, we had a lazy morning breakfast which was egg and bread. There wasn’t a special thing to do today except the regular contacting my students and addressing their never-ending queries. I started writing my small message to Ama Jetsun Pema la as requested by our Principal, which remained unfinished even now. I prepared lunch for three of us. They both liked the lunch I had prepared. In the afternoon, I watched some Youtube videos on online teaching and tried to get some ideas and inspirations. When I watched their videos, I could understand how much preparation they had done because I myself found it tough even to make one proper video on one lesson. This inculcate the aesthetic sense in me. Today I ordered a new battery for my Macbook. I hope it would reach on time and in proper order. Last time, I posted one presentation on youtube and shared it with my students. I never realized that my students would take it seriously and send their video presentation to me. Surprisingly, today one of my students sent me his video. When he told me she wanted to submit her presentation, for some time, I had to reflect on which assignment I gave. I felt so glad that there are students who always take their teacher’s words so seriously. I wish we have students like this! At 9 pm I watched a special interview of His Holiness the Dalai Lama given to Prannoy Roy of NDTv. The interview lasted for a little more than an hour without any commercial break. As usual, we stressed on the importance of developing a compassionate heart and cultivating collective positive karma. For those who have fear for everything, he quoted the 7th century Nalanda scholar Shantideva who said there was no use worrying for problems that had solutions and problems which had no solution. Well, I had a great time listening to him.
11th June Thursday 2020 Today I didn’t go anywhere except for petty shopping. Sonchoe went to the clinic but soon returned because there was a power cut in some parts of Mcleod and her clinic was in that part. The weather remained good and sunny throughout the day. I continued working on my WhatsApp group and inviting students. I worked on my video lesson because I didn’t want to be late this time. So, I recorded my lesson in the afternoon. SInce Sonchoe was here for lunch, we had a sumptuous lunch together. I really didn’t know how time passed! In the evening, after editing my video, I sent it immediately to sherig. I felt relieved. I was also wondering when I would be able to teach my own students either through whatsApp or google classroom. Right now, we were having a problem connecting with our students.
10th June Wednesday 2020 Today there was a meeting of class VIII and IX subject teachers. So, after having my breakfast and dropping Sonchoe, I went to the meeting. The meeting was held in the senior staff room and there were all teachers of class 8 and 9. Well, it was kind of strange feeling after visiting this room after nearly 2 months! The headmasters made their announcements and told us to sort out the contact number of students and form groups. They also asked us individually about our online teachings. While we were busy working with students’ WhatsApp and numbers, the heavy downpour delayed our exit. Nevertheless, Topgyal la and Dorji la served us hot tea and water. It was around 2 when I got back home. We all felt glad we did something great! Back home, after my lunch, I kept myself busy connecting to my students. I had to sort out their numbers one by one and put them in their respective sections. It was very tedious work but I didn’t give up. Towards the evening, I had sorted out almost all the students I had in my list. I went to receive Sonchoe. In the evening, I had a google meet with our EDC members where we discussed the coming live English online class. The meeting lasted for a little more than an hour. I was fully exhausted and went to bed quite early.
9th June Tuesday 2020 Today is Tuesday. I dropped Sonchoe at Mcleod and I went to attend to Sherig for a meeting. We were three including Education Kalon. Kalon said that she would be starting a 2 month online English teaching for secondary classes based on the new curriculum drafted. She told us that we would be doing a zoom conference tomorrow with Kungoe Cheme Nuba la who is based in USA. It was good to be in the Sherig office after more than two months and meeting the staff there. All of the staff were attending the duty as usual. After the meeting, I came back home with a brief halt at Sonchoe clinic. There were considerable people in Mcleod town but most of the shops were closed. Nangsel and Choedon came home to meet my daughters. We had a simple lunch together. After lunch, I took a nap and it was a great energizer for me. Yangdon served me tea when I got up from my nap. I rode my scooter to receive Sonchoe. We would be having a meeting tomorrow at 10 am in the staff room. The meeting would be attended by all subject teachers of class VIII and IX in the first slot. We would be sharing our experiences, online teaching, and future plans during the meeting.
8th June Monday 2020 Today is Monday. Sonchoe went to her clinic. I got a Covid-19 group meeting in Dekyi Tsering hall at 10 a.m. So, I went up before 10. Only when I reached near the school kitchen did I know that today was the grocery day! Anyways, I went straight to the hall and luckily there were other members present. The meeting lasted for a little more than an hour. everything was same as the minutes circulated in our WhatsApp group. Both the school Director and the General Secretary reiterated the important role the group leaders had to take especially during this hour. I came back home after that. Paldon and Bhuti had already left. Yangdon served me tea. For lunch, there were only two of us. So, Yangdon prepared roti. We had a light lunch. It started raining right after our lunch but it was slow and steady rain and not the typical monsoon rain which would come with lots of wind and noise. Gen Tsedolma la, Gen Zima la and I selected the final essay of class 9 and 10. We all got a few essays from our children. We were kept busy for some time in this selection. I also got a call from Sherig to attend a meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m which I consented and was obliged.
7th June Sunday 2020 Today is Sunday and I realized only later. Anyways this was not a big deal these days whether it is Sunday or not. We had a late breakfast and that too porridge. There was His Holiness’ interaction with southeast Asian students online and we listened to that. Later I started doing the preparation for our lunch because I wanted to have early lunch. I was able to give food to some of our dogs here. I didn’t know there was Irfan Khan’s movie Angrezi Medium on Star Gold channel. When I knew about this from my brother, it was around 2:20 pm and the majority of the film was over. Nevertheless, we were able to watch the ending part which made us feel glad at least. Bhuti went for walk with her friend who was staying in TashiLing. There was rainfall around 4:45 pm. We collected our clothes which were left drying. Bhuti and her friend must be taking refuge somewhere because they had not carried any umbrella. Paldon was to send her merchandise tomorrow. So, while she and Bhuti were ironing the shirt which was to be couriered tomorrow, they burned a part of the shirt due to maladjustment of the iron. What an unfortunate incident!
6th June Saturday 2020 Today Sonchoe was asked to go to the clinic. So, I knew my bike had a flat tyre. I tried to look for some temporary air pump at the garage near PNB Atm but he didn’t have. Without losing my attempt, I called Sonchoe and rode to Forsyth Ganj which was the nearest mechanic shop. As soon as I reached, I told the mechanic to fill my tyre temporarily without any dismantling because I had to make sure Sonchoe reached her clinic on time after which I had the entire day to repair my tyre. He did as told. I dropped her till Mcleod chowk and returned to the mechanic without any delay otherwise I would get a flat tyre. When I reached the garage, there was a pick-up which also had a flat tyre. I waited for my turn patiently. Soon, my turn came and he repaired my tyre professionally. As soon as my tyre was done, I went directly to Gompa to get manuscripts for our block. When I reached home, without losing much time, I distributed among my colleagues. There was no water. The whole WhiteHouse was without water. Every inmate was worried about how long one had to stay without water because we had the largest number of family members in this block. After enquiring here and there, I was told that there was a major problem in the main reservoir and the work was going on there. We all felt glad at least some work was going on there. I started reading my share of the manuscript which had to read 113 times symbolizing His Holiness’ longevity of life till 113. Around 1:30, I prepared lunch for all four of us because Sonchoe would be having her own lunch in the clinic. Paldon was excited about her new project. It seemed she was getting customers for her online thrift shop. She was busy posting the picture of items on her Instagram of course with full support from Bhuti and Yangdon. Around 4:30, I went to Mcleod to receive Sonchoe. The weather was okay and it didn’t rain on the way. In the evening, the water came and it was a great blessing for all the inmates of our block. We had a light dinner like any other day.
5th June Friday 2020 Today is 15th Day of Saka Dawa, a very auspicious day of this month. In the morning, we got the special prayer session with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on TV. He reiterated the importance of cultivating Boddhisatva or genuine compassion. His teaching began at 9 and finished at 9:35 am. It was his third appearance during this lockdown and it came as a blessing for everyone when he said he would be with us for the next 20 to 25 years. Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The only person we can rely on or take refuge is you. So, please stay as long as possible. In the afternoon, I went to school Gompa where there was Tsog going on. I missed the prayer but I went there to offer money to the hermits on behalf of Sonchoe’s deceased relative. The prayer for the deceased went so well. I came down with my own share of tsog which was given to me by the cultural committee. As soon as I reached home, Gen Sonam Gyalpo la told me to come to Gompa to get the tsog share of White house members. So, Bhuti and Paldon helped me despite the rain which was gradually pouring in. As soon as we reached Gompa, rain poured in heavily. There were others too. We all stayed inside the Gompa and they served us hot tea which came as a blessing. When the rain stopped, Gen Tenchoe la dropped us in her car. Then I started distributing helped by Bhuti. Sonchoe and Bhuti went to Mcleod for Lingkor and giving alms for the beggars in spite of the poor weather. I didn’t stop them because my daughter Bhuti had to give alms as per some prophecy. Paldon and Yangdon were reading scriptures in the bedroom. I could hear the children playing outside in this cold wet evening.
4th June Thursday 2020 Today, I received a message in our online sherig group. They had shown the number of videos we had uploaded. I had missed two weeks. So, first of all, I decided to send at least one video before the evening. So, the first thing I did was, I prepared my lesson and recorded the lesson as quick as I could. The lesson went successfully and I felt glad. In the afternoon, without delaying further, I sent the video to Sherig. In the afternoon, I spent majority of my time reading the scriptures which were due. My daughter has started a new online second-hand sale on Instagram. All three of them were excited and doing something in the bedroom. They were taking pictures of the worn-out clothes and sharing them on Paldon’s Instagram. They were all happy when people enquired about their clothes. Paldon got that idea from one of her friends who had also initiated this project. I knew everything but I didn’t stop them from carrying on what they were all engrossed in for the time being. I knew for sure that, their interest and passion would not last long coz I have been seeing them since childhood. Anyways I felt good to see them excited.
3rd June Wednesday 2020 Today I got up early. As planned before, we went to that small hill above TCV Boy’s hostel for incense burning ceremony. It was our second time, the first being a few days back when we went to distribute food items to hermits there. Unlike the previous trip, this was much more comfortable because the only thing we had with us was the breakfast items. As soon as we reached atop, we set fire and collected Juniper leaves. We then prayed for little more than half an hour. Another group also came to do their own prayer. After the prayer and incense burning, we had our breakfast. All our members had prepared a delicious breakfast. We all enjoyed ourselves a lot. I for sure enjoyed a lot. I saw all my girls satisfied, and that was everything for me. While coming down, we detoured and enjoyed the entire route through the jungle. When we reached home, our school health staff came to check our temperature. We were all having a normal temperature.
2nd June Tuesday 2020 Today is the second day of the Unlock 1.0. It seemed the life had once again come back steadily. There were sounds of people and vehicles moving to and fro. After my breakfast, I went to elderly people’s home to give my helping hand in the ritual ceremony. As usual, there were so many of my colleagues and outsiders. Most of the elder members served us tea. Like the previous ritual, we made Tsog and Tsog packages. Most of them were experts in their respective work. After finishing that, we had the lunch prepared by Gen Dhargyal la family. Everything went so fast and in proper order. I left for my home after having lunch. The weather was poor the whole day but there was no rain luckily. Back home, I thought of doing one lesson but in the wake of all these prayers and small errands, it was quite difficult to focus on my teaching. If I uploaded many lessons, some of the students who are far away would be overwhelmed. Till now, I had already 11 videos in Sherig Youtube channel.
1st June Monday 2020 Today is the first day of June and the start of the unlock 1.0. Today is also my birthday; the one given by my school because my parents were illiterate and didn’t know when I was born. This is true for people of my generation whose parents were mostly illiterate. I had no complain at all and I had been observing this day as my official birth date. Early in the morning at 7 am Sonchoe, Bhuti, Paldon, and myself went for Lingkor. I felt glad to see many people in the Lingkor owing to the 10th day of Saka Dawa. My hair had grown so long and as such I had a hair cut on my way home. We came back home walking through the forest. It was a great walk which we all enjoyed. In the afternoon, I went to school Gompa to clean. There were volunteers from my block. We all enjoyed cleaning the walls and the ceiling of Gompa which had turned black because of butter lamp offering. The Welfare members served us tea and juice. After almost 2 hours, we all returned home. Back home, Sonchoe and my children had arranged a modest ceremony with homemade carrot cake. They presented a handmade card. I felt so blessed to have them in my life. My mother and siblings also wished me on my birthday. I thanked them. I also thanked those who wished me on Facebook. I also read scripture. In nutshell, my birthday in this Lockdown was far better than previous birthdays. I normally don’t celebrate my birthday but my family always arranges surprise modest celebration. I am officially 51 years now. May almighty keep me healthy and fit so that I can serve others more. Thank you all. Keep showering your love and blessings like this. I will never hurt anyone intentionally and on the contrary, I will try my best to be of some help for others. Wish me good luck!
31st May Sunday 2020 Today is the last day of May! Time went so fast and we had reached half of 2020 without doing much! It was announced that the Lockdown would gradually open from June and in phase manner. In the last phase malls, swimming, etc would be opened. I am sure life would be back once again of course with a new change this time. Although the shops and markets would be opened yet the schools and educational institutions would be opened only in the month of July. After late breakfast, I went to Gompa to return the manuscript ready by my block. Like the previous day, there were some of my colleagues working there; some painting; others in gompa kitchen. I made three rounds of Gompa. I got a cup of hot tea there. After spending some time there, I came back with some scriptures to be distributed among my block. I took some rest in my room. Gen Sonam Gyalpo la came to get the scriptures and distributed among my block. It rained for almost half of the day and everybody was put inside the room. I started reading our personal Gaytong Pecha.
30th May Saturday 2020 I got up early and turned on our laptop for His Holiness’ online empowerment. My family placed our laptop on the TV table and watched the entire teaching. We were blessed to receive His teaching. After that, I went to Gompa to return the manuscripts. Some of my colleagues were painting the stupa. Some of them were helping the caretaker of Gompa. I made three rounds around our school Gompa. I had to be very careful on my way to Gompa because there were few dogs which bit especially when the entire place was quiet. Back home, I kept reading my scripture. Although I could not understand much about what I was reading but the thought that I was at least uttering holy words while reading kept me going. In the evening Gen Tenchoe came and told us that we would be going to Behind Two Mountains. We agreed and decided to leave early morning provided the weather was good. We had also decided what packed food to be arranged by each family.
29th May Friday 2020 Today I got up early and did my ablution. We had Tsampa for breakfast. We turned our laptop and got a glimpse of His Holiness the Dalai Lama busy doing preliminary prayer for the online Chenredze empowerment. The actual teaching started at 8:45 am. It was the second time His Holiness did online teaching during this long lockdown. And it came as a blessing for thousands of his followers especially Tibetans all over the world. He talked about the importance of developing a compassionate heart in this fast world. He also told us about his four missions. We paid obeisance to him and listened obediently throughout the session which lasted for more than an hour. I really felt good to see him fit and fine. We are nothing without him and I used to tell this to my children so that they would forever feel grateful to him. Today was the initiation of the empowerment. He would give the main empowerment tomorrow. After teaching, I spent most of my time reading the scriptures. Gen Minchung la group had finished reading and he came to return the manuscript. In the meantime, I finished my share and it gave me lots of achievement. Gen Sonam Gyalpo la came and I was able to submit the donations I had collected for Saka Dawa and Gompa renovation. Our block in the meantime received another manuscript from our school Gompa. I opened the manuscript and kept reading. I also let my family members join me like before. The more I read, there would be less portion for my colleagues who would be busy with their small children or their personal manuscripts which they had already started reading. Gradually some of my colleagues came one by one to take their share without any problem. I really felt great to see this cooperation and unity. I am sure with this kind of understanding, nothing is impossible in this world. We all need such kind of cooperation and willingness no matter what the task we have before us. Within a few minutes, the thick volume of the manuscript went down. Together we can and we will! Tomorrow I would have to go to gompa to return the two volumes of manuscripts read by our block. Today was a great day for me and I would sleep peacefully thinking about compassion and love for all.
28th May Thursday 2020 Today I went to McLeod Ganj to withdraw some money sent by one of my family friends. When I got the money, I bought 5 packet dalda for the butter lamp offering. Towards the afternoon, suddenly the weather got worse and there was a downpour. Thank God we were all locked inside our home. The light was erratic but there was the full water supply. My share of the manuscript was about to complete and also I had finished collecting donations from my block. I was planning to submit both tomorrow.
27th May Wednesday 2020 Today is Lhakar. Our group was to climb the small hill above TCV boy’s hostel to distribute some essential stuff for the hermits there. As planned, I got up at 6 am and unlawfully went to Mcleod to buy one score of sweet bhaglep. Faster I left, faster I returned. There were people taking their morning walks along the TCV and Mcleod stretch. There were people from all ages; some of whom had their pet dogs with. I enjoyed the cool and innocent breeze. And yes, before going, I already had a quick Chamdhu which was laid on my table by my wife Sonchoe. Then Sonchoe, Bhuti, Paldon, and myself went to Gen Tencho’s family and together climbed the long steps to our main meeting zone, Gen Nordon’s room where all the stuff were kept. By the time, we reached there, all the other members were waiting for us. It was 7 am, the perfect time for the great climb. They distributed the packages (each more than 2 kilograms). Each of the members (11 adults) got 3 packages in our rug sacks; almost 10 kgs. Finally, we left taking home no 10 route in a straight line. Since, we were carrying huge bags on our back and mouth fully covered with a mask, it was not surprising to see the packs of dogs barking but none bit us. We had a Bluetooth speaker from which came the songs that all of us could relate to without any generation gap. It was not at all an easy task to climb that small hill overburdened with 10 kg stuff on our back. Nevertheless, climbing in small strides and the occasional rest didn’t make us feel that troublesome. Soon we reached at the main gompa. We were welcomed by the hermit leader. Then we unloaded all our stuff and we felt relieved to be able to get rid of our 10 kgs! LOL! Then we went to visit the two stupas there. And that was pretty easy coz we all had our heavy stuff taken off by then. We even took some snaps. We also met some people; some going up and some coming down. We greeted each other. Many of us who had been to Rewalsar said that the place resembled Rewalsar. While coming down, we stopped somewhere and prayed. After our prayer, which was done by Gen Dorji la, we had our breakfast, which was already packed with us. Tenchoe and her daughter left earlier for some important work. Gradually, we started descending and passed through the boy’s hostel. I had a glimpse of my hostel and a sudden flashback of my school life appeared. I also showed my room to my daughters on the way. At Dal lake square, the group separated. We bid each other goodbyes and thanked one another. Our neighbor Amala was shifting her room. So, without going back to my room, I stayed down there and helped them carry and load the stuff. Everything was done in almost one hour. Then I got into my room at last. I freshened up myself and took a good rest. I felt glad that half of my day went so successfully.
26th May Tuesday 2020 I got up fully relaxed and energized since I went to bed early last night. After my breakfast, I went to my block members door to door to collect donations for Saka Dawa Tsog. Gen Lhazom la served me hot butter tea and that was refreshing. It was not easy to go door to door to ask for donation especially in the morning hour but I had to because of the dateline. I was left with the other staff quarter where there were few of my colleagues. I left them for some other day. I read some pages from the scriptures. There was a reminder from the Gompa to speed up the scripture reading and I passed the request in our block whatsapp. We had been already told that water supply would stop but for two days the supply was as good as before. We had also thought of cleaning our water tanks during that time. There were rumours that HP would extend its lockdown till 30th June. Now how reliable that news was, I had no idea. Hope the lockdown would get over and business people would go on their regular businesses.
25th May Monday 2020 Today is Monday. Early in the morning I went to attend the funeral pyre of one of my friends, whose uncle had passed away. There were two funeral pyres going on. After that, Sonchoe, Paldon and myself walked all the way from home to Gangkyi to see off bro Kunga, who was leaving to Delhi. At the entrance of Gangkyi CTA, we were screened by two of the Security staff. They noted our temperature and details. We had a small tour of Kunga’s room. We had a cup of tea and got enough good rest down there. Then we see off him and his friend Tashi Thakchoe la was there too. We came back fully exhausted. In the afternoon, I went with Gen Tenchoe la to pack Tsampa and tea hampers to be distributed among hermits in few days. Formerly, I was not in their list but later I joined this drive (inited by three households) to distribute daily essentials to hermits. I thought to myself: why not join in this noble deed! In gen Nordon’s house, we assembled and noted more items in the gift hamper over a hot cup of tea, which was served by the host family. They had finally decided to do the remaining shopping tomorrow. I also read holy scriptures whenever time permitted. Some of my floor members came to get more scriptures. Everything was going well. I missed my grocery shopping at school kitchen. Luckily Bhuti and Yangdon had done the necessary shopping in our absence. In the meantime, Kunga had safely reached home and he had also posted one photo of himself with Amala and Acha. He had also shared a post on his Facebook, explaining in details what happened throughout his journey for those who also had a travel plan from Dharamsala in the coming days. I went to sleep earlier than usual because I was fully exhausted.
24th May Sunday 2020 Today is the second day of Saka Dawa. My first day went so well. As I had been told by my Welfare Chairperson yesterday, I got up early, had Chamdu, and went straight to the school temple. I went through the school basketball ground. It was all quiet and had a deserted look. Actually by this time there used to be lots of sounds from happy children pre lockdown days. It gave me a sad feeling. Nevertheless, I went to the temple in long strides. There were some of our members taking rounds. I didn’t fail to join them. When everybody assembled, we were told to take around 38 manuscripts to the hermits. We left the temple,; each holding one holy script on the shoulder and moved in line led by our Philosopher teacher and Director while strictly maintaining proper social distancing. It was my first time (after 30 years) climbing the small hill above our boy’s hostel. I saw my L block, where I had spent a year during class XI. So many memories of my school days popped up in my mind. The place was so peaceful, despite the hot scorching sun above us, the cool innocent breeze wiped out all our sweats and the typical smell and the sound of the forest accompanied us throughout our walk up to the hermits’ place. There were around 38 hermits staying around TCV hill. From the leader, we came to know that few of them were sick and few had vision problems. Nevertheless, accompanied by this genla, we went door to door and gave the holy script and tea hamper. I got to see all the hermits place and it was an ideal place for ascetic life and meditation because of the quietness and peacefulness. I also got to know the estate of TCV organization. By the time we reached the temple after distributing the holy scripts, it was around 12 already. We were welcomed with tea by the welfare and cultural committee members. After that, I came back with Gen Tenchoe carrying our share of holy scriptures to be distributed among our block members. Gen Tenchoe la helped me distribute these holy scriptures to the four floors. I took a good rest at home.
23rd May Saturday 2020 (SAKA DAWA) Today is Saka Dawa, the holy month of Buddhist when everything; both positive and negative deeds doubles. Buddhists all over the world observe this month very auspicious because it is the month when 3 important events of Lord Buddha’s life occurred i.e. his birth, his Buddhahood, and finally his death. After breakfast, we had our usual prayer. I prayed and solemnly offered my pledge to be better than yesterday. The sun was shining brightly which reminded us of our hot summer’s day. So, Sonchoe and Bhuti built a makeshift sunshade just outside our home. It turned out so welcoming that my three daughters remained there till we called them for lunch. They all kept themselves busy with their own online classes while nursing their own cup of hot water. While they were outside, I opened up my holy scripture (Gay Tongpa) as promised earlier and started reading it. I read it continuously for an hour and reached only page number 50 of the holy manuscript. I took a break and did some stretching because of this long lotus position. After that, I tried for the second round; another 50 pages. The whole manuscript was a series of dialogues between Buddha and his disciples. Wow! Learning was taking place through dialogue and questioning in Buddha’s time. It never used to be boring. Buddha also believed like many great philosophers who proposed this system of teaching. Although, I could not understand much what I was reading, yet I enjoyed each and every moment imagining myself in the midst of their conversation. And on top of this, I was at least uttering all the holy and precious words from my mouth on this auspicious day! What more can I ask! After completing my two rounds of 50 pages each, I started preparing lunch which was the famous rice and dal. It turned out yummy. We all gladly had that along with salad and chips. Chips blended well with rice and dal and that’s what we did! I went for the third round. Unfortunately, my stomach was full and I could not proceed beyond 25 pages and hence I stopped it for today. The first day of this holy month went satisfactorily and as per I had planned.
22nd May Friday 2020 Today is Friday. I got up late in spite of the good summer sun which would appear early in the morning. We had a late breakfast because we had prepared Rajma and Tingmo, which was considered a heavy meal. Whenever we had such late breakfast, it used to be a heavy meal and we treated it was a brunch. In fact during this lockdown, there was total chaos in our regular mealtime. And I am sure this is true for most of the households. Tomorrow is the first day of our holy month, Saka Dawa. I had already planned to read the holy script. I also decided to cultivate as many positive deeds as I could and drive away some of my negativity. If not for this lockdown, there would be mass scripture reading in our school. I am sure everybody would be reading the holy scriptures in their respective houses. These days, every day I used to interact with at least a few of my students and it feels good. I am just waiting to start this Saka Dawa with positivity.
21st May Thursday 2020 Today is Thursday. We are left with just two days for our holy Saka Dawa, an auspicious Buddhist month when we quit eating meat and cultivate as many Nobel deeds as we can. Just a few days back, I had thought of having Mutton curry before the month of Saka Dawa began. So, I bought a kilo of mutton from the nearby shop and fulfilled my long wish. Throughout this long lockdown, we just had chicken meal twice and rest we had a vegetarian dish and I felt great! Not just myself but my entire family members. So, today Banta hai Mutton Curry! After our daily routine, I checked the youtube video recipe for Mutton curry. I decided to serve my family a finger-licking mutton curry and so I started my long process. My wife and daughters were busy in their own work in the bedroom. I marinated the chopped mutton and kept aside a handsome portion for the hungry dogs around. In the meantime, I followed each and every step shown in the video. The whole process took a little more than an hour! And finally, it was right there on our table. The aroma of the mutton curry filled my entire room and everybody was eagerly waiting for this. To my satisfaction, everybody enjoyed it. The dish which took me more than an hour was gone in a few minutes. We ate to the last scoop, not even sparing the last drop from the pressure cooker. Just felt great and this would be our last Non-veg dish pre-Saka Dawa. Not only us, but even the dogs also got their mutton and rice cooked especially for them alongside. In the afternoon, I prepared one video lesson on “Types of Clauses”. The video turned out well and I felt satisfied after editing the video. This time Yangdon helped me. She had to remain before the camera for more than half an hour and silently absorbing my tantrum. My Paldon got so used to my tantrum and impatience that she used to turn a dear ear to all the things I used to say during the recording. I must thank them.
20th May Wednesday 2020 Today is Lhakar. We had Tsampa for breakfast. After that, Gen Ngodup and I worked on video editing. It took almost an hour. In the meantime, I sent my previous video to Sherig. Sonchoe and Bhuti washed the big floor mattress in our bathroom. We had veg momo for lunch and it was yum. I had been busy interacting with my students in WhatsApp and I felt great interacting with them. Students were submitting their writing assignment I had given in google classroom. I went through each and every student’s work. I took a hot shower in the afternoon. I prepared my lesson for tomorrow.
19th May Tuesday 2020 Today is the second day of Lockdown 4.0. It seemed there was a bit leniency around because I could hear more sounds coming from the road below. Despite that, Sonchoe stayed home and didn’t go to the clinic. In the afternoon, I recorded one video lesson on Clauses and in the evening I edited it.
18th May Monday 2020 Today is Monday and is the first day of Lockdown 4.0. Sonchoe didn’t go to the clinic on my advice. I told her to quit going till 31st May when the actual lockdown would open officially. Since last night, there were different rules and regulations regarding Lockdown 4.0 and states had been told to decide their own red, orange, and green zones. Here in Dharamsala, the essential shops remained open till 2 pm. One of the shop keepers said that all shops would be opened from tomorrow till 5 pm. Today I didn’t go to buy anything from our school kitchen. We had enough food and then we could buy from the shops next to our block. One good news was that His Holiness would give online teaching for two days i.e. 30th and 31st May. I had received some assignments from my students. I really felt good to see all of them doing their best and keeping in touch with their subjects in their own capacity. I didn’t teach anything in Whatsapp group I had created. I just share and advise them occasionally. I really wonder how the exit phase would be from 31st May! The weather was somewhat cloudy! I could hear sounds from vehicles playing up and down.
17th May Sunday 2020 Today is Sunday and there was no such joy and happiness that we used to have every Sunday pre quarantine days. It seemed there was only one day in the whole week and that is Sunday. Oh yes, Monday: and that is because we would get our grocery shopping done from our school kitchen. Except for this, all other days were the same for the time being, whether it was Sunday or Monday, all we used to do was to stay indoor. This morning, I watched His Holiness’ live teaching and it was such a blessing and soothing balm for all those who were a bit worried about this pandemic. He told us to be calm but take every precaution and worrying would not solve the problem we are facing at the moment. The sun was not that hot, despite that, it was right there in the sky. We had channa and tingmo for breakfast. These days, mealtime was coming very fast, it looked. We are lucky to be enjoying our meals on time. Sadly or unfortunately, there were still people especially the migrants facing problems heading back to their villages. Somehow, it seemed they were determined to return to their home villages despite the government’s request to stay wherever they were! They too had their own stories and it was difficult to judge who was right or who was wrong. I could truly feel how difficult it was for those on the helms to run the country. I only wish for a smooth transition everywhere. In the meantime, the number of YouTubers had increased drastically during this lockdown period. I watched many of the young Tibetan vloggers. Some of them had very good viewership and good content too. They had also encouraged many young ones to start their own vlogs, which would be an ideal platform to learn by doing. Today is the last day of Lockdown 3.0. As announced earlier by the PM about Lockdown 4.0, in the evening the government extended the lockdown by 2 more weeks. So, the Lockdown 4.0 would begin from tomorrow but with a little new twist. The central government had given the onus to the respective state governments. One thing was sure, all the schools, colleges and universities would remain closed until further notice.
16th May Saturday 2020 Today was a sunny day. Sonam and Bhuti went to the clinic. There were few colleagues washing their mattresses outside. We had already done the washing. In the morning, there was His Holiness live cast which I watched. I felt great seeing him fit and healthy and felt great to hear his teaching after a long time. Millions have watched him online. Although it was less than an hour it came as a blessing for many. He would continue tomorrow same time. Towards the afternoon, I helped genla till Forsyth ganj and back. There were quite a number of people and vehicles on the road. I recorded one video lesson and sent it.
15th May Friday 2020 Today is Friday. Everything went as usual. In the morning while we were doing our daily prayer, my brother called and gave us chicken. We made the chicken for lunch and it was quite a heavy lunch especially when we didn’t have much strenuous work. As usual, I went to receive Sonchoe who had left clinic around 1:30 pm.
14th May 2020 Sonam went to the clinic on foot because there were people going up and down in the morning. So, I stayed back with the children. Nimdol had given us her homemade bread when I was in my bed. We had her bread and it was soft and yum. After our daily routine, I recorded one lesson from the Moments textbook and sent it to sherig for uploading. At around 1 pm, I went to receive Sonam as usual. I had a busy day interacting with my students regarding my google classroom and WhatsApp group. The weather was not good. It was cold and wet. Gen Sonam Gyalpo la came to give me the enzyme sent to me by Gen TP la. It was to be used to wash fruits and vegetables.
13th May 2020 I got up and dropped Sonchoe till Mcleod. The weather was not good. Guru came and had brought one fresh TCV bread which we all completed during tea time. We also got Sontsok of Gen Dhargyal la’s mom. The day went as usual.
12th May Tuesday 2020 Today is the 49th day since the passing of Gen Dhargyal la’s mother. Around 10:30 a.m., I went to elderly people’s homes with Gyats. When we reached there, there were already a few people preparing the sontsok. As soon as we reached there, the volunteers served us hot tea and snacks. Gradually, one by one, others poured in. Everybody lent their hand and within one ho, everything was ready. They said that they would distribute the sontsog the next day. We had lunch arranged by Gen la. Suddenly, there was downpour but many of us braved the rain and kept sitting outside. The downpour grew stronger that finally made us take refuge in all the corners. The rain finally ceased and we all started returning to our respective rooms. I could not go and fetch Sonchoe. She came by herself. Back home I was asked by our Covid-19 committee to send one representative to cut wood. I could not arrange one because of some miscommunication. Nevertheless, everything had gone well.
11th May Monday 2020 Today is Monday and it was a grocery shopping day for the staff members. After having my breakfast, I went up and got the token number 64. Although, the number was high yet the line used to go very fast. So, I waited there, killing my time joining the never-ending discussions being carried out in small clusters everywhere. I didn’t know how time went by because my turn came. I went towards the counter and narrated all my items, which they put accordingly in my shopping bag. Within a few minutes, everything I wanted, was in my bag! Wow! I also ran short of 100 bucks, which luckily NC gave. She used to be very generous for a long time back and even today she was the same generous woman! Gen Phuntsok la, Head Office gave us online training on how to start a google classroom. There were 6 or 7 of us on google meet. Principal madam was also in attendance. The session took little more than an hour. Genla gave us a very good demonstration and by the time the tutorial was over, all of us had started creating our own google classes! Mr. Ngawang sangpo la, our Headmaster sent us the emails of all our students. So, I created my own class and sent an invitation to all my students. Although it was a bit confusing I caught up very fast just like other teachers. It would definitely help us a lot in the long run.
10th May Sunday 2020 Today is Sunday. It was raining right from the morning. So, Sonchoe didn’t go to her clinic and it was the right decision. It was the same even if it was Sunday. The weather got better but turned worse towards the evening. We remain in our home as usual.
9th May Saturday 2020 Today Sonam had to go to her clinic because she was told to go by her boss Sonam. We got up early and had early breakfast. Sonam and Bhuti left together while we three continued our daily chores. Today, I recorded one prose lesson ” A Beautiful Mind” which is about the famous scientist, Mr. Albert Einstein. After that, I sent the video to sherig and I hope they will accept this video. I made lunch and by the time I had finished, Sonam and Bhuti got home. So, we had our lunch together. It seemed that nature is giving us a sneak peek into the monsoon season because, for the last few days, we had been receiving a few drops of rain. It looks like, we are going to have a very early monsoon this year! There was no problem with passing time because I got lots of things to do and I am OK with whatever I do. It was circulated in our whatsapp group that Gen Phuntsok would teach us how to start a google classroom and they were collecting names of teachers who are interested. I gave my name because I always wanted to learn new things because who knows, I may have to go through this someday in the future! Now that this pandemic had closed all the educational institutions and teachers were forced to go online, this google classroom would be the future teaching method for many of the schools. I felt glad about submitting my name for the crash course irrespective of whether or not I would ever have to use it here in my school.
8th May Friday 2020 Today, I was able to record my online video using OBS suggested by the Department of Education. I felt great after successfully sending my video to Sherig. Seriously, I tried different software and techniques to make my video good. In this process, my room had become a mini studio with mic, cables, green screen, laptop, mobile strewn everywhere. Nevertheless, I had learned so many things when it comes to video recording, which is a plus point. Sonam washed the two mats we use on our bed. The weather looked good but towards the evening, it showed its true colour as it started drizzling. Luckily, come rain or shower, we would be within the four walls of our cozy home. I am sure many of the people now knew each and every corner of their rooms, the minute thing that we missed in our quest for daily struggle.
7th May Thursday 2020 I had been busy recording my lessons and interacting with the staff at Sherig. They didn’t approve my video as the print was not very clear. They requested me to use other software. Frankly speaking, there isn’t any video software I haven’t tried in this project. Nevertheless, I didn’t give up; I am forever ready to try new things and this helped me move forward; and made me come out triumphantly in the end. A good student should be always like this; dedicated and perseverance. I uploaded my video lesson on “Past Tense” on my YouTube channel. I am very satisfied with the quality of the video this time. The videos I had sent to sherig, cannot be uploaded on YouTube because it is sherig’s property.
6th May Wednesday 2020 Today with the help of Gen. Tayang la, who passed me contact numbers of class IX students, I created my class IX, English group. I was hesitant at first because I am a new teacher and didn’t know my students properly but somehow I created the group with the hope of sharing all videos I come across. I also got a good response from the students, many of whom I didn’t know at all. As soon as I have created that group, I shared all the important links, apps, videos, and information and that was not a bad beginning at least.
5th May Tuesday 2020 Today is Tuesday. I did everything as usual. Today I spent quite some time finishing my second video for sherig. Late afternoon, I was able to send the video but again I had to re-edit my video. I did that too and felt glad. It was a productive day after all. I also updated my personal blog here. Tomorrow is Wednesday and Lhakar. We had been advised to do an incense burning ceremony and I could not do outside. I am thinking of accompanying our neighbor Amala for this incense burning ceremony. The has been a relaxation in the lockdown because the cooling time postponed from 12 to 1 pm now. I am sure, gradually states will open up their lockdown in phases. Today, I also learned so many new things like video-editing and screen recording, etc. Every day is new learning for me these days.
4th May Monday 2020 Today is Monday and there was grocery sale for the staff members from 9 a.m. Not only that, Ven. Lama Lobsang la distributed tsampa to all the staff members of TCV school free of cost. He had done this free distribution around Dharamsala earlier. Each of us got 2 kgs of Tsampa. Thank you so much. This came like a timely rain for the dry plants because most of us had exhausted our Tsampa stock. The whole day, I was fiddling with my laptop and trying various screen recorder apps. I learned so many new things! Wow!
3rd May Sunday 2020 Today is Sunday and yet there was no difference at all! These days, as I had said earlier, every day is Sunday. I did the recording of my lesson. In fact, it was very difficult to do online teaching. We had been doing teaching with live students all these years and suddenly, teaching before the camera with no one student was quite strange. Nevertheless, every day, I have been improving.
2nd May Saturday 2020 Today is Saturday and some of us had been asked by the Department of Education to send our online teaching videos on 3rd May. As directed, I had been busy preparing my lessons and video. Gen Tenzin Ngodup la also came and we started shooting our lessons. We didn’t know how time passed because it was a very tedious and time-consuming thing recording and re-recording. In the end, I was able to come up with one video thankfully! I really started appreciating those teachers who had been uploading one video every day. I could feel how much effort they might have put in this process.
1st May Friday 2020 Today is World Labour Day, which used to be a holiday for the labours around the world but now all the labours were on holiday way before their labour day!
30th April Thursday 2020 Today is the last day of April month. I can’t believe we had been home all April! Nobody had ever thought that this tiny virus could shake this great world like this!
29th April Wednesday (14th Day of Lockdown-02) Today is Lhakar. Early morning Sonchoe had offered incense. Bhuti and Sonchoe left for a morning walk on the pretense of doing grocery shopping because it was already 8 o’clock when the relieving time for morning walk ceased. When they returned, we had our breakfast which was Amdo Baglep and omelette. The weather was not good. It seemed we would directly enter monsoon season after our long winter season. Nobody was out on our courtyard, unlike other days which was great for our eyes. Today I heard the news of Bollywood actor Irfan Khan’s unprecedented death at Ambani hospital, Mumbai. There were a tribute and special coverage on the deceased celebrity on all the national television channels and even BBC channel. It was sure; he was a great actor whose story was one of the rags to riches stories.
28th April Tuesday (13th Day of Lockdown-2) Today, Sonam and Bhuti went for early morning walk towards Naddi as the Kangra SP had allowed jockers to walk. When they came back, we had Tsampa. Since two days back, I have been trying to do Yangdon’s online RC extension but the server was not working. Since, Yangdon’s last date falls tomorrow, I went to Mcleod on my scooty. I was lucky enough to be escorted by the lady in the Welfare office. She just did everything within a few minutes. After that I went to TMAI, Mcleod to buy herbal tea and lotion asked by Sonchoe. Unfortunately, the TMAI shop was closed. So, I came back home. Today I heard the news of the untimely demise of my friend’s brother, who was a teacher. I was shocked. At once, I sent a condolence message to her and her bereft family. Death is really uncertain.
27th April Monday 2020 (12th Day of Lock-2) I got up early because today we would be having grocery sales for the staff members. After having my breakfast and a quick prayer, I went to the school kitchen where the sale was held. It was drizzling and my colleagues had braved the drizzle to buy their weekly groceries. I got my token no 48. When I got my token, the person who had 20 number was at the counter buying his. I spent my time chatting with one Amala and her friend. we talked about parenting. Our topic went from daily household chores to CBSE exam. Soon, my turn came. I bought whatever I saw in front without letting the next person wait much. I washed my face and hand when I got home. Today, I uploaded one video lesson on Tenses. I used both Tibetan and English, unlike the previous videos where I used only English.
26th April Sunday 2020 (12th Day of Lockdown-02) Today is Sunday and there was no feeling of ecstasy because every day is Sunday during these lockdowns. I didn’t upload any videos today but I worked on preparing my next lesson on Tenses. So, I spent most of the time making a presentation using ppt. Nevertheless, I was able to carry all the daily routine without any problem.
25th April Saturday 2020 (11th Day of Lockdown-02) Today is Saturday. I didn’t upload any videos. My day went as usual. I was able to carry all the daily routine without any problem.
24th April Friday 2020 (10th Day of Lockdown-2) Today is Friday and I went to empty my kitchen waste. There are some cows waiting for me. This kitchen waste came as a blessing for these hungry cows. On the way through this narrow lane with trees on either side, monkeys were teasing me with their queer sounds, which used to be normal behavior of these mischievous monkeys. Had they come across a minor, these monkeys would have snatched the bucket and given few hard slaps on the minor’s face, whose marks would remain for a few months. That is the reason why we, inmates of this resident prefer sending grown-up members to do the weekly trash unloading. Before the day ended, I was able to upload one more video lesson. My lesson was on ” Text Structure”. Unlike the previous time when I sought the help of my daughter, these days I do all the shooting and editing myself and this makes whole lots of difference, I mean in terms of satisfaction and self-achievement. Gen Jampa Ngawang la from Suja helped me download “Handbrake”, free software to reduce the size of videos. With his help, I was able to reduce 2.45 GB video to 25.4 MB video, which made it very easy for me to upload on Youtube. As of now, I have 5 videos on my channel and I hope these videos are helping my students. In the evening, I joined Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche in his daily prayer for this pandemic. Like yesterday, I could not arrange the text. Nevertheless, I felt blessed and holy just over the fact that Rinpoche is sitting right before me, of course in my tablet!
23rd April Thursday 2020 (9th Day of Lock-2) Today was like any other day. I got up and was able to carry on my daily routine successfully. The day broke up nicely with my surroundings scenery looking crystal clear. I went to Dal Lake to empty my dustbin. I enjoyed the walk up to the dumping site. There were people buying their daily food items. I saw policemen doing his duty at Dal Lake and my genuine greeting came spontaneously. He also responded amicably. Back home, I checked my three videos. I have got good views and encouraging remarks from everyone who had watched. In the afternoon I worked on my 4th video and that is Literary Devices though I was able to upload it only in the night. There are many teachers joining in this online teaching revolution and I felt great. In the evening, I joined Gyalwa Karmapa in his prayer. I could not attend seriously because we didn’t have the prayer text. Nevertheless, I listened to his talk.
22nd April Wednesday 2020 (8th Day of Lock-2) Happy Lhakar! I got up early today because we have a meeting at 10 am. I had Tsampa and it was yummy. After breakfast, I went to offer my friend and my condolence envelope. Genla offered me a cup of sweet tea, which I could not deny. Over a cup of tea, we talked about our well-being. I also assured my service in the coming days. As soon as I finished my cup of tea, I went straight to the staff mess, where the meeting would take place. When I reached the staff mess, I was way too early for the meeting. So, instead of spending my time in vain, I walked up toward the school temple. I walked as fast as I could with no other reason than to give some exercise for my body. Anyways, I felt great circumambulating. I was the only one. Within a few minutes, more people especially the elders joined me. It was really a zone of peace over there and it was very quiet around. Later on, one of my friend who was also up for the meeting came. We have not met for a very long time. So, we exchanged our greetings. And then we didn’t know how time passed until the loud siren from the cantonment reminded us about our meeting. We had a very wonderful discussion about the careers of youngsters today. So, we went straight to the venue. The meeting lasted for an hour. We concluded our meeting with a cup of tea, which was lovingly extended by our school kitchen. We formed covid-19 committee and created a WhatsApp group. Today I uploaded one video on Youtube. It was my third video and it was on Reading Strategy. I got lots of appreciation and encouragement for my previous two videos on writing skills. I really felt great receiving such positive comments. I made up my mind to continue. In the evening, as usual, I joined Gyalwa Karmapa in his prayer for covid-19 pandemic. Today is the 4th day and we recited prayers of Guru Padma Sambhawa. I really felt blessed.
21st April 2020 Tuesday ( 7th Day of Lock-2) Today the weather was good in the morning but towards the afternoon, it got worse. We kept ourselves warm by wearing warm clothes. We really need to take care of ourselves during this lockdown as it will be difficult to go to the hospital. Anyway, we are fortunate to be hale and hearty by the grace of almighty. After receiving positive feedback and encouraging words for my video uploaded yesterday, I have decided to make another video on the Process of Writing. So, the entire morning I have worked on it. In the afternoon, I recorded my lesson and thereafter I uploaded it on YouTube. Day by day, more teachers are taking classes online, which is a great relief for our children. I also felt glad to be one of the teachers in this venture. I am also planning to do more videos if it really helps others. In the evening, I joined Gyalwa Karmapa in his prayer. Today we recited the prayers of Tara. Karmapa even recited the Tara prayer in three different styles; first in Chinese style, next in laymen’s style, and finally in Monastic style. The monastic style was much faster than the two. I felt totally blessed in his presence.
20th April 2020 Monday (6th Day of Lockdown-2) Everything went as usual. After breakfast, I went to our school kitchen to buy a tray of eggs. Today is Monday and there is a sale of vegetables and fruits for staff members. As usual, there was a long line. Fortunately, there isn’t anything I need to buy this time. I bought two loaves of bread and came back home. Mr. Ngawang gave me a text to read and explain to him. The text was on Lord Macaulay’s Minute on Education. There were so many things I learned from the text. I explained the main gist orally in Tibetan. I felt glad I could do something for him. After a long time, we did a video call with my younger sister Lhakpa, who is in Florida. We chat for half an hour. I felt good to see my sister and her family hale and hearty. Prior to this, we have called Acha and Amala, who is in Delhi. They both are doing great, which came as a great relief for me and my family. Today I thought of making a video on writing skills. There were various thoughts going in my mind whether I should make a video or not; whether the video would be helpful or not; things like that. Finally, after mustering lots of courage, I started recording a video on writer’s craft as I find this topic very important. I am proud to say that I was able to upload the video. I got good responses which motivated me to make more videos in future. In the evening at 7:30 pm, I joined Gyalwa Karmapa in his online prayer to quell covid-19 pandemic. This is the third consecutive day, I and Sonam have been praying with him. In fact there were more than 20 thousand people participating in this online prayer. I felt great!
19th April 2020 Sunday (5th Day of Lock-2) Today is Sunday and I didn’t even know that! Well during this lockdown, every day looks like Sunday since we don’t go for our work except for household chores. People are very creative and smart; there are videos showing people having forgotten their job because of too much staying locked in! That’s height but in fact too much-staying home causes our mind to forget our regular 9 to 5 pm duty. Today we got up late but I didn’t miss my daily yoga. We had channa and Tingmo for brunch. After that as usual, we had our family prayer and meditation, which have become an integral part of our life and there is no problem at all. After that, we got into our own business. One of my colleagues came and sought my help in fixing the network problem. After sorting here and there for more than 45 minutes, we could not fix that problem. With a heavy heart, I had to let her go back home. She was trying to upload her teaching on YouTube. Before she came, I was working on gathering all the links to the online-classes of our Tibetan teachers. Some of the videos were on Facebook and some on YouTube. Finally, I was able to gather almost 15 online-classes. I put all these links on one page so that it will be easier for children and parents to find the relevant class. I have thought of giving my contribution in this small way. And towards the end of the day, I was able to share it through my blog on Facebook. I really felt great! It is true that there are so many things we can do but we are not doing, why? It is because we always either think “I can’t” or “This is of no use” and both of these are just assumptions. In recent times, people are show casting their new habits and creativity on social media and many of us are motivated and pushed us to do something new every day. So, let us stop this procrastination and do something novel and create a new project. And remember there is no “I can’t” this time. We have 2nd prayer session by Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche at 7:30 pm. Unfortunately, there was a delay due to some problems. Finally, he came online at 8 pm and we were able to pray with him for an hour. The prayer was Sangchoe Monlam.
18th April 2020 Saturday (4th Day of Lock-2) Today the weather looked gloomy. It had rained last night and I was not even aware of it until Sonchoe and kids told me that it rained last night. Anyways, I got up as usual and the weather no matter what didn’t stop me from getting up at my usual time. Recently, I had developed a habit of doing yoga especially Kapalbati and Anolum Milom even lying in my cozy bed. India TV does a live broadcast of Baba Ramdev. As usual, I get my daily cup of hot green tea while still lying in my bed, which is a typical blessing of having grown-ups at home. Once all these rituals are done, I did my ablutions and took a few gulps of fresh air outside my veranda. Around 10 a.m. I went to our school kitchen to get cooking gas refilled. Nikku, who used to help deliver gas, gave me his word to deliver it tomorrow. There were few staff members buying fresh school bread. I spent a couple of minutes interacting with them and participated in their timely chit chat. Finally, I came back with two loaves of bread. There were dogs looking hungry like the ones our block has, and suddenly NC came with a basin full of food for the dogs. It was quite a tough job to control those packs, especially during feeding time. NC has been feeding those dogs and in this daily practice, she had become adept. It’s really good to see her feeding these hungry dogs. I do my part in my block too. In the evening at 7:30 p.m. His eminence Gyalwa Karmapa appeared live as circulated in social network groups. We joined him in his special prayer to drive this covid-19 pandemic. Today he recited the Heart Sutra a few numbers of times. I really felt blessed and honored to be praying with him, although he is miles away. He would be doing the same online prayer for the next 6 days. I have decided to join him in this noble initiative.
17th April 2020 Friday ( 3rd Day of Lock-2) After more than 3 weeks, I went to Mcleod Ganj on my scooty to get a supporting letter from the welfare office for my daughter’s RC renewal. I left home at 8:15 a.m. when we could go out to do our necessary things. The road was empty except for few people going and coming with their faces covered with a mask. There was unusual quietness since the usual vehicular sounds and movements were lost a long time back. While going, I was wondering how Mcleod would be. I parked my scooty in the woods and went walking. There were people with their faces covered and standing in the queue to buy their necessary items. There were policemen deployed in good number and some of them had spent the whole night patrolling the town. All the shops except the chemist and ration shops were completely closed. There were grocery sellers on the road and they had a good stock of fruits and vegetables; with people buying following proper social distancing, which is commendable. Seeing the rich variety of fruits and vegetables, I bought some although my purpose was to get the supporting letter fast and go home even faster. With both hands occupied, I went to the welfare office and the lady was just opening the office. I helped her open the office gate because on one hand she was holding a file and on the other hand, she was holding two packets of milk for their office consumption. After sometimes, she gave me the supporting letter. The staffs there were very helpful and gave me proper directions in online RC registration. I came across two of my colleagues who had also come to get the supporting letter for online RC registration. After that, I went to Mentsekhang, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the welfare office. My wife wanted me to buy herbal tea. I thought I could easily buy the tea but what I saw shocked me. There were long lines; people were standing in the circles meant for keeping social distancing. I stood in my line and waited patiently like others. After 45 minutes, I was called in. Unfortunately there was no herbal tea but I bought thang. I met the same colleague at Mentsekhang too. As soon as I got my work done, I returned home. I met my neighbour on the way with a big bag on their shoulder. I helped them carry their bag and dropped at their home. I kept all the things I have brought from Mcleod on the floor away from other stuff. I went to my bathroom and washed my hands thoroughly. My wife and kids were waiting for me to join them in our daily prayer. So, I joined them in the prayer, after having a cup of herbal tea. After the prayer, I did few minutes’ meditation and thank God and almighty for all the blessings we have been receiving right now. There were so many people having a very difficult time. Today, the weather is not good. It even drizzled in the afternoon.
16th April 2020 Thursday ( 2nd Day of Lock-2) I got up at 7:30 and had a Chamdur hastily. I went with gen Ngodup la towards home 20 ground. We were a bit early coz it was later decided to gather at 9. Anyways, we went there. There were other teachers already waiting for the police pick-up. We waited and waited but there was no sign of police pick-up. It seemed that the pick-up was engaged in some other work before our turn and understandably they had to reach everyone. Finally, at 10:30, the pick-up came and Dharamsala Tibetan welfare officer came. So, we put the wood and went to the graveyard. There were others who were waiting for the wood. After unloading the wood, the pick-up went back to Handicraft block to get the body. In not more than 45 minutes, the pick-up came with the body. And in the meantime, the wood was nicely arranged. Mr. Topgyal la was the man behind all these preparations and he had been helping in this ritual for all these years. I really appreciate him for his dedication and sincerity. So, in no time, The pyre started and I offered a scarf and said a prayer. It was around 12: 30 when we started coming back to our respective homes. Some staff were waiting for us with the incense and nectar on the road. We did our traditional cleansing and came walking into the woods. It was calm and peaceful everywhere. When I reached home, it was 1:30. I took a bath and they served me sweet tea which gave me great relief and energy. I really felt great being able to extend my hand in this difficult time like others. The world still has lots of good people.
15th April 2020 Wednesday (1st Day of Loc-2) Today is Lhakar and we all had Tsampa for breakfast. Everything went so well with our prayer and reading. After lunch I received a call from Gen Tengodup la about demise of Gen Tendhar la’s mother and told me to collect timber. I really felt sorry for this loss especially in this lockdown. Without wasting time, I accompanied him. There were other teachers too. We took the necessary tools and went to home 20 ground. We cut down trees already fallen. There were so many staff and students too who helped. One of Amalas served us tea and snacks too and it was a great relief. Before leaving home, we have gathered three pick-up full. We started cutting the wood at 3:10 pm and it was around 8 in the evening when we reached home. We all felt glad we did something good gathering wood for the funeral although we were all very tired. Back home, I had a cup of tea. For dinner we didn’t have anything except for the garlic bread, which I prepared. While eating that, we had a small family meeting. There had been minor scuffle among my girls and I really had no idea what was going on. I gave them advice to be friendly. I also advise them to practice patience during this lockdown when all family members lived together. I am sure such incidents occur in almost all the households especially when all children gather during long vacation. Everything went well. We were asked to come at 8 in the morning to load the wood in the police pick-up and take it to the graveyard. During this lockdown, police would arrange all the transportations themselves. I slept early so that I could get much earlier tomorrow.
14th April 2020 Tuesday (last day of 21 Day Lockdown) There is a feeling of both happiness and fear; happiness over the fact that the lockdown is ending today and the fear is over the extension of the lockdown. All the TV channels are showing the count down for PM’s 4th national address at 10 a.m. 10 a.m. came and PM appeared fresh with his mouth partly covered with his sash. To cut short, he announced the extension of the lockdown till 3rd May! This means the lockdown is extended by another 19 days. And it didn’t come as a big surprise for me coz this is the only step to contain the virus and prevent the community spread. The moment PM concluded his address; I put off the TV and started our daily morning programs, which was postponed owing to this PM address. I am sure there must have lots of debates and discussions on various TV channels about PM’s decision. For me, there is no problem getting lockdown but I feel sorry for those migrant workers and daily wagers. Thank God, the state governments and various groups and individuals are coming forward to help them. We are just well-wishers only. Ok. Now we have 19 more days for the lockdown to end, we must make our own schedule so that we can utilize these days in a more productive way. Most of us are inspired and encouraged by all the videos shared by people from different walks of life. If we are not able to produce any positive outcomes after this lockdown, it will be a great loss. So, let us make the best use of this lockdown and come out triumphantly defeating at least some of the bad habits if not the virus itself. I finished reading “The Monk who sold His Ferrari” for the second time. It is true and I have felt it myself that each time you read the same book, you get more meaning. During this second reading, I realize that I have failed to take much important wisdom from this book. It says: Stop majoring in minor things. Learn to laugh at yourself; don’t be too serious with life. Don’t race against others, race against yourself. Write your goals in your book and visit it every day. I hope to apply these wisdoms in my own day to day life and not just keep it for reading’s sake.
13th April 2020 Monday (20th Day of Lockdown) Today, my elder brother came home while on his way to grocery shopping. He has brought many books he had already read for my daughters. He had a cup of tea, and like a good citizen, he left before 11 a.m. when the break time would finish. After he left, we did all our morning routine as usual. I went grocery shopping at our school kitchen. There were many staff members standing in queue. The director was giving token number and I got my token number 71. It was a long wait since when I got the token, the person holding token number 48 was at the counter. Nevertheless, I didn’t mind the wait when I felt myself so fortunate to be able to buy grocery without any fear from the police. It was 1:30 p.m. when I finally got my line. Tomorrow is the last day of our lockdown. And PM will be addressing the nation tomorrow at 10 a.m. All eyes on PM. Nobody knows what he is going to say tomorrow.
12th April 2020 Sunday (19th Day of Lockdown) Since yesterday, there has been rumour spreading about imminent extension of lockdown for at least two weeks. It was also believed that PM would address the nation once again about the new measures but as of now, he didn’t appear. People also say that this lockdown will be opened in phase-wise. So, people are coming up with two assumptions. My day went as usual. These days I have been very consistent in my daily routine. If there is one good thing this virus has brought in my life, then it is none other than this new regime in my life. I feel great and hope to carry on post lockdown. I am very happy to say that I have finished reading the book, “The story of my life” which is an autobiography of Helen Keller. This is the second time I am reading this book. She had struggled a lot in her life despite differently-abled. I also developed deep respect for her teacher, who had shown her love and patience. There is no problem at all in passing my time. I have my own schedule in which I have my personal time, learning, physical exercise and screen time. It has been more than 2 weeks since we didn’t eat meat. Our daily diet includes pulses, vegetables, fruits, rice and wheat. I am also getting timely sleep. So, if you chalk out your own schedule, there is no problem at all in obeying this lockdown. I really wonder why few people are having problem staying at home with their own loved ones. This is not the time to give extra burden for those people on the frontline. This lockdown is for our own safety. Why can’t people still understand this simple fact! OMG!
11th April 2020 Saturday ( 18th Day of Lockdown) Today is Paldon’s birthday. It was a somber birthday and she must be mentally prepared since yesterday. We all wished her on her birthday. Had it not been this lockdown, she would, I mean we would have been to Tsuglakhang for offering followed by a grand treat in some restaurants. As such, I saw her lying in her bed this morning and we didn’t wake her up until it was the right time. We had Tsampa for breakfast. As usual, we had a family prayer, which was getting better day by day. After the prayer, we did one-minute of meditation. And then we kept ourselves busy with our own schedule. I have completed my book “Siddhartha ” by Hermann. It is a self-help book. I enjoyed reading this book. Better than nothing, my wife has baked cake in the afternoon for my daughter. So, we all relished on the cake she has lovingly baked along with pineapple juice. Instead of ordering cake from bakery, this lockdown has taught us as simple as baking cake in our homes no matter how ridiculous the cake may turn out. For the first time in these 15 days’ of lockdown, we had zumba dance. It was fun and we have unanimously decided to put zumba dance in the list of our daily routine.
10th April 2020 Friday (17th Day of Lockdown) Nothing new to jot down as we enter into the 16th day of lockdown. The days are passing like usual and if there is only one change in my routine is, I have started joining the yoga guru Swami Ramdev, who gives daily yoga teaching on India TV network at 8 am. He provides various exercises to naturally cure some of the common ailments as requested by TV viewers. I try my best to follow him every day. VOT carries a great video showing some of the people from different walks of life, sharing two of the books they are presently reading. I really find this program helpful and innovative. All people in the video are reading good books and it really encourages me and others. Although, I read books but when it comes to sharing what I have read, I find it difficult. Thank you, VOT for this video. Today I also saw my mother singing a very old song in our family whatsapp group. My mother and my eldest sister are staying in Delhi Youth hostel. It gives me great relief to see my sister taking good care of our mother, who is 85 years old. All my siblings are scattered in different places and we keep in touch in our family group. This mobile has come very handy for all the people, in general, to keep their family members connected virtually even if not in person.
9th April 2020 Thursday ( 16th Day of Lockdown) Today is 15th day of lockdown and we have only 6 days left, yet the number of people infected with covid-19 has been increasing rapidly. Since the maximum number of cases is found in Delhi and UP, these two governments have identified hot spot, the place where maximum number of cases and death has occurred. And from last night, these hot spots have been declared sealed and heavy security personals have been deployed. They hope to reduce the cases especially in this last phase of lockdown. In the coming days, the government may take stronger action. My daily routine went as usual. We had three meals and prayed for those most hit by this virus. Every day, I pray my respect to all those who are on the front line. I also saw in TV, a video showing a child calling her mother who has been treating the covid-19 patient in the hospital, to come home. It has been more than a week since the mother has been working in the hospital. I also saw a husband and wife, both a nurse posted in various departments in the same hospital. Their children are left in the custody of their grannies. And many more videos are shown which made me feel very lucky and fortunate and as such, I sincerely follow the rule so that their sacrifices don’t go in vain. Amid this, there are still people who under-estimate this virus and come out on the road and street violating this rule. That is a total absence of empathy. I am going to bed early. I hope to see a better picture tomorrow. May this virus disappear.
8th April 2020 Wednesday ( 15h Day of Lockdown) Today is Lhakar and as per the direction received from our Religious Department, CTA we have to do incense burning ceremony in our own locality at 9 a.m. Unfortunately, it was raining around that time this morning. Nevertheless, my wife has done her own symbolic rituals in our home in the most modest way. However, the rain ceased and the weather returned to its typical summer’s day. After breakfast, we did our prayer as usual for a little more than half an hour. Most of the time, we used to have some bits of tu tu may may during this session. Even in this small nuclear family, we see a difference of opinions over the selection of prayers, speed, postures, etc. We are only two generations in my family and already there is a generation gap issue. I am pretty sure others are having their own issues, of course in various degrees. Recently, I came across one Indian guru sharing valuable tips on national television on how to cope with the generation gap problem during this lockdown. Everybody must be having this issue especially in a joint family and that is absolutely normal. He requested the elders to be neither strict nor lenient in dealing with the young generations. When I retrospect into my style of parenting, I found myself a bit strict when it comes to imparting soft skills to my children. And this is where; I used to face objection and their long faces. One thing is for sure, I kept worrying unnecessarily for their future. We have a full week for the lockdown to break. Since there is a steady increase in the covid-19 cases in India and other countries, there is unofficial news of extending the lockdown further. There has been regular conference among the higher authorities in the national capital and it is believed that they would disclose the plans on 12th April, i.e. two days ahead of the lockdown deadline. There are both pros and cons in extending the lockdown further. And I am sure; the centre will take an appropriate decision. For people like me, there is no problem even if the lockdown is extended provided that the daily rations and necessity items are at our disposal. On the other hand, many people whose only income is from the daily wages and those who are retailers; they are the ones who will be immensely hit by this extension, if ever occurs. Anyways my prayers for the victims of this covid-19; deep salute for the people on the frontline in this war against covid-19 and best wishes for all people including my immediate and extended family. Honestly, this virus has shaken each and everybody; irrespective of cast, creed and status.
7th April 2020 Tuesday (14th Day of Lockdown) As you know today is World Health Day. Unlike the previous year where there used to have various health-related programs, everybody is locked inside their homes. The weather looked gloomy today. Nevertheless, I was able to complete all my daily routines successfully. One more thing that I want to share is; I was able to upload my song on Covid-19 last night. My daughter sang the song and we recorded the video in the middle of the night. Somehow I felt glad not because I composed this song but because I was able to keep my promise. The moment I uploaded on FB in such an odd hour of the night, I received considerable likes and comments from my FB friends.
6th April 2020 Monday ( 13th Day of Lockdown) Nothing seems to have changed a lot regarding the coronavirus cases in India and abroad. Unlike the previous week, people are cooperating with the government. There are fewer people breaking this lockdown, the majority of the people are law-abiding and sincerely doing their duty i.e. staying home. Few people are made to be like this. Like the typical Hindi film dialogues, “Senorita, in big cities, such small incidents happens”. My day went, as usual, starting from the family prayer to daily journal writing in the afternoon. Our former neighbor gen Tenchoe la came with two loaves of bread. We had a good gup shup time. I read books, made food, watch TV and browse my mobile. I really wonder how daily wagers and poor people live under this lockdown. And there isn’t I can do from my home nor do I see any of these people in our vicinity. Luckily, social network sites are filled with videos of Samaritans going out on the roads and slums to feed these people. Better still, some of them are accompanied by their children in this humanitarian drive. Such drive sends a very positive message to our tiny tots. They not only see with their own naked eyes; they actively participated in this noble act of serving the needy. Through this journal, I send my heartfelt thanks to all of them. Really this is the time to use your money and fill someone’s empty stomach. And that is the real compassion in action far more practical than thousands of sweet lip service. I get lots of time spending my time with my family. Right from the morning, I open my eyes to the time I retire to my bed in the night, I see myself in the company of my family members; comprising of my wife and 3 girls. Most of the time, I see myself behaving no less than a strict general; from giving instructions in my usual baritone to serious scolding. I know at times, I should be less strict but I can’t help myself. After all, it is the father’s responsibility to make sure his girls are fully geared up for the outside world. This is literally their training time and as such, they may have to bear the unpleasant hardships; in order to come out as a seasoned lady, tough and strong. From time to time, I also gave them lectures. One thing that I always tell them is to be grateful for all they have and be contented. They are also reminded the skills to cope with life’s problems. These are after all what we, as a parent can pass on to our young ones so that their lives will be a little better and easier than ours. We should teach our children problem-solving skills. Young ones these days resort to unhealthy means the moment they undergo some minor ordeal; because of this some even take their precious lives at such a young age. That is because they have not got this skill or they have not been taught this skill. It is such a great loss. A little broad thinking would have saved but.
5th April 2020 Sunday (12th Day of Lockdown) Last night I spent lots of time working on my song. It was still no finalized but I will finish it in the coming days. After all, it is just a personal project which is my own calling from within. Each day, the picture of Covid-19 in our country is not getting better; in fact, it is getting worse. The death toll is rising every day. Amid this entire dismal situation, once again I heard sad demise of a Tibetan girl in Dharamsala. It is overheard that she was asthma patient and lost her battle on the way to Delek hospital. Now this is the third Tibetan who had died in a short span of few weeks. The detailed report of her death is still pending. Om Mani paedme Hum. Today we had a family prayer session in the bedroom. We all prayed for little more than half an hour and it was initiated by Sonam. We prayed for all our loved ones, the deceased and all the good selfless people everywhere. We all are excited about the pan India blackout tonight at 9 pm. I am sure everybody will get together as one like they did once on 22nd March 2020 by paying tribute to the covid-19 warriors. It seems, now people get used to staying at home. People are sharing their daily routines on social network and some are also sharing tips on how to make the best use of this lockdown. It is high time for those who have not yet made any routine so far to chalk out plans for we still have 9 more days to go. Sooner they realize, better it is for them. By the grace of our state government, all the necessary things; like groceries, rations, and medicines are flowing unceasingly into our respective zones. Thank you all for those who are on the frontlines monitoring all these flows. At 9 pm, the lights in every home around my area were off. There were people coming at the door with candles and mobile lights and sincerely followed the appeal of PM. We came out from our door and lighted candles on the window sill and mobile flash on our hands. Like what PM had said earlier, we really felt connected with one another in this difficult time and that was the need of time when everybody felt cut off physically in this lockdown. I really felt happy people pay heed to PM’s call.
4th April 2020 Saturday (11th Day of Lockdown) My morning routine went smoothly as usual. I really feel proud of myself these days as I see some changes in my life due to this lockdown. Of course, there are many things on which I need to work on. Nevertheless, something is better than nothing. So, after breakfast, I went to Pa Gelek’s office to collect some more sanitizers. As decided yesterday, I sanitized the back yard and the channels myself without calling anybody for help. I returned the kit right after that so that others can use it. While coming back, I bought a loaf of bread from the school kitchen. Sonam and I cleaned our back yard which has literally become no less than a dumping ground with litters stack one over the other. I felt really good at seeing it really clean afterward. Some of our teachers are going online and sharing their lessons on Facebook for their dear students. I really appreciate this voluntary initiative of these teachers. The situation compels us to change sometimes, which is going in the right direction. Frankly speaking, of course with due respect to all those who are sacrificing themselves in combating this deadly virus; this lockdown is a blessing in disguise form. And as such we should not fail in counting the blessings we have received directly or indirectly in our lives due to this lockdown. I guess after a very long time, many people have got a time finally, to do thorough introspection. Great saints have reiterated that happiness does not come from outside; but inside. They have talked about minimalism. And all these come true for many. If you are wise, you will be able to see the truth in their wisdom and sooner you realize this and act on it, better it is for you in the long run, after all this small virus has made us realize how weak we are after all. Life is to live and let others live; life is to enjoy whatever you have and always grateful for you are the product of others. The fact that you and your family are safe is all because there are people outside making sure all the necessities flow into our houses uninterrupted. This is called interdependence. Once you realize this truth, you will start respecting others on a very basic human level, and your ego and selfishness disappear. It is said that selfishness is the root cause of our suffering. Selfishness is gone, your suffering will be gone too. Today, I just went into the notes my students have written about themselves. Although it has been just a few days I get to know them as my students, yet I can somehow visualize each one of them as I was reading their notes one by one. This mishap came out so unprecedented that I didn’t get proper time to ask for their contact numbers; which taught me a life lesson that life is uncertain and we should not leave anything for tomorrow. Had I collected their numbers, I would have easily reached out to all of them and arranged an online class. I wonder how many of them are under strict parental vigilance and how many of them go wasting this precious time. Well, I am sure every one of them has various stories to tell when they come to class. These days, many new apps, programs are invented by people of all ages while staying lockdown. It is said that 21 days is required for one to acquire a new habit or to get rid of a habit. We will get to hear more of such inventions in the times to come. I hope and pray everyone comes out of this lockdown completely changed; changed in a better son, daughter, father, mother, doctor, teacher, politician, etc. Inspired by so many people on social networking sites, I have been composing a song since this lockdown started. Somehow, I was able to complete this unfinished song. Here is the lyrics. CORONAVIRUS GO! There is a panic in the town Everybody’s life is slowing down. There is a virus in the town Its coronavirus here! There is a lockdown everywhere No more traffic on the way. People dying everywhere In thousands everyday. Go! Go! Corona virus go And let us live in peace. No! No! Corona virus leave You must stop this spree. There are Samaritans on the road All reaching each and every one There are nurses and doctors there They’re saving people’s lives! There is a prayer going on No more losing hope and faith There are people coming out To kick this virus fast. Go! Go! Corona virus go And let us live in peace No! No! Corona virus leave You must stop this spree.
3rd April 2020 Friday (10th Day of Lockdown) Late night, there was a message circulating on both TV and social media that Prime Minister Mr. Modi would address the nation tomorrow morning at 9 am about this novel coronavirus. If it is true, then it is his fourth address since this lockdown and every time Mr. Modi comes, he comes with a new appeal; first with Janta curfew and then 21-day lockdown. So, everybody is worried he might extend this lockdown further. I got up early as usual. We had our breakfast before 9 am. The TV is on and it may be on in every household in order to listen to what Mr. Modi would tell the country. No sooner did the 9 am siren came than Mr. Modi appeared relaxed and well-composed. I could well sense so many things going in his mind as a leader of 2nd most populated nation. Whatever he is doing is for the welfare of 1.3 billion people in India. This time, all he asked from his 1.3 billion people was 9 minutes of their time on 5th April at 9 pm. This Sunday at 9 pm everybody would put off their lights for 9 minutes and light candles or lamps so that each and everyone locked inside, would feel they are connected as one in this time of tragedy. My family and I am with Mr. Modi and will be a part of this lovely campaign. I am sure everybody will join this campaign to fight this covid-19, which does not differentiate race, culture, religion, age, etc. The count down for the great day has begun! Gen Sonam Gyalpo accompanied me till Pa Gelek’s office to get the sanitization kit. He called all the inmates of the white house block and told them about the sanitization drive to be done at 6 pm tonight. Male staff volunteered to help in the sanitization of our block. As planned at 6 pm, we started sanitizing our block. Male staff of our block has already started spraying the chemicals well ahead of time. I accompanied them. Within half an hour, we sanitized our entire block. Everybody went inside their respective rooms. There were some staff children playing football on our courtyard and I requested them not to kick as if they were on football ground. Hope they will think twice before they play tomorrow.
2nd April 2020 Thursday 9th Day of Lockdown Today is the 8th day of lockdown. I got up at around 7:30. After a long time, I came out on the road below our staff quarter to see how people are observing this lockdown. I see the shops selling rations and medicines open. A goods carrier stopped near the shop where I was standing and unloaded the daily commodities. My elder brother dropped by my home to ask about our well-being. He had a cup of tea and left. He has brought eatables for my children. My daily routine went unaltered; recite prayer; exercise; read a book and write a journal. There is the sun in the sky but it is not having its usual warmth. I have put on my warm coat. My children are busy with their studies. I can see their patience losing day by day as the lockdown progress further but what to do. For the time being, we have to comply with the PM’s decree and forget about the idea of going out and relishing on mouth-watering street foods. We have to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. I found myself to be a very troublesome father, who sometimes worries unnecessarily about my girls. Although my children are in their teens and grown-ups, I keep telling them this and that as if they don’t know anything and that irritates them. I am sorry but that is a part of parenting and I am doing my duty.
1st April 2020 Wednesday ( One Week ) The news about coronavirus is not getting better; on the contrary, it is getting worse with death toll touching 38 alone in India. Gosh! This virus is causing havoc. Here in my place, the weather is good. Sonchoe and Bhuti went out for groceries and other kinds of stuff. In the meantime, I Prepared porridge for breakfast. Everything was going smoothly here thank God! with due respect and in solidarity with those selfless warriors in the hospitals and on the roads. All the essential things are in abundance in our locality by the grace of Himachal Government. The day passed just like any other day; I did my prayer, carried my daily exercise and read a book. We had vegetable momo and vegetable soup for lunch. I called my sister in Delhi. Choephel la is looking after her and my aged mother. My brother kunga and sister Lhakpa are doing good. I am sure everybody is calling their loved ones and ask about their wellbeing. Like PM Modi said; Keep Social distancing but keep connecting loved ones.
31st March 2020 Tuesday (7th Day) Today is the 6th day of the lockdown. I got up early as usual and could carry all the daily routine including my daily dose of light exercise. For breakfast, we had an Indian dish called SUJI which is made of wheat. I feel lucky and my life is the same except that I can’t go out. TV channels are flooding with news of this disease shooting up in India and in Europe. The number of migrants and poor people on the streets has come down as various state governments have provided them temporary shelter and three times a meal. Understanding the panic among people from all walks of life, the government had announced various schemes and stipends. Times like this really test people’s patience, integrity, and empathy. While there are reports of people not following the lockdown and coming on the roads carelessly, there are people who are sacrificing their own lives and helping others in the hospitals and making sure the essential commodities are reaching the people smoothly. There are still other Samaritans who are feeding the doctors, policemen and other covid-19 warriors. I have a deep respect for these people. It’s really good and motivating to see such pictures in both TV and on social networking sites. From my side, as advised, I am doing my small part in feeding the stray dogs lingering around my colony. I am also praying for the long and healthy life of all those people who are doing a great job sincerely at this critical period. Amid this coronavirus fear, a 26 years Tibetan boy had committed suicide in Dharamsala. This is the second death among already marginalized Tibetan; the former with covid-19. Later I came to know that the boy was from Tibet and was undergoing TB medication. I am just wondering under what circumstances he had to take this extreme step. So many questions are raised in this regard. True to this maxim; “It is the difficult time which really tests one’s strength”, we see the true color of people. Some people are born mentally strong and maintained proper calm without an iota of panic no matter what the situation is. Others look weaker and they tend to lose their usual composure. They create unnecessary fear and get mentally disturbed. Recently, a man thinking he was infected by this covid-19 committed suicide! Well, such timid people always have this; what we called victim strategy. In Tibetan we have a saying; “Timid people never get peace of mind”. Whatever; one this is sure and that is everybody realized how precious their life is from this virus. I think everybody has learned a whole lot of lessons from this lockdown. Many people came out and candidly shared what they had learned. From the big celebrities to the rich brutes; this microscopic virus has reduced everyone to a mere man and woman. Enigma’s song; “Return to Innocence” which shows everybody going back to their innocence, is all I can remember now. This virus has literally shown to us that we all are nothing but somebody’s son or daughter and sooner we realize this better it is for us. If you have not acquired any new thing in your thinking, behavior, lifestyle or habits amid this coronavirus lockdown, no amount of preaching will change you. After all, there are doctors, nurses, patients dying and we are just enjoying a normal life within the four walls of our houses. And as a tribute for all people who have lost their lives for our own safety, let us all take a pledge to be a better person. For example; if you have been unempathetic, be empathetic; if you have been selfish all the time, be more generous; if you have been impatient, be more patient- a small step at a time. Last but not the least, my sincere prayers and a big salute for all those patients who have died; those health workers dead and present; all those policemen on the road; all those Samaritans doing errands and feeding the poor. Because of you all, my family and I are safe. Thank you. I will be a better human being.
30th March 2020 Monday 6th Day As decided, I got up at 7 a.m. I prepared Rajma and Tingmo. It feels good to be awake early. It is very quiet as the essential items are available only after 8 a.m. We all five had breakfast in our sitting room. The usual sun was not there because the weather was cloudy. The news on TV is not something good. The infected people in India are exceeding a thousand. The picture is sadder in western countries. I did my prayer. After that, I forced my middle girl for physical exercise outside my quarter. I did half an hour textbook reading as usual. This time I recorded my reading and sent it to one of my friends who is an English teacher in Mumbai for feedback. Gen Son Gyalpo came and ask me for a favour. I watched so many motivational videos. These help us in these hard times. Merely watching TV makes you feel gloomy because of the sad news about the disease. We had Idli and sambhar late afternoon. I also played guitar and compose one tune.
29th March 2020 Sunday 5th Day of Lockdown Got up a little earlier than usual but the time is secret. The sun was shining brightly and my room is already heated comfortably. Sonchoe and Bhuti, our great cook is busy making Aloo Momo for all of us. After our ablutions, we had a grand breakfast with the daily updates blaring from the TV. Today is Sunday and I didn’t realize because frankly speaking these days every day is Sunday! And I kind of like this lockdown but of course my deep respect for those who are working day and night on the road and in the hospitals; and my deep concern for all those poor, who are worst affected by this lockdown. I wish and pray their problem gets resolved soon. I did my short prayer. I prayed for all the people amid this national crisis. The coronavirus is shooting up every hour. And the death toll is going up too. Different types of videos are being circulated on social networking sites; some motivating, others inciting. Mr. Modi, the honorable PM of India is on Maan Ki Bhat. As usual, his speech was very powerful. He extended his whirl of apology for causing inconvenience, wow such humility! He once again requested the Janta to remain at home. He praised all the corvid_19 warriors. Rich people and celebrities are coming out and donating money to be used during this national crisis. We also watched Hindi movie “ Patti Patni Aur Who”. Enjoyed the movie. Played one round of card game thousand.
28th March 2020 Saturday 4th Day Lockdown I got up late and I don’t want to mention the time. Anyways Sonchoe and Bhuti went to buy vegetables and rations. In the meantime, I made porridge and egg for breakfast. I did my prayer and exercise as usual. We had cabbage and roti when we felt hungry. Seriously we had lost all the mealtime during this lockdown and I am sure it is the same in every household. We also had a good time playing cards. I strum my guitar. The TV is on most of the time. I see the Samaritan on the road and in the hospitals. In spite of the lockdown, there were thousands of poor people and daily wagers stranded in the bus stations and some on the highway. They all are heading towards their respective villages and since all the transportation was suspended, people embarked on their destination on foot. A very sad picture of poor families sans food and shelter walking the road can be seen in almost all the TV channels. The government is having tough time-solving problems from various ends. This must be the first time the whole world is going through post-world wars. In order to maintain positivity and to give moral support, TV channels are showing video clips of celebrities spending their lockdown period. It is Sunday and we enjoyed the usual reality show “ India’s best dancer” and Kapil Sharma show. By the time the show finished, it was 11:30 pm. Sonchoe is in her deep sleep. The girls are in their bed fiddling with their mobile. Though the lights are off, I can see the mobile lights flashing.
27th March 2020 Friday – 3rd Day of Lockdown I got up late. I had Tingmo and Chana for breakfast, Spaggati for lunch, and tsamthuk for dinner. The weather was really bad the whole day and it rained. I did my prayer as usual. In the afternoon, I made one video for my class 9 students and my daughter helped me edit the video. The vegetable stock was completely over. I went to buy but there was a long queue. Sonam said she would go and buy tomorrow. We did video calling with my sister Lhakpa. It was good. I am also keeping in touch with all siblings and mom through WhatsApp. Good to see everybody doing good in their respective places. Migrants are having a tough time going back to their villages. There was no mode of transportation. A picture of a small baby sleeping on the bicycle which was ridden by a father caught my attention and I was moved by this. My heart is with all those people who are deeply affected by this lockdown. All I could do was to pray for their safety! The coronavirus is spreading like a wildfire and causing lots of havoc everywhere. Today is the third day. There are still people not following the lockdown. I wish and pray that this virus goes forever and bring back life.
26th March 2020 Thursday – 2nd Day of Lockdown I got up very late. My kids got up even later than me. We had roti and omelette for breakfast, fried rice and dal for lunch and maggi for dinner not to mention the thermos filled hot water. We played cards in the evening. My daughters did their daily assignments as usual. I also did a brisk walk in the room. I did my prayers and read my book. I watched TV most of the time. The weather was good. Neighbor’s kids came out to play since they were tired of being locked down. I can truly understand their plight. While going to bed, I listened to youtube talk series on various topics of my interest.
25th March 2020 Wednesday – 1st Day of Lockdown This is the first day of the lockdown and I got up late. There was quietness everywhere which is good for my peace of mind. We had Chamdu for breakfast and veg momo for lunch and dinner. Every hour the loud siren reminds us of the lockdown. I spent time reading my book.TV is on the whole day. I can see police personals having a tough time controlling people on the road. I am quite surprised to see people still coming out of their houses without valid reasons. There are people like doctors, nurses, ward boys, police personals who are working so hard day and night. They are the ones who attracted all my respect. Rightly said by PM Modi, they are the real corona warriors. At times like this when the whole world is affected by this virus, at least we have to abide by all the directions given by our government. And all that PM is asking is home quarantine and that too for our own benefit. Why can’t people understand this simple fact! It was a sight for a sore eye.
24th March 2020 Tuesday I got up late as usual. I had roti and omelette for breakfast, rice and dal for lunch and light soup for dinner. Social media is flooding with news about coronavirus. There will be Prime minister’s second national address at 8 pm. Everybody is expecting another shocking news since the number of coronavirus cases is mushrooming. Evening came. Everybody is glued to TV sets for PM’s national address. At 8 pm, the PM announced 21 days’ pan India lockdown much stricter than the last Janta curfew. The decree was hard to digest for everyone but it was the right step if we really want to fight this virus. Most people welcomed this but poor people especially the daily wager would have to face lots of difficulties. Later in the night, TV channels are showing live coverage of people queuing up to buy daily commodities. There was no social distancing at all in the markets.
23rd March 2020 Monday Sonchoe didn’t go to the clinic today. We had Idli for breakfast. The number of corona cases in India is rising. TV channels are flooding with corona news. In the evening, I heard the sad news about the demise of a 60 year Tibetan due to covid-19. There was panic among Tibetans in Dharamsala. The man had recently come from the USA.
22nd March 2020 Sunday – JANTA CURFEW Got up late coz I had already known from last night that we won’t be allowed to go out unnecessarily. Veg momo Rice and dal Today is Janta curfew and there is complete lockdown across India. Nevertheless, all the essential things are at our disposal. There was unusual quietness around when all the vehicles ceased plying on the road. There were regular updates on TV. It was the first time we had this; what we called Janta curfew. Everybody from the great leaders to the daily wagers kept themselves locked inside their respective homes and had real family time. Despite the stringent appeal from the PM for complete lockdown, some unscrupulous people kept coming out of their homes and these were broadcasted on tv channels. Reluctantly the police personals who were on patrol had to resort to latti charge. Not only were those people exposing themselves to the disease, but they were also posing danger to their loving family members and others. At 5 pm, there was a siren and the people around my area came out from their houses and cheered the covid-19 warrior for their relentless and selfless sacrifice in this global war against coronavirus. It was such an emotional moment for everyone because, for the first time, everybody; rich or poor; men or women; young or old all over India unanimously followed the PM’s appeal. TV channels were flashing with live coverage of people coming out in the balcony and yards some blowing corn shell and others clapping, beating utensils and beating drums. Like many others, I and my family also did our part sincerely.
21st March 2020 Saturday We had a late breakfast. We had roti and omelette for breakfast. Sonchoe left for the clinic but came home early. Kunga went back to Gangkyi in the evening. All the TV channels are giving live updates on the deadly coronavirus. Coronavirus has become the talk of the town. Countries like Iran, Spain, Italy have become the new epicenters of this disease after China. The PM of India, Mr. Narenda Modi is going to address the nation at 8 pm.
20th March 2020 Friday Sonchoe left for the clinic as usual. Bhuti went to Mcleod to meet her friend in the wake of this coronavirus pandemic. Around 4 pm, I went to receive my younger brother Kunga who was staying in Gangkyi. After picking him, we went to Kotwali bazaar to refill my scooty. We were back home in no time. It was a small family reunion here; brother, my wife, my three daughters and myself. We made vegetable momo for dinner. The four ladies squeezed themselves on one double bed in the bedroom while kunga and myself occupied the two beds in the seating room.