Government is striving hard to bring the pandemic under control. Doctors, nurses and all technical staff are burning mid night oil to help patients recover from the grave situation. But some of the incidents which I came across had left me seething with anger. The first one is this. Myself and my husband were travelling from Chennai to Bangalore by car. After long hours of journey, we stopped at a spot and had our lunch. Then we started our travel again. As only the two of us were there, we removed our masks for some time since we were tired after lunch and the mask made us suffocate a little. We stopped at a signal. From nowhere two policemen appeared and asked to bring the car to the side of the road. They wanted us to pay a fine of Rs.200 as we were not wearing our masks. We showed our mask which was hanging from one of our ears and explained that after lunch we had removed the masks for a brief spell and were about to wear them. We also explained to them that only the two of us were in the car and the windows were closed. But they were insisting on our paying the fine. Finally, we apologized to them and they let us go. Just then, a bus overtook us. The bus was so crowded especially with students and youngsters and nobody was wearing mask. The bus overtook us under the very nose of the policemen. But the bus was not stopped. The policemen just stood there looking for other vehicles and let the bus go. They should have atleast stopped the bus and advised the passengers/students suitably. The second incident was when I was travelling in an auto. It was raining heavily. The road was full of traffic. We were waiting at a signal. Another auto came by the side of our auto and stopped. The other auto driver was not wearing mask and he spat on the road without any concern. The driver of the auto in which I was travelling advised him to wear the mask and also not to spit on the road. The other man got angry and started shouting at our auto driver in foul language. It also seemed that he was drunk. He shouted “Han! Ivaru perusa nattai kapatha vanthitaru” meaning “oh he is a great man who has come to save the nation”. “Many people who are clean, hygienic and healthy succumb to the disease. You will be affected whether you wear a mask or not, so don’t keep advising and mind your work” he shouted. By the time the signal became green and he started his vehicle and drove past us. I feel the basic reason for these kinds of behaviours is indiscipline. Discipline should be practiced from childhood. Schools and parents are giving importance only to studies and the main focus is only on gaining more marks, getting admission in good colleges and getting good jobs. But that’s not all. When we are forced to follow a particular disciplined life style that too, only for a short spell, our youngsters are not able to follow. And Government is trying to educate them now. I wonder whether this is ignorance or carelessness. There are so many other small incidents which have mentally affected me so much in our day-to-day life (not only topics like this but also other events which will bring a smile to our faces) which I will be bringing out in some more of my snippets in the coming weeks. Till then, bye.