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10 May 2020

The calm after a storm

IT WAS another midsummer morning in Delhi, with temperature hovering at 38 degrees Celsius. I was expecting the heat to top yesterday's temperature, which touched the highest mark this season at 40.9 degrees Celsius. Suddenly, the skies turned dark, dusty winds howled, and rain threw its pellets. Then, just as suddenly, it all stopped. A massive dust storm just hit the city, and it left behind an eerie stillness.

The calm after the dust storm reminds me of a quote from Vincent van Gogh. In a letter to his brother Theo, Mr. Van Gogh wrote:

My peace I leave with you—we saw how there is peace even in the storm.

May peace and quiet soothe us all when the storms of COVID-19 have passed.


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