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Mainstream, VOL LVIII No 34, New Delhi, August 8, 2020

Routine! | A.K. Das

Friday 7 August 2020

Are you missing the routine:
a drab, listless word,
lidless stare of monotony?
 
Getting ready, rushing to workplace,
doing the day’s job,
then the sun lengthening its shadows,
you return home, tired,
its comforting settings, warmth
of your dear ones removing fatigue.
 
Now a new reality has set in.
You work from home
without any fixed seat or cabin.
There is no boundary
between office and home;
it’s blurred into a single space.
 
You gradually get settled
to a different work ambience:
laptop, doorbell, clinking of utensils.
Absence of spark, buzz of an outer office:
a feeling of being confined
to a space creeps up within you.
 
What was routine now seems exciting;
its humdrum cradles a longing,
beckons to connect with the world outside.

— A.K. Das

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