Life Before Lockdown: #WordlessWisdom #WednesdayWisdom

Life Before Lockdown: #WordlessWisdom #WednesdayWisdom

“Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.”

– Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


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My older poppet and my father on a tour to the ancient city of Benaras/Varanasi in North India. Photo Credits: Arusha



When eating out wasn’t passe’. A meal my older one relished all by herself, by the river Ganges in Varanasi. Photo Credits: Arusha



When beaches were buzzing.
Life has changed so much after the pandemic. The same beaches now wear a deserted look
Location: Candolim beach, Goa



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When you’d eat out and watch the world go by. Busy and bustling.
Location: Majnu Ka Tila, a Tibetian settlement, by the banks of river Yamuna, Delhi.



When author interactions were life enriching. With Fransesc Miralles, author of the book, Ikigai. An evening spent covering the event early this year.



When concerts made your heart and soul sing and your feet tap to the rhythmic beats.
At the U2 concert, late last year in Bombay.
Can you spot Bono?



When long distance cycling with buddies was the high point of our weekends.
Location: India Gate, New Delhi





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56 thoughts on “Life Before Lockdown: #WordlessWisdom #WednesdayWisdom

  1. Awesome memories! Hopefully, it won’t be long before we all can make more.

    Your corner is beautiful this week! Thanks for sharing it at the ‘My Corner of the World’ link up.

  2. So many wonderful memories. How quickly the world has changed with Covid invading our space and peace of mind! Lovely photos, Natasha!

    1. This too shall pass, Vinatha. If not sooner then later.
      Meanwhile lets make some memories while in quarantine. 🙂

      Thanks Dear Vinitha.

  3. Wonderful pre-COVID memories. Thanks for sharing them. I guess we are all wondering what “normal” will look like as we move forward. Have a safe and healthy weekend!

  4. …Natasha, a lot has change and a lot will change as we go forward. Change and be among the living to enjoy brighter days in the future. Thanks for stopping by, take care and stay safe.

    1. Change is the only constant in our lives, as Mahatma Gandhi once said. And the more we embrace it with open arms, the happier we are 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by Tom.

  5. Oh yes, the freedom of pre lockdown life! I haven’t been out of the house in a long time. But hopefully things would soon open up here. Wonderful pictures to reminisc the old times.

  6. Moments become memories and bring back so many emotions to the present. Thank God for such happy, cheerful ones. Aren’t they a cheer right now!

    Life is all about the journey. enjoy the ride. We will remember these days too with mixed emotions, lessons learnt, with sprinkles of joy & happiness too.

    Have a great week ahead Natasha 🙂

    1. Totally are, Monika.

      Absolutely so. We must cherish and hold on to all that we have. And we have more than enough. Life is indeed blessed.

  7. Will definitely try to join in. Seeing those pics reminded me how up until late February, we used to all gather aroumd beaches, stores and so many places like it was normal. Now there’s always going to be fear. Can’t imagine a music concert this year.

  8. Those were the days and we hope they will be the days one day again. Will social distancing ever be forgotten or is it ingrained in me? We can only hope for the best. It will certainly be a story to tell my grandchildren, if I ever have any.

    1. Yes, all we can do is hope for the best, and be grateful for all these treasured moments we were able to enjoy.

      This too shall pass. Social distancing maybe the norm for sometime now, but I’m sure we will get back to our regular lives. Though it may take a while.

      Yes, these Covid times will be written in the annals of history for sure.
      Thanks a lot dear Alana for writing in.

    1. Thanks dear Diana,
      Murakami is a personal favourite. 🙂 Try reading his short stories to begin with.

      You have a good week ahead too. <3

    1. Yeah that was taken by my older daughter when she was on vacation to Benaras with my Father. The city my parents went to college to and my mum grew up in. 🙂

      Thanks Priya.

  9. Is it scary or weird that I feel that scenes like this were a part of our distant past, and not the recent past?

    But mostly I miss these simple joys that we took for granted. And did not even count as things that bought us joy!

    Hopefully, we get to go back to normal sometime this year. Which seems unlikely here in US. But at this point, hope is all we got.

    1. “But mostly I miss these simple joys that we took for granted. And did not even count as things that bought us joy!”

      You so beautifully said it, Shantala.

      It will be a while before we get back to life as usual. But I guess it will be worth the wait.

      Thanks for dropping by Shantala.

  10. Thanks for sharing such beautiful memories, Natasha! It’s these little things and the company of our near and dear ones that make life so worthwhile. Hopefully, we shall find our normal very soon. Until then, let’s stay positive and make the most of our lockdown days! One day, this too shall be history, right?

    Much love and happy vibes to tide through these uncertain times, dear friend!
    Let us speak soon!

    1. Yes, the only way to be in this situation is to stay optimistic and count all the blessings we have.

      Sure what a story that will go down in history!! Phew! And we were part of it.

      Much love and virtual hugs my dear friend Stay beautiful, stay positive. <3

  11. That’s a beautiful post, reminding of the days we lived as normal.
    Staying with your loved ones is more important even if it’s on the terrace of house or beachside.
    Thanks for sharing the glimpses of your life. The ikigai pic and cycling pic were the best for my memory.

  12. Such fond memories. You took me back to before the lock-down and I remembered being out on a cruise on our boat. Thank you for that.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

    1. Yes, it surely will be. May take sometime, but tis too shall pass. And we are in this together as a global community. 🙂

      Much love and happiness, Veronica.

  13. You certainly are making me yearn for all those things but then again I’m iffy coming to a stop on my bike, kind of how I was on roller skates. I love the pic behind the photo and watching the world go by which we can still do, sort of.
    I’d fine peace and serenity in a park or beach without many or any people, sadly not always the case.
    How was the U2 concert, I was just thinking about how Apple gave people their music for free and some were outraged.

    1. The U2 concert was outstanding.
      Oh! Didn’t know about the Apple fiasco with them.

      Yes, I guess we all yearn for these things to return. But I guess for the time being all we got to do is make peace with what we have.

      This too shall be behind us, if not sooner, but later for sure. 🙂

    1. I’m sure it will be good again. We just got to hold on tight and wait for this to tide through.

      Take care. Sending you happy vibes. 🙂

  14. Its been almost 50 days since lockdown but it feels so long ago that we were busy and free.
    Good days will be back soon. Till that time we need to hold on and hang on!

      1. Thanks Ramya. I’m not sure I’m missing that life as much. Yes, I do appreciate all that I was able to experience before Covid.

        But I do quite enjoy this new life too. I’m grateful for the hot meals and a family (my dogs included) by my side, and a comfortable home too.

        Probably what I really miss is traveling and going long distance cycling.

    1. Absolutely so. And also make the best of these days too. They are good too, as long as we look at all that we have.

      My heart goes out to the migrants, to the front line workers who are toiling it out day and night. I hope they find peace and light and are showered with ample good.

      Lovely to have you join us, Anagha. Welcome back. 🙂

  15. Very wise words of Haruki, Natasha. Your pictures show us how valuable life is and how we all have to appreciate what we have. Wow! U2 Clean Pawkisses for a Happy Wednesday. Stay Safe Healthy and Yourselfie

    1. Murakami is a personal favourite.

      Yes, indeed. More often than not we end up complaining for all that we don’t. Giving gratitude really does turn the tide in our favour and make our lives so worthwhile.

      Virtual hugs for a wondrous #WW, Binky and Gran. 🙂

  16. I hope your smile remained the same, dear Natasha!
    Lovely thoughts and shots full of memories!
    Wishing you all the best and a Happy WW, from another part of the world!

    1. Thanks darling Suzana. Yes, my smile still remains the same. Amen! to that. :)))

      You too have a wondrous week ahead my dear friend. Big love <3

  17. Thanks! You took me on a beautiful journey through parts of the world I don’t think I will ever tread.
    Have a good day, Natasha!

    1. When we are with our loved ones we are happy, the rest come and go, time does not stop. Happy WW!

      1. Thanks Rof. You hit the nail indeed. Time does stop for none. Thanks for coming by and leaving your imprints. Unable to access your blog, though.

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