My husband Raju Natarajan talks of a crystal ball into which he looks and sees the future. I look around, and see the optics of where life is going to take me and you.
My Vedanta teaches me to live in the now. It is not easy as the mind is a monkey and wanders trying to base current experiences on the past and projecting them into the future. We seem to be obsessed with goals and purpose of life. Zen treats you to enjoy the moment. In fact Osho, the grand master says, “Purpose is a man-created concept. Rivers are not flowing for any purpose, and the oceans are there not for any purpose. Except for man there is nothing like purpose anywhere else. Life simply is. Existence utterly is — it is not a means to some end; it is an end unto itself”. So, what will it be like in the future…in 5 years from now is to me in the laps of the Gods! Humans have this destructive gene in them that tries to destroy everything that is good in nature, in life, in relationships, in very existence. We fool ourselves that it is all for the better. I don’t know.
For me the BEST scenario for the future is returning to the land. I think people will abandon urban rat race and turn to the life of hoeing, ploughing, sowing and reaping and living off that good wholesome produce.
Everything else that comes into our lives is contaminated with the chemical evils of modern science that ignores everything natural and lives out of the lab. This is the worst scenario when humanity will be engulfed in water, choked by the air, starved by the land and taken over by heartless ogres of business and politics.
The Probable scenario has been beautifully sketched by my go-to family and friends. I just thought it would be nice to get a wider perspective of this stunningly imaginative topic proposed by Conrad.
Nitila Natarajan is my daughter. She is a banker in London and the pandemic has stopped her manic travelling that was her life till early this year. She says, “Allergies currently occupy top of mind! Environmental, food, air quality. Best – breakthrough in allergy medication. Worst – air quality deteriorates. Probable – some progress in symptom management, air quality remains same.
Chandra Padmanabhan is a cookbook writer and culinary specialist whose South Indian cookbooks are top bestsellers on Amazon! She has widely travelled all over the world and seen different people and civilizations. She says, “If 2020 was a Hula Hoop, let’s drop the year into the past. Let it go, for it was dreadful and instead look forward to a beautiful year—I am a cockeyed optimist! It will definitely be better than the year gone! In 5 years the World will be definitely better than today! I always believe ‘ If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
My childhood friend and classmate Subha Deivanayagam’s husband was one of the leading pulmonologists of Chennai. She has seen the medical world close at hand. She runs a family school for the underprivileged children in Chennai. Her take is, “The world in 5 years – probably slightly better than today.
Much more awareness about climate change among the younger generation and their passionate involvement. The pandemic has shone the light on the wrong steps and decisions being taken by mankind. This may help in course correction”.
Rama Narayanaswamy came into my life three years ago and has been a bulwark…a go-to person for practically anything and everything. She has been a Headmistress of a leading school in Chennai. She has been a caregiver to her late husband who had a special kind of Parkinson’s Disease. She is highly spiritual and volunteers as a Councillor in a free hospital, Sathya Saibaba Super Speciality Hospital in Bangalore. She is also training teachers online to upgrade their skills. She lives alone here with both her sons away in Japan and USA. “I look forward to a more disciplined and spiritual world, 2020 having taught us a huge lesson. Frankly I can’t and don’t want negativity so no worst case scenario for me!”
Ramani Reddy is a cancer survivor who has seen some of the most difficult situations any woman could face in life and come out of it fighting hard to get and maintain her equilibrium. She manages all her financial and personal matters single-handedly. Both her children are in the USA and her twice a year visits to them is on hold right now. Her mother and grandfather were well known doctors. Her father is a nonagenarian and still keeps his hand in medicine. Her family members are in the medical field and she has seen the impact of the virus first hand in lives of doctors. She writes:
BEST ..Since the first Lockdown on March 22nd, I learnt the true meaning of “Thehraav” or remaining Calm! I observed that within the first 6 weeks itself that there are more varieties of birds in my trees and my foliage is cleaner and greener in the absence of pollution! I learnt that I can live with myself all alone, without another human being entering my home for 2 whole months! Most poignantly, I found some rare Treasures among my friends, who made it their mission to check on me, talk to me, share yummy treats, send me communications by email, whatsapp and other means of “Sandesa” (messages/news), just to reinforce the sentiment that they care for me!
5 years would probably see a healthy and rejuvenated Mother Earth! This is a Correction from The Powers that Be in the True Sense!
WORST..The Psychological Impact would be the first obvious damage followed by the Economic Downturn! People will buckle under the absence of human to human contact! I am a complete socially interactive human! I thrive on it! I can feel the palpable dejection setting in, at times quite impactfully! I try really hard to shake myself out of its vicelike grip!
Economic Meltdown is something we haven’t even addressed! We are busy trying to stay Alive! We have to brace ourselves to accept the inevitable!
PROBABLE..Everything is dependent on this Miracle that is being eagerly looked forward to..the vaccine for Covid 19!
Next, hopefully we as a Nation will learn to make ‘Swatccha Bharath’ (Clean India) an Anthem for Future Generations. Public hygiene continues to be a victim in our country!
We will most definitely treasure relationships more carefully!
Bond deeply with our elders, parents and children and friends!
Realise that acquisitions do not matter at all, when your Life’s breath is at the Mercy of an invisible Virus!!
Priorities undergo a Huge Correction!
A loud Shoutout to our PM, ‘Make healthcare more affordable and subsidised for the above 60’s population in our Nation’! India is the only country where Insurance companies baulk at the idea of having a plan for people above 60 years of age!
Mera Bharath is indeed not so Mahaan!! (A political manifesto to make India a great nation)
This is my take on this week’s Friday blog post topic suggested by Conrad. The other bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Shackman, Conrad, Ramana, Sanjanaah, Gaelikka, Srinivas and Raju.
Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they say about what they see in the future.