After the Covid vocabulary, the overtly used words are ‘together’ ‘united’, and ‘good citizen’. I was asking myself am I a good citizen? I am a law-abiding person, never broke any rule (never jumped a red light even on the deserted road). I pay tax on time. I practice my right to vote. I respect fellow countrymen irrespective of their religion or region. I do not harm public property.

(check out to know duties of a good citizen)

I am still confused, am I a good citizen?

And the reason for this confusion is whenever I point out what I feel is not right, people start telling me- “be a good citizen!” Whenever I express my disagreement with the policies or actions by the people selected by us (by the people), I am told – “be a good citizen!”

Is this phrase a homonym (same word with different meanings)? Or the phrase has changed its meaning over time? It sounds like- “shut up!” “Just follow the representatives of the country” “you are living in a democratic country but you dare not express your view!” So, essentially being a good citizen means playing dumb. 

 0And the other words ‘together’ or ‘united’, “we should work together to fight this pandemic”, “we need to be united in this crises”, “People and the government need to be together and united to deal with the present situation”

Seriously! Why do we need to be together or united only during the situations like this pandemic?? Don’t we need to be united always?

Divide and rule! This mantra was given by the British who ruled us for 200 years and our own representatives voted by us are following it to the T. They divide and like morons, we let them divide.

Unity, togetherness, and good citizen look like an illusion, a blindfold to ignore reality, a far-fetched dream.

Together we fought a battle against the British for freedom. Are we willing to rise again to be united in reality?

©Charu Gupta and potpourri of life.

I am blank….

I am blank….

Nothingness enveloped everything

Thoughts vanished without a trace

Calmness never felt so unsettling

Emptiness occupied the mind

I am numb….

Grief diffused into the air

Stationed destinies refuse to change

Confined life clogging to live

Clasped hope kneeled down in fear


I am a seed…

Buried deep down in the gloom

Waiting in the endless wait

A drop of water, warmth and the sun

Certainly will shoot up again!

I in the times of this pandemic’s overdose

© 2020 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.



Changed Plans

Almost two and a half months back…

This year seems to be a year to fulfil our dreams or rather move in the direction towards a good change. Finally all the desires were converting into reality. To begin with our daughter got a summer internship with a renowned organisation in New York with a decent remuneration. Her tickets were booked for a short trip back home. We had reserved a five days holiday in the mountains to surprise her. Though I was doing a lot of online work but wanted to restart my job as a teacher and I got one with a reputed school; I was super excited! And the cherry on the top was an offer to buy one of our properties at a profitable price (people who know us personally can understand why we need so much money). Apart from these personal look forwards there were many reasons to be happy in 2020.

25th March, 2020

The pandemic took over the world and India went into a complete lockdown. International flights were cancelled till uncertain period. Schools were shut and classes went online. Summer internship contracts were annulled. Most of the businesses were held up.

All our plans collapsed without warning!

One by one all that we had planned was disapproved by destiny. I had never felt so much helplessness in life. In just a couple of days life took a different turn. Everything blurred and became uncertain. Days overlapping without date and time, life was choked but you were still living.

Now what next?

A firm belief that everything will be fine and God has better plans. A spore of hope germinated after many days of gloominess. Some voice inside me whispered…there is a reason for the changed plans and unfulfilled desires. And the voice was right! There was a purpose of my daughter’s cancelled flight and internship, her time and energies were needed more by her aunt (my sister). That is another story of my sister’s failed plans which I’m not discussing here. Just to mention she is suffering with some medical issue (not covid-19) and needs a support for daily activities. We are at peace at least my daughter is there to help as no one in the family could fly in the current scenario.

Now I’m moving with the belief that our plans are not failed or disapproved but changed. Patiently waiting and praying to see the sign board on the path to reveal our purpose. One more thing….life does not need a fool proof blueprint. It surprises you at every turn so just keep moving with the trust…plans do change and everything will be fine.


© 2020 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.