2nd Wave COVID in India: Sunday Musings #117

Even though I returned from India about two weeks ago, my mind would not shut up about the COVID scenario in India. Yes, my family is safe, for now. But it is still scary.

There are a very few hospital beds available. Oxygen and its cylinders, and the medicines are scarce. And there is an acute vaccine shortage, attributed to poor planning by the government and of course the population size.

To top the mess, we just had our election results out in 5 states and had the heads sworn in, so there are lot of political bashing and blaming going for the COVID mess as well as the other things. And of course, a lot of fake forwards and messages that are passing through as well.

And watching the news and videos is heartbreaking. But even more paining is how desensitized people and especially medical workers are becoming to death news.

There are several NGOs and individual fundraisers that are currently keeping information and fund flowing. If you guys are interested I could share a few of these links later. Just let me know in the comments.

Staying safe and fully vaccinated in UAE currently is making me feel grateful and guilty about the privilege.

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What I read this week

So I finally pulled myself off the reading slump that lasted almost a month and read my first book of May.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy was on my TBR for a long long time. I queued up the movie on my OTT for this week, so I had to read it before watching.

What I watched this week

How good was Line of Duty S6 on BBC? I love the show and I am so glad that the quality never dipped all through the six seasons.

I also watched a couple of episodes again on Amazon’s The boys. It is worth a superhero series rewatch.

On my blog

In case you missed the posts from my blog, last week.

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I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme.

Around the blogosphere

I loved this wonderful post that Sahi had shared with 40 books by Asian authors on her TBR.

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Let us chat

So what else is happening? What are your week like? What are you currently reading and watching? Let’s talk.


  1. Literary Feline

    Yes, please share links in how we can help from afar. I feel so terrible for everyone in India right now. The situation there is so dire. I hope your family continues to be safe and well. My husband was able to get his second dose of vaccine today. He’s taken tomorrow off from work in case he has any side effects. So far he just has a sore arm. Take care, Gayathri.

  2. Kymber Hawke

    I’m so glad your family is safe. I look forward to following the links you’re going to post. Take care. xo

    • Natalie @Natflix&Books

      The covid situation in India is definitely scary. Glad your family is safe for now. Reading slumps are the worst. There were definitely a few months there where I was barely reading at all. Happy reading!

      • Gayathri

        Thank you!

  3. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    So glad your family is okay but the news out of India is heartbreaking. It’s also another reminder of the privilege so many of us are lucky enough to have.

  4. Maureen @ Maureen's Books

    It’s so sad to hear the news about India. I can’t even imagine how you must feel. I thinks it’s impressive you even got a little reading done. Don’t be to harsh on yourself. 😉
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  5. Katherine

    The news coming out of India right now is just heartbreaking and it’s hard not to feel absolutely helpless. I’m glad you and your family are safe and that you’ve gotten through the reading slump. I hope this week is a good one.

  6. Rachel

    The situation in India is disturbing! I remember thinking when we were going through our surge that I hoped I didn’t get into a car accident or need an appendectomy because we literally had beds in the hallways (at my hospital) and were rationing dialysis and oxygen! We had a refrigerated truck parked outside with the overflow of deceased ones waiting to go to the morgue, because the morgues were so backed up. It was very draining and we were so busy! As a healthcare worker I don’t want to go through that again, but it seems even worse in India right now. Glad to hear your family is okay!

  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    I am constantly thinking about India right now. I’m glad that you can share your first-hand thoughts and I hope that all of us can help India in any ways that we can.

    It is good that you have finally been able to get out of your reading slump. What a miserable feeling, to be unable to read and to stick with things.

  8. Tessa

    You know, it makes me feel a bit guilty too. As I said last week, it’s just so horrifying. My heart goes out to them ❤️

  9. Yvonne

    I’m glad to hear your family is safe. It’s tragic what is going on in India. I’ve seen it on our news and there are just no words to describe the horror of it all. I do hope they can somehow get this disease under control.

    Take care and I hope you have a good week.

  10. Victoria A Hamel

    Yes please share links. I’m glad to hear your family is doing well. The situation in India is so tragic and I am thinking about you in your family when I hear news from India in the US. I’m glad you were able to escape in to a good book and some good TV. I’m currently listening to Arsenic and Adobo which is a really great read. Have a good week and I’ll keep an eye out for links from you to help.

    • Gayathri

      I need Arsenic and Adobo too, been hearing good things about it.

  11. jessicabookworm

    India and its people are in my prayers 🙏❤ As for my week it has been quiet, cold and wet! I finished reading The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle AND The Birds & Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier. Plus I finished watching series two of the WWII drama Das Boot. Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

    • Gayathri

      I hope you have a good reading week ahead!

  12. Diana @ Book of Secrets

    The news reports on India’s COVID situation are so scary. I’d love to know how to help in some way. Glad to hear your family is safe.

    • Gayathri

      I will definitely share some links soon.

  13. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Hugs! I’m glad your family is safe. The situation in India is scary. COVID news from India is all over my news feed here in the US. I hope they’re able to get it under control.

    • Gayathri

      I hope so too. Thank you!

  14. Laurel-Rain Snow

    So many terrible events around the world, still happening, and India’s outbreaks are so scary. I am glad your family is safe.

    Take care, and enjoy your books and movies.

  15. Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

    I’m happy to hear that your family is safe, Gayathri, but that doesn’t make what is happening in India any less scary or horrible. I would like a list of places where I could donate being sure money actually goes to India and to help people who are sick right now.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

    • Gayathri

      Thank you. I will compile a list soon.

  16. Greg

    It is awful when there is so much tragedy that we get desensitized to it. and absolutely do share any links you have. We need to do everything we can no matter how small the amount- anything is going to help now hopefully. I am glad to hear your family is well and safe.

    Take care this week and be well.

    • Gayathri

      I totally agree with the desensitized part. I hope things get better soon.


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