It was mid-March when the Corona Virus pandemic hit India and like a storm, it affected the lives of Indian. People began panicking and started stocking up on food and other essentials. India went into a complete lockdown and the country became silent.
Alisha who had just come back from her trip to the states, got herself tested and much to her horror she tested positive. Being amongst the first few corona patients, she didn’t know what to expect out of it. She didn’t know if she would make it through this or not. But staying in isolation gave her a lot of time to think about her life and her life choices. Although she enjoyed her own company and loved reading, which she got to do in abundance, she still started feeling lonely and vulnerable.
On day 10 of her isolation, she was reading Wuthering Heights for the nth time in her life and was humming an unknown tune, when suddenly there was another hum that started following her tune. She thought that it was a coincidence and stopped, the other hum also stopped, she started humming, again and again, she got a companion, this happened for a couple of minutes before Alisha finally stopped. ‘Hey don’t stop… I have finally found a companion.’ came a voice from the left side of her divider. ‘Hahahahaha sure why not…’ replied Alisha and they both gave each other company in humming. No names exchanged no more words spoken, just faint humming to give each other company.
This continued for a couple of days before Alisha’s reports came, they were negative. She was overjoyed with the information and started humming a happy tune. ‘I presume that your reports have come and you are going home!’ her humming buddy said from across the divider. ‘Yes!’ she responded.
‘Thanks, I hope you recover soon. I would want to continue our humming sessions.’ she exclaimed.
‘Sure, I am Vihaan by the way.’ he introduced
‘Alisha.’ she responded.
‘When are you getting discharged?’
They both got back to their usual humming and fell into slumber. The next day as Alisha was leaving she wanted to make sure that they would be in touch, ‘Umm… Vihaan… do you… umm, want to like stay in touch…???’
‘Of course, I wanted to ask the same thing but didn’t know how to ask without sounding some creep.’
‘Hahaha, that’s okay… But why don’t we go to the old school way and be pen buddies? E-mail buddies, to be precise?’
‘Ohhh that’s a fantastic idea.’ he rejoiced.
‘Perfect my id is email@example.com’
‘I will write to you soon Miss. Dutt’ Vihaan said.
‘And I will be waiting. See you. Take care and you better come out of here soon and write to me regularly.’
‘Yes ma’am see you soon and you too take care.’
With that, they bid farewell with a promise to be in touch. On her way back Alisha was thinking about how she found a companion in a difficult situation.