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As I write here now, India’s Prime Minister Modi is speaking in Hindi to the people of his country explaining that the nationwide lockdown will continue until May 3, 2020, 19 days from today.
|A gorgeous sunset in Kauai, Hawaii from the veranda of our condo in Princeville. For more photos from that date five years ago please click here.|
This decision is not surprising when, as of today, there are 10,453 cases with 358 deaths. With a country of 1.3 billion people, it makes so much sense to maintain the lockdown for as long as it takes to avoid it getting out of hand, as it has in the US with its 587,155 cases with 23,644 deaths.
|Prime Minister Modi appears to be a kind and caring leader, dedicated to the well-being and safety for his countrymen.|
India will be instituting stricter guidelines for lockdown with more arrests and consequences for failure to comply. Some relaxing of restrictions may transpire on April 20th based on reviewing conditions at that time.
Prime Minister Modi is placing the responsibility on the “people” to become more diligent in following lockdown requirements to determine if relaxing of various business openings are possible.
|As the sunset progresses.|
In addition, there will be a focus on hotspots such as the poorest, most densely populated area of Dharavi in Mumbai, represented in the movie, Slumdog Millionaire, described here as follows from this site:
|As the sun set, it dropped beyond the horizon.|
The Dharavi slum was founded in 1884 during the British colonial era, and grew in part because of an expulsion of factories and residents from the peninsular city centre by the colonial government, and from the migration of poor rural Indians into urban Mumbai. For this reason, Dharavi is currently a highly multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and diverse settlement.
Dharavi has an active informal economy in which numerous household enterprises employ many of the slum residents—leather, textiles and pottery products are among the goods made inside Dharavi. The total annual turnover has been estimated at over US$1 billion.
|From the overlook across the street from our condo in Princeville. We’ve loved the area!|
|Cloudy day mountain view.|
Tomorrow, more information will be posted with greater detail on the restrictions as mentioned above and again on April 20th. We don’t expect any of these changes to have any impact on us.
We remain in place, with prayers and loving concern for my sister’s ongoing dilemma and poor health and now our daughter-in-law’s cancer surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where no family can be with her at the hospital.
|Another cloudy day mountain view.|
These are tough and heart-wrenching times, not only for those with COVID-19 but also for others facing hospitalization and isolation from loved ones during time of illness.
|The uniformity of this flower made it worthy of a photo.|
May our Indian friends and hotel staff member experience the celebrations in their hearts and in their homes with only their household family members with hope, blessings and safety.
Photo from one year ago today, April 14, 2019:
|We love this kudu photo after she’d stuck her head in the fresh bales of Lucerne we’d had delivered from Daisy”s Den. We call this lovely female, “Cupid” based upon the heart shaped marking on her neck. Cute! For more photos, please click here.|