City Series – Subiya Fatima in Aligarh, We the Isolationists (218th Corona Diary)
Our corona diary.
[Text and photo by Subiya Fatima]
I close my eyes in self-isolation from corona… and I see my cat sitting atop my bookshelf. I look over at the various rich, thick books on politics, history, romantic novels, a number of old used books inscribed with the names of numerous strangers from distant places that I will only ever read about. The cat jumps and brings down an old poem anthology by Faiz. Inevitably, I start humming ‘Hum Dekhege’ which in time leads me to thinking of Mussolini. I heave a sigh and feel the magnitude of my smallness in this big, strange world.
“We the Isolationists” series urges folks from any part of the world to share a brief diary starting with “I close my eyes in my self-isolation from Corona… and I see…” Not more than 100 words. With a horizontal-sized selfie, along with your city name… please mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.