2020 – A Pandemic Birthday


This year marks a quarter century of my existence,

A year that demanded some level of consistence,

A year filled with some half hearted persistence,

A year requiring a lot of social distance.

A year where a lot of mistakes were made,

A year where lot of karmic dues were paid,

A year where mostly indoors we stayed,

A year that lead to some hairs grayed. 

A year where the planet took a bender,

A year that the history books will remember,

A year that exposed humanity so tender,

A year that needed us all to surrender.

A year that forced us to change our way,

A year where to the screens we said hey,

A year that led a lot of people astray,

A year where I learnt to make a soufflé’.

A year that feels like a never ending slope,

A year where things have been too hard to cope,

A year where a country was crippled by a rope

A year where I have to lean a lot on hope.


Ps. I started a tradition last year on my birthday, to write a poem and talk about how the year has been so far (check last year’s poem here). Thanks to the pandemic, this year couldn’t be as eventful, but I am grateful for the good health of the people around me and the way they’ve coped and grown amidst the pandemic. If you’re reading this, I hope you and your loved ones are doing good and I wish you nothing but the best for your future.

Pps. 30th September 2020 also marked the completion of 3 full years of this blog. Bombay Ficus (earlier known as The Travellothoner), wouldn’t have been where it is without our viewers and the kind people who took some time out of their lives to leave encouraging words in their comments (For the story of how this blog came into existence and how it grew over the years, click here). We are deeply grateful for your continued love and support. Thank you!

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93 thoughts on “2020 – A Pandemic Birthday

  1. artandidioms

    Your poem brought tears to my eyes. It has been such a year of sadness and learning to adapt to a new way of normal. Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Hearteous Congratulations πŸŽ‰ for completing 3 successful years of the Blog. May this Blog grow multi folds in coming years. Keep Blogging Keep writing ☺️
    P.S you write Great Poems. πŸ‘ Keep up this tradition.
    And yes Happy Birthday πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

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  3. Beautiful expression..
    Yes this year has come with more challenges maybe than mankind saw before…lockdowns ..the spread of fear…but life is finding it’s way through the pandemic…hopefully the normalcy will be back…albeit a new normal..

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  5. Daniel Gavilanes

    Happy birthday! My birthday was a day before yours and I get that self-assessement perspetive with having a usually shared day become something more introspective. Great poem!!

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  6. Dew

    Happy Belated Birthday! it is a very good way to celebrate ones’ birthday by having a tradition to write about it. Wishing you good health and long life “Ayubowan!” as we say it in Sri Lanka.

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