Petite lavender flowers litter the pathway to my apartment complex, dancing among the pretty pink blossoms that already cover the entire road. A slight cool breeze offsets the sharp summer heat, swaying the pastel beauty by the slightest.Life springs all about—the ragas of the mynah, wriggling worms fleeing the birds, little leaves of the papaya seed peeking out of the moist soil (the gardener tended to his children with utmost care) and the elder fully grown tree, bearing ripe fruits, offering its belongings to the Sun God. Not to mention the slightly irksome hooting of the pigeons, which seem to have multiplied during the pandemic.While our lives seem to have arrived at an apparent standstill, life teems in our surroundings. And one can’t resist admiring the ebullience of these motile and immobile creatures, which brings a wide grin on my face.It is during my forenoon perambulations, that I observe the exuberance of life. Every morning, during my long “outings”, I am accompanied by several of my friends and acquaintances, who also venture outside ritually. It has become a sort of a ritual, to embark on such “outings”, although we are separated by square feet of tiles and robbed of our right to express ourselves.Humans are social animals and our innermost feelings are reflected by the movements of our facial muscles besides those expressions which float through the air and land softly in the listeners’ ears. But my friends and I, in fact, everyone in the world, currently are masked warriors, who are braving the fight against this invisible micro-organism which has overtaken our lives completely. We pick up emotions and understand each other better mostly through facial expressions, speaking of which, has anyone heard of the term ‘facial expression’ recently, let alone witnessed it? Masks mask our emotions.Perhaps these masks are a blessing in disguise, our frenemies will never know whether we acknowledged them or not, and so prove to be the saviour of our relationships!Regardless, we have to learn to live with this minuscule monster until we exert our dominance over it, just like we have on every entity, the only difference being that the former is an uninvited guest which has intruded and deranged our lives. Well Corona, your time is up!