VIRUS DIARY: Lockdown, loneliness and a difficult goodbyeOn the last night of her life, my cat watched fireworks and flaming paper lanterns illuminate the dark New Delhi skies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked India’s 1.3 billion people, living under the world’s largest lockdown, to turn lights off and place earthen lamps — the Hindu symbol of good over evil — on window ledges and balconies in solidarity against coronavirus. In India, where holidays and festivals are marked by an excess of color and light and sound, more is always better.



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