June in India was dramatic by anyone’s reckoning. Cyclones on both sides of the country, a plague of locusts eating their way across the north, and violent tiffs with China in the Himalayas and Pakistan in Kashmir all hit the giant nation as it attempted to reboot during the Covid crisis. Fortunately, the worst things to hit the Rajasthani capital of Jaipur were sandstorms and a heatwave that would make the Sahara sweat, as June 1 marked the beginning of “Unlock 1.0” – the first phase of lifting lockdown restrictions.
My lockdown was the opposite to that of my friends in the UK. While so many struggled with isolation-induced loneliness, I battled to get a moment to