Chronicling the Days – Rana Bose

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

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This piece is by Rana Bose, writing on April 13, 2020.

Pandem Random Through One Way Glass.

Who is this guy who steps out of a car called Crossfire, wearing a maroon baseball cap, noise cancelling headphones on, and carrying a large Coke bottle everyday at 1 PM?

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3 thoughts on “Chronicling the Days – Rana Bose

  1. What a wonderful observation of life in our neighbourhood of NDG. Perhaps Rana Bose has always observed in detail but this time gives us the opportunity to look at people as persons from the required distance. Perhaps the distance helps observation. But there will be some who will continue in the after time unaffected by the present.


  2. Who indeed? The farting un-fedora-ed fickle filibusters of NDG, love the last image even though I’m non-conversant with Sacco (sp?) and Venzetti (sp?) Thanks, Rana.


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