The time indoors in these unforeseen circumstances has prompted me and many others to introspect few things. As a firm believer in the fact that everything happens for a reason, my mind is bombarded as to what is this pandemic trying to teach us humans. Is this a wake-up call in the 21st century amidst the entire world where people simply knew each other on social media?
Remember our childhood where holidays and Sundays were spent on terraces, playing in neighbourhood and we were free to go into each others’ homes. Everything had vanished because we never had time for our loved ones in the real world, but spent hours on social platforms following, liking and trolling people we had never met. We failed to give time to our families and loved ones, couldn’t pursue our interests on the simple pretext “ I DONT HAVE TIME”. We have enough time on our hands and nature has given us an opportunity to do everything and please ourselves and loved ones. Did we need a suffering to give time to our relations and ourselves ? Think ….
In the wake of Janta Curfew this Sunday and PM Modi’s appeal to assemble at 5 pm to express gratitude to every single citizen of the country who is risking their life to save millions. To my pleasant surprise, not one, two and three but the entire neighbourhood emerged on their balconies and ramps as a heartfelt gesture to thank. Sadly, the occasion is not a pleasant one as the world is in the tight grip of COVID-19. Shortly after the evening passed by, the social media and news was flooded with numerous videos of people, celebrities, politicians, richest and who not chanting Vande Matram and Chak De India filling the air with oneness and unity. A beautiful reminder that WE, INDIANS STAND UNITED AND WILL FIGHT IT OUT TOGETHER.
How many of us remember the last time when we spent time with our families sitting at homes? Most of us will have to struggle hard to recall, if we ever did it in last few months or years? The ideal way of spending holiday had changed for us. Packing bags for weekends to hill-stations or spending free time on shopping sprees and flocking at eateries had become the new norm. The change is welcome and it was thrilling to see Indians spending on themselves and recreation. But, not at the cost of compromising with your families and loved ones. Did we need a pandemic to remind us that it was important and crucial to spend quality time with our family?
Another News which caught my attention was that air quality, in the countries under severe lockdown, had improved in last few days. That’s nature’s way of giving us a jolt that climate change needs to be dealt seriously. Why do we need odd-even plans in a place? We must learn a lesson from this and act on it in the long run.
There are lakhs of people who are struggling to provide one meal for themselves and their families. Be it daily wagers, labourers, household help etc.
I humbly appeal to do a bit for the needy rather than shunning them out of the society by out casting them in lieu of something for which they are helpless and not responsible. The future is definitely uncertain and worrisome. Let’s learn from this and ponder on the values of our parents, grandparents and ancestors.
I hope that the worst is over and the suffering comes to an end. I wish everyone good health and prosperity in the time to come.