25 August 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

Lost a close family friend to Corona today.. Please take this seriously..

1868th BLOG POST

Well, today shall never be forgotten and the date shall become memorable in life – and not for any good reasons but something that came as a shock and pain just after I woke up in morning. We are all going through the notices and circulars that the Government and Municipal Corporations of our area are releasing which describes how many Corona cases have been added, recovered and number of deaths occurred due to the same in our area. This gives us some hope, or it adds to our worry. But generally, it is later skipped because we are still safe from it. Until now, I had the same attitude but there was always a small worry for my parents specially my mother as they are already suffering with certain diseases hence the infection might cause them much harm than me. I, anyway, don’t care much about life and death.

But today morning when I woke up, I got to know about death of one of our family friends and the aunty couldn’t fight against this disease because she was very weak. She was admitted since last 3 days near my home but none of us could go there to meet her or even my friend and his wife who were waiting outside the hospital whole day in expectation of some great news. We couldn’t even serve both of them lunch or dinner or even a cup of tea as they themselves advised us to not take things emotionally but practically and be at home. It was quite mature of them but then this news – it has surely affected them as every phone call they made to my mother post that were with cries or fit of weeps. Uncle, himself, is still admitted in the hospital hence this couple, who are even younger than me, handled all the death rituals and its arrangements all by themselves in such state of mind. The funeral only had both of them and a cousin who flew from Kolkata after knowing their parent’s covid infection.

The Covid infection is risky for sure. We do pretend to show that we don’t care about it as the death rate is very low in percentage but friends, just imagine, if anyone from our family ends up being in that percentage, it shall be very impactful for us – though everyone else reading the notice of that evening shall claim at their home that things are fine as only 1 or 2 deaths happening in their area, but for us, everything must have been lost. I just can’t imagine this virus taking away my family members just like that. No, it shouldn’t. I have been missing my jogging park and area around me but still it has been only 3-4 times that I have stepped out of my home for some very essential activities otherwise I haven’t since March 2020 even before it began in India.

Today, seeing my childhood friend lose his mother whom he loved immensely as I have seen him in hospitals since all these years every time auntiji got admitted – his concern and worries were always genuine and doing every thing worthwhile for her was always from heart. He never made faces about how much trouble he must take month after month due to deterioration in his mother’s health. And currently, his father is still at an Isolation centre fighting the battle separately. Imagine the pain, friends. It is happening with people like you and me.

I have written this post in order to request all of you to please take care and don’t move out of your house until and unless it is as urgent as the biggest emergency of your life. Things can surely wait. And in case you also don’t fear death like me, understand, may be your immunity shall be wonderful, you shall not face anything but in case, you end up becoming carrier and it spreads to your family members and someone becomes really serious – you shall never be able to forgive yourself. And then even you shall start fearing death because who wants to face one of their closest people up there answering why they did this to them. Let life and death be a sudden affair for us rather than planning to take things in our hands for someone else. If you have Work from Home capabilities, make good use of it. We have ample options of getting entertained in our home with so many digital things in place. Buy a carrom, ludo or chess if there are times when you feel you don’t have much options to feel happy and celebrated at home.

Please go and watch Mr. Ashish Chanchlani, a very famous Youtuber’s video on his channel. His parents, uncle-aunt and a kid from their family are in isolation after getting infected and the fear of this is very much visible on the face of Ashish and his sister who are on camera helping us understand what they had to go through. If my Blog didn’t work for you, at least that video shall. Even if nothing works, understand, it’s a PANDEMIC and not just regular cold and cough – the way many people are downgrading Covid-19’s impact just to show their fearless attitude. Don’t get influenced by them. You are a well-educated person yourself if you can read this post so please take responsibility of saving our families from this.

Thanks. Om Shanti for auntiji who have seen me since my childhood till now.


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