Monday, May 11, 2020

CORONA is not a laughing matter – The lighter side – 24

CORONA is not a laughing matter – The lighter side – 24

The lockdown D-day, May 17, is approaching fast, if it is not extended further. The number of positives has reached almost 62 thousand plus with more than 2 thousand deaths. The redeeming thing is that the recovery rate is more than 30%. Most of the positive cases are confined to cosmopolitan/metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Ahmadabad among others. The governments are trying their best to control and manage the situation by their coordinated efforts. But the migration of workers still remains a problem which needs to be addressed. I think central government should take charge and settle the matter to avoid unnecessary acrimonious exchanges among the states. I don’t know whether it is good or bad, some of the TV channels are busy in defending their own skin in the wake of FIRs against their conduct
and as such they are stopped, may be temporarily, from spreading the communal virus which is more dangerous than Corona menace. Yet another visible thing is that there is no excessive media coverage on the rowdy crowds before the Thekas – Wine Shops. It seems, on gradual lifting of restrictions, the things will settle down after the proverbial ‘teething problems’. One thing is increasingly becoming clear that we need to learn to live with Corona in the months to come.

Let me mention yet another aspect of the positive fallout of the deadly pandemic – pollution free climate, a much needed change which has come as a reward of the lockdown. The waters in the rivers have become clean. The flora and fauna has brought cheers. The pollution in general has come back to healthy levels. Good but how to save it and sustain it once the lockdown is lifted? It is a big question which should engage the governments and the society besides normal administrative actions. Let us keep the gift of the deadly virus – clean air and water in the spirit of:

Paun Guru Paani PItta; Mata Dharat Mahat
One of us has put the good climate differently:-

On a more positive note:
Forget seeing the Himalayas and other natural vistas. Today the air was so clear my wife could see my point of view!

People, it seems, are tired of the prolonged confinement and future worries of the ground realities in the aftermath of the situation. Let us take recourse to the lighter side of the matter.

The Dhanda the traditional business of Brahmins, Priests, Mullas and Bhais would be at stake in the coming days as visualized by a rationalist:-

Religions all over are waiting for the Corona virus thing to end so that they can start performing miracles and healing the sick again!

A good practical reason to be at home to avoid unwanted confusion:-

आज बाजार में एक अनजान स्त्री ने मेरा हाथ पकड़ कर पूछा: अजी सुनते हैं सब्जी कौन सी लूँ?
जब मैंने चेहरे से मास्क हटाया तो वो शर्माकर बोली, अरे दईया, हमारे ये किधर गए?"
इसीलिए कहता हूं, घर पर रहें, सुरक्षित रहें! वरना आपकी पसंद की सब्ज़ी किसी और घर में बन रही होगी।
I am reminded of an old Hindi film song – Mujhe Duniawalo Sarabi Na Samjo; Mein Pitta Nahin Hoon Pilaie Gaie Hai
Some tippler has joked at the expense of dependence of State governments on the excise duty on alcohol:
लड़खड़ाना तो शराब की फितरत है;
पिये तो शराबी लड़खड़ाए, ना पिये तो सरकार!

As usual, I conclude this with Char-Lina of my friend Amarjeet of Oslo:

सब कहते हैं, कोरोना देश-दुनिया को ३०-४० साल पीछे ले जायेगा..इसीपर हास्य व्यंग्य में चार-लाइना:

कहे कोरोना, दुनिया को पीछे लेकर जाऊँगा,
मैं बोला कोई ग़म नहीं, सब कुछ सह जाऊँगा!
मगर सुन लो भगवन, पहले से बताये देता हूँ,
मैं भूल कर भी दोबारा ब्याह नहीं रचाऊँगा!!🤣
                               अमर जीतअंजान

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