The Lockdown – Stay Home, Stay Safe!

I’m getting bored at home! It’s been one week since the lockdown due to corona virus, I have been home and have repeated this dialogue almost 100 times. Quite relatable right! I’ m sure, I’m not the only one doing it. This sudden drift in our lives have certainly taken a toll over us. But do you remember yourself wishing for that one extra day off at work or school? Yes, I do regret that thought now. Obviously, we didn’t wish for something like this to happen.

Somehow, this made me remember Anne Frank. I know there is no comparison between the struggles faced by the Jews. But this indeed connects us to the personal mental struggle of every household faced during those times. We have been shattered by the mere thought of being locked down for 21 days. Can you even imagine the struggle faced by Anne Frank and her family of being lockdown for almost two years? They were protecting their lives from the Nazis, and here we are protecting ours from the COVID-19.

Hope never Fades

This sudden break in our life made me think about how temporary everything around us is. This made me realize how uncertain our life is. One moment we are so busy making our lives, and the next moment everything takes a halt. Everything that seems so essential in my entire life now seems useless. I believe everything will space out with time, and life will get back to normal soon, but this time is crucial. We have always cribbed for having an extra Sunday or getting more time to spend with our family. Especially the ones, living in metropolitan cities, we, people, are always busy making our careers, building a life for our loved ones and us. This is your moment to live that life with your family, make the most of it because you will never get it back. Stay home and stay safe! And together will come out through this soon.

P.S: For those unaware of Anne Frank, please do read The diary of a Young Girl.

Being Kind in an Unkind World

It was a typical Saturday morning. I woke up a bit late but somehow manage to board my regular metro to work. Dragging yourself to work on a weekend is definitely a task; ask anyone who has office on Saturdays. Now after getting down from the metro, it’s a 5-10 minutes’ walk to reach my office. Lost in thoughts as I took the usual lane, I was stopped by an elderly uncle who maybe would be in his fifty’s to lend him 10RS. Now, the odd thing about him was he was dressed appropriately (not too shabby like the ones worn by beggars) as well as he asked for money in English? But the moment he asked for cash, I was taken aback because the first thought that came to my mind What if it was a fake attempt.

Given the mediocrity of the society, we have been trained from childhood that if any stranger tries to communicate you in an unexpected manner then chances are that they might kidnap you. Now, I might sound bizarre to some of you, but that is what my first instinct was. And without giving any second thoughts, I just kept walking towards my office. But as I walked over 6-7 steps ahead, the fact that I started memorizing the scenario in my mind and happen to wonder what if that guy was a genuine one or what if he really needed that 10rs? I turned back to check on him but he wasn’t there. Now that left me in dual minds should I look out for him or rather get back to my work. But as I scanned the road, I found no trace of him and I decided to move ahead. However that incident certainly made me realize one thing and that is kindness is steadily fading from our society. Even though there thousands of us who really want to help the needy but are afraid to do so.

I remember a very famous line from Christropher Nolan’s film – The Dark Knight which goes like this:

‘People can be as good as the world lets them’

Have you ever wondered what if you’re stuck in such situations and nobody bothers to help you? Will that be fine for you? Obviously no, right? One thing that I learned from this is, it is important to keep the kindness flame burning within us. I know the world around isn’t always good, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing the right thing. Be alert, aware and attentive to your surrounding and act accordingly. Let’s come forward to bring this change and make this world a better place to live in, not only for us but also for our future generations.