Covid-19 in Catch-22 – Nihar Sharma – The Literature Times

Covid-19 in Catch-22 – Nihar Sharma – The Literature Times

“It was the best of times and it was the worst of times…”        

 – Charles Dickens

Indeed words of providence, an incredible sense of prophecy. Nature had the best of times while humanity had the worst of time.

Billions of People Millions of Stories

The poignant stories of how urban Indian migrant labour was made to walk hundreds of miles so that he can be safe in his little home in the rural India.

The stories of old couples who had no maid to come and help them any more, until some Good Samaritans knocked their doors and gave them food to eat.

Every crisis has an end and this shall also pass. We are perhaps at the cusp of seeing a wonderful world emerging out of this colossal crisis with new vigor and renewed vitality.

Man Caged and Nature Reclaimed

Once upon a time man was a part of nature. The problem appeared when man crossed its lane of need and entered into the den of greed. Man chained them. Man caged them.

Lockdown, home alone man is chained and caged. We didn’t lend our ear to hear the voice of nature. Man exists because nature exists, not the other way round.

In 30 years a Civet Cat was spotted walking the zebra crossing. We had crossed the line. It’s been long that nature was waiting on the wings and waiting for its chance to reclaim its lost space.

Freedom of Life and Fear of Death

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free…” – Rabindranath Tagore

The essence of life is so much in the sense we make of our freedom. There was this tussle between our mind and body, to fight or take a flight. Covid-19 put us in real Catch-22 situation.

Covid-19 was a classic dilemma between lives and livelihood. The lockdown was taking away our freedom but saving our life.

Home Work is the Boss Office Work for a Toss

First time as man lifted the broom to sweep the room it shifted his fundamental frame of thinking. The cleaning of utensils that musically appeared so rhythmical disappeared. Home became the epicenter of the emotional outburst.

It was the toss time in the family to decide who does what as home work had regained its lost imperial empire and had gained its position of the boss.

Timer for Setting a New Normal

The enemy was invisible and the fight was becoming invincible. It was the battle between the pace of virus and the human race. The fight is still on and we are together…

The old normal is dead and we have to learn to live with this new reality. We are going to operate in a completely new space of time.

Is this the beginning of a new reality?

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” – Chinese saying

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