Lockdown

Lockdown – this word was not familiar until the last week of March 2020 and now it has become a household name….

I have penned down a few of my random thoughts, which have occupied my mind during the lockdown and just thought to share about it…

Let’s talk about working-class people… Always in rush 24 X 7, leading a robotic-monotonous life… Waking up in the morning, getting ready for office, struggling to board the train/bus to reach office, working till evening and then again back to train/bus/auto to reach home, dining with family, then retiring onto the bed after exchanging few words with family… And the next day, the same cycle is repeated… Hardly people find time to sit peacefully and spend time with their family except on Sundays/Holidays… And so they were very excited initially to learn about not having to go to the office for 21 days, as it would give them a break from their regular monotonous life….

At the onset of lockdown, they planned to chill, relax, and spend time with their family at home inspite of being on ‘Work from Home (WFH)’ mode… But within a few days, WFH turned bad because, at home, employees put in more working hours… Still, they ain’t complaining as they understand the fact that it’s better & safe to stay indoors than be outdoors in the current scenario… 

My heart goes out for the people working in the Banking Sector, Farmers, Vegetable-Fruit Vendors, Security Guards, Delivery People, Grocery Store Keeper, etc as they are stepping out of their home amidst the COVID-19 scare and working in the lockdown period…

Whereas Doctors, Nurses, Paramedical Staff, Cleaners at hospitals, etc. are risking their lives for us; treating & being amongst COVID-positive population without fearing for their own lives…

Also, Policemen are out serving and working for the safety of everyone…

A grand salute to all these people as we shall be unable to pay-off the sacrifice they are giving to save us from this pandemic… The only way to respect their sacrifice is to stay home and step out only when it’s necessary…

Lockdown is a blessing in disguise for some and for the majority of our population; it’s more a curse…

Life during the current period has changed completely… People are waking up at their convenience, sitting with family, and having all meals of the day at peace… Have enough time to try their hands at the activities, which they have always wanted to do but have never managed to allocate time to like cooking, painting, making crafts, growing plants, reading books, writing, etc… Got time to connect via video calls with loved ones… 

For such a group of people, this lockdown has proved to be a blessing in disguise…

And on the other hand, it’s very sad and unfortunate that this very blessing has turned into a curse for the majority across our nation… Laborers/Daily wage workers are going through extremely painful situation… Working-class people at least are getting their salary (be it complete or with a pay cut) but Daily wage workers are struggling to even get a meal for a day!!! Moreover due to this, they are unable to transfer money to their family back home who is financially dependent upon them… 

Migrant workers live miles apart from their family and therefore cannot even seek the emotional support of them when that’s what is most required now… Owing to no transport means available to reach their native place & no money, they are walking miles to reach their family… Really Unfortunate!!!

The very excitement of being at home has already started fizzing out… People are turning crazy & panicky… Crazy because of the increase in the number of positive cases with each passing day… Panicky as there is no medication yet… This period now seems to be more of confinement Nobody has any idea as to for how many more days this current lockdown shall be extended and even if the lockdown is ended, we do not know how to step out amidst the virus scare…

Let us spend time with family/loved ones at our home and shower respect & gratitude towards those who have to step out for their work…And if possible, to reach out and help needy people, as this is the time where we need to stop being selfish to think only about ourselves but come ahead and think for the society on a whole…

I would like to end by requesting one and all to stay home & safe, keep praying for the entire world, express gratitude, and stay positive!!!

Published by bathulagirl

Pooja Bathula is born and bred in Mumbai... Works as an International Business Manager in a Pharmaceutical company which keeps her on her toes always but that doesn’t deter her from following her passion for reading, writing, traveling & shopping... Her friends describe her as an engaging story-teller!!!

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