No matter where you are in the world these days, there is only one topic that dominates every discussion- Coronavirus. Be it social media, family discussions, or even the daily gossip between women in the neighbourhood everybody is talking about it. A lot has been said and written about how to prevent the disease and the precautions to be taken.
The country is under lockdown, everybody is in quarantine and social distancing is being followed in a way that our generation has never seen before. We are a generation obsessed with ‘outings’ with our friends and spending weeks inside our homes is something that we would have never thought is possible for us. But now we have no choice but to follow the lockdown and stay inside.
As much as we need to take this situation seriously and be aware about how dangerous and deadly the disease is, we must also remain positive and find ways to take our minds off the repetitive discussions once in a while. Our government, too, is making sure that we stay positive and mentally healthy by coming up with activities like clapping for the frontline workers from the balconies or lighting diyas and lamps. These activities will not stop the spreading of the pandemic or cure it but it will at least take people’s minds away from the same old thoughts and will give everyone something to cheer during these difficult times.
So instead of counting how positive cases are these or how many people have died let us try to spread some positivity. There have been various reports on social media about how the lockdown has been a blessing in disguise for our mother nature. Since most of it was on social media, which is known for spreading rumours and fake news, we cannot believe each and every news item but the general feeling among people is that the absence of humans on the roads has been a good thing for our environment.
I am sure each one of us would have noticed an increase in the noises of birds chirping around our houses, especially in the morning. Even metros like Mumbai and Delhi, which are always crowded and polluted, are witnessing sparrows- a bird which most of our generation had seen only in our childhood!
Nupur Raval, Assistant Professor, Unitedworld School of Business (UWSB)
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