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We should take this chance to slow down and re-connect with family. This too shall pass taking a heavy toll, but how we saw it through will make the entire difference.
This pandemic, of COVID-19, is truly upon us. As global leaders test positive and self quarantine themselves, as nations seal their borders, as schools and colleges get closed, as cinema halls, malls, and pubs shut their doors, as stuff disappears from shelves, it is clear that it is an unprecedented situation.
A modicum of social self-restrictions, even at the cost of coming across as ‘uncool’ is imperative. Because we in India, are at the second stage of COVID19 and we barely have a month to go onto the third. Which will eventually happen! ‘When’ and ‘how much’ is unto us. It is in our sanitized hands to make sure the damage is limited.
At this time when the forces above are teaching us an important lesson, that there are no walls or religious diktats to divide us, it is eventually ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. It will be months before the attendant economic bloodbath will cease and the whole overwhelming global ramifications will be felt.
A newer pecking order on the world’s stage will get written. We as Indians need to rise up from our petty battles, and worry about the war ahead.
Investing in technology and rebuilding the economy are the only religious tenets to follow for some time. We owe it to our children to leave a saner world to them.
If only those local Chinese authorities had listened to that good doctor Li Wenliang when the hush-hush started in Wuhan about a new Virus! We wouldn’t be witnessing these Armageddonish days!
Wise ones have said, every crisis opens up new opportunities.
Maybe it’s the nature’s way of cautioning us to slow down and smell the coffee
Let’s get back to basics, moderation.
Invest wholesomely in love.
Adapt to the frugality of non-essentials and richness of conversations.
Bring out those books, board games and fill your homes with laughter.
This too shall pass taking a heavy toll but how we saw it through will make the entire difference.
There are many parents out there whose children are studying in overseas universities, who haven’t come home yet. Or tireless intrepid souls who are manning the airports, the hospitals, the essential services.
Each day is agony for their brave families. Keep them too in your prayers.
Stay Safe. Adaab! Namaskar!
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Darlings makes some excellent points about domestic violence . For such a movie to not follow through with a resolution that won't be problematic, is disappointing.
I watched Darlings last weekend, staying on top of its release on Netflix. It was a long-awaited respite from the recent flicks. I wanted badly to jump into its praise and will praise it, for something has to be said for the powerhouse performances it is packed with. But I will not be able to in a way that I really had wanted to.
I wanted to say that this is a must-watch on domestic violence that I stand behind and a needed and nuanced social portrayal. But unfortunately, I can’t. For I found Darlings to be deeply problematic when it comes to the portrayal of domestic violence and how that should be dealt with.
Before we rush to the ‘you must be having a problem because a man was hit’ or ‘much worse happens to women’ conclusions, that is not what my issue is. I have seen the praises and criticisms, and the criticisms of criticisms. I know, from having had close associations with non-profits and activists who fight domestic violence not just in India but globally, that much worse happens to women. I have written a book with case studies and statistics on that. Neither do I have any moral qualms around violence getting tackled with violence (that will be another post some day).
Gender stereotypes, though a by-product of the patriarchal society that we have always lived in, are now so intricately woven into our conditioning that despite our progressive thinking, we are unable to break free from them.
Repeatedly crossing, while on my morning walk ̶ a sticky, vine-coloured patch on the walkway, painted by jamuns that have fallen from the jamun tree, crushed by the impact of their fall, and perhaps, inadvertently trampled upon by walkers, awakens memories of the mulberry tree that stood in my parents’ house when I was growing up. Right at the entrance of the house, the tree caused a similar red and violet chaos on the floor, which greeted us each time we entered the gate.
Today, as I walked by this red-violet patch, I was reminded of an incident that my mother had narrated to me several times. It had taken place shortly after her marriage and her arrival in this house from her hometown.