India’s official COVID cases are rising. What about unofficial figures?

Yesterday, the nation witnessed close to 1.69 lakh coronavirus cases. Day before yesterday the number stood at 1.57 lakh cases. Reports suggest that India surpasses Brazil as world’s second worst-hit COVID country. The total number of cases stand at 1,35,27,717. There are 12,01,009 active cases in the country at present while 1,21,56,529 people have recovered from the disease. The death toll figures 1,70,179.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases are also rising in the states where election rallies are being held in full pace.  West Bengal reported 27,981 new coronavirus cases and 71 fatalities since April 1. In Assam,  352 more people tested positive for the infection pushing the tally to  2,20,310.

These are just official figures. We yet don’t know about the unofficial figures. For example, a cremation zone in Madhya Pradesh faced shortage of woods since flow of dead bodies was humongous. In Ahmedabad, nearly all the hospitals are flooded with infected patients. Doctors in Delhi’s AIIMS and Lucknow’s KGMU tested positive. Now, just for a second, think about the unofficial covid figures which aren’t reaching our ears or eyes; credit to the media for doing duties in an air conditioned office.

Night curfew isn’t the solution:

When traffic is really low and shops, malls, offices, government transport is shut then how can COVID surge in this scenario. We need restrictions during the day and money should be punched in the pockets of the poor. Yes, lockdown isn’t a solution, but we need stringent laws so people take precautions– be it out of fear. Another thing is, cinema halls should be completely shut for the moment. If not, then may be then can operate at a 25 per cent capacity. Offices that operate out of internet must be completely asked to work from home. Where such scenario does not prevail, an alternate day might be the solution. All the governments should sit down for a conference that includes economic experts and then chalk out a amicable solution because it’s not going to fade away soon from what appears to be. Think about the figures not reported and the scenario would be even more petrifying.

Besides all this, new strain of coronavirus is rapidly increasing. We yet don’t know how deep the damage can dive. Stay safe and take precaution.

I Lost My Only Friend (Dog) Due to Coronavirus

Cute dogs

I am not giving ideas for short stories with this. It is a story about love, once can call it friendship love.

My journalistic career demands me to switch my mind and places in no time. While I was enjoying my time in New Delhi, my editor asked me to move to Mumbai for at least six months.

I couldn’t contain my excitement of moving to a new place. The vibe is completely different and I was looking forward to explore every aspect of the city. I rented an apartment in Mumbai and my journey began in the financial capital of India. I was adjusting myself to the new conditions in the very first week.

Weather conditions in Delhi were cold, while here in Mumbai the climate was pleasant and so laziness was at bay. There was a shop just outside the entrance of my society. I often bought household stuff from there. One day, it must be around 9 pm, I spotted a cute little homeless angel outside the shop.

Shop, outside my house

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I tried to talk to him but he was quiet and just kept staring at me. The next week I just spotted him for one day but after that, I spotted him daily while I was returning from office. I played with him, cuddled him, fed him but it wasn’t enough to build the trust. This continued for around a month.

Once I just picked him up and brought him to my apartment. Like Mumbai was a different world to me, this angel was looking at all corners of my house. It looked like a foreign land to him. He inspected every corner just to make sure he was safe.  But I dropped him outside the shop after giving him food because I was concerned about his comfort. He found solace there. I knew some percentage of trust factor was still missing.

He would play with me for hours. I even took him for a long walk on a Sunday afternoon in Vashi. I fell in love with him. But suddenly a disease called Coronavirus engulfed the globe. Roads started to become empty. People started to migrate to their home town. Even I was asked by my organisation to do the same.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

While all this was happening, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced lockdown in the country in no time. I immediately booked a flight for Delhi and went to meet my friend.  I had named him Doggo. He wasn’t there. I looked around but could not find him. I searched the entire area and asked everyone around by showing his photo but, no one had any clue. With a sobbing heart I landed in Delhi, thinking about my pet friend in these tough times.

Empty Roads in lockdown

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The roads were empty. All the humans were confined to their homes. The poor child must be hungry and this thing kept bothering me all the time. After a month of lockdown, government eased restrictions. Now, I was asked to shift base to Delhi and hence, I had to fly to Mumbai to get my stuff.

I reached there in these testing times. Forget humans, I could hardly spot animals on roads. I did not spot him at the shop. After packing my stuff, I searched for him the entire day. It was getting hard to talk to humans because seriously, no one cared. Humans were hardly helping me and I don’t blame them. Doggo was nowhere to be found. All I wished for was his life and happiness. I could do nothing in this situation. I blame coronavirus for it because had it not attacked the world, doggo would have been with me today living life in a peaceful manner.  

The dog’s journey in my life was for a very limited time but I will never forget him and the cute face of the dog will be installed in my mind till my last breath. I hope someone must have adopted him.