My 5 PM Date with a Thaali

4 days ago when PM Modi requested the nation in his 30 minute long #JantaCurfew speech to bang their utensils and applaud the people on the frontline on Sunday, 22nd March 2020, I must admit that I wasn't expecting much of a turnout. But lo and behold!

 Modi isn't our Prime Minister for nothing. The man actually got everyone up, awake and banging their thaalis, not at 5 PM, but as early as 4:45 PM (atleast around my place) . All he asked was for 5 minutes. But we gave, whoever deserved our gratitude, a full 30 minutes of ear-deafening and enthusiastic thaali-banging appreciation (in hindsight, it would've been so cool if the whole thing turned into an impromptu "We will rock you" mass concert).

The whole vibe, for that period, was amazing. Amid all the stress of everyone contracting the Corona Virus, I actually felt for sometime, that there was a chance, that India would survive the outbreak much better than any of the other countries would. That feeling of hope, unity and positivity, that we were all in this together, even if for a short period of time, helped us feel motivated to change our attitude towards self-quarantining and social-distancing.

While the first two days of house arrest was frustrating, I think the people are coming to terms with the fact that, staying home may very well be the best way to protect everyone at home from what is out there.

PS - Along with the doctors, sanitation workers, nurses, police and everyone on the front line, I also have respect for the parents who have managed to keep their children at home the entire last week (FYI - schools, colleges and a few offices, including mine have been on WFH since the 16th of March).

All we need to wait for is for the remainder of the adults to understand that while wearing masks and using sanitizers may to some extent keep them safe, staying put within the four walls of their homes has a lot more protection to offer.


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