My brother’s wedding was scheduled on May 3, 2020. He works in Banglore and we ie. my parents and sister-in-law reside at Mumbai. The wedding was scheduled to be conducted in Mumbai. The lockdown meant that the wedding had to be rescheduled. My parents were getting nervous and anxious on how to conduct the wedding. Finally on May 25th, the day when the First Domestic Flight service resumed, he managed to book a ticket and reach Mumbai. How he reached is all together a different another story. He was at home quarantine for 15 days.
Once the quarantine was over in mid-june, we resumed to search for an appropriate date to conduct the wedding and scheduled it for July2, 2020. By then the government had given permission to conduct wedding functions with less than 50 members. We got back in touch with our hotels and they also helped us with the same. The hotels already had the requisite permissions from the authorities.
We then informed our relatives and friends as a formality and also invited a few of them for the wedding. What followed next was traumatic and tragic and reallly disheartening. Almost every other person kept on forwarding random messages, which were almost three months old regarding lockdown and quarantine and etc. etc. I have received messages of such funny interpretations of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which even in my 10 years of practice of law, I have never heard about !!. Every second day, every other person, turned out to be a legal and medical expert !! Finally on July1, Thane City announced complete lockdown, which only increased our stress and tension. Even till the night of July1, we were not sure if the wedding would take place. The stress and tension was immense.
My parents are Diabetic patients and stress is their biggest enemy. Since the time of lockdown had started, stress had only increased and their health was vulnerable. Their condition was worse in the month of April end to May because my brother was in Banglore and we were still unsure on what to do about the wedding. Unfortunately, we live in a country, wherein only the problems of those on the streets and the uber rich are considered as problems. PEople like us go plainly unnoticed. Luckily somehow my parents managed to stay strong through the period.
Trust me more than the Virus itself, it was the rumours spread using Whatsapp, which was causing more damage to their mental healht and stressing them out. Our family and friends circle is educated and well to do, yet they fall prey to the rumours that were circulated. Every random person gave all the sermons except from telling us what was the need to conduct the wedding ? There were news on Vehicles being impounded at Check Naka.
Ultimately, admist all the tension, we managed to conduct the wedding.
This pandemic has caused more harm to people in ways, in which you cannot even imagine. The reason being because people think it is cool and normal to forward any information, without actually verifying the same from proper resources. In this digital world everyone wants to be a breaking news in the competition and therefore just forward even a month old message.
We are never behind in spreading rumours. Even today people do not understand the intensity of spreading a wrong news. Probably, more stringent application of laws is what is necessary at the present moment. Spreading of rumours has been causing more damage than phishing or an email scam.
It is almost 6 months now, yet the stress that we had incurred during those few months is immense. Probably something that cannot be expressed in words.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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