Who Stole My O2
These are desperate times, a plague lurking to steal the air out of your lungs. And the air—pure, medical-grade oxygen is the mainstay of Covid therapy—has become so precious that thieves made off with seven cylinders filled with O2 from a tempo in Pune. That’s because supply of oxygen is not keeping pace with the demand in hospitals treating Covid patients, those on ventilator support. India’s coronavirus infections are ticking up and high Covid-count states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and Rajasthan have reported oxygen shortage. And so, thieves are trying to make money out of thin air.
Soft Carnatic music greeted guests at Keerthi Jalli’s official home in Assam’s Silchar town. The deputy commissioner, a 2013-batch IAS officer, had invited a handful of colleagues to what they thought was Ganesh puja. Well no,...