02 December, 2020

Mumbai Diary | Where Hunger Pangs, Now Greater Than Ever, Smother The Chance To Hone Talent

The city has a silence, uncertainty and pain that reminds of the air the month after 9/11 in New York

Illustration by Saahil
Mumbai Diary | Where Hunger Pangs, Now Greater Than Ever, Smother The Chance To Hone Talent
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2020-05-16T13:23:09+05:30
Groundhog Day

The sequel of Contagion is unfolding all over the globe. The eighth week of the lockdown in Mumbai is not really Day 56, I tell myself; it’s just the same day all over again. The ‘incidence rate’, a term that has leapt from epidemiology courses to the media and everyday discourse, shows a shocking 600-plus new cases in Mumbai each day. There are over 10,000 active cases. Of course, this is a dream compared to New York City, where I moved from. The first line of a famous Tagore song reminds us, “We are all emperors in the kingdom of the emperor…or how else could we dance to His wishes?” With the novel coronavirus’ machinations, we can only do a babel dance to ‘His’ wishes.

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