Friday 10 April 2020

Joining hands in spirit: My 10th letter to my Grandchildren documenting lessons from COVID-19 times

{This is the 10th post of the series where I will be writing 26 Letters to my Grandchildren about life and lessons during these tricky COVID19 times. 
Letter1, 2 , 3 , 56 , 78 and 9 can be found here}

11 April 2020

Aloha my little rockstar, 

Do you experiment in life? Do it, whether you fail or succeed at it, in either case, it will leave you an ounce more enriched and even kill the monotony of routine life. It is also important to do so under the supervision of an adult(until a certain age) who is aware of your line of thoughts and can improvise or edit if need be. 

I have been experimenting throughout my life as well. When I chose to resume my dream career in Ikea of Sweden in Europe right after your dad’s birth, leaving my little heart behind in India, it wasn’t an easy task. I felt a deep urge to prove to my little one that we together will handle it all. But when your dad’s nanny ran away with all our cash and kind, leaving behind the two-year-old locked up, I ended my experiment and gave up my career forever. So you see we can experiment but can’t put the condition of succeeding always and have the grace to embrace whatever the result is. 

Staying at home for some time and then starting my own Communication Skills Academy in Pune was my next experiment and it did turn out fruitful and satiating if I can say that. What I wish to tell you about is that if we have the talent and can take the risk, we can start afresh in any stream we wish and at any point in time.

Talking about experiments, I know another master of it who has taught us a lot and he is no other than our current prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi. I am not much into politics but I love the charisma of this man. Looking at his face I can say he possesses no ill will and owns his 130 million countrymen like his own family.

At a time when the whole country would have panicked in the wake of bitter COVID19 pandemic, we face today and the utter trauma in our minds could have caused havoc, he has made us join hands in spirit and take care of each other in these difficult times, through his experiments. He has handled all of us very gently and also taught to take care of our fellow beings to the best of our abilities. 

He is a learned man and knew social distancing is the only weapon he can use to save all of us but to stop a huge nation like ours overnight isn’t a job anyone is capable of without of course calling military and imposing emergency but he did it, such is his connect with the Indians. He asked our support to bring about Janta Curfew on 22nd March 2020 where he made us responsible to stay locked indoors 6a.m. to 9a.m. and need I say his experiment was totally supported by the masses who then got a glimpse of what a lockdown may feel like.

The same evening at 5 p.m. he asked all of us to come out of our houses or in our balconies and clap for the corona warriors like doctors, nurses, paramedics, policemen, bankers and people working day and night to ensure essential services for us without fearing for their lives. It was a historical moment when 130 million people joined their hands in true spirit and struck a thali with a spoon, rung bells and clapped loudly for 5 long minutes cheering and applauding the task of these selfless humanitarians. It was a beautiful experiment by our prime minister and he turned out victorious in his genuine intent. His call for genuine appreciation was joined in by all. These experiments also aided him to bring about a 21 days national lockdown smoothly as by then the need of the hour has sunk in the people.

His most recent experiment was ‘9 minutes at 9p.m.’ on 5th April 2020 where he aimed to wipe off the darkness of #COVID19 by the lights of hope and positivity. That divine night, the entire country shut all their lights and lighted Diyas and candles and torches of hope and faith for 9 minutes, sending up an earnest prayer to the Almighty and expressing our gratitude to the apostles of sacrifice who are doing their best to make us fight this deadly global pandemic. 

It was some beautiful moments for all of us when we ignited our hopes against all odds to become victorious over these difficult times.  Some people term and mock this experiment of motivation and unity as a superstitious act but most of us could relate to it and it felt like celebrating a festival, a ray of hope, in these gloomy times. The lessons his experiments teach us are not to give up under any circumstances and reach out for help to as many as you can in cash or kind or spirits, to each his own.

 I guess this is enough for this letter, the next one is going to a little extra special my kid. Let the experiment thing sink in, don’t jump on it without planning.

Sending your way loads of love
Your granny 


Hi Everyone, thanks for dropping by, this is my fifth consecutive #BlogchatterA2Z as well as global #AtoZchallenge and this year I will be writing ‘26 letters to my grandaughter’ with a special purpose which shall unfold as you read this series. In case you wish to check out what I wrote in the previous 4 challenges here are the links 201620172018 and 2019

Truly Yours Roma

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