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An open letter to Corona – with malice to Covid-19

SAMIR RANJAN MAJUMDAR
Our unpardonable, deadly and invisible enemy,
I did not address you as ‘Dear…’ for the reason you might have come to know by now.
I do not know about your parentage, or place of your birth, or even date of your birth. Some say you are born in a Virology Laboratory in Wuhan, China in 2019. Some say you are born in one of the powerful western countries. Some say you are given birth solely to be used as a biological weapon by a country against other countries so that your mother country can become supreme power in the world. I do not know the truth about all these issues, nor do I intend to know.
It is true that you have succeeded in spreading panic among people all over the globe. You have cowardly killed millions of people all over the world. You have been successful in spreading distrust among people and instilling fear and anxiety in their mind.
You have put our regular life on hold to some extent. You have uprooted people from their home and forced some of them to flee. You have thrown a challenge to doctors, researchers and scientists to find a medicine to kill you and save humans from your scourge.
You have dealt a hard blow to the economy of all countries in the world and spoilt educational career of students. You have made millions of people worldwide go unemployed. You have made the families to treat their member(s) infected with you as untouchable. You have made the people to run out of money and food or daily comforts or drown in the fluid in their lungs, or caused deaths to our brave health care workers.   
You have made us acquaint with many terms like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), sanitizer, social distancing, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kit, junta curfew, lockdown, containment zone, red zone, buffer zone, orange zone, green zone, hotspot, cluster containment, facility quarantine, home quarantine, isolation, TrueNat (Nucleic Acid Test) testing, RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing, unlock, etc. and its meaning and objective.   
But you unpardonable Corona, I feel proud to tell you that your ominous mission has failed miserably due to brave and spirited frontline warriors – be they doctor or health care worker or police personnel or cleaning staff, who all have been bravely fighting you and rooting for love to save the world. Their indomitable courage, dedication and positive mindset have failed you, the invisible enemy, in your avowed dirty and most despicable mission to wreak total destruction of hope and humanity.
You have given us opportunity to spend more time with our parents and loved ones, to understand them and to learn what quality time is and happiness ingrained in power of togetherness. You have seen instances of great humanity and generosity of the governments, people and volunteers who distributed meals, food items, and essential medical supplies to the needy and poor and transported poor migrants to their destinations. You have seen how our teachers and educators found out ways to keep children learning and stimulating creativity.
You may have partially been successful in suspending civic and commercial activities across the world, but you failed to halt our life completely. We have been able to reach into each other’s homes through the internet and social media. We have explored hobbies, inner creativity and interests to pass time which we might never have had before. Many of us find ourselves reconnected with something which had been increasingly lost in hurly burly of modern life – of making and doing things from scratch ourselves, and realizing how deeply satisfying and fulfilling that can be.
You have seen how successfully we kept official work and businesses going by doing work from home.
Mind it, all your dirty games and despicable missions may bring to you and your parent success or happiness temporarily, but we the strong and resolute people of the world are going to have the last smile soon.
We still remember that your elder sister namely ‘Influenza’ had snuffed out some 50 to 100 million people in the 1918-influenza pandemic – numbers that surpassed the death toll of World War-I. The 1918-flu virus had infected one in every three people on this planet. But, we defeated your elder sister, moved on and established the present modern world. We are going to be victorious this time as well and very soon.
I know you are now feeling frustrated with rapidly rising recovery rate. Take it granted from me that day is not far when you are going to be completely annihilated from this earth for ever by the vaccine we are about to have very shortly.
Remember the earth is going to heal soon and breathe as it used to be before your treacherous attack, which you, like your mother country, mounted in a sheepish manner and that too stealthily. We are going to be stronger than ever, spread more love than ever and be there for each other.  Truly speaking, we can see bright light at the end of tunnel.
Lastly, remember, people will never forget and forgive your treachery and will also never pardon you and your parents who gave birth to you and unleashed you to prowl around the world.
-From a Spirited Captain
(samirmajumdar_2010@yahoo.com)

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi