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Old 22nd March 2020, 17:18   #61
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And suddenly a few minutes before 1700 hrs, the city - which was unusually quiet since morning - burst into applause and noise. Hands were clapping, thalis were beaten, drums were beaten, conches were blown.

Hope we can carry our enthusiasm and resolve for the next two weeks at least.
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I can't believe news clips showing people in some apartments gathering in the lawn and clapping together. Unbelievable !

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And suddenly a few minutes before 1700 hrs, the city - which was unusually quiet since morning - burst into applause and noise. Hands were clapping, thalis were beaten, drums were beaten, conches were blown.

Hope we can carry our enthusiasm and resolve for the next two weeks at least.
While completely agreeing with everything that Modi said in his speech, I have to admit being cynical about the 5 pm applause thing.

No longer; it was a much needed relief valve and morale booster for all to see the participation.

I am also willing to eat humble pie, and say that so far, the management of this by GoI/State governments has been masterly. They know they have limited resources of everything, they know they have all sort of weirdos as partymen and allies, and they know they have the largest population of an undisciplined people in the world to deal with. And there is no way that this size of population can be controlled by a relatively small enforcement number if push comes to shove.

I am a lot more inclined to optimism now, with more confidence that we have a leadership that knows what it is doing.

There will still be the local idiots and stupid politicians doing stupid things, but hopefully, more and more will be humbled into acting more sensibly at least in the short term.
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Great energy , great resolve to fight this issue in our country. Today was almost magical. 5 PM clapping felt magical and almost spiritual in our 900+ apartments community. Imagine this across the country. Its a great start and lets stay the course. Lets keep thinking and sending positive vibes to everyone and especially to those in the medical, essentials, security and other fields fighting this virus.
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Finished seeing a Tamil movie 'Draupadhi' on Amazon Prime; wouldn't think I'd sit through it, but was good. Then made tea and single handedly washed a sink full of utensils, just in time for the all that racket and went to balcony and joined the melee at 5 pm. Have given off to the domestic help. We're taking turns at domestic chores and haven't been in "curfew" in a long time, last time it was the Nov-Dec, 2015 floods and Vardah (Dec 2016) cyclone. Bored sitting at home so made this image of photo's shot this morning at home...
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Amazing! Simply fantastic. The positive emotions & the energy . What an idea!

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To my surprise, people have stuck to being indoors in my area in the suburbs. No movement on our street other than couple of cops on bikes and a garbage truck.

And the 5 PM thank you applause was a cherry on the cake.

Now let's sit tight indoors and continue this for about 8-10 days and we'd be in a really good position to fare better than the west in the fight against this virus.
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Went upstairs, burst some crackers while other family members were clapping. Seeing us do it, other people who were clapping too did the same. There were thumbs ups and smiles all around. Feels great to see the unity of our people in this aspect. Goes on to prove that we CAN and WILL be united when times demand.

Must say, the way the government machinery is working right now and the maturity with which the announcements of lockdown are happening without causing undue distress is commendable. Never expected it. Kudos!!!

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Now let's sit tight indoors and continue this for about 8-10 days and we'd be in a really good position to fare better than the west in the fight against this virus.
Continuing it further for 8-10 days would help us greatly, as the infected but unidentified persons stay put at home and help break the chain, once identified, they can be isolated and treated.

Looks like a plausible solution.

Once done with tackling the covid-19, there's a worldwide economic crisis looming ahead.
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Here is how Spain Applauded for Spanish Doctors as Coronavirus Lockdown Began there last week!

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Once done with tackling the covid-19, there's a worldwide economic crisis looming ahead.
Couldn't agree more. Of all the places - the largest consumer of products and services in the world - US needs to recover and stabilise economically. It has the largest single most impact on global economy. If rumours/reports to be believed China seems to be already on the path of recovery.
Daily calls with our NA counterparts isn't that encouraging. Crowd/people there are as stupid as anybody else in other parts of the world if not worse.
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This was a well thought out decision. Good to see such enthusiasm in the population. This is a vital step to break the chain of transmission. The fire services sanitised parts of my city and observed negligible traffic today. This is just the beginning of our fight to contain the spread and will also help the authorities identify places showing spike in cases and act accordingly.

Please do take good care of yourself and your loved ones. If someone elderly lives near your place, please look out for them and help them if in need.

Jai Hind.
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The fire services sanitised parts of my city
Also, as per https://www.mohfw.gov.in/ they planned mock drills in the government hospitals for preparedness.
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I can't believe news clips showing people in some apartments gathering in the lawn and clapping together. Unbelievable !
Saw few clips people applauding in groups on road somewhere. Can’t recall. If I find a YouTube link, will add it here.

Don’t know why few people are so careless. Have to be cautious of such people than the virus because these guys don’t care if they even act as human carriers for these virus transmission. Btw, read it in an article, the virus is mutating to a severe mode. Hope these people take it seriously before it’s too late.

Aside all the stupidity, I’m impressed as to how PM’s request was taken so seriously and wasn’t politicised / shown hatred anywhere. Hope this thing gets defeated soon and gets eradicated.

One last thing - Nature is fighting the humans in the most devastating way for whatever we have done to Mother Nature. It’s her time and she’s hit the reset button to restore balance and taking back what’s rightfully hers! It’s time we as Humans learn a lesson and start giving space for nature and learn to CO-exist. It’s pretty evident looking at how nature’s love is reverting to its glory in most of the cities under lockdown - EX: most of the habitat coming back to Italy, clear skies over China cities and now Indian cities.

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