What After?

Author: Vrushali Deshmukh

The birds are free,

And so the men will be.

The roads won’t be empty,

The way lately they are used to be.

Finishing off errands with a smirk,

With new vigour, we will work,

We’ll be gathering hastily to the favourite public place.

Each family member will finally have a happy face.

The doctors won’t decease,

A cop won’t become a soldier.

When there’ll be a fresher air to breathe

Only then we will embrace the truest meaning of roger.

Distance won’t be a compulsion

And routine definitely in regression

Noisier than ever and closer than before

Will celebrate the essence of life more.

We will kiss our loved ones with passion.

Eyes will turn red, and heart will skip a beat.

As we will step out of our homes

Knowing we have survived it.

Knowing that we are safe.

That day will hit different!

Like a passive wildfire, this virus came unnervingly close only to rip this world in a few months. It’s not just about the sluggish habits. It is about the lethal damage of million lives that we’ve faced and the flattened economies that have put us in a limbo of shuddering hopes of a restored future. It’s already been over four months. The longer the globe sweats to impasse the pandemic, the less likely it is to recognize restoration. Some have lost their faith in government, and some are stashing essentials. Most of us have glided the smallest desires, such as giving hugs and grabbing drinks (that we took for granted all our lives) into our bucket-lists. Everything has come to a precedented halt, even the most awaited 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Everyone has kept their post-isolation fantasies listed. Perspective towards essential services has reformed.

It will take months for mutilation to undo as people will try rebuilding some semblance of a healthy life. The facets such as financial, demographic, lifestyle decisions, child-care, education, sports, business, etc. will face adversities. The behavioural aspects as trivial as intimacy will feel treacherous. Mundane activities such as grocery shopping will force us to envision everyone as a potential threat. The world is undoubtedly going to be different, highbrow, and with more values and no social contagion. Not just gloved servers in restaurants and disposable menu-cards but masked people (evident irony) will follow social distancing proactively.

A storm dies down. A pandemic doesn’t. 

In such cumbersome time, rotating schedules in companies and online classes at home will be reassuring. In any case, the pandemic will reshuffle the global structure in manners that are hard to envision. The disrupted distribution chains will further motivate the economies to devise new methods to ensure stability. Over the long haul, the pandemic will substantially decrease the profitability of the global economy, mainly if businesses shut down and the labour force lessens. The developing nations and those with more number of economically vulnerable workers are at a higher risk of dislocation. The universal framework is prone to incredible pressure, bringing about unsteadiness and global strife. 

Reconstructing economy will have no underlying resilience, thereby promising more of “blue-sky” days.

The pandemic seems like god’s ugly plan to be finally able to hear him. Howsoever chaotic it may seem, it is bestowing on us a healthier planet with a sustainable future.


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