The name of the game
Here is an extraordinary pandemic story of how so many displaced people have adapted, changed and survived over the past 18 months, which have seen the world turn 180 degrees. Reinvention has become the name of the survival game. Without realizing it, we have all been forced to adapt and change, to acquire new habits, to review our priorities and to put all our strength to stay on top. Courage and determination brought out the Bahurupiya in all of us. We dropped old masks and wore new ones! We looked at each other in wonder and thanked our stars just for being alive.
We were silent witnesses to Covid-19 deaths on a daily basis, because day after day we heard tragic stories of loss and helplessness. The human brain is wired for survival, so even though graphic and painful stories of suffering and loss surrounded us, we still managed to maintain our sanity and move on. But think of people like the trending #cylinderman, whose random photo taken by a passing photographer made him an overnight social media sensation – with good reason! A 29-year-old man called Sagar Jadhav from Ambernath had spent most of his adult life making fun of his skinny figure, until he decided to change his physical appearance and find a new life . Public relations professional Tushar Bhamre secretly took a photo of an unknown beefy man leaning against a gas cylinder van, and posted the photo on FB! Boom! “Cylinder Man” briefly became the most talked about person, with heated conversations about the “muscleman” with an intense expression, who seemed lost in his own world.
Jadhav, a very young orphan, has worked with the agency since the age of 17. He weighed 50 kg when he was young and quickly discovered what it took to make more money as a gas delivery man: stamina and strength. As he said in an interview, “The more you deliver, the more money you get. I joined a gym and now weigh 78 kg. It delivers 60 to 70 cylinders per day. But hey! Life is about to change for Jadhav – he was inundated with calls and compliments after the FB post. I guess Bollywood will call it soon – imagine the specials! “Sagar Jadhav in and as a delivery man”! Bhamre – the clever PR professional who invited Jadhav to his home after the post went insane, will no doubt guide his ‘discovery’, which has now become something of a poster. After all, pandemic or not pandemic, everyone is waiting for the gas delivery man to show up on time!
Another incredible story that could easily be turned into an intriguing web series or reality TV show involves a young circus performer, who found herself starving, homeless and desperate after the circus folded up the huge tent and let loose. her acrobats and other artists during national confinement in March 2020. She decided to try her luck as a household help, even though she had never done “ghar ka kaam” before. She prided herself on being an entertainer accustomed to the attention and applause in the grand ring, as she deftly indulged in dangerous acts including spinning dizzy with a brace around her neck, dressed in costumes. gaudy tinsel, with heavy, dramatic makeup on her face. From living as part of the traveling circus troupe, sleeping in makeshift tents with her co-performers (animals), nearby, our daughter was not made for life in a tough SoBo house, who expected that she sets the table correctly. and know the difference between a fish knife and a butter knife. Intrepid, she happily walked out and quickly learned to say, “Hello, sir!” and keep hisaab-kitaab daily. It was obvious, he missed his old life, taalis, fame and many other things. It wasn’t enough to shoot nighttime videos singing and twirling to her favorite Bollywood songs, after washing up the last dish and donning garish costumes, imagining she was back entertaining the crowds. As soon as the restrictions lifted a bit, she made up a silly excuse and quit her chi chi job.
There are countless stories like the two that I have shared. Stories that amaze us in front of the human spirit and its malleability. We are all protean, able to take any shape and adapt to new extraterrestrial and even hostile environments. Next come the depressing – the evil and inexplicable avatars of “ordinary” people, whose monster side surfaces during calamities – such as unscrupulous doctors Manish Tripathi, Shivraj Pataria and his wife Nita, currently in detention, accused of ” vaccinated ”hundreds of unsuspecting citizens. at the Shivam hospital based in Charkop with God knows what! Unfortunately, these villains are also Mumbaikars!
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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