Nirnendu Sekhar Roy lives in one of the US cities badly affected by Covid-19. He is a software professional in New Jersey who wants to be a professional photographer someday. The pandemic did not have significant impact on his day-to-day activities initially. He felt the main difference was just working from home instead of sitting in an office cubicle alongside his colleagues. But with time, his outlook changed. He made some realizations and learnt some important life lessons.
This is Nirnendu's story as shared with Affluent Society from USA:
This most infamous word has been with us for a quite a long time and became our daily routine. I am worried about millions of people who are affected with this deadly virus and fighting for their lives The situation of those families who lost their dear and loved ones makes me sad and mournful. Then there are those unfortunate people who are struggling to feed their family due to job cuts. We are almost at the end of the 3rd quarter of 2020 and we are still unaware of when we can travel freely, and when we can meet people without any fear.
Upside to Covid-19
I understood gradually that working in an office environment with friends is much more delightful and stress-free. Apart from being a code-guy I love to travel to different places and capture the moments with my camera. In last few months I was completely at home and could not explore much outside but it helped me to finish a few books which were previously ignored. I learnt some new preparations of chicken and fish, and watched some amazing movies with my family which were in our watch list from a long time. We love talking to our family and childhood friends over video calls which we were previously unable to do often in our original daily routine. Overall, the time we spend is different from the way we did before Covid-19 but it was quite nice in its own way. This period made me realize that health is the wealth for all of us and family and friends are the strongest strength.
Despite all the hardships we faced these months, life is still beautiful and it is a gift. I love to enjoy each moment of it. I try to help others in distress whenever possible which gives me immense pleasure and boost to live. Everyone reading this, please take care of yourself and your acquaintances. This time also shall pass. Please be gentle and compassionate to each other. We will be back to our familiar world quickly but with an experience of a lifetime.
About Human Stories:
All of us have a story to share. Some are joyful. Some are teary. Some provide perspectives. Several are downright heartbreaking. Others are simply inspiring.
I've been receiving and exchanging stories of COVID-19 lockdowns with business and government leaders from around the world since June. As the third wave of the pandemic handcuffs some nations and borders, I turn my attention to you - readers and followers of Affluent Society - and your emails and feedback to me these past months. While I continue serving my sentence in Melbourne, I will try my best to tell your story.
This Human Stories Series is a cumulation of stories shared with Affluent Society by its readers and followers from around the world.
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