The imagined impressions of a five-month old baby who is born into a world, devastated by the killer pandemic COVID-19; yet sweetened by an optimistic anticipation of a brighter tomorrow. More
By the time Alira is born, the entire world is under the grip of the evil king COVID-19. She does not find the beautiful world her mother had described to her while she was still her mother’s stomach. What Alira sees is a world of fear, despair and helplessness. She hears words like social distancing, quarantine, lockdown and face mask instead of flowers, trees, children and animals. No one comes to visit her; no one brings her flowers and gifts. Meantime, the world is in a state of paralysis by the rising numbers in infection and death caused by the sinister virus. Over 30 million people have fallen victims to the virus, and close to a million are dead. The scientists have, so far, not found a formula for a medicine to treat the sick. They have not succeeded in developing a vaccine to prevent people from getting infected. Millions of children miss schools and stay confined to homes. Alira represents the 385,000 babies who were born on the same day she was born. She is among the 104 million babies born in 2020 upto September. Will the 2.1 Billion children born during the last fifteen years, become a ‘lost generation’? Or will the virus be wiped out from the face of the globe to allow humanity to lead the everyday life?
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