While the world at large is rejoicing at the passage of 2020 and transition to 2021, not everyone shares this optimism and joy. For many, who have been badly bruised and battered by Covid 19, the path to recovery is going to be uncertain and long drawn and that too if Corona does not spread its fangs by way of more vicious strains.
I sometimes follow Urdu press for their poeticism. Came across a couplet in one of the Urdu publications that captured the circumspection of a large population to the premature celebration and optimism around 2021. The couplet reads:
दुनिया गुजर रही है रोज़ आज़माइशों से
है किस तरफ़ न जाने रुख़ वक़्त की नदी का
हम दो दहाईयों से है अबतला में और अब
इक्कीसवाँ साल है इक्कीसवीं सदी का ।।
The above is loosely translated as below:
World is facing new challenges each day
Only God knows what will be future’s way
For last two decades we have faced only trials and tribulations and no deterrent
Will this 21st year of 21st century be any different?
Let’s not presume that with change in calendar date, all is going to be automatically well! We shall have to continue with the new lifestyle post Corona and not revert to our old habits. We will have to respect nature and respect fellow humans for this Covid has been a great leveller and we need to imbibe the reality without any qualms or doubts!
Happy new year once again to my readers.