Happy World Laughter Day

India is going through a crisis, unheard of in the brief history of time. Our health infrastructure is overwhelmed, people are sick and dying, there is shortage of beds and oxygen in hospitals and elsewhere. Other nations are commiserating with us and lending a helping hand. Back home, people who matter are coming forward to lend a helping hand. I know that it is difficult to stifle a laugh through all of this.

Why is it the way it is? Why only India and no other country? What went wrong? Is the government to blame or are we the real culprits.

In February, we had started celebrating after the cases had plummeted. We had become over confident that we had outstripped the virus. The Government was slow to act. With our health infrastructure dating back to the 19th century, there is nothing much we can do. Genome sequencing is the need of the hour. We need to track the variants as to where it is spreading and where is it headed to.

The government isn’t only to blame. Back home, we must reflect as to whether we have shown covid appropriate behaviours. Have we worn masks when we should have, practiced social distancing etc?

We have and must take pride in our culture. We must be complacent of our age old systems like the Ayurveda and Yoga but not at the cost of making fun of other cultures. Above all, we must learn to laugh at ourselves before we laugh at others.

Happy World Laughter Day!

Stay positive 🤞