At the stroke of the midnight hour, when people celebrate the beginning of the new year, the hope for a healthier and a safer Covid-free world will awake to a better and a brighter future in the days to come!
What a roller coaster ride had this 2020 been for all of us! A global pandemic forced humanity into lockdown, bringing in its wake much uncertainty, fear and gloom.
‘Man proposes and God disposes’, goes a famous phrase which reminds us every time that we are just mere creations of the superior power and that we are all playing our parts!
With the deadly coronavirus imprinting its footsteps without even cautioning people about the degree of havoc that it was capable of creating and spreading, paralyzing the entire world in no time, thereby disturbing the balance and normalcy of people’s lives in general and everything in particular.
The virus like any new virus which got germinated in a particular area, the presence of which was seen and felt across the globe, with people being affected humongously and dying overnight, leaving behind them a grieving family and a list of things not blue ticked on their to-do list.
Soon, the virus which was considered initially to disappear in a month’s time or so, slowly and gradually penetrated the entire system, affected one, two, hundreds, lakhs and unaccounted number of people, disrupting everything that it possibly could. It had become the corona virus!
News channels, daily newspapers flooded daily with the increased rates of people being affected every day in every state. The millennium year had seen the first ever pandemic and complete world-wide lockdown.
The concept of new normal had crept in the society and masks had become the new fashion. Every bag and pocket had a sanitizer bottle. The period started witnessing lockdown for a month which kept on extending. No weekend parties, no restaurant hopping, no open shops. Curfew all around the city. Empty streets had only the abandoned dogs and strolling cows. Hospitals started over pouring with patients. Schools, colleges and offices had shut down for an indefinite time. Online classes and work from home became the new practice!
The world in literal terms came to a halt, livelihood paused by 2020 had shown us everything bad that could have happened.
2020 has sure been the year that our ancestors warned us about. The natural disasters in 2020 brought catastrophic results for millions across nations in 2020. While turning the pages of the year, we get to see this:
- Migrant Crisis
- Hyderabad and Kerala floods
- Indian-China border tension, Crash of the Galwan Valley
- Uttarakhand forest fires
- Floods and landslides in Assam
- Beirut Explosion
- Cyclone Amphan
- Ahmedabad chemical factory blast
- Locust Attack
- Aurangabad railway incident
- Gas and oil leak in Assam
- Burevi Cyclone
- Kozhikode air plane crash
- Eluru outbreak
- Vietnam and Cambodia floods
- Punjab alcohol poisoning
- Cyclone Nisarga
- Srisailam hydroelectric power plant fire
- Anti-CAA riots in Delhi
- Strikes by farmers
2020 was also a year of loss as we lost many talented personalities from the world of showbiz across the world. And those were too personal and too emotional with the social media streaming news every day with various new updates. Remembering them with a heavy heart and love, one last time before the end of the year, 2020:
- Kobe Bryant
- Saroj Khan
- Irrfan Khan
- Wajid Khan
- Rishi Kapoor
- Diego Maradona
- Sushant Singh Rajput
- Asif Basra
- Chadwick Boseman
- Ashiesh Roy
- Soumitra Chatterjee
- Dr. Mahinder Watsa
- Kirk Douglas
- Sean Connery
- Bejan Daruwala
- Joe Clark
We live in a balanced ecosystem. We also believe that every cloud has a silver lining. And that is why all the bad things come with certain good things to maintain the equilibrium.
Here’s a list of some good things that actually happened in 2020:
- Record drop in global carbon emissions
- Scotland makes menstruation products free
- Congo discharged its last Ebola patient
- Election 2020 had the most voter participation in 120years
- Trained dogs protected poaching of 45 rhinos in South Africa
- Beginning of the biggest vaccine campaign in the history of medicine
- LGBTQ employees are protected by civil rights employment status
- Huge family bonding time
- Official eradication of polio in Africa
- Great development on technical and digital fronts
“Our world has changed immensely in the last few weeks but amid the upheaval and distress, there are reasons to believe we can emerge from the crisis with some human qualities enhanced”, writes Matthew Syed.
With the entire nation shaking and people breaking down, we have successfully dealt with the pandemic followed by various sorts of issues- personal, professional, mental, physical, psychological, social about which we rarely talked in our busy schedule and have come out better and stronger.
With the stepping in of the new year, we are also entering into a new decade, 2021–2030 with new hopes, dreams, plans, commitments, achievements and positivity!