Humans today are suddenly faced with unthinkable and challenging times due to the deadly Corona pandemic. The impact has been devastating on all fronts. But still in the midst of all the dread and negativity surrounding our common enemy – Covid19, to look at the positive side, it has been successful in bringing out the hidden humanness in humans! I can see people are more patient, more giving, more empathetic, treating everyone equally and more helpful.
Few days ago, we were thrown into the Work From Home (WFH) mode and I was closely monitoring all the developments worldwide by consuming news on Corona from every possible channel. I was happy that Comsense acted swiftly much before time and decided to go WFH for everyone before the lockdown was formally announced.
Horrifying news from all corners of the world kept pouring and tormented me. Tremendous loss of life worldwide, shortage of shelter, food & overnight joblessness for the labor migrants back in India was taking its toll. I could see few good hearts giving their all to help the poor in various capacities like arranging food, donating money, helping them to reach home and much more.
So I introspected and asked myself how can I contribute during these tough times? Is there something I can do? I realized I couldn’t do much through the week due to WFH timings from morning to evening. Then it struck me that I can do something over the weekend. Fortunately, while buying essentials for home, at around 4:00pm, I saw a group of local policemen giving safety & precautionary instructions to the shop owners. I also noticed a police van driver having his lunch at this hour sitting inside the van itself!
My heart instantly went out for these guys, first they are battling an invisible enemy, risking their own lives, managing indiscipline people, staying away from their own families and doing their duty for nearly 15 to 16 hours every day or probably more and with no idea as to when this is all going to end! So there itself, I decided to spend at least 5-6 hrs on a weekend with these policemen.
I approached the local police station and offered myself as a volunteer – ready to take on any task that they would allocate. I also gave them some ideas like collecting and delivering lunch boxes to them from their respective homes or prepare food for them, or just be a helping hand on their routine patrolling or even drive their van for them. I was immediately accepted by them as a volunteer.
So during my weekend I was with the policemen trying to shoulder some of their heavy burdens. I delivered food, worked as a replacement for few policemen so that they can quickly go home to rest and spend some time with their family. I drove their van, patrolled and sometimes even helped in making announcements mostly safety instructions to people on the road.
I realized that my experience was awesome as well as tragic at the same time. Why I say awesome is because I could help these men in my own small way in the battle that they are fighting for us. It instantly instilled within me a feeling of lightness and pure satisfaction that I was of some use at least for them. This feeling is so indescribable that I have decided to dedicate my weekends to their service till this gets sorted.
Why I mention the experience was tragic as well is because, the very sight of sleepless faces of these men on duty, the fear that has so gripped the people of the city, the lifeless & empty roads that once bustled with such noise, shops closed, the deafening & eerie silence – all this is just too much to absorb in one go.
Anyways, I have decided that I will continue to fight against this deadly Thanos and prevent the snapping of fingers once and for all. I know the victory is certain because we are all ONE army of well-wishing & united humans giving a BIG fight by staying at home that will surely pulverise the enemy. And needless to say, with these great avengers at our back – Doctors, Nurses, Policemen, Emergency Personnels, Drivers, Healthcare Staffs, Medical shop owners, Grocery sellers and many more Silent Warriors there is just nothing to worry about and its just about time that everything returns to normalcy soon.
If anyone wants any guidance on volunteering, please feel free to email me your queries at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be more than happy to provide assistance.
Sumedh Pawaskar Operations Head – Comsense Technologies