Tales, Telltales And Tailspin!

He is facing an existential crisis: should he stop watching news television forthwith or continue watching at his own peril! He is not able to decide the best course of action. Some of his friends, why his own wife too on many occasions, have been advising him to strictly not watch news channels. Because, they opine, it’s been very negative with everything, and, essentially, why should one go on being a mute witness to the reports of how many millions had been infected with the virus and how many thousands had succumbed to it. It affects you in the wrong way, makes you despondent and depressed, they add most emphatically. But, how can he just give up on news? He has to keep up with the local, national and the world scenario for his information, understanding and possibly analysis, particularly in this pandemic situation. And what are the alternatives? He does not still get his newspapers, and he quickly gets tired of reading e-papers. His mind goes into a spin.
Some friends even have …

COVID-19 Pandemic: When No Means More Than A No!

The novel Coronavirus pandemic has impacted humans like never before in the history of humankind on earth, because it has affected the vistas of personal choices and personal likes and dislikes of people. Of course, wars including the world wars did and do impact lives, but not to the extent as on the present prolonged crisis. Thanks to the advisories and preventive measures to check the spread of the disease most people have successfully specialized in saying no to so many things they prefer to say a resounding yes. This is in sharp contrast of the commonly observed phenomenon that people, good-natured as most of them are, find it extremely difficult to say no, and many social analysts consider ‘saying or meaning no’ a negative trait, barring serious situations when a ‘no’ strictly means ‘no’ and should be respected by all concerned parties or offenders. In view of the pandemic that still does not want to leave humankind alone this specialized ‘no’ has assumed a tremendous and time-d…