We have heard this phrase many times in the passing . But have we ever stopped to actually reflect on it for what it is?
Since we were children, its been drilled into us: share your chocolates/treats with your sisters, share your lunch with your friends, share your toys with other kids while playing and so on. Its not only that, during festivals we share/exchange our food with relatives and neighbors along with gifts. That’s how we show how much we love and care for them. Lucky for us, those were also the times when we were not in a middle of a pandemic.
Of course our history says that we have had a couple of similar cases through the centuries and we have overcome it. But do you think it is wise to continue with sharing practice during this pandemic? When we are so keen on avoiding handshakes, confining ourselves to our homes, even if we leave home to get our essentials, washing ourselves thoroughly and cleaning all our groceries once we reach home, is it wise to accept food or gifts from relatives and neighbors during these tough times?
With Ramzan right around the corner, and what with the festival being specially about sharing and caring, I am a little worried and also sad at the same time. Worried mainly due to the fact that we are only human and want to spend festivals with relatives. People might actually not take physical distancing seriously. Sad, because I will terribly miss the Biryani and Sheer Khurma our neighbors have been sharing every year.
Keeping aside the selfish reasons, it is for the greater good we are staying home and following physical distancing. And anyway, it is only a matter of time (a year or year and a half accordingly to the scientist!), before all this settles down and we can slowly get back to our usual practices.
To add another point, we also have our over enthusiastic “MasterChef” friends, who love to try new dishes and want their neighbors to appreciate their cooking skills. It is a humble request to the people who fall under this category, please hold your horses!! We can probably have block parties once we are through this phase and have cooking competitions..!