Mumbai. What are the first words from a non-Mumbai’kar about the city? It's crowded streets & Mumbai trains. And when the government announces to keep distance from crowded areas, how in the name of God, a Mumbai’kar can abide ?
But like every other cruel advances of Nature or Terrorism, jinxed Mumbai has fought back, so will it, now too.
Now, the most hot topics on the street and in the neighborhood is the Swine Flu. It's the Name that has done more damage than the actual disease. To add to the problem, many people are suffering form fever without qualifying any other symptoms (a kid in my building), which raises eyebrows of most people. Isn't it a symptom of swine flu?
I entered beauty salon, there we were, discussing Swine flu. I reached home, my neighbor was up with the latest news about who in the area is affected. I enter the train, I see 80% of the females with mouth covered. I imagine what if a woman sneezes in a crowded ladies compartment, how would the rest near her will react, the thought itself brings chuckles and some panic too.
Even if the flu entrance has brought fear to people, it has definitely done some good for few. The mask which was actually been sold at Rs.10 jumped to Rs.20 in a week and now it is sold at Rs.40. Well, even though most of the time I have some laugh at the sickness, before getting into a crowded area I don't forget to mask myself too.
After all, as the wise saying goes, Prevention is better than cure.
P.S Posted to Three Words Wednesday.