The reality of reopening a business in India today

Five people across the worst-hit sectors – theatres, events, hospitality, aviation, and salon services − on what ‘back to business’ means for them

Inorbit Mall stands desolate, in a continuum where the indoors hum with life and the outdoors hum with silence. Three visibly bored security personnel at its entrance look on at Link Road, an arterial thoroughfare in the Mumbai suburb of Malad. There are flickers of activity here: the odd personal vehicle, fleet cab and autorickshaw, and migrant workers, with face masks drenched by the mugginess of June, still building the Mumbai metro despite the cold shoulder India as a whole has given them.

A back road leading to Inorbit Mall from HyperCITY—the nearby supermarket, also desolate—was once closed to the …


Roshni P. Nair

Roshni is a features writer and former editor of The Morning Context's Chaos team. Her career spans The Ken, Reuters, the Hindustan Times and DNA. She is a recipient of the UNFPA Laadli award and was shortlisted for the RedInk Awards 2016 for her story on Mumbai’s leprosy colonies. Her far-flung ideas would sometimes drive our editor-in-chief Ashish up the wall, but he wouldn’t have had it any other way (even if he didn’t admit it).