Surviving the outbreak

The novel coronavirus doesn’t just hijack your body, it alters your mind, milieu and relationships. Five people talk about the fight of their lives and how it’s changed them

She didn’t want to die alone, carrying a stigma. So Ruqyya Bano, a 35-year-old social activist from Delhi, put thoughts of her children front and centre to beat back the novel coronavirus infection that threatened to take everything away.

“There were a couple of times when I wanted to run away, end it all; it was becoming too much to handle,” says Bano about her May ordeal. “But then I thought about my children. It wouldn’t be fair to them. No matter what I did or how my life ended at that point, people would brand me, target my children, …


Pradip K. Saha

Pradip is a co-founder at The Morning Context and leads our newsletters vertical. He has previously worked at The Ken as a staff writer, at Mint as an assistant features editor and the Deccan Chronicle as a copy editor. He works with a slew of expert newsletter writers across subjects and domains. His own writing spans the gig economy, farmers caught in the crossfire of technology, global warming and parents trapped in the edtech wave. Some of his best stories have come at the intersection of technology and human endeavour.

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