El espíritu de bondad en tiempos de COVID

Cuando me diagnosticaron la varicela, lo único que quería era estar en casa con mi familia, a 1300 kilómetros de distancia.

Story by Charu Thukral. Translated by Aobh Mc Anulty
India, Southern Asia
Published on July 11, 2020

Reading time: 4 minutes

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La calle estaba fantasmagórica. Era un domingo, siete días de mi orden de trabajar desde casa a través de COVID. Además, era el día del "toque de queda de Janta"[1]. Estaba asustado, tanto por el vacío de la ciudad como por una enfermedad que me invadía el cuerpo. En ese momento, sentí que el tiempo se detenía en la calle extrañamente vacía.

En el hospital, me diagnosticó varicela por un médico que mantuvo su distancia. Temblaba de miedo, sabiendo lo duros que iban a ser los próximos días. En ese momento, lo único que quería hacer, era estar en casa con mi familia, a 1.300 kilómetros de distancia. Me di cuenta de que era imposible, ya que mi fiebre sería detectada por los controles del aeropuerto COVID y no se me permitiría embarcar. La enfermedad impidió lo que resultó ser mi última oportunidad de volver a casa antes de un cierre nacional indefinido, anunciado dos días después [2]. Ese día, lamenté con amargura mi decisión de vivir sola en la gran ciudad de Mumbai. Me sentí angustiado y aislado, perdiendo el control de la realidad. 

Sin embargo, más tarde en el día, mi cordura fue restaurada con una ráfaga de bondad. Llegó en forma de mi cocinera, Prema didi. Me aseguró por teléfono que me cuidaría. En los 15 días siguientes, Prema didi fue como una madre para mí, ayudándome a limpiar, comer y ser feliz. Tras dos noches de fiebre alta, decidí ir al hospital para que me hicieran una prueba de neumonía [3] Ese día, mi creencia en la bondad del mundo se hizo más profunda. Me costó llegar al hospital porque el transporte público estaba parado. Un amable tío [4] de mi edificio se ofreció a llevarme en su autorickshaw [5], a pesar de la fuerte desaprobación de su mujer. En el hospital, debido al estigma asociado a la varicela, me maltrataron y me negaron el servicio. Nadie quería acercarse a mí, y mucho menos hacerme análisis. Pero, de nuevo, la bondad acudió al rescate en forma de un amable empleado médico [6] que hizo todo lo posible por ayudarme. No solo se enfrentó a la enfermera jefe y aceptó hacer todos los análisis, sino que también me dio consejos médicos y me consoló.

Me recuperé bien. Aunque 25 días de enfermedad agotaron toda mi energía, salí llena de esperanza y con ganas de contribuir a la bondad. A lo largo de mi enfermedad, vi las noticias sobre los asalariados diarios que luchaban por sobrevivir después de haber perdido sus puestos de trabajo a causa del cierre.  Algunos caminaron miles de kilómetros, en un intento de volver a sus pueblos de origen después del paro del transporte público. Muchos morían en su viaje [7].

Me sentí motivado a ayudar. Me uní a iniciativas humanitarias puestas en marcha por amigos y colegas para proporcionar ayuda alimentaria y transporte a los asalariados atrapados en las ciudades. Trabajé con una ONG que capacita a las trabajadoras del sexo y a sus hijas para proporcionar comidas a los más despreciados por la sociedad. Mientras las noticias de personas que mueren se reducen a estadísticas. Mientras algunos intentan utilizar esta crisis para beneficio político. Y mientras se extiende el miedo a que esta época de COVID no acabe nunca; todavía hay esperanza. Encuentro esperanza en los actos de bondad que la gente hace por los demás. Creo que el reconocimiento de la bondad y la esperanza nos permitirán vivir en el nuevo mundo que vendrá cuando todo esto termine.


[1] El 22 de marzo de 2020 fue declarado “toque de queda Janta” (que significa "toque de queda del pueblo") por el primer ministro de la India. El día prohibió cualquier actividad humana/movimiento en las calles, excepto el de los servicios esenciales como los servicios sanitarios.

[2] El 24 de marzo de 2020, el gobierno de la India declaró un cierre nacional debido a la pandemia de COVID-19.

[3] La neumonía es una complicación común para los adultos con varicela; posteriormente la prueba fue negativa.

[4] En la India, a los desconocidos, hombres y mujeres, se les llama, por respeto, tío y tía respectivamente.

[5] El autorickshaw es un vehículo público de tres ruedas para viajes locales (dentro de la ciudad) en la India.

[6] Miembro del equipo de diagnóstico

[7] Dos meses después del cierre, la situación no ha mejorado en el país. Los trabajadores migrantes siguen caminando hacia sus casas en un intento desesperado por sobrevivir y evitar morir de hambre en las ciudades.


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Charu Thukral

Charu Thukral

Namaste from India.

I am Charu, a 29 years ‘not-so-old' woman from the city of Taj, Agra, living in the city of dreams, Mumbai. I have done my higher studies in economics in a beautiful city called Pune. I will not shy away from calling myself a feminist. Apart from my 9-5 (infinity rather) consulting job in the development sector, I love clicking and exploring new places. I strongly believe in living and eating healthy. I am currently training to be a yoga trainer with an aim to broaden the connection between health and spirituality for me and  spread the knowledge to as many as possible.

Follow me on Instagram: @rushing_thoughts; @journeyofayogini

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