Tough times do not last, but tough people doIt now turns out that only the brave have survived the present crisis. Those who lost their jobs but quickly went on to do something different have succeeded when the virus is not as deadly as it was some months ago. Those who took up alternate jobs when the lockdown was relaxed, but yet could partly work from home, were also safe. Those in areas like Finance and Supply Chain Management, particularly at senior levels, even found new and challenging jobs.
Even at the lower end, thousands of new entrepreneurs have emerged. I have now travelled to three districts for short durations on one work or the other after the economy opened up and the lockdown was lifted in phases. At least two IT professionals have invested their savings in farming in pockets near Tiruchirapalli and near Vijayawada. With the help of local farmers, they have taken up selling vegetables in wholesale markets and in retail markets in the surrounding small towns. While I know the former personally, the second happens to be a relative of a good friend of mine. Both were working in a famous IT company in Chennai but lost their jobs during the lockdown.
At the lower end, the servant-maids who lost their jobs took to hacking flowers. And vegetables. And the supply of coconut water increased everywhere during the summer months. It is still on. The spirit to survive and make a difference in their lives is the main characteristic of tough people. In our place in Ranipet district of Tamil Nadu, fresh infections are down to less than ten every day and most beds are now vacant. Life is near normal.