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Obviously, the habitual drinkers are quite desperate for drinks to subdue their frustration. Feeling high is a way of getting rid of ennui. In many corona affected countries, the family members are in pain and grief over the unexpected death of their loved ones, in particular, senior citizens either due to lack of access to health care centers or self-isolation. The other problem is lack of coffins and space for the burial of corona affected bodies. if there is a burial, relatives are allowed to watch it from a distance. It is pathetic and heart-rending story across the world.
In the case of rich family members of Tamil Nadu, they are more concerned about the alcoholics in their families than the impact of novel corona in their neighborhood. Before the lock down announced by the government, these liquor freaks shelled out quite a large amount and and took back home enough liquor bottles to fill in their daily needs. Since PM Modi had extended the lock down period further across the country up to 3rd of May in view of gradual spike in infection, these affluent drinkers are frantically in search of liquor, something like a horribly thirsty man looking for a glass of water in the Mojave desert of California or in the parched desert of the Rann of kutchi in Gujartat. This extension of lock down period has a heavy blow on their head and left them in a lurch, now; they can not access the expensive
There is a saying in Tamil ''Naandu kozhuthal vaalayil erukkaathu'' meaning ''if a crab becomes fat and bulky, it won't stay in the burrow''. These rich people have no concern about the hardship and difficulties poor and middle class people are facing daily during the lock down. These status-conscious people are neither worried about their own financial future nor the health and wealth of the nation, and where we are heading in the middle of novel corona crisis. While their focus was on how to wet their parched throat, our doctors and medicare staff across the nation are sweating it out like sweat-hogs in the hospital ever facing covid -19 infection.
As for the intelligent white collar cheat, he used his diabolical brain to exploit the weakness and stupidity of the drunks in Chennai. No burglary, no mugging, no chain-snatching and above all no violence. This small online illegal operation for a few hours or so would have netted him a bundle. The funny thing is the tipplers were ripped off from a remote place and they can not seek the help of the police. The only consolation is the cheat never made them bare every thing to get a bottle, but for their under garments!!
Polimer News, Tamil Nadu :April 16, 2020.