A Birthday Party In The Times Of Coronavirus, Music For The Soul And A Dilemma For Drinkers
It Happens Only In India: A 100- guest birthday party with a lecture on coronavirus awareness, a witty tweet by Jaipur police to deter lockdown violators and drinkers in Gurugram caught in a fix
Who doesn’t love a shindig on their birthday! BJP MLA M. Jayaram, elected from the Turuvekere constituency in Karnataka, sure does. Amidst the unprecedented nationwide lockdown, this lawmaker threw a 100-guest party at the Idagaru Government School. In video clips of the event, he is seen wearing white latex gloves and a white mask drawn below his chin handing out cake slices. The birthday boy even delivered a speech on how to battle COVID-19, while shattering the very principle of the lockdown.
The celebrations and his speech drew flak from the Opposition and an FIR has now been filed. But, oddly, the MLA hasn’t been charged—the report states that the MLA wasn’t in the village while the birthday bash was on. Looks like the party, along with chocolate cake and biryani, also had magical disappearing acts for entertainment!
Source: The Times of India
Music is food for the soul, but not every track. The Jaipur police seemed to have identified one that certainly isn’t music to your ears. Masakali 2.0, a Tanishk Bagchi recreation of the beloved A. R. Rahman hit, was singled out by the Jaipur Police twitter account as the punishment of choice, for those who defied the extended nationwide lockdown to combat COVID-19. They tweeted “Follow Lockdown 2. Or be prepared for Masakali 2.0. The choice is yours”. What a way to hit the right note.
Follow Lockdown 2.0Or be Prepared for Masakali 2.0The choice is yours.#JaipurPolice #TeamJaipurPolice #SafeJaipur #SmartJaipur #coronavirus2020 #coronavirusnews #BeAlert #DontPanic #COVID19 #IndiaAgainstCOVID19 #CoronaUpdate #Masakali2 #Lockdown2 #StayHome— Jaipur Police (@jaipur_police) April 14, 2020
With corona for company, those who like a drink have been thirsting for a peg or two—and smelling this seething desperation, con men have swung into action. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, several people in Gurugram have been lured by the promise of liquor delivered straight to their homes and swindled out of money. The Gurugram excise and taxation department has received numerous complaints from liquor vendors saying that the names of their outlets are being used to sell liquor online—which is illegal. The police also stated that several people have fallen prey to the false promises and have transferred money, only to be subjected to unanswered calls. Those who sought out bootleggers cannot go to the police to air out their specific grievance as that would be admitting to participating in smuggling. Talk about being caught between a rock and hard place.