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“Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex” - Karl Marx

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More Books and Snowy Mornings


This lockdown plants more neo seeds in environmental life and social. I reside near the 'InfoPark' in Cochin, Kerala. In front of my flat rush thousands of vehicles every day. Nowadays zero vehicles and travellers here, when past three weeks of lockdown we're hearing the chuckling sounds of birds and seeing snowy mornings.

Commonly here April is the season of high hot, but from the last four days we are enjoying rain too. When we care for the environment it attributes us with more graces, definitely the content of CO and CO2 has reduced in each breath, we are enjoying its quality.

Rivers flow full with pure water and no contaminations. Blue sky exhibits its beauty with smiling stars and moon. After the lockdown each government should frame new rules and regulations to protect our environment.

Now people enter into their land with seeds for cultivation and each day they depend on local leafs and fruits like jackfruit. Here authorities like local panjayats send more seeds to people's homes to encourage cultivation. People living in eco-friendly ways without more chemical dependence for cosmetics, hair dyeing, shaving, vehicle washing and the construction field.

Now here people are thinking about gaining full sufficiency in food.

Rural and urban people grasp the value of social solidarity, they understand the value and beauty of solidarity. Here people are enjoying the service of 'voluntary corps' of citizens organised by various political and religious units.

Here's community volunteers already proved their efficacy in the period of flood the last two years. With those lessons we are defeating the crisis of the Corona period. The most crucial point: we are one of the societies in the glob which are bravely facing and slapping down the Corona virus with social solidarity.

From the Kerala government's public hospitals, dozens of foreign citizens from Italy and the UK came out fully recovered from Covid-19. The most notable thing is the majority were senior citizens.

Here citizens grasp the value of the public sector like government hospitals and the 'ration shop'. More private schools and colleges were voluntarily handed over by managements to the state government for making hospital units against Covid-19.

In the first two days of lockdown, police atrocity was high against citizens, while people raised their voice through social media against the invasion of police over their human rights. Now they are behaving well.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan issued a salary challenge for the state's Corona fund, getting a good response from society.  

Kerala is India's first fully literate society, and it is one of the biggest and most voracious reading communities of the Earth.

Here mainstream and leading book publishers are conducting various writing, drafting and illustration competitions for people of different ages including students. They are promoting e-book readings. Reader's clubs, writer's wings, educational institutions, NGOs, cultural affairs departments, the Kerala Sahithya academy, mainstream Malayalam publishers and police authorities invite matter from people like poems, articles, experience notes, stories, cartoons and so on for creative use of time in lockdown.  

Inside community WhatsApp groups and social media people are sharing more PDF copies of books and reading materials. In lockdown time here in Kerala, cases are being reported of violating copyright rules by sharing book PDFs.  

Periodicals, fortnightly and magazines are now providing their issues for free reading through in the form of PDFs and e-books.    

Some singer's troupes, drama groups and teams of artists are conducting e-competitions for publics. However, story readers and novels are far ahead of the others. Essay readers and poem readers are the second reading community. Most digital publishers have published their first lockdown issue of collections of poems, essays and stories.

Some groups are conducting competitions for students concerned with heritage toys, like making olappanths or 'coconut leaf balls'. Students send videos of themselves making it to a group authority and the best few videos are published by them

Now with techies working from home and residence, their WhatsApp community groups are also conducting competitions, like shooting stills of fun moments in work-from-home time.  

Social troll groups are also very engaged with their activities, such as making the troll US president Donald Trump sing a Malayalam Mappila song. A lot of subscribers are following such troll videos.  

In short here in Kerala society is very active in Corona time with their social commitment and social solidarity. This time with a high rate of reading, it is a kind of reading enlightenment.  

This society shows the world how to face a serious pandemic disease with creative activities. Surely by letters, literature and art this community will overcome Corona virus.  

The author is a Malayalam writer and PhD research scholar in sociology at the Bharathidasan University campus in Trichy

     

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