2021: Blogging A-Z Challenge: Covid Craziness: U


Pic Credit: Times of India

Umadev Shankar, the politician, steps forward as the white oxygen tanker winds to a stop at the barricades. He garlands the driver Ramnath, praising him for driving 18 hours non-stop to get oxygen to dying Covid patients. The counter-productiveness of the photo-op completely evades him.

Ramnath’s phone pings loudly. He reads the text and smiles. A full toothed grin for the cameras. In a neat diversion, the original oxygen tanker, painted brown as a camouflage to mimic gas tankers, has reached the hospital in time. He poses with the empty one that he drove here for all of 10 minutes.

Note: In a completely despicable and cringe-worthy move, politicians held up an oxygen tanker for a photo-op 2 hours in Indore, causing grief to patients and their families waiting for that oxygen back in the hospitals. If not the virus, lack of common sense, logic and empathy will definitely do us in. This 100-word micro-fiction is written for the Covid Crazies 2021 Edition of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. The entire list of 2021 posts can be accessed here.