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“Verification ID?” She repeats my question, wearing a blank expression.
“Quickly, madam. Look at the queue,” I retort. With 13 lakh individuals, this Kumbh is a recipe for disaster.
From the folds of her saree, she retrieves her ID. I type in the identity number and wave her along to get her Covid test done at the next counter.
The ping on my laptop screen draws my attention. I frown. An NCRB alert flashes on screen. I open up the report and gasp. Krishna Devi was reported missing at the Ardh Kumbh 2016. A whole 5 years later, she’s back.
Note: Krishna Devi, reported missing 5 years ago after the Ardh Kumbh held in 2016, was finally identified in the 2021 Maha Kumbh Mela and reunited with her family. More about the news here. The above conversation is a fictional setting built on this context. 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.