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The plight of Indian middle class

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subbiah sridhar
subbiah sridharhttps://www.mootnotmute.in
A writer/author by hobby and a former Indian Diplomat. I am 55 years and a Graduate in Political Science Honors from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University as also a Post Graduate in Sociology from Annamalai University. I am the Great Grandson of Late Mr. M.S. Purnalingam Pillai, BA, LT, Emeritus Professor of English, Bishop Heber College, Trichinopoly who authored 27 works in English including Madras University Papers on Shakespeare’s Plays, Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare, Stories from Goldsmith, Socretes and Plato and Evolutional Ethics, Julius Caesar, Othello – with introduction and full notes, Digest of Roman Law, The Ten Tamil Saints, History of England, etc. and 16 works in Tamil including Surapadman, Avvai Kural, Seyyul Kovai, Viveka Vilakkam, Panniru Penmanigal, Kathai and Karpanai (Story & Dream), Navaraathri Lectures, Kamatchi, Tamil Essays or Sitrurais, etc. I am interested in writing on topics of varied interests and for the time being I keep Politics and Religion out of my purview. My recent book titled ‘Nature…Human Nature…Animal Instinct’ published by M/s BlueRoseONE Publishers is available in Print and e-Book formats in various Book Stores and in Online Platforms such as Amazon & Flipkart as also in Amazon global platform and various other global publishers. The habit of writing articles started way back from 1986 when write-ups were submitted for publication initially in ‘Monday Diary’ column of Indian Express Newspaper and then other National-level newspapers. Writing is my passion and as and when ideas come, I pour it out in black and white and feel contented when the same gets published. My innumerable blogs are available in subbiahsridhars.blogspot.com and myvoice.opindia.com. I wish to achieve a remarkable success in the field of writing and publication of various Articles, Write-ups and Books solely penned by me. Writing is my passion and my view is that if one has come to this world, one should contribute some good thoughts for the benefit of others. I love nature watching and in fact many of my articles find a mention about the behavior of various flora and fauna and revolve around the environment. I also keep thinking and writing about celestial bodies and their movement and try to write something about the mysteries surrounding them about which our knowledge is too meagre. My Website – https://www.mootnotmute.in My social media links are - Instagram Handle -- https://www.instagram.com/subbiah_sridhar/ Facebook Handle -- https://www.facebook.com/SubbiahSridhar Twitter Handle -- https://www.twitter.com/sridharsubbiah Linked-in -- www.linkedin.com/in/subbiah-sridhar-6a9929267 *****

Even much before the onset of Corona, there had been immense restrictions imposed regarding celebrations of various festivals – be it on the grounds of noise pollution, air pollution, water pollution, health hazards, etc. and with Covid-19 the restrictions had added manifold, with new concepts like SMS viz., social distancing, wearing mask, sanitizing, limitation in gatherings, etc. thereby many of the festivals losing its fanfare. India is known worldwide for its varied cultural diversity and religious festivals celebrated with grandeur, which have been further badly affected due to the current pandemic situation. But it can be said the worst affected are only the downtrodden and middle class for whom such festivities are the only source of entertainment. For the rich class, they have their own celebrations by way of parties in farmhouse and what not and every passing day is no less than a festival for those. 

Even during marriage ceremonies one could witness huge fireworks when it is the marriage of offspring of some big shot(s). At the same time, poor middle class in general and their children, in particular, are confined to themselves even during such festival times and cannot expect to play Holi like before, cannot buy crackers for Diwali like before, cannot visit Durga Puja pandal, etc.  thereby leading to a life without fervour and energy if not dead. Why only festivals, even for functions organized post death of near and dear ones, there are restrictions on numbers like 20 and whereas for any socially recognized big figures, there are hardly such restrictions, if at all, how much it is practically implemented is debatable.   

This Corona period has further made the children of poor and middle class more confined to home with hardly any source of entertainment except television and the majority of the family could hardly afford smart phones, lap tops, video games and other state of the art gadgets which are accessible easily for the children from higher income groups and elite class. Each passing day there is a sort of insecure feeling owing to the Covid epiphamies, added to that is the rising pollution level and rise in number of crimes due to the financial difficulties that has cropped up and new techniques of theft, looting, etc. Till the time, one is safe from Covid or its variant such as delta, omicron, delmicron, etc. all would seem well and normal, once it attacks, then the situation of the poor and middle class becomes even more pitiable and will definitely be no less than any nightmare, unlike the well-offs for whom the Covid affect is just like a fashion statement proudly talking about the just mild-symptoms of the disease. 

Even otherwise, the days are now nothing less than any nightmare and particularly the middle and lower middle class are just passing the days trying to meet their both ends. All said and done, there is a deep fear lingering in almost everyone’s inner self and now life has become like that, thanks to Corona and its relatives – Delta variant, Omicron, Delmicron and what to say, many more might be waiting to call-on!

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subbiah sridhar
subbiah sridharhttps://www.mootnotmute.in
A writer/author by hobby and a former Indian Diplomat. I am 55 years and a Graduate in Political Science Honors from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University as also a Post Graduate in Sociology from Annamalai University. I am the Great Grandson of Late Mr. M.S. Purnalingam Pillai, BA, LT, Emeritus Professor of English, Bishop Heber College, Trichinopoly who authored 27 works in English including Madras University Papers on Shakespeare’s Plays, Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare, Stories from Goldsmith, Socretes and Plato and Evolutional Ethics, Julius Caesar, Othello – with introduction and full notes, Digest of Roman Law, The Ten Tamil Saints, History of England, etc. and 16 works in Tamil including Surapadman, Avvai Kural, Seyyul Kovai, Viveka Vilakkam, Panniru Penmanigal, Kathai and Karpanai (Story & Dream), Navaraathri Lectures, Kamatchi, Tamil Essays or Sitrurais, etc. I am interested in writing on topics of varied interests and for the time being I keep Politics and Religion out of my purview. My recent book titled ‘Nature…Human Nature…Animal Instinct’ published by M/s BlueRoseONE Publishers is available in Print and e-Book formats in various Book Stores and in Online Platforms such as Amazon & Flipkart as also in Amazon global platform and various other global publishers. The habit of writing articles started way back from 1986 when write-ups were submitted for publication initially in ‘Monday Diary’ column of Indian Express Newspaper and then other National-level newspapers. Writing is my passion and as and when ideas come, I pour it out in black and white and feel contented when the same gets published. My innumerable blogs are available in subbiahsridhars.blogspot.com and myvoice.opindia.com. I wish to achieve a remarkable success in the field of writing and publication of various Articles, Write-ups and Books solely penned by me. Writing is my passion and my view is that if one has come to this world, one should contribute some good thoughts for the benefit of others. I love nature watching and in fact many of my articles find a mention about the behavior of various flora and fauna and revolve around the environment. I also keep thinking and writing about celestial bodies and their movement and try to write something about the mysteries surrounding them about which our knowledge is too meagre. My Website – https://www.mootnotmute.in My social media links are - Instagram Handle -- https://www.instagram.com/subbiah_sridhar/ Facebook Handle -- https://www.facebook.com/SubbiahSridhar Twitter Handle -- https://www.twitter.com/sridharsubbiah Linked-in -- www.linkedin.com/in/subbiah-sridhar-6a9929267 *****
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