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Vignettes of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown

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A glass sculpture entitled “coronavirus – COVID-19” created by British artist Luke Jerram is seen at his studio in Bristol, southwest of England on March 17, 2020. Jerram has created a coronavirus – COVID-19 – glass sculpture in tribute to the huge global scientific and medical effort to combat the pandemic. Made in glass, at 23cm in diameter, it is 1 million times larger than the actual virus. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)

We must sustain discourse on the challenge of how best to make our society more equal and resilient to the outbreak of diseases and other natural disasters.

I. Two days ago, my second daughter celebrated her 14th birthday. Poor middle class people like medon’t go big. The truth is that we can’t afford to, even if we wanted to. All around, the challenges are too onerous to enter the theatrical stage of ostentation. After all, all that glitters is not gold – the best celebrations don’t have to be elephantine. So, a little oval-shaped multi-flavoured, layered cake from one of the local national chain-stores, was all we could muster. But it was at the moment of the customary candle-lighting ritual that I heard what sounded like an…

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