Well this post has interesting characters: Gabbar Singh (Corona Virus), Thakur Baldev Singh (our beloved Prime Minister), Veeru and Jai (Doctors, nurses and other health consultants), Village of Ramgarh (India, as a country) and characters like Sambha (part of organised crime, the infected cells in human body) and Ahmad (a victim).
Sholay is one of the all-time hits on Indian Cinema. It depicts a gangster, Gabbar Singh, who runs a notorious criminal gang, using his own team of gangsters and stays in pahadi/mountain terrains/ ranges of India. He has his influence, using his muscle power, arms and fear factor on the nearby villages, like Ramgarh, to survive. He gets his food, water and other raw materials to survive by snatching the essentials, which are hard-earned, from public of Ramgarh… The Thakur loves Ramgarh and considers it to be his own home. Hence he is bent upon destroying Gabbar Singh, and he tries to do this alone, but fails, until he finds the strength and wit in Veeru and Jai. These two characters cripple the criminal headquarters of Gabbar Singh, by destroying his entire team of gangsters, entering hilly areas, where he stays. They bring Gabbar Singh to his knees. During this journey, however, few people like Ahmad and family members of Thakur, pay the price of cruelty of Gabbar Singh and people like Sambha help the crime remain organised..
I know that I get no brownie points for telling you this story…!!
Now, let us introduce viruses, such as Corona Virus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus).. Let us go in their world.. Viruses are like fragments of RNA or DNA surrounded by a protective coat of lipids (or proteins), which originate from diseases or insects. These are small structures, which attach themselves to the neighboring cells and slowly get inside them. The infected cells multiple and slowly a colony of infected cells starts building up. These cells are closely packed. Their outer coatings are like lipid membranes, which share the information (mainly related to survival) and also the resources like food. These grow in certain part of body, such as lungs, respiratory tracks and so on. As they multiply, they take control over most of the normal cells and the infection spreads to various organs, resulting in multiple organ failure, which finally results in death of the body.
Now, if one is able to break the chain of infected cells, one could get a solution. If the packs of cells are fragmented, during their early stage, by breaking apart the lipid membranes which hold them together, their communication will stop. The food resources would stop. If they do not get skin surfaces (or biological surfaces) to thrive on, they would die. So, two things are necessary: First is that they should not colonize and get packed and take control; and second is that, if they do, then they should be broken down, so that the RNA/DNA dies..!!
How do we correlate Sholay story … well, it’s just the merger of our Macro World and the micro world..
In India, our beloved Prime Minister, is like a Thakur, who, independently can do little, for this awful pandemic situation of Corona Virus. He has to guard his own Ramgarh (India) from the invasion of Gabbar Singh (the Corona virus). Therefore, he instructs the entire village of Ramgarh (citizens of India) that they should not feed the army of Gabbar Singh… how? Well, he tells everybody to maintain social distancing, so that the RNA/DNA are not shared and multiplied. He also tells them to not to share the resources, so that the multiplication of viruses (and the influence of Gabbar Singh’s notorious gang) stops. He advises everybody to use soap solution to prevent the viruses from getting accumulated over the surfaces of skin and entering in our lungs. The soap solution is efficient in attacking the lipid layers at the boundary of cell walls, which break down the boundaries and kills the infected cells. For such a soap solution, our Thakur takes help of Veeru and Jai, who are people like doctors, nurses and health experts, well aware of the arms and weapons like soap, masks and other disinfectants.!!
To kill virusus, we don’t require a gun, thankfully..!!!
Our Thakur has told us to use the proper weapons and stop feeding Gabbar Singh and his gang of people. Maintain distance to ensure that the cells do not thrive the infection. He has deployed copies of Veeru and Jai, who are working as doctors, nurses and health advisors, day and night, using their own precautionary weapons and trying hard to safe guard our Ramgarh.. 22nd March is one of such “The Day”. Let us try to kill Gabbar, by helping Veeru and Jai to enter the fort of Gabbar and kill all his entourage along with Sambha….!! Let us ensure that we do not have any copies of Ahmad, who lost his life due to his own ignorance and innocence. Let us help our Prime Minister keep his country safe…!! And let us celebrate Holi after this surgical strike on Corona is over.. along with Veeru and Jai.. and thank them on Siren!!
Any guesses on the origin of Gabbar Singh in our story?? No price on a correct answer.. Well, and any guesses on Basanti in our story? No prices here, as well..!!
Have safe time and spend 22nd March at home… Jai Hind..!!!
Hey Sangeeta very well written article, any common man will understand the modus operandi of corona virus and how one should keep oneself safe!
Thanks Manisha..! Yes that was the idea. Normally, when one tries to read anything, they look for a bit of entertainment. Hence the information has to be amalgamated in that blend..!
Yes, as u have nicely put , let’s attack on 22nd March. But as Gabbar Singh, had a habbit of raiding Ramgarh again and again be ready to confuse him with our timely attacks …..
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Yes, Anil. Therefore, someone wrote on this blog also, the end of our story should be modified.. to kill Gabbar and not give him to Police. He should not come back..!!
Ma’am, interesting and very well correlated!!
Stay home and be safe…
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Thanks Uma.. Yes, you all be safe too..!!
It is nice to put the things we can share in a “entertaining” mode. Then only people read, I guess.. Else, we researchers are considered boring people..!
Nice one ma’am, I may know the origin of gabbar singh but then that may ruin the moral of the blog…
If you know, you should put it here. Because everyone thinks differently. Chetan thinks in one way. See other responses and you will see the difference… open-ended articles have their own beauty. It gives room for interpretation and evaluation of our own imagination..
Specific and wonderfully written, ma’am. No other movie could relate better than this.
Basanti can be in the same squad (maybe Emergency Medical Technician ) of Jai & Veeru, who helps them with her Dhanno (Ambulance) to fight against the Gabbar.
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I liked your take on Basanti..!! I had never thought of it this way..!
Original Story of Sholay was Thakur vanquishing Gabbar , due to Emergency in 1975 the end was changed to show Gabbar put in Police Custody and treated per Law . Hope Corona is Vanquished and not kept in custody
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Yes, our Gabbar should be destroyed.. we will change the story of our “Sholay”!
Nice … Gabbar is international ☺
And perhaps the next step..
Everyone know the origin of this Gabbar… I think its time international community take a hard stand and put pressure on the authorities of this region… isn’t it time to make them accountable before it repeats again..and again..😤
Preetam, I had exactly this in mind. And I am hoping that after the quarantine phase is over and we all are “safe”, appropriate action will be taken to make them accountable.
But, you see the responses of other people on this blog and you will see the variety of views. This is the beauty of such platforms, which I like..!
Very informative article ma’am, this is explained in very simple way in which many things are covered like what is virus (it’s structure), how it can be spread and how could we control its spread and nice instructional message in the end.
The thing that I like most is selection of this particular movie and Coronavirus get compared with Gabbar Singh (i.e. human). This simply explains that virus is originated from inhuman and unsocial activity. So, this is the answer to your first question.
For your second question, social media will be the Basanti, who is keeping track on all good and bad activities across the territory. Just giving try..
Also, In movie, Thakur has compromised his both hands, In similar way Modi Ji has compromised his country’s economy.
We can hope that this will end very soon, history will repeat once again and in the end humanity will win this race.
Good thoughts Chetan, and very different. Someone else feels that our Thakur is well equipped with his hands like Amit Shah ji and Doval ji.. the takes of different people are different, which is good to see..
Good read. Nice anology.
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Thanks Eknath Ji. Normally, the information, if mixed with entertainment, then only people grasp. Otherwise it becomes a bit boring. Hence the analogy.. Thanks for the read..!!
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