How unfortunate it is when things don’t turn out to be the way you expect them to. You are right dear friends, I am talking about Expectations versus Reality.
Today, I aim to talk about the scenario that has been created amidst COVID -19 and how it has affected Eid celebrations all over Pakistan.
As compared to Eid ul Fitr, this eid too was not much different for many. There were a lot of expectations suspended in the air about the wearing off of COVID-19 but till the end day, no change could be seen.
So, all planning regarding preparation for Eid went into the doldrums.
Secondly, people in different parts of the country were expected to observe the SOP as per government orders.
However, in reality, the market fled with human cattle and goats to worsen the scenario of precautionary measures that were being followed for months.
Resulting in lockdown right before Eid. My sympathies for all those who waited for the COVID-19 to wear off to do their shopping.
Thirdly, in the backdrop of the crushed Economy, it was expected to see a great difference in prices of things but in Reality, from basic staple till cattle and goats of gold, a major difference could be witnessed.
This scenario had a great impact on the lower middle classes and the labor class.
Fourthly, those who feared the COVID-19 were extra careful and fearful to the extent, they didn’t even buy the goats made of gold as compared to the fearless ones.
Fifthly, the labor class was the only one who even worked on Eid day to sustain themselves and their families.
This is a sorry state of affairs and a great question mark on the performance of the government who cannot address the basic needs of its people.
Sixth, it was expected that people will act more responsibly as compared to normal circumstances.
However, in reality, some people behaved irresponsibly by having large gatherings at their places and exposing themselves with greater chances of contracting the virus.
And Lastly, the true spirit of this Eid could only be witnessed in villages, for these are the only places that are free from this virus.
As a matter of observation, they are the ones who in true spirit practiced and enjoyed eid celebrations to its fullest.
In the end, I would like to say that when will we as individuals learn to take responsibility for our actions.
We cannot always blame others for our deeds. Whatever, we did before or during Eid, we have to be ready to face the consequences.
Think about it. Until next time, stay safe and healthy.