COVID-19

Millions, Billions, Trillions
I know not.

French kiss or Indian hugs,
I know not.

Social contacts, HIV or cancer,
I know not.

Party food, roast dog meat, or fried bacon,
I know not.

I am not Celia’s Song of Jonson,
Or Dickinson’s sandal table,

I am free and bold,
Walk in hot or cold,

In Chapel, Mosque, Temple,
Gurudwara or be it Synagogue.

Anywhere everywhere,
Any time all time

On the lock of your iron shell,
Wherein lies heaps of pearls,
Diamonds and gold,
Dipped in human blood,

I live there in the squeezed hands
Of Prince and Princess, and
Shine brightly on the clanks of wine glasses

In the hands of State Heads.

I live on the red lips of Miss Universe,

I live on cherry chins of Mistress
In her brass bed of passion of the cozy home,
I am there.
Fight me if you dare,

I have put my signature as:
‘The World is closed today’

I am out and walk proudly,
Fearless Patriarch not to be seen

And you all imprisoned in your egg shell.
It’s I: your Corona micro baby.
Now out from the punctured pink balloon,
That was thrown on the silky road of Wuhan.

I am spiky and colorless from the colored;
Rose up from a sharp and shiny nails of mortal beauty
And danced in the eyes of Maneka.

How poor that man gazing out from the window
As turtle walks shaking head
To see the clear blue sky.
‘Get in… I the COVID command you.
Don’t you see__
I am speechless,
Senseless,
Worthless,
Fearless,
But not hopeless and hapless
At any boundary of The Great Wall of China.

I did mine. Now you do yours.
I am not the furious fire of Amazon,
I am not high tides in the ocean of Tokyo,
I am not the deep earth crack of Latoor,
And the Hurricanes of America.
You all sleep in silence and buzz not of me
That has fallen as broken star on your earth planet.
I am your own COVID.


Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad
King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA

Frequent washing of hand suggested to fight Coronavirus.

The COVID-19 threat is one of the most serious threat of the 21st century. It has made life vulnerable in many ways. India is the second most populous country in the world after China. The health infrastructure of our country is not up to mark to deal with pandemic of this proportion.

Congress leader Premchand Mishra (file photo).

Patna: Congress legislator Premchand Mishra, at a press conference at Sadaqat Ashram in Patna on Tuesday, accused the Nitish government of massive financial irregularities in the 'Superstructure Construction' of the Gandhi Setu that connects the state capital to Hajipur across the Ganges on the north side.

Scene at Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna (file photo).

Patna: In what is being seen as the government-sponsored price gouging, the Danapur Division of the East-Central Railways on Tuesday announced its decision to raise the price of platform tickets from the existing Rs. 10 per person to Rs. 50 at a dozen railways stations under its jurisdiction.

HAM leader Jitan Ram Manjhi (file photo).

Patna: Known for overselling his influence on Bihar politics, former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi on Tuesday met with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar behind closed door giving rise to speculations of him once again getting ready to change his political allegiance.

In late 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a novel Coronavirus initially known as 2019-n CoV and later renamed to COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. A group of people showed pneumonia-like symptoms and they were associated with a seafood and live animal market in Wuhan.

Patna Zoo among many public places including schools and colleges shut down due to Coronavirus threat.

Patna: In view of the growing cases of Coronavirus across the country, the Nitish government on Friday announced its decision to shut down all schools, colleges, and coaching institutes in Bihar till March 31.

Police gather at the crime scene in Patna City on Friday night.

Patna: Once a hallmark of the infamous Lalu Raj, 'Rangdari Tax', or extortion, is once again showing sign of a comeback in the Nitish Raj as, despite the administration's claim, crime, particularly murder, broad daylight robbery, and extortion continue to rise leaving the Chief Minister in a very awkward situation.

BJP candidates for Rajya Sabha file their nomination papers on Friday.

Patna: The three NDA Rajya Sabha candidates in Bihar filed their nomination papers in Patna on Friday in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil and other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-U leaders.

LJP leader Chirag Paswan.

Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President Chirag Paswan, just a day after he slammed the Nitish administration on developmental issues during his ongoing 'Bihar First, Bihari First' statewide 'yatra', took a U-turn on Sunday saying his statements were taken out of context and there was no misunderstanding between his party and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-U.

Police investigating the site of accident in Patna on Sunday.

Patna: A sixteen-year old girl died when a brick wall of the Circuit House in Patna on Sunday morning collapsed crushing her beneath the debris.

LJP leader Chirag Paswan with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (file photo).

Patna: Apparently irked by his recent populist rhetoric that tends to put the Nitish administration in a not-so flattering light, Janata Dal-U leaders are firing back at the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief asking him not to talk trash about his allies that are likely to weaken the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of which both parties are part of.

Crowd outside Yes Bank in Patna on Saturday.

Patna: Customers of the beleaguered Yes Bank at two Patna branches had a harrowing day on Saturday as hundreds of people stood in line outside the Exhibition Road and East Boring Canal Road offices to withdraw money in the aftermath of the bank's sudden financial troubles that led the government to put the bank on a 30-day moratorium while putting a limit on withdrawal to Rs. 50,000.

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