Do’s and Dont’s for Jokes in these times

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According to South Park, it is okay to joke about anything after 22.3 years. But this was said by Eric Theodore Cartman in 2005. That time we didn’t have Social Media’s power which we have now. So, as per me, adjusted to inflation, the rate of social media growth, the ease of mobile phones, the handiness of the free time due to WFH, and a random constant number 3.14, the world nowadays can make a joke about anything which is 22.3 minutes old.

So there we had it. As soon as the news of disease COVID-19 caused by Virus SARS-CoV-2 came into being, it didn’t take long for the jokes to come. The first one I remember is that Indians can’t get it as we are the immune-st bunch of people because we used to clean the cricket ball, freshly taken out from the dirtiest of drains, by just bouncing it thrice and moving on. Then you would have seen the memes about more babies getting born after the quarantine and they would be called the Coronials.

The funniest part of the jokes is that as long it doesn’t happen to you, they all sound really chuckle-worthy. But as soon as something is directed at you or happens to your near & dear ones, it becomes a no-go zone for you, no matter who you are.

Therefore, I took the liberty out of the thin air and wrote some Do’s and Don’t about joking about the Corona Virus.

The Do’s & the Don’ts

  • Pundemics are okay, the Pandemics aren’t.
  • Racist jokes should be avoided. The maximum you can say about China is this: Nowadays, everything is Made in China.
  • Jokes about Panic buying should be encouraged. People who are not panic buying are getting panicked by others panic buying because now non-panicky folks fear that if they don’t panic now, the already panicked fellows will buy everything and there will be nothing left apart from having a panic.
  • Following types of jokes should be totally disbarred:

Knock Knock

Who’s there?

It’s WHO.

Who WHO?

Roses are Red, Violets are blue… You travelled abroad? We need to Quarantine you.

Nobody
  • Jokes about Flattening the Curve are fine. But you need to flatten your belly curve too, Sir.
  • Social Distancing jokes are fine, as long as you don’t irk people permanently that they diss you and keep a distance of 10 feet from you forever. (This is the worst of them all, I Know)
  • Jokes about Work From Home are fine but I want to write another blog post so I cannot pour all my creativity here.

I hope you all are following the protocol shared above as well as staying safe, aloof and giving cold vibes to everyone like it’s a Monday morning.

Jokes are what make us human. Again, jokes dry up when someone we know gets affected. Not everyone is equipped to crack jokes and not everyone is sane enough to take them. Till then, ciao? No no… sayonara… no that is also not safe and also the wrong country.

Namaste. (Can be used as a greeting as well as a goodbye, right!)

2020 will be full of fireworks

Back in 2002, when I was still in school, 2020 seemed like a far fetched affair. There was some discussion originating from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s mind about 2020 would be The Year. It felt like it would be a time when the World would have totally changed. Technology would have made leaps and bounds. India would have become a superpower (wink). Unfathomable, mostly!

And here we are. 2020 has already begun and within the powerplay, life has been nothing but a turmoil with a lot of work, sleepless nights, weekend events, (thoughts and personal plan about higher studies) and before we could take a sigh of relief, we have got the main event of the year (perhaps of this century), the Covid-19.

Schools have been shut down, airports are getting deserted, work from home has become the norm (I predicted that long ago but not for this), malls/cinemas/travel is also going to become less and less. And we are just awaiting the time to panic. The time to panic will hit everyone across the world eventually but hopefully, there is some positive news around the corner I feel.

Once the power play gets over, we will see some sense coming back but till then, there is chaos all over and no direction. Still, there will be some positives, plans, and points to ponder:

  1. A lesson for me is that health > anything else. If you are not well yourself, you cannot do anything, enjoy anything, help anyone.
  2. Working from Home is going to become more and more normal. It might require a total mindset change, infrastructure change, methodology change.
  3. Sense of control – It is not always there but that’s fine. One cannot control everything, know everything and fix everything.

It is a lively and dangerous time to be alive. At least someone you know will have some effects on their lives. They say when the last time Bubonic Plague grasped England, Newton spent some time alone and came up with Calculus and Gravitational theories. Maybe, this time, someone will create new problems for school kids and hopefully, we won’t have to bear IPL.

Blogging in such times is difficult because there’s no discipline when you don’t have any clarity. But then that’s what blogging helps in; Getting clarity.

Happy 2020 to all of you. It is 2 months late but nothing much has happened except viral news, isn’t it? Let’s stay alive and kicking to write and read more of this blog:

Suggested reading:

  1. https://alearningaday.blog/2020/03/12/7-notes-on-covid-19/ – Notes on Covid-19
  2. Work from home
  3. https://www.ted.com/talks/anne_lamott_12_truths_i_learned_from_life_and_writing