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Review of The Flu by Dr Amrita Narang – Diary of a Daughter, Summer 2021, India

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Notion Press; 1st edition (4 August 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 110 pages

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Covid-19 was a storm that took everyone by surprise. It shook the world and left people gasping for breath. The second wave spared none. Almost everyone in India was affected by the unknown. Lives lost, hopes waned, faith dwindled.

The frontline health workers were vigilant. They were on their toes frantically. They knew only one thing – to save as many people as possible.

The Flu by Dr Amrita Narang is a true account of a doctor who had to strike a balance between her responsibilities as a daughter and a doctor. The story essentially spans the dreaded days of the second wave in India that had many people looking for hospital beds and oxygen cylinders. It further demonstrates the lives of people grappling with grief and regrets, weighed down by emptiness.

A lot of us took covid as a joke, especially after the first wave. But the second wave was a different ball game altogether. To quote from the book, “Although the fatality rate of the infection was less than 2% for a statistician, it was 100% for someone who gasped for breath and could not make it through.” It was in the second wave when covid made a noise that still ring loud in our ears.

The Flu shows a daughter worrying for her family members who are desperate for a breath of life-saving air. It shows the surge of emotions we experienced. It adds to the ifs and coulds that might have altered the reality we lived. In all, it is a crisp account of loss, love, hope, and gratitude.

Written lucidly and straight from the heart, the book might resonate with many readers out there. It covers the authentic experiences that are grim but also leave us with a tinge of hope to keep us warm.

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