Sunday Long Reads: Irrfan’s legacy, the post-COVID-19 world, food, loneliness, and more.

Published : 3. May 2020 13:28:56.

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Irfan Khan has done a lot in his life.

Nasiruddin Shah: Irfan’s legacy is like a constellation, so every actor is inspired.

It’s hard to put into words what the loss of Irfan means to me. I wasn’t very close with him or his family, but Irfan is an actor I envy. Not everyone knows how much time and effort actors like Irfan have put into it. Before he received any recognition, he played silent and small roles in television series and films. What really inspired a man like him is that all those years of rejection didn’t harden him and made him lose faith in himself.

When I meet actors who are moving to Mumbai, I tell them that I will try for two years and if it doesn’t work, I go home and tell them to come back and not waste those two years. In two years nothing will happen. Irfan didn’t set himself such a deadline. He knew it was his calling in life. He decided to do everything he could to keep his head above water. For years he barely kept his head above water until the release of films like Warrior (2001). This fact alone should inspire young actors who are not immediately recognized.


Change will be the only constant in the world after COVID-19.

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at 14. In April migrant workers meet at Bandra West station in the hope of lifting the blockade. (express photo)

After the coronavirus, many eternal truths must change. The most unexpected news concerns drug trafficking in the United States. Washington was at war. Hollywood made popular films and broadcast the series, which enchanted with its unbridled energy. And now things are jumping into the water faster than the oil future. Not because nobody sells, but because nobody has the courage to buy a street sweeper without worrying about health and hygiene. Imagine a nation the size of America, moving from coast to coast with a cold turkey. That’s very good.


Cooking for yourself has changed the way a local cook looks at food.

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Food for comfort: Beets in balsamic vinegar (Photo: Damini Reilly)

Since the coronavirus cleaned up the streets and kept us at home, social networks have been flooded with training videos, recipe ideas and online courses. Many of us have the privilege of making worldly affairs a pleasure, while people who control themselves have become cooks. Nutritionists and chefs have published tips and tricks for the so-called quarantine kitchen, while popular food publications such as the cooking section of the New York Times, Bon Appétit or Eater and many others have compiled lists of recipes that can be difficult in these unusual times.


How does the mind change when it is in extreme loneliness?

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When the blockade of the entire country was announced to prevent the spread of VIDOC-19, I knew that even if the logistics of the 1.3 billion people in their homes could be managed, there would still be a mental health problem – many of them migrating to unknown territory. Neither for me, nor for my colleagues in the Indian Navy, who are regularly detained for weeks on metal ships and submarines. Maybe there are lessons to be learned from the way we deal with isolation.

In February 2010 I landed on an island of 20 square kilometers with a population of two people, without roads and so devastated by the wind that the trees refused to take root. The sign in red – Blaker Island – made me wonder if it had something to do with the isolation of the residents. A year later, on my way from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, I had to spend 25 days in a sailing boat loaded with another soul. I’ve experienced the kind of loneliness that one person feels in the company of another, and that’s because I pick up the things that are worth talking about.


How do you tell the story of Kovid-19?

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15th century Spanish woodcut The massacre of the first-born and Egyptian darkness in the second half of the 19th century represents the biblical plague. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Every disease is a story. It has a beginning, a middle and hopefully an end. Some diseases are no more than anecdotes or riddles. Others are similarities and allegories. Some of them become epics, containing many episodic stories, one leading to the other.

The novel about the coronavirus responsible for KOVID-19 seems to come from science fiction. It’s still being deciphered, a secret told in a language that hasn’t been translated yet. However, it spreads among us with very real and immediate results. At the beginning of January, my wife Amita and I got pneumonia in Denver, Colorado. When we were tested for the flu, the results were negative. Our symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath, inability to taste food, and so on. – seem to coincide with everything I’ve read about COVID-19. The worst was two weeks, and half the time I needed extra oxygen to breathe. The doctors who treated us did not diagnose, except for pneumonia, and prescribed drugs that had little or no effect.


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