June 16, 2021

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Short Story: A Small Misunderstanding by Susheela Menon

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Susheela Menon weaves a heart-warming tale about love and compassion surrounding COVID-19.

“I don’t have COVID,” said old Mr. Unni Menon. His voice was loud and raspy. 

He stood erect with his chest puffed up, like a school kid in PE class. 

“See, I am breathing fine.”

But the healthcare workers in his hotel in Singapore were an adamant lot.

They shook their heads and led him to a swabbing station where quarantined travellers had lined up. 

Menon slapped his head with his palm and shouted. 

“I went through all this when I landed…now again…”

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