A year after: A nation altered by the viral second wave

India has the highest seven-day Covid-19 case trajectory seen in any country and the grim distinction of most single-day infections in any country ever since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. With a dearth of key drugs, beds and the return of restrictions across major cities, the nation is coping with its own contradictions.
Curated By: Madhu Kapparath
Published: Apr 22, 2021
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It’s been a year since Jayashankar, a frontend web developer with a major software company, moved from Bengaluru with his wife Jyothi, also a database engineer, to his village Venkatagirikota in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. A year later, he lists the many "happy" changes working from home: The mobile and internet connectivity has improved, they’ve had a second child, their family grows organic vegetables and pearl millets on two acres of land, and he helped organise a local tennis-ball cricket tournament. The downside: Upgrading skills are an issue and relatives dropping by are a distraction.