"We are all in this together. Stay safe."
The outbreak of coronavirus pandemic has brought India to a halt. With modes of public transport shut for 21 days and economic activities at a standstill, the photos of migrant daily wage workers taking the long walk back home showed just how the lockdown has snatched the livelihoods of thousands in India.
With strict orders in place and only medical, security personnel, and persons with relevant passes allowed to venture out in order to curb the spread of the deadly disease, Indian citizens are struggling to make their ends meet.
Those who do not have the luxury to "work from home" and earn a buck for themselves and their families are losing out on opportunities and stand-up comedy is perhaps one of them.
To combat this, Indian stand-up comedian Nishant Tanwar has vowed to help his peers affected by the unique, crisis situation, by pledging to make online donations to them to buy the essentials needed on a daily basis.
Dear fellow comedians, We are all in this together. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/HswGcEdkNG
— Nishant Tanwar (@NishantStanwar) March 30, 2020
"As we all know that the Corona situation has affected our live shows, tours, tapings, writing assignments and we don't know for how long this is going to stay," Tanwar wrote in a lengthy Twitter post before adding, "This has resulted in loss of earnings for all of us. Some of us are fortunate enough to have enough savings to get through it. But there are many others who don't and are dependent on regular monthly shows."
Recognising that his profession had people leaving the comfort of their homes and migrating to other cities in search of more stage time and open mics, Tanwar wrote, "This is for you."
"I wish to offer support to all the hustling comics (open micers) out there. Share your bank details and I'll transfer the funds online. I'd like to do this with as many comics and as many times I can, in my capacity to ensure that you have funds for essentials like groceries & your daily needs," the stand-up comedian added. He further stated that the donation wasn't a "loan" and anonymity would be maintained during transactions.
Tanwar's heartwarming gesture was widely appreciated online.
This a real mic drop moment!! While people like u are contributing in some way or other, other comedians are busy taking a dig at govt in these tough times.
Have been a big fan of u. And after reading tht respect for u has gone up multiple times 🙏
— Mukul Pariyani (@mukul_p007) March 30, 2020
So thoughtful, Stay blessed and happy
— Ekta sharma ( being yourself is daring) (@Ektaishita7498) March 30, 2020
This is so wholesome 🌼
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) March 30, 2020