From resilience to recovery – 25 quotes from the week on India’s fight against COVID-19

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Launched in 2014, HistoryCocks is a weekly column of YourStory, with notable quotes in our articles from last week. This special compilation series focuses on India’s fight against COVID-19 (see last week’s post here). Share these quotes and excerpts with your networks, and come back to the original articles for more information.

Doctors maintained their mental and physical well-being during this period in the form of regular exercises like yoga, resting after a hard day’s work, having conversations with loved ones to relax, etc. – Dr Sheela Chakravarthy, Fortis Hospitals

As doctors, we do not have the possibility of working from home like other professionals. The best way for a doctor to deal with such stress is to follow all safety protocols while treating any patient. – Dr Raghu Nagaraj, Fortis Hospital

During the pandemic, there was not only physical exhaustion for doctors due to the workload, but also mental distress surrounded by suffering patients. The fear and grief of losing the battle to save lives affects the mental well-being of doctors. – Dr Srinivasa Prasad BV, Fortis Hospital

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some gaps and shortcomings in local tradition mandi systems have emerged and there is an urgent need to remedy this type of system. – Sanjay Borkar, FarmERP

In the pre-pandemic era, artisans relied heavily on exhibitions, trade shows, etc., all of which have now collapsed. – Maneet Gohil, Lal10

The challenges posed by the pandemic are unprecedented. Everyone, regardless of economic stratum, has suffered the brunt of it in one way or another. – Neerja Birla, Mpower

The need for effective use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms is now more than ever with the ongoing pandemic situation. – Judge (retired) Kshitij R Vyas

The biggest self-assessment question for leaders is “What am I doing to create a culture of trust and loyalty in the virtual world?” – Prajeet Budhale, fourth quadrant

These stressful times of change have stimulated the need for greater flexibility and work-life balance among professionals. But our survey reveals a significant gap between what employees need and what employers offer to deal with stress. – Ashutosh Gupta, LinkedIn

Since the pandemic is not yet over, the remote work culture is here to stay for a long time. In such a scenario, it is vital for companies to manage the workforce optimally. – Rajesh Murthy, Intellicus Technologies

In a disruptive situation like the pandemic, you may need to let go of pettiness and trust yourself instead. Reallocate responsibilities based on tasks and goals and be flexible about time. – ElsaMarie D’Silva, Safecity

[Coworking spaces] are preparing to incorporate additional measures to ensure they meet COVID-19 guidelines. The use of advanced technologies such as automatic doors, hands-free check-in and smart lighting are dramatically reorganizing coworking spaces. – Nakul Mathur, Avanta Business Center

India is witnessing unprecedented hiring activity. Fueled by the demand for IT professionals, it is truly encouraging to see industries recovering as the holiday season begins. – Pawan Goyal, Naukri.com

While companies with a well-established digital ecosystem have managed to weather the crisis smoothly, the majority of them have stepped out of their comfort zone and realized the hard way the importance of digital solutions for survival and the growth. – Harjit Singh, Tata Teleservice

India has experienced an unprecedented digital transformation since the pandemic, making it a single market with the potential to adopt DevOps across sectors. – Yadhu Gopalan, Esper

As cybersecurity and digital privacy slowly gained prominence earlier, the COVID-19 pandemic has sped up the whole process. – Nitish A Desai, Skynet Softtech

With schools closed for a long time during the lockdown, the need for a virtual classroom setup triggered what some are calling a ‘zoom boom’ as video calls quickly replaced traditional classrooms. – Shailendra Dhakad, Codeyoung

The pandemic has changed the way businesses approach their call center operations. – Chandrasekar Kandasamy, Stake Capital

During the lockdown, businessmen, especially grocery store owners and restaurant owners, wanted apps for grocery shopping and food delivery online so they could start selling products online. – Ketan Shrivastava, in Minz

COVID-19 has accelerated the shift to online shopping, and the shift persists across categories as consumers continue to keep their out-of-home engagement weak to curb the spread of the virus. – Kapil Makhija, Unicommerce

Consumers today are changing and in the midst of the pandemic they are not only looking for hygienic and better quality products, but are also willing to pay extra for better quality. – Lisa Suwal, Prasuma Momos

During closings and even after, when people were mainly staying at home, everyone wanted to live in caftans and casual wear. – Ananya Jain, the Boozy Button

Everyone works from home, so the only real thing you spend money on is your face, and it works for a company that makes shaving products. – Shantanu Deshpande, Bombay Shaving Company

Residents of subways and other cities opt for vacations and leave on weekends to break the monotony at home. – Sidharth Gupta, Treebo Hotels

The pandemic has disrupted the way consumers interact with brands and this is reflected in the growth of D2C digital brands over the past 12-18 months. – Apoorva Ranjan Sharma, Business Catalysts

The D2C brands have benefited from the minimization of overheads and the creation of an autonomous operational framework. They now have the ability to take control of the entire customer experience and retain them. – Sumit Suneja, Merlin Brands

YourStory also published the paperback “Proverbs and quotes for entrepreneurs: a world of inspiration for startups” as a creative and motivating guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).

Edited by Teja Lele Desai

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