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Salesian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Distancing, Covid-19, and Experiential Narratives
The ‘viral times’ and the pandemonium that we are travelling through at this historical juncture is witnessing inexhaustible themes that have been widely discussed in relative degrees of importance. Today, it appears that our perception of the world is determined by expressed scepticism towards almost everything including – hitherto – the ‘much trusted’ medico-scientific establishment. With a disruption of pre-corona ‘routinised’ time and narrowing down of ‘public’ space, the topos of the socially isolated and sceptical ‘self’ –at ‘home’ in solitude or loneliness – has emerged as recurrent themes of concern and discussions. Desperate attempts are being made by the locked downs to assign new existential meanings as an underside to the meaninglessness and existential defeat that the pandemonium has apparently caused. For the spatially constrained and temporally disoriented self, home has become a “metaphor for existence” – either temporally/spatially being at home or longing for one as with the case of thousands of migrant workers in India walking miles in search of this metaphor.