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10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

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Imtiaz Ullah
Imtiaz Ullahhttps://nomadlawyer.org/about/
Imtiaz Ullah is the founder of travel website - NomadLawyer. A Corporate Lawyer, Senior Travel Correspondent, The Traveller Trails magazine and also acts as an Advisory Member, NGO - Sarvahitey. His travel philosophy is exploring new places, meeting new people, knowing the culture, eating like a local. He always believes in the idea-“ Don't just be a traveller but a Responsible one”.

In these days of lockdowns and quarantines, we bring to you HumanKind – a compilation of 10 stories from 10 places of individuals  that will restore your faith and help you to remain positive.

Stories of Human Positivity:

Share your own story of Positivity  during COVID-19, get the chance to feature with NomadLawyer.

Send an email to:

guestcolumn@nomadlawyer.org

In these testing times, when the news around the world is generally gloomy we wish to put forward some positive stories. These are real stories based on my conversations  I had with my friends across the globe.

At this time, you may also ask-  how to stay positive during this Pandemic? For answer read the link, below:

https://nomadlawyer.org/staging/blogs/how-to-stay-positive-during-corona-virus-pandemic/

 Please spread positivity through stories and pictures

Stay Safe and Don’t Travel.

It is imperative to feel low, during this time of lockdown, but spending time with your loved ones and speaking to friends and family members over phone and video calls, provides you a great way to connect and spend quality time. 

Story1, Bali.

Stay Home and Continue Farming 

The name of my friend is Karsa from Pancashari, Bali.

I had a video call with him, he showed me his farming, this is how we meet virtually during this Pandemic. This is the best time to catch up with your friends and stay positive.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19
10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Know about Pancashari:

The Pancasari Market is one of Bali’s most traditional farmer’s markets, where you can experience a truly local open marketplace scene, with various kinds of fresh vegetables and fruits harvested from the nearby farms and plantations of the highland Pancasari community. The market is a common stopover on tours to Bali’s north, via the Bedugul-Singaraja main route. This non-touristy market comprises different small and down-to-earth stalls that offer a great variety of daily local necessities, and it is also a good place to witness a bit of Balinese culture through dedicated stalls selling ornate ritual items and flower offerings.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Story2, United Kingdom

Stay home and Enjoy the Rainbow

Thanks Anna Joyce for sending these pictures from Bakewell, UK. Anna and her husband have special love for India,  they have spent considerable time in India and also supported NGO Sarvahitey at many occasions.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Know about Bakewell:

Bakewell is a small market town  in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England.

Perhaps best known for its unique and delicious Pudding, Bakewell has many more  tempting treats to offer – ranging from shopping and specialist markets to relaxing strolls and special events.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Story3, Afghanistan

Stay Home and Don’t forget your Family

Thanks Noor Mohammad Ali Chopani my friend from Afghanistan for sharing the positive story through photos  from his country.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

I spoke to Noor and  checked what is the condition in Afghanistan and the update he provided me was that there has not been an outbreak yet but people remain in fear that it may soon. They are practising self distancing.

He shared Bolani- it is a famous local food from Afghanistan. It is a pure vegetarian food. Made out of dough mixed with milk then made round and filled with spring onion and leaf.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Also, nature walks, he went with his wife and son in his village.  The villages of Afghanistan are really beautiful.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

If you wish to read more about Afghanistan, follow the links,

https://nomadlawyer.org/staging/international/itinerary-to-the-unknown-a-guide-to-afghanistan-tour-travel-responsible-kabul-kandhar-package/
https://nomadlawyer.org/staging/international/an-adventure-like-no-other-guide-to-afghanistan-and-travel-laws-afghanistan-tour-travel-visa-kabul-kandhar/

Story4, Uganda

Stay Home and Eat Healthy

Donat Kananura, my friend from Uganda has shared these pictures, he tries to tell a positive story from his place in these difficult times. He runs “Jenal Tours and Travel” in Uganda.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

I spoke to Donat to check the condition in Uganda and according to him there has not been an outbreak at this point in time but people are staying at home and don’t venture out and there is fear amongst the people. As medical facilities are not great there they fear if there is an outbreak it will be difficult to control.

Through these pictures he shares his banana cultivation in his village while his son is spending time with him.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Banana is one of the most important food crops in Uganda. About 75% of the farmers are engaged in banana cultivation. Most of this production is for local consumption. In addition, banana insures income to the farmer throughout the year, provides soil surface cover, reduces soil erosion on steep slopes and a principal source of mulch for maintaining and improving soil fertility. Banana also provides food for animals.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

If you wish to know more about the beautiful country Uganda, here is the link.

https://nomadlawyer.org/staging/blogs/cause-this-is-africa-guided-jungle-safaris-in-uganda-kenya-tanzania-rwanda

Story5, Labaun Bajo and Komodo islands, Indonesia

Stay Home and Enjoy Nature Virtually 

My friend Teddy Purba and Enny Dallo sent me these photos from Labaun Bajo and Komodo islands, Indonesia. This is the positive story from their place.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Know more about Labuan Bajo and Komodo Island.

A gorgeously picturesque little port on the island of Flores, Labuan Bajo is one of Indonesia’s tourist gems. You can use it as a base to visit Komodo’s famous dragons or just stay and enjoy the laid-back vibe.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

You Can Visit the Komodo Islands

Situated just west of Labuan Bajo, Komodo National Park is famous for its oversized reptilian inhabitants. Seeing Komodos in person is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Story6, Pasta with Sambal Cakalang. 

Stay Home and Make Innovative Food

My friend Jun Joe Winanto, a famous chef from Jakarta sent me this photo and in this lockdown we meet and speak virtually.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

The dish in this picture is called-  Pasta with Sambal Cakalang. Cakalang, is the name of a fish in Indonesia.

It is made from chili, shredded cakalang, shallot, garlic, and some Indonesia’s ingredients. Mixed with basil leaf and tomato diced.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Story7, Rubirizi

Stay Home and Do good to the Society

My friend Kyagaba Edison sent  these pictures from Rubirizi district, Uganda. He shares a positive story from his place.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

He  runs an orphanage(Kichwamba Orphanage Developmental Center) in his village.

Kichwamba Orphanage Developmental Centre, is a community based organisation registered under Rubirizi District Local Government with registration number- 3214. It is located at the edge of Queen Elizabeth National park, in Mirambi village. 

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

I spoke and also had a video call  him yesterday to understand how the kids are doing in this time of Pandemic. He told me there are no positive cases in his orphanage till now. The students are taught about social distancing and other necessary measures to be followed during this time.

 He generally runs this orphanage through donations and tourists who come to volunteer with them. Now they are facing cash shortage in this time of lockdown and they need financial support for the kids.

Story 8, Himachal Pradesh, India

Stay Home and Create Organic Products

 My dearest friend and elder brother, Anil Attri ji sent these photos from his native village, Himachal Pradesh.

The pictures reflect the process of organic Kumkum making by his mother. 

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

You may ask what is KumKum?

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Kumkuma is a powder used for social and religious markings in India and some other countries of the world. It is made from turmeric or any other local materials. The turmeric is dried and powdered with a bit of slaked lime, which turns the rich yellow powder into a red color.

This is a very traditional method of preparation of kumkum which unlike the variety usually available in the market is unadulterated and safe.  Made with turmeric and lemons, the organic kumkum produced by Aapna Ghar team seeks to restore the purity of the traditional kumkum.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Story9, Lombok

Stay Home and Wait for Good Days Ahead

My friend  Azmi, shared this photo. He is the owner of Tempatku Tour and Travel.  During this time, the tourism industry has hit the rock bottom but he is positive that soon this shall pass and he will have more guests travelling by his boat in the beautiful island of Lombok.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

TEMPATKU TOUR AND TRAVEL is a travel agency that believes in travelling for a cause and giving back to the community through volunteering in nonprofit organisation like orphanages, vulnerable people, the needy and showcasing the Sasak Culture.

If you wish to know more about Tempatku Tour and Travel, here is the link.

https://nomadlawyer.org/staging/blogs/travel-lombok-with-tempatku-tour-and-travel/

Story10, Pondicherry

Stay Home and Keep Alive and Positive

My good friend Abhishek Dey, sent me this photo with a message in it. Thanks Abhishek for this encouraging message and the photo during this difficult time. I am sure we shall sail through this.

10 Places and 10 Positive Stories amid COVID-19

Message:

This picture was clicked sometime back at Pondicherry during my morning walk along the promenade. 

The picture signifies that no matter how bad the times are, no matter how hard it is , the sun will always rise and the rays will always engulf you with a brand new day full of sunshine. It’s more important to feel alive when you feel like giving up. These hard times shall pass too 

Until humanity sails through the Pandemic, keep reading and sharing positive stories.

If you wish to collaborate with Nomad Lawyer, email at below:

Connect@nomadlawyer.org

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