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Ravi Godse: ‘The Pandemic Has Humbled Us’

Roshan Bhondekar interviews Dr Ravi Godse, Indian-American Doctor and Filmmaker

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Divya Dhadd
Divya Dhadd
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UNITED STATES: Our guest for this episode, Ravi Godse from the U.S. is professionally a doctor, and also works as a filmmaker for a couple of decades now. 

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Godse started by quoting a line from the Disney movie, Alice in Wonderland, ‘If you don’t know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter what road you take, and if your journey is the destination then you don’t have to worry about reaching anywhere.’

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“I think we focus so much on our goals, that we forget to live in the moment. The pandemic brought to light the importance of mundane things; boarding a train and going to work earlier was something we thought was boring, and now that is what we long to do,” said Godse.

“I came to the U.S. in 1995, for medicine, and I’ve been in private practice since. I have also made four movies, which I expect to be on OTT platforms as well, soon. My movies don’t have any message as such, they serve the sole purpose of entertainment,” the doctor continued.

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“I was more inclined to history, but my mom thought I was good with people, so she pushed me for medicine. As for history, I yet read a lot about that,” Godse told Transcontinental Times.

Views on the pandemic and the challenges brought about 

The pandemic has humbled us. It taught us so much that we didn’t know until now. The only pitfall we fall into is to pretend that we know everything, in fact, the only thing we know is that we don’t know. The pandemic made us stronger, we don’t understand the value of something unless it is taken away from us. Like I mentioned travelling in a crowded metro earlier was torture, now it is a freedom we yearn for, Godse said.

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Godse further added – India will not have a third wave, in Delhi hospitals more than 80% of beds are empty. India, I think has reached its endemic, and we just have to live with it, over the years it will just fizzle out.

Godse’s take on conspiracy theories of COVID-19

“Nobody can yet say if the COVID-19 virus was made in the laboratory or any other conspiracy theory. China made blunders in the beginning, they could’ve stopped it. The way China is stupidly handling the situation right now, I don’t think it is planned. There is no conclusive proof that China started this,” Godse said during the interview.

When talking about Spain, the country did a great job with vaccination and boosters. With a booster dose, you’re sure to stay away from the hospital. But then there are a lot of vaccine sceptics in Europe, so that might bring the countries down.

Watch the whole interview:

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