In order to toughen fight against the outbreak of deadly coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on March 19 and urged Indians to practice “Janata Curfew” on March 22. While suggesting that the proposed ‘curfew’ would prepare people of the nation for the challenges to come in the face of the pandemic, he asked that everyone should come out in the balconies of their homes and applaud the people providing essential services during this time.
However, as the coronavirus infected at least 195 people in India including foreign nationals, the request by PM Modi quickly took the Twitter by storm with Mumbaikars saying it would be “impossible” for them to practice the same. Not only did the Mumbaikars made fun of their “very small homes” but few also asked 'what is balcony?'
PM said, “I would like, on Sunday, March 22, for us to offer thanks to all such people who are providing essential services in such time. On Sunday at 5pm, let us stand at the doors and balconies of our houses and applaud these people for five minutes — by clapping, banging plates and pans.”
From memes describing enthusiasm for the “Janata Curfew” on March 22, to mocking the “luxurious” balcony, Mumbaikars tweeted about everything. One of the internet users who lived in an apartment with a balcony in Mumbai, even said he feels “weird” about it as hundreds of other people said that “balcony is non-existent in Bombay”.
The whole India is not Bombay where you folks don't have balcony but just window.— Deb Dip Chatterjee (@DebDipChatterj1) March 19, 2020
Hi Modiji, we live in Bombay. Yaha pe balcony non existent hain.— srishhti (@Srishhtii) March 19, 2020
Bombay mein balcony kahan...— Murtuza (@Murtuza1812) March 19, 2020
Bombay waale log nahi Kar sakte ye. Balcony nahi humare paas 😭 agar balcony hogi vo bhi tod Kar Ghar extend Kar liya hoga 😂 https://t.co/nitMsQtoDD— Deepshikha (@DeepshikaV) March 17, 2020
Bruh all these tweets about Bombay and balconies making me anxious about having a balcony in Bombay— D (@indiansnowden) March 19, 2020
Italy: Mozart's symphony from balcony— MB (@desiboho) March 19, 2020
Americans: Standup comedy from balcony
Gurgaon: Gayatri Mantra from balcony
Bombay: Nothing from balcony cuz no balcony.
The balconies Italy has, vs the balcony Bombay gets :) How to sing from here now. pic.twitter.com/bRvihin3p3— Amritha pillay (@AmrithaPillay) March 18, 2020
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