‘This too shall pass. So look at the road ahead’ – 20 quotes from India’s COVID-19 struggle

By Madanmohan Rao|3rd Aug 2020
In this compilation, we present thought-provoking quotes from the week of July 27–August 2 that frame India’s battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week. This special series of compilations focuses on India’s COVID-19 struggle (see last week’s post here). Share these quotes and excerpts with your networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.


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The best we can all do is utilise our time and resources in things we love to do as that will keep one motivated and maintain everyone’s sanity. – Akull, ‘Bahana’


The new normal is going to require everyone to build different skills and certainly practise some new behaviours. - Shreyasi Singh, Harappa Education


With employees striving hard to do their best in the current scenario, it is good to show appreciation and gratitude acknowledging their efforts – big and small. - Varun Khanna, Fast&Up


There is nothing like meeting people in person, and remember, an organisation’s culture cannot be built in isolation. - Shesh Paplikar, Bhive



Entrepreneurs can create two kinds of companies – a baby and a dwarf. - Manish Sabharwal, Teamlease Services


When life throws a lemon at you, make lemonade even if you had started with orange juice in mind. - Venkatesh Panchapagesan, NSRCEL


Sell what the customer wants and is ready to pay for, and not what you think is a good product. - Akhila Rajeshwar, TiE Chennai


Investors will see how founders manage the cash and will place more emphasis on focus and the desire for profitability. - Nitin Singh, Avendus Wealth Management


There is an overall mindset change of ‘Less is more’. Minimalism as a design principle has come up now, thanks to COVID. - Revathi Kant, Titan


Adaptability not only keeps the cash flow going but also helps in scoring valuable marketing points by serving the consumers in their hour of need. - Vikas Bagaria, Pee Safe


If cash is tight, focus on survival at the moment. Cut everything that is not needed, but ensure your work to key clients does not suffer. - Vandana Saxena Poria, TiE Pune



This trend of gifting healthy is here to stay as people are becoming more aware and conscious of healthy eating. - Rishi Sakhuja, Fruity Box & Co.


Delivery will recover faster than dine-in simply due to the reduced touchpoints. Dine-in will take longer than April to May 2021. - Rohan Agarwal, RedSeer


After the COVID-19 pandemic hit India, the subsequent lockdowns had a major implication for micro-mobility in cities. - Anand Ayyadurai, Vogo


Logistics and transportation have suffered immensely, making it very difficult to send out or receive anything swiftly.  - Rhea Punjabi, ADA Design Chikan Studio



We don't plan the unexpected. And when it (the unexpected) happens, we are overwhelmed. - Harshvardhan Lunia, Lendingkart Technologies


Till the time an effective medicine or vaccine is not ready, 'do-gaz doori' (six-feet distance), wearing masks and hand sanitisation are the only alternatives. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi


As these are anxious times, we need to stay optimistic and take one day at a time as we're all in this together. - MILI, 'Keep The Hope Alive'


All of us know, this too shall pass. So look at the road ahead – the rearview mirror is just a reflection of what's passed by. - Phani Pattamatta, TiE Hyderabad


YourStory has also published the pocketbook ‘Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups’ as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).

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