Shyla, a class 9 student, is waiting for her mother Ruchira to get home
MUMBAI: A 13-year-old girl from Mahim has been relegated to the care of her domestic help since the lockdown. The schoolgirl’s mother, who had left on a four-day business trip to Dubai, has been caught up there for nearly 70 days now after the lockdown was imposed.
Desperate to get back home to her child, the mother, Ruchira Varma, a single parent, has been pulling out all stops to return, but nothing has helped so far. “The day I was supposed to fly out of Dubai, the lockdown started,” Varma told TOI on phone. With no family or close friends there, she has been putting up at a hotel for more than two months “The only hotel open here is The Taj. I ran out of money and have had to borrow,” said Varma. “I just want to get back home to my daughter.”
She said that Nationalist Congress Party leader Supriya Sule did reach out to her on Twitter to offer help. “But no international flights are touching down in Mumbai currently. Even when they resume, preference will be given to the elderly, the ailing… So, this means my kid will continue to be home alone, unless I am given some preference.”
Back home, her daughter Shyla, a class 9 student of Poddar School, Santacruz, said she hopes the wait ends has started her online classes and is also attending tuitions online. Ruchira said she had left a smartphone for her daughter and this has now come handy for her.
The girl said she is learning to manage. “But I’m just waiting for mom to return. Can’t wait to hug her.”