Shaukat Ali passed away on June 8
MUMBAI: Lives may be limping back to normalcy for many as businesses open, offices seek their employees’ return and restaurants see more footfall. For families who have lost their main breadwinners to coronavirus, though, the struggle is far from over. The virus, since its arrival in March, has claimed 11,000 lives in the city.
Six months since Ishrat Shiekh lost her husband Shaukat Ali, a unani practitioner, to Covid-19, she is on the verge of giving up hope of seeing her 16-year-old daughter pursue an ayurveda degree. Left without an income and the support of an extended family, the 38-year-old Ishrat is worried her children may not be able to get quality education.
“Everybody tells me to take up a job. Firstly, where are the jobs? And how do I suddenly join the workforce without any training or skill,” asks the mother of three who is also worried about leaving her seven-yearold son and two…