Nihar Pandya and his spouse Neeti Mohan had a providential escape from the Corona-hit Australia simply earlier than all of the airports had been shut and journey again to India was unattainable.

Nihar, who’s in quarantine at a farm in Umbergaon, Gujarat, nonetheless can’t imagine his luck. “Yet another day in Australia and we’d have been caught in Australia indefinitely. My spouse Neeti Mohan and I and my sisters-in-law Mukti and Shakti had been in Australia to attend the Ladies’s T20 Cricket World Cup in Melbourne. After that, we had been to remain in Australia for a vacation till 17 March.”

However then the Coronavirus broke out.

Says Nihar, “I obtained a name from my brother in Mumbai. He mentioned we had two selections. Both we got here again instantly or I’d stay in Australia, get a job, and my spouse might do her singing there. In fact, we fled. We had been on the Gold Coast. We drove all the way down to Brisbane to catch our flight again to Mumbai. The airport was fully abandoned. The subsequent day, March 14, all of the airports in Australia had been shut down.”

As soon as in Mumbai, Nihar his spouse and two sisters-in-law drove straight to their farm in Umbergaon. “This was simply earlier than the borders had been sealed. We’re in Umbergaon now. Our interval of quarantine is over. However we’ll keep right here. We’re comparatively safer than our people in Mumbai. We don’t must exit to purchase greens. We develop them proper right here on the farm. We don’t know the way lengthy we’re going to be right here. However we want our dad and mom had been with us. Proper now the entire of Mumbai metropolis feels quarantined. I simply hope and pray this will likely be over quickly.”