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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 (see the previous edition here). This special series of compilations focuses on India’s COVID-19 struggle. Share these quotes and excerpts with your networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.
See also our pick of Top Quotes of 2021 on Entrepreneurship, Investment, Digital Transformation, Storytelling, The India Opportunity, Pandemic Resilience, Failure Recovery, Design, and Art.
The onset of COVID-19 brought the issue of ‘migrant workers’ into sharp focus, highlighting the need for a new paradigm of livelihood opportunities in our rural areas. Pearl Tiwari, Ambuja Cement Foundation
The pandemic has brought focus on opportunities for youth like turning frontline workers — paramedics, nursing, and ASHA workers for the healthcare sector, starting businesses for sales, good and home-based services, or even ecommerce. – Pearl Tiwari, Ambuja Cement Foundation
The pandemic was also a tough period for us as the perfume category was the one that people sought when shopping for essentials. – Aditya Vikram Daga, Purpos Planet
The pandemic also forced us to streamline a lot of administrative operations as we had to work within restrictions, and we became more efficient at managing operations remotely. – Kavya Krishnamurthy, Veekes & Company
People have realised the importance of health post COVID-19; so producing health products is definitely on the cards. – Harak Soni, Navalprabha Foods
This switch to remote working and optimising and streamlining is perhaps the only good thing to have come out of the pandemic. – Kavya Krishnamurthy, Veekes & Company
The pandemic has however brought [gender discrimination] to the forefront of our awareness in a way that you cannot ignore anymore. – Debasmita Sinha, Manah Wellness
Hybrid working has become a forced norm, however, the pressure to be visible always and prove one’s dedication to working has taken a toll, especially on women. – Debasmita Sinha, Manah Wellness
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The pandemic further propelled SMBs to explore new online models to thrive in their day-to-day business. However, it also exposed vulnerabilities in the industry and disrupted the entire retail supply chain. – Koteshwar LN, Flipkart
The COVID-19 pandemic, worldwide lockdowns, and the limitation imposed by Section 3(k) of the Indian Patents Act (which prohibits patenting algorithms and computer programs), have impacted patent-filing in Big Data analytics. – Anant Kataria, Sagacious
While the education industry was the strongest beneficiaries during the pandemic, the threat of growth stalemate has forced many to hold back on hiring. – Prashant Janadri, Taskmo
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).