Part I: A Phone Rings in Bombay

A good friend’s Covid-19 diagnosis far away puts a face to the devastating healthcare crises ravaging India.

Slums in the suburbs of Mumbai, India. photo credit: Rajanish Kakade/Associated Press

It is the call you never want to make. The one you said you would make when you’d last spoke last week. You promised to Whatsapp him again next week, and next week is today. But today his phone rings, and rings until his voicemail…