When tragedy spawned courage for Chhabra sisters

Their father died within 12 days from being infected by the Delta variant of the coronavirus. This, during the worst months of the pandemic in India, during a complete lockdown, which restricted the family from performing the last rites, or even to say goodbye to their father, one last time. This is the story of two sisters, Shilpa Dulani and Sonia Chhabra, both born in India, and who work for a real estate company A&E out of their respective offices in New York City and in New Delhi. 

For the 12 days their father was ill, the sisters were constantly on calls on Facetime, trying to arrange medical assistance, oxygen cylinders and medication for him.  

Like many, Dulani and Chhabra, keep a separate clock in their homes set to the other’s time zone. That was a small inconsequential way to erase out the distance of miles between them.  

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