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It’s interesting how much we don’t talk about things like this (general covid gruesomeness really), especially with clients. Feels like an elephant in the room. Let’s make “consideration” our bottom line.

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This is something I've struggled with. Do we bring it up at the beginning of a meeting to offer sympathy then just move on? Or is it considered out of place?

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Indian here. Used to work in NAMR and moved to the India system a few years ago. Several friends from NAMR and across APAC have reached out to ask how I’m doing through these times and to say that they are there for me, and I really appreciate it. I understand how this might be complex to bring up in a setting where you’re not sure if someone is of Indian origin or if they have family in India. If you’re reasonably sure someone is of Indian origin, you could always start by asking if they have any family in India and then move on to asking how their family is doing and how they are doing. The situation is really tough right now and for now I’m finding it easier to lean on my friends outside India/Indian community because I don’t want to lean too much on my Indian friends and family who are themselves struggling.

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How about treating all people kind at all times because you never know what someone is dealing with.

I can how it can be construed that way but it is far from that. Suffering a humanitarian crisis is not specific to those from India. My immediate response is "get in line" because there are Native Americans with a humanitarian crisis, Black people suffering a humanitarian crisis, Asians, and the list goes on. Honestly it rubs me the wrong way.

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