Sonu Sood pens book on his work with migrant workers during COVID-19
The book will focus on the challenges that the actor witnessed as he aided migrant workers in their journey back home
Actor Sonu Sood, who received widespread appreciation for his efforts to help migrant workers reach their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will now write a book about his experience.
According to a report by PTI, the book will focus on the challenges that the actor witnessed as he aided migrant workers in their journey back home.“... I want to thank God for making me a catalyst in helping the migrants. While my heart beats in Mumbai, after this movement, I feel a part of me lives in the villages of UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Uttarakhand, and various other states where I have now found new friends and made deep connections,” the actor said in a statement.
“I have decided to put these experiences, stories that are embedded in my soul forever, in a book ... I'm excited, nervous, and overwhelmed, and I can't wait to connect with you through my book,” Sood added.
As the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in India, the country witnessed one of its largest migrant exoduses, resulting from people losing their jobs. Workers and families trudged hundreds of kilometers to get home, even as public transport services across the country were suspended amid the lockdown. The migrant journeys resulted in deaths and sufferings, which exposed how ill-prepared the governments were for such a mass movement.
It was in this scenario that the 46-year-old actor launched an initiative to help reunite migrant workers who were stranded in Mumbai. Sood and his team rolled out a toll-free number and a WhatsApp helpline to connect with the workers and then arranged transportation for those desperate to reach their homes. He also arranged food, buses, trains, and flights for stranded migrants. Sood had earlier also pledged financial support to over 400 families of migrants, who died or were injured during the coronavirus lockdown.
“Seeing the smiles on their (migrant workers) faces, the tears of happiness in their eyes has been the most special experience of my life, and I pledged that I’ll keep on working to send them back to their homes until the last migrant reaches his village, to his loved ones," Sood said.
Milee Ashwarya, publisher, Ebury Publishing, and Vintage Publishing, Penguin Random House, said the book will bring together the story of Sood's amazing journey - "of people who were suddenly left without security and livelihood; of hope and the feeling of oneness that binds us all together.”