If there is one pandemic for which there is no vaccine, it is the one concerning freebies. The symptoms are crystal clear. All you have to do is to read in the paper or see a TV ad, offering X free if you buy Y or buy two Ys and get one Y free, there is a pricking sensation in the ear, you start sweating, and pant the way my dogs do when they see a doggie treat. Okay, it is fine if you buy a sari or a pair of jeans and get another free or buy a microwave and get its vessels free but now the freebie fever has reached absurdly epidemic levels. now, thanks to the pandemic. It is raining freebies to lire people into vaccine centres, One would expect that in a country with a high level of education like the US of A , people would have queued up on their own realizing that it could save their lives but obviously, nope. This has forced President Joe Biden himself to launch the Take the Jab And Get a Glass pof Beer Free scheme. (Hariji, Viswa did you get your beer?). Our countrymen are no better. In one locality of TN, where thousands live hardly 50 people turned up fr the shot. The organizers got a brainwave and offered free mutton biryani for everyone taking the jab and hundreds queued up. Other centres offered free groceries, veggies etc but the biryani centre drew the maximum crowd. The Tamil Nadu guys should have taken inspiration from the US., Considering the long queues before TASMAC booze shops when they were open on pre-lockdown days, giving them the aura of Tirupati Dharma Darisanam, they should have offered a token for everyone taking the jab that can be exchanged at the TASMAC shops for the booze of their choice. Then there would have been a stampede at vaccination centers. In some areas, the vaccine hesitancy is so high that those who went there to vaccinate people got the freebies. A group of medical workers going to vaccinate people in the backwaters of Bihar received freebies, instead of giving them. When they tried to persuade locals to take the jab, they got stones hurled at them absolutely free!