Actor Sharad Malhotra is the latest actor in the television industry to have recovered from a bout of COVID-19. Says Sharad, "The new normal today is that people congratulate you on testing negative." Sharad, who had tested positive a fortnight ago and was in home quarantine, says it was one of the toughest phases of his life. "I lost my grandmother and my dog during this time and it was really hard to be all alone in a room. It was nightmarish. Luckily, my wife, Ripci, has been taking good care of me and also ensuring I eat healthy food. But when I got the bad news, I couldn’t hold her or even touch her hand. It was the worst feeling in the world that I couldn’t even sit next to her. That’s what emotionally drained me, more than the physical symptoms of COVID-19. The day my reports said I was COVID free, I woke her up and hugged her,” revealed the Naagin 5 actor. Naagin 5 Actor Sharad Malhotra Recovers From COVID-19, Co-Star Mohit Sehgal Says 'Comeback Soon' (View Post).

Though he faced setbacks, Malhotra urges people not to be scared of the pandemic and get tested when they feel any symptoms. “I had heard that, at times, people are hesitant of finding out but that’s the responsible thing to do. There is nothing to be scared of. Other than prescribed medicines, I would have kadha and steam twice a day and check my oxygen levels daily as well,” he recalled. Naagin 5: Dheeraj Dhoopar To Temporarily Replace Sharad Malhotra?.

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It never took much to make her happy, a phone call, a visit or a kiss and she'd be beaming with joy ! She lived to make our lives better...who cared the most, loved the most and was made to suffer the most because of how much she cared.....Yet there were never any complaints or any kind of bitterness coz it was the only way she knew how to live... A lady so loving, generous, caring, giving compassionate, nurturing and i could write volumes about the impact she had on all of Us....... Thankyou for being the bestest Naani & coming into our lives like an angel .........*Not to forget her sole aim in life was seeing her laadla grandson getting hitched which she eventually did 😊...We shall celebrate you now & forever... Rest easy ! Miss u alot 💔 #myguardianangel

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The actor admits that he will remember this experience for the rest of his life. He was able to retrospect and introspect about his life. “I recalled a number of memories sitting all by myself. After a while, self-isolation gets to you as you don’t know what to do. A number of people reached out to me asking after my health and I even learnt that my fans were fasting for my health. It was so humbling to experience such unconditional love. I am feeling so much gratitude as I am overwhelmed. Without COVID, I wouldn’t have realised that there are so many people who love me. Money, fame, work is secondary but the love of your closed ones is to be cherished,” concludes Sharad, who is raring to get back to the sets of Naagin 5.

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