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Pune man wears gold mask worth Rs 2.89L to ward off virus
With masks, gloves and other protective gear in public places having become the new normal now, a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad of Pune district, Shankar Kurade, added a luxurious twist to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. He has got himself a mask made of gold worth Rs 2.89 lakh, but he isn’t sure if it is effective against the virus.
“It’s a thin mask with minute holes so that there is no difficulty in breathing. I am not sure whether this mask will be effective,” said Kurade. The Pune resident loves wearing gold ornaments and his hands and neck are loaded with jewellery.
This unique idea struck him soon after he saw a man wearing a silver mask on social media. “I saw a video on social media of a man in Kolhapur wearing a silver mask and then an idea struck me to get a mask made of of gold. I talked to a goldsmith and he gave me this five-and-a-half pound gold mask in a week,” said Kurade.
“All my family members love gold, if they too demand it, then I will get it designed for them as well. I do not know if I will be infected with coronavirus wearing a gold mask or not, but following all the rules of the government can prevent the spread of virus,” he added.
Since his childhood, Kurade has been very fond of gold ornaments, that is the reason he wears gold rings in all the fingers, gold bracelets on his wrist and huge gold chains around his neck. Ever since reports of him wearing the gold mask emerged, his pictures have gone viral on Twitter and other agencies.
Recently, a jeweller based in Karnataka, Sandeep Sagaonkar, added silver masks to his wedding collection. Media outlets have reported that the masks have gotten popular amongst local brides and grooms.