Businessman splashes thousands to steer clear of Covid-19 and stand out at the same time.
As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, which has already claimed millions of lives and maimed millions more, one man has gone a notch higher to steer clear of Covid-19 and stand out at the same time.
Meet Shankar Kurade, an Indian businessman who forked out the equivalent of £4,000 (Sh400,000) to have a special face mask made from pure gold.
“I love gold and I am very happy with wearing this mask. It is a thin mask and has tiny holes so I am not facing any problems with breathing,” said Shankar.
The facemask took eight days to create
The face weighs 60 grams and took eight days to create. The 49-year-old businessman from western India’s Pune city is now a local celebrity and everywhere he goes people stop him to take selfies.
“Wherever I go, people stop me for selfies. They are startled to see me waking with a gold mask. They are curious to know if it is real gold.”
Got the idea from TV
Mr. Kurhade, who deals with installing industry sheds, got the unique idea after watching a man wearing a silver mask on TV news.
“I always go out wearing all the jewellery pieces so when I saw this man on TV wearing a mask made of gold, I thought ‘why should I not get it made in gold?’
With that and money being no problem Shankar sashayed to his jeweler.
“I went to my personal jeweler and proposed the idea. They took eight days to make it.”
He’s obsessed with everything Gold
But Mr. Kurhade’s love for gold didn’t, however, start with the gold face mask. The businessman, who clearly enjoys the finer things in life, is literally obsessed with the yellow metal and owns several ornaments pieces made of Gold. He never steps out without donning his flashy pieces of jewelry made of gold.
He is often seen with an enormous bracelet, a thick chain around his neck and rings on all of his right-hand fingers weighing more than one kilogram.
Talking about his love for gold, Kurade said that his family members, too, love gold and he won’t mind getting a similar mask made for his family if they ask.
“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 the virus,” he added.
Meanwhile, India is grappling with a rising number of COVID-19 infections with over 697,000 positive cases and over 19,700 deaths.26