Wife awaits early return of 'abandoned' Anand from Germany

CHENNAI: The past few months have been more challenging for Viswanathan Anand and his family here. While the former five-time world champion has been stranded in Germany since the end of February, when he went to perform in the Bundesliga Chess tournament, his wife and son have had to deal with his absence.

With the Indian government planning to facilitate the return of the Indians trapped abroad gradually, Aruna hopes that Anand will return soon. Anand is in contact with the Indian Embassy in Frankfurt, but they currently have no specific instructions on when flights will be arranged from Germany. The embassy knows that Anand is stranded there. I think the evacuation is happening gradually. It is a very large operation and you just have to wait your turn. We hope to see you soon, he told TOI on Wednesday.

the MHA had said earlier in a statement: "Indian Embassies and High Commissions are preparing a list of distressed Indian citizens. the travel would begin in a phased manner from May 7."

Aruna believes Anand's absence has been felt most by their son Akhil. "It has been a tough time for the family. With Anand not there, Akhil has found it difficult to manage. They both spend quality time whenever Anand is home. They stay in touch via video calls but Akhil misses his father's physical presence. the lockdown restrictions mean he can't even go out and it makes it doubly hard for Akhil," revealed Aruna.

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the time away from family hasn't stopped Anand from doing his bit for the Covid-19 victims. He raised money for the PM Cares Fund and is currently leading the Indian team in the FIDE Online Nations Cup .