India, May 23 -- For two weeks, Bharath Sathyajith has not stepped outside a hotel room in Kerala's Palakkad town, where he is staying with his parents and sister. But the 14-year-old but hasn't complained even once.

The reason: he is both elated and relieved to come back to his homeland after battling a harrowing month of pandemic-driven panic and bullying in Oman, where he was born and lived with his parents until last month.

Bharath came back along with his mother Dhanya, father Sathyajith Krishankutty and sister Gowri on a flight from Muscat on May 9, and was put in mandatory quarantine at a local hotel. Despite the abrupt separation from his friends and the familiar environment of his school - he studied in Class eight at the Indian ...