Hello everyone, Hope you are all staying safe and healthy. With Corona going viral across the world, it has put a disruption on our everyday’s life. As I stay home, I want to share my thoughts and observations.
On March 23, 2020, The government of India have mandated the lockdown. It is a month now and surprisingly, the Central and Tamil Nadu state government seem to be doing a decent job on implementing and educating the people about the situation. Kudos to them.
One thing that I think they have messed up is with the preparedness activity for the lockdown. The announcement was a bit late and a very short time was given to people. It was a chaos and a nightmare for elderly and women who had to travel to their hometowns.
Considering our population, It could have been better if Govt announced this a week earlier instead of just giving a 2 day notice. However, things have settled and I believe people are safe home now.
While government trying to take proper measures, not many people seem to adhere to the law. On one side there are poor people trying to cope up with this tough situation and on the other side folks roam around the city irresponsibly. By watching and reading news, I felt that a lot of people lack discipline and did not understand the consequences.
Once in a while during the lockdown, the Prime Minister of India requested people for door step activities like applauding and lighting candles. It is a good intention but a few people considered that as a challenge and took it to a whole new level of entertainment 👏 🔔 🍽 and celebration 🔥 🎆. That was really crazy.
The nature seem to be healing itself during this time. How do I say that?
Dusts: My apartment is close to the roads and collects a lot of dusts. I feel like I’m in the places shows in the movie Interstellar. Recently, the dusts and air pollution have significantly reduced. I don’t have to clean 🧹 the balcony very often😁.
Noise pollution have decreased as well. btw, why do we people in India honk a lot while driving 🎺 ?
I managed to buy the veggies 🍅 🌽 🌶 in near by shops, however, it was hard to find groceries, also Big Basket was mostly out of slots for delivery. After the initial days, we now have vegetable vendors come to our apartment and big basket started to have more slots as well. I have not stepped out of the apartment for the last 2 weeks. Essentials are enough to live a decent life and I will try follow the minimalism even even after the lockdown.
Work from home: (WFH)
I work for a Software company and we decided to work from home starting March 19 rather than waiting for the Government’s order. We arranged laptops, setup Virtual Machines and VPN for employees to work remotely.
WFH is not new to me but I feel like I’m glued to my computer 👨💻 from dawn to dusk. Huh, Every software engineer’s problem!
If you are someone who do not have an option to work at home, this is the time to find an alternate income options or build skills that helps you earn through internet. This pandemic also reminds us the importance of the emergency fund.
What else ?
Trust me, Staying home is not that hard. I have been practising since child hood. I’m an introvert. 😉
I usually watch animated movies and documentaries when at home. It is no different during lockdown. Just that my kid doesn’t allow at times and prefers rhymes instead.
If you have a smart TV or a streaming device you can subscribe to Netflix, Amazon prime Hotstar, Apple TV+ etc. Please stay away from DTH TV shows and serials, they are either negative or too much of artificial celebration, meaningless jokes with annoying laughter tracks. The TV content quality is no good. Here are the shows I have watched or in my Watchlist:
Netflix: Stranger Things, Series of unfortunate events, Minimalism, Abstract: the art of design, Babies etc.
Hotstar / Disney+: Modern family, Fresh off the boat, How I met your mother, Lion king, Frozen 2, Onward, Aladdin and a lot more good animated movies.
Amazon Prime: Young Sheldon, Shark Tank, the Middle etc.
Apple TV+: The morning show, SEE. Helpsters, Snoopy, Here we are: Notes for living on planet earth are good for kids.
i4fu8u kk,m (Ok, that was my kid, I guess he made his statement as well)
This was a long post, are you still reading ? if so what are you folks doing to make this lockdown more useful and interesting?
I’m Balu, from India. I write about the happenings, my thoughts etc. Catch up with me at my blog.