If someone had told you back in December what 2020 would look like, you would not have believed them. For the past few months, we have been staying at home and have observed social distancing to flatten the Covid-19 curve. And while we are dealing with unpredictable times, it has also given us an opportunity to reconnect with our loved ones, invest in some “me” time and rekindle our interests.
We asked our colleagues to submit few of their best lockdown moments and the response was phenomenal. It was lovely to see what everyone got up to while stuck at home. Here are few excerpts from some of our colleagues.
1. Anil Kumar
“The novel Coronavirus changed everything overnight, lockdown was enforced, and social distancing became the new norm. Adapting to the current situation was not without its own set of challenges. But in every crisis lies unprecedented opportunity. We learnt how to efficiently manage our work while also take out time for ourselves and for our family. Tools for virtual collaborations have been the saviour in these turbulent times. Investing in my own home workspace has drastically helped me to adjust to the work from home mode and the new working rhythm. A healthy work/life balance is also crucial for overall well-being. Weekends at home are spent playing board and card games with family. My recent discovery of my love for cooking gives me a chance to be creative and indulge in some “me” time. But no one can be happier about the current situation than my dog, Charlie.”
My best lockdown moments are the time I spend with my dog. Charlie is not only helping me cope with the uncertainties of the present time but also ensuring that I maintain the right balance between my work and personal time.
2. Priya Narula
“The fast-paced life that we were acclimatised to came to a sudden halt with the Covid-19 pandemic. The current situation may be difficult to cope but it comes with its own set of benefits. This includes the opportunity to spend more time with our family. In the absence of long hours outside home, families are spending more time with each other. My mornings are spent with a cup of tea with my mother, discussing what the day holds for both of us. Household chores have been divided equally to reduce the burden on just one. Meals are eaten together, and evenings are spent indulging in quality activities.”
My mornings are spent with a cup of tea with my mother, discussing what the day holds for both of us.
3. Prabhat Nandan
“When a special occasion arrives, we are more inclined to celebrate it with gifts, fancy outings and exciting trips. But the lockdown in place and norms of distancing being practised, such options are now limited. However, this does not mean that we can’t make these special moments memorable for our loved ones. My best lockdown moment was my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary on 2nd May 2020. The earlier plans that my sister and I had planned were cancelled, we decided to make the most of the situation while staying at home. We started the celebration in the traditional way with a ‘Haldi’ ceremony and ‘sangeet’ a day prior to their anniversary. With a heart-shaped cake and a wide range of snacks prepared by me and my sister, all of us discovered a unique and more intimate way of celebrating the anniversary. It was the right opportunity to show our parents how grateful we are to have them in our life.”
My best lockdown moment was my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary on 2nd May 2020. It was the right opportunity to show our parents how grateful we are to have them in our life.