This is new!
Nobody expected this and to be honest nobody across globe was prepared for this. I am sure most people will agree when say that Coronavirus Pandemic aka COVID-19 has turned out to be a far bigger crisis than anyone could have imagined even in our wildest of dreams. Though Hollywood had predicted something like this through it Zombies movies or Sci-Fi flicks like Contagion etc yet nobody expected the reel life to become real life. Even President Trump took a long time to come in terms with the reality and US is suffering a lot due to their slow reaction time. May god bless them and make things better as soon as possible . However, compared most European countries and US, India with a population around 1.3 Billion has so far done quiet well in dealing with this Pandemic. Touchwood!
The first case of COVID-19 was reported around end of January,2020 and on 24th of March, PM of India Mr Modi ordered 21 days nationwide lockdown for whole 1.3 billion Indians. The result of that proactive and quick approach of Indian Government is that so far india have been quite successful in dealing with this virus compared to other countries. We as a nation are doing it pretty well in dealing with Lockdown and fighting Corona Virus. As we reach the end of first phase of lockdown, a lot more caution is still required and we as a nation are expecting a second phase of lockdown in order to give this virus a final push out of our lives. The mantra for success has been Social distancing. It means we have to stay with our family and loved ones inside our homes and forbid any social activity outside our house. Its like all the prayers which we made everyday have been answered. Everyone is home, schools are closed, exams are cancelled, kids are having a ball , the offices are closed, some can work from home, others can chill. The quality family time for everyone is here. If we look at the positives we can say that it’s an opportunity to learn and do so many new things which we always desired for.
When the lockdown started it took me few days to realise what I can do apart from eating and sleeping. To be honest first few days went in coming terms with the lockdown scenario but soon realised its an opportunity to do many things which I was longing for a while so I pen down a list of things to do during lockdown.
Things I planned to do during lockdown
- Quality family time
- learning Guitar
- Learning a foreign Language
- Loosing weight
- Netflix, PrimeVideo, Hotstar etc etc
I thought, this was a very simple, easy and basic list. I was sure that by the end of lockdown on 14th of April I would have learned and cooked many new delicacies, I will be playing a romantic number on guitar for my wife and would have said I love you sweetheart in French to her. With lots of sleep , balanced Diet and dedicated workout everyday my body would be in best of shape and lastly all the series and movies especially the Thriller ones have been conquered by me across all streaming platforms.The idea was simple, the plan was simple and the process was simple all it required was a simple execution, but like its said “Man proposes, God disposes”, my plan went little off the grid.
When life gives you lemons, make lemon juice and when life gives you pressure cooker situation than cook a new recipe, that’s what a majority of population is doing right now. The master chefs hidden inside the lockdown of your heart has came out . The social media is flooded with new recipes and people are cooking like there is no tomorrow .The kitchen is the the new playground and people are playing like a pro. I have always loved cooking since my hostel days, the cooking bug inside me turned into a monster and I started dishing out on an average two recipes a day during first Panse of lockdown. Breakfast’ lunch, high tea, dinner all categories were covered and soon I was cooking like Dhoni hitting sixes out of ground.Pasta, Cispy baby corn,Samosas, Mushroom veg, Pakoras, Biryani, Momos,Pav Bhaji to Bati Choka and to Panner Tikka all were artistically covered and served with applaud. A personally satisfying experience which I throughly enjoyed and cherish a lot. When Lockdown started I planned to utilise this time to cook for my family and I am satisfied that I did a decent job with this.
Goal: Try to cook
Goal Achieved: Yes
2. Quality time with Family:
The biggest regret which almost all of us had was that we where unable to give time to our family. Due to our work commitments etc we where not able to spend as much time with our wife or kids or other family members, however this Pandemic lockdown wiped off this regret.
We spent 24×7 time with our loved ones. Breakfast to dinner, from Playing Ludo to Sequence from clicking selfies to doing workouts we did everything together. I can easily say that when these lockdown days will be over we will cherish this quality time spend with our family for the rest of our lives.
We watched so many movies, web series,played so many games, even cooked together with my wife and kids.We also sketched painting and even clapped together with the whole nation and also light Diyas as a show of respect for the real superheroes, ie. doctors, policemen, cleaners, grocers, delivery guys and all those who are fighting this war against cover-19 like a crusaders when we have have been lock downed in our homes. These two special acts of gratitude not only bonded the whole family but it amalgamated the whole nation into one united family. While we wait in our homes for this lockdown to get over, I can easily say that every moment which is passing by is a memory to savour for the life.
Goal: Spend quality time with family.
Goal Achieved: Yes
3. Learning Guitar :
I have always been fascinated by Guitar. the guys who play guitar are so cool, they are really rockstars and they just don’t have to work extra hard to seek attention of opposite sex compared to less mortals like me or those who can’t play any musical instrument. I tried so many times to learn guitar, brought a sleek Black guitar as well, but never moved forward from that. this time I had the best opportunity to tick one of my dreams and to learn guitar. Youtube is flooded with great educational videos through which one can easily learn basics off playing a guitar. So I also started with great passion to learn Guitar and my sole aim was to surprise my wife on our upcoming wedding anniversary by playing the guitar and singing a romantic song for her. I don’t know whether have I told you or not, that I have been blessed with a character trait called “Procrastination”. So going with my basic nature within couple of days I lost my passion to become uber cool and the guitar is still hanging in the store room since then.
But nothing is not lost yet, though I won’t be able to surprise my better half with a cool performance on guitar on our Anniversary , but her Birthday is also coming and I can still sweep her off her feet with my Guitar skills on that day.
Goal: Learn to play Guitar
Goal Achieved: Not Yet
4. Learn a foreign Language
When the lockdown started, I read an article about things to do in lockdown to improve yourself. There was an interesting point in th list of things to do which said “Learn a foreign language”. To be honest its a very nice thing to do and honestly I firmly believe that learning a new language can do a world of good for one’s personality. So I decided to learn “French” language and downloaded a couple of good French learning apps in my mobile to give it a go. The language learning apps are very useful and easy, they teach you in a step by step process which is at sync with the speed of your learning. So I started learning French along with my 10 year old son who also has French as his additional language in his school curriculum this year onwards. First day was great we both learnt new French words and tried to improve upon one another with our enriched vocabulary. The competition has started and we both were off with a brisk start, but than tragedy strikes . the very next day Money Heist on Netflix was on my top most priority and the result is “je ne peux pas apprendre le français”( I can’t learn French)
Goal: Learn a foreign language
Goal Achieved: Miserably not even close to it.
5. Loose Weight:
All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy, but all sleeping, eating and no physical work will make Jhonny a 1 tonne boy. Cooking was at its peak , so eating which is directly proportional to it was also its best, so was sleeping and the only activity apart from those two which was rigorous was state of being a couch potato . Biologically all these only result into weight gain, and when your weight is already towards the higher side than things get worse. I have always been a sportsman and a fitness freak, and I decided that by the time this lockdown ends I will be in my best shape. Diest plan, exercise chart, online personal trainer all was taken care of but one thing I missed out on. My laziness !! nothing near the desired body type has been achieved. The workout is slow but its still in progress and I have read “slow and steady wins the race” so it will take some time, but I am definitely winning this race.
Goal: Loose Weight
Goal achieved: Work is still in progress
6. Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar etc etc
The satellite television and Internet tv has been a life saver during this lockdown. April till July where jam packed with amazing sporting extravaganzas across globe, but due to this Global pandemic all the sporting activities got postponed, and to add lockdown to that ,things could have been difficult for those staying at home if these entertainment platforms like Netflix, Prime video, Hotstar etc would not have been there. So far I have seen almost all action and thriller series on these platforms and I am sure soon there will be time when Netflix will tell me to make my own web series as they don’t have anything new to show me.
I love thriller genre and I watched some amazing work across world in the genre through these channels. I can suggest few of my favourite which those still searching for something new to binge upon can see. My personal favourite are
- Money Heist
- Night Manager
- Jack rayan
- House of Cards
the list can go on and on, I think rather it would be better if a dedicate a whole blog on this, good idea! The next blog will be on this List of shows to watch and why to watch.
Goal: Watch Netflix etc and explore new content
Goal Achieved: Ohh! I have crushed this one by huge margin.
To sum up, I can say that the world is going through its toughest time. Human race is fighting for its survival by being in captivity , may be its a lesson for all how to take care of ourselves , nature and our resources. There is no doubt that mankind will overcome this pandemic and will triumph on this cover-19. Its time to introspect, learn and come out as a better individual ,as a responsible individual, as a fighter. Till then stay home, stay safe, break the cycle, flatten the curve and always remember to be grateful for those who fought this war for each one of us from outside when we were lock downed in our homes.
Take care, stay home, stay safe 🙂