Life in the Times of Corona
So what are you doing nowadays? “Quarantined with boredom.”
It was more than two weeks ago everything felt normal. I was anchoring for My crazy college fest surrounded with music, dance, and endless laughter. Things have gone just to the other end. As we know the Global Corona Pandemic Situation has put everyone under house arrest. But for our own good.
It’s through a silly meme I reflect upon these thoughts I put down here. The meme has a beautiful hut and greenery as the center of attraction. The text says “Would you live alone in this house with free Wi-Fi and food ?” And the answer becomes yes, to most of us. But when reality strikes in, not even an introvert likes this Lockdown.
The mundane timetable, Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat have become more restless than ever. It didn’t seem so bad in the beginning, at least for me. My college officially declared study holidays and it felt almost abnormal to be home all day. Then when one updates themselves with the news, the world is scarier now more than ever. Corona Virus has proved itself extremely fatal and has the power to wash out the human race forever.
India has been under lockdown since the 25th of March to control the spread of Corona Virus Disease in India. All shops and services including cultural, religious, entertainment and social activities have been temporarily stopped and will refrain only after a positive note regarding COVID’19. However, hospitals and medical shops are functioning 24/7. People are only allowed to go into the city to buy essentials (groceries, vegetables, meat, medicines).
As soon as the lockdown was announced people rushed to buy and stock food items thinking that they would run out of groceries however the Prime Minister had told the media that they will be available at the stores every day. People say that we will die of hunger despite the grave situation. Well, many of us are lucky to own a shelter and to have the cash to not only buy but stock essentials. What about the homeless? What about people who live in the slums? What about people who cannot afford to buy their groceries? What about daily wagers?
With chaos going on not just our country but throughout the world, our common problems merge somewhere between Corona and boredom. We have all this time in the world, but nothing whatsoever to do. Sleeping has become my most favorite hobby, that I literally feel tired after each sleeping sessions and I am forced to take breaks in between. So let us at least try not to waste all this valuable time. Read books, draw, paint, do anything you like. Of course, not the procrastinating part. Yes, this was me using my time wisely to do something creative though its been many days since I started writing this post, only could finish now.
I hope someday soon we can all go out into the streets without being watched by prying eyes. To walk along crowded footpaths, to meet up with friends, to greet them dearly with tight hugs, to eat at a restaurant, to go to the cinemas and to finally wake up on a scary Monday morning realizing you are late for work. Until then let us practice social distancing and together, let us beat Corona separately. Stay Home! Stay safe!