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My Life In The COVID-19 Lockdown8 min read

What has changed during the COVID-19 lockdown?

Delhi is getting hotter by the day. Instead of the usual hustle and bustle and sweaty figures on the road, one finds nothing but the empty streets. By the evening, one can see a few people enjoying the evening weather on their balcony.

The usual commotion and the honking of the vehicles are gone. The chirping of the birds has replaced the noisy sounds. Locked inside the house, I sense something has changed quite drastically for sure, the different types of birds that have started visiting my garden is proof of it.

Perhaps, the only constant thing is the shouting of the vegetable sellers. However, even the scene is different here. Covered with masks and gloves, they now sell the vegetables at a bit inflated price. But again, I find that okay because they are risking their lives, and they rightly deserve that extra penny.

The empty parks

In the evening, at around 5 pm, the park in front of my house used to get filled with throngs of people slowly. From playing children to older men and women walking with sticks, it was a delight to be a part of such a colossal ambiance. Now, the park remains empty. Few souls emerge during the night to take an evening walk after dinner. However, the number of figures can be counted and it’s never more than four. It’s a strange thing that when the pollution level of Delhi has dropped, you will find people wearing masks.

I still order the basic grocery online. Instead of placing the packages directly in the hands of the customers, the delivery guy places them near the door. Everything needs to be washed thoroughly. I was never this careful in maintaining hygiene. But now from time to time, I panic and run to use the sanitizer.  

I started observing small things

The cars that are parked along the street are no longer cleaned. The vehicles are now covered with fallen yellow leaves. Every now and then, one can find dogs sitting on it like a king. The number of dogs in society has increased. Or was the count the same, but now with the people locked inside the cage, I have started noticing the huge count of dogs that exist? It’s strange how I’ve started noticing things that I never bothered about.

Also, the shops no longer look the same. Picking products directly from the store is now forbidden. A yellow and green rope surrounds the shop that I once, visited regularly. One cannot step inside this fragile boundary. For a change, people were following the rules without being told. There’s a fear in the air and you can sense it.

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The adjustments that I have made

I am an introvert and therefore, I didn’t have to adjust much. It looks like an extended vacation for me. The adjustments that I’ve made don’t look much significant in comparison to other people especially the ones who needed to move out for work.

I’m learning to cook

I’m a lazy person and I don’t prefer to cook. Most of the time, I used to order online either from Swiggy or Zomato but now I have started cooking. The infrequent video calls to my parents have now become a daily affair. My mom and I are bonding over food now. She describes the recipe and watches me while I cook. And I, on the other hand, return the favor by telling her whether the food was tasty or not.

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I’m turning into a potato

An evening walk is now not possible. During the initial days, I used to do light exercise but now I don’t take enough effort to stay active. The amount of junk food that I consume has also increased considerably. Sometimes, once a week, I skip a meal or so and comfort myself that I’m not becoming fatter.

I discovered a comfy zone

I’ve discovered a very comfortable space in my room. It’s a brown couch with a flowery golden design placed in the corner of the room. For hours, I squeeze myself on that couch to read. I have downloaded a whole lot of pirated pdf books. I actually spent a day converting the pdf files into .mobi format for transferring them in my Kindle. I now realize why books are said to be best friends. Sometimes, when my imagination runs very high while reading a book, I end up sketching. In short, I’m taking this time for a creative outlet.

Hello Blogging!

To earn my living, I write. I work as a freelance writer for two clients. But now, I’ve taken a break and now I work for one client only. I’ve decided to invest the saved time in my blog. And now I am blogging regularly. Also, I have started doing random courses on YouTube. Now a day, I’m learning about modern poetry. I’m trying to appreciate the beauty of poems written by Robert Frost.

Life doesn’t seem that bad if your keep your mind engaged.

Wild thoughts during wild scenario

COVID-19 lockdown has made things malleable. It’s hard to distinguish between workdays and weekends. The weekends can be transformed into weekdays and the weekdays can be transferred into weekends. One just needs to ask their heart how they want to spend the day. And once a decision is taken, you can magically make the conversion.

Reflection and introspection

These times are reflective too. I think everyone has received enough time for introspection. I’ve realized that even though I’m considerate, I’m selfish. As long as my family and the loved ones are safe from the deadly virus, I’m okay with almost everything.  

Also, I’ve realized the importance of being grateful for the everyday mundane task that we take for granted. Just in a wink, all the ordinary things have been snatched and you are left to wonder when can I really cross the boundary of the society. When can I visit my college again? When the virtual touch will get real again? When will I get to eat the delicious paani puri again?

Why wonder?

But I’ve realized that there’s no point in wondering. In fact, it is essential to accept the present in its raw form and count the blessings. Aren’t we lucky to be alive now? Aren’t we lucky to stay connected with our loved ones?  Even though it’s a virtual connection, but it’s there. And I’m thankful for that.

I think it’s important not to think much. In such difficult times, one will easily end up overthinking. And that would be a dangerous thing. And therefore, I prefer to engage myself with all sorts of things. Things that would have looked ridiculous during normal days. Life is short and there’s no point in wondering if you are looking like a fool. It’s all about keeping yourselves happy. It’s all about fulfilling the hidden desires of the heart.

I have written a poem jotting down my feelings during COVID-19. The title of the poem is “I Wonder”

I Wonder

It will first attack your mind,

Amidst the daily grind,

You will welcome an extra layer of concern,

You wonder when the normal days will return?

I wonder,

Why you want to stay alive so badly?

I wonder,

Why you want to pass the remaining time so sadly?

Unfinished business,

Because of your laziness.

Incomplete words,

Damaged cords.

Your thirst to make a name,

To earn all the fame.

You wonder, will everything ever be the same?

Going crazy out of sheer boredom,

In the sight, not a single tantrum.

Everyone is trying to grow,

A carefree expression has started hiding the sorrow.

You wonder, for how long will it last?

By the time, it ends will everything turn into rust?

What are you craving for?

The hands that always rise to bless you?

The words that always manage to soother you?

The safety of your loved ones?

The cure for the heartaches?

Their survival instead of yours?

When it rains, it pours.

Crawk, walk, run, work

School, college, office

Parents, spouse, children

Life seemed to be a long journey

Is it really a long journey?

I wonder,

Was it a long journey?           

In case, you are wondering how you can keep yourself enjoy during the COVID-19 lockdown, you can read my post on a mini guide to keep yourself sane during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nilakshi Pathak

I am happy to find you here. Hope you are having a pleasant time here. Cheers!

I am currently pursuing my Masters in Geography. In my free time, I read novels and end up binge watching stuffs on YouTube.

Here are three quick facts about me.

I believe that the world is magical.
Black is my favorite colour.
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20 Comments

  1. These are very strange times! If you had told me 3 months ago that the world would essentially be shut down, I would never have believed you. And yet, here we are. We have the opportunity to pause and reflect on our lives. What/who do we value? Where do we want to be? How can we make the best of this time? Things are so different right now but it’s not all terrible and there are good things happening. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective!

    1. Yeah.. it seems like things are straight out from movie.

  2. I really agreed with so much of this. I had needed to pair down my eating too since my walking has been primarily from the fridge back to the living room lol. Also my blog has gotten waaayyy more attention from me lately and that I am grateful for!

    1. I’m so happy to know that there are people out there who are following the same routine like mine. Hehe!

  3. You describe a lot of people’s “new lives”. We are all in this together! It’s time to appreciate the finer things in life and not take anything for granted!

    1. Yeah, we shouldn’t take anything for granted. I guess, that’s the most important lesson that I have learned.

  4. I am way more busy now that I’m in quarantin done when I was not I’m blogging,instagramming and opening a online store. So yeah, I’ve been busy,online busy but busy.

    1. I’m so happy to know that you are using this time to increase your productivity. I’m trying to do the same.

  5. Very beautiful post. Even though what is going on in the world is unlike anything our generation has experienced, it is kind of comforting that people all over the world, from different cultures and places, are having similar revelations. I don’t think it’s being selfish. Most people aren’t used to having this time to themselves because they aren’t slaving away at a job. I think a lot of us needed this break.

    1. I agree with you, Valerie. We all needed the break!

  6. did you write the i wonder poem? it’s very well done! i too have been taking random blogging courses. actually have a stack of courses to go through that i have downloaded.

    1. Yeah!!! I wrote the poem at 3 am. :p Thank you for the appreciation and I hope that your courses are going well!

  7. Life has definitely changed a lot. We are in week 5 of isolation now! My daughter was exposed to two kids at school who tested positive, so she had to spend two full weeks in her room, and couldn’t be within 6′ of us. It was a really tough time. Now, we are adapting to life.. figuring out a schedule, figuring out how to stay busy, healthy, and get exercise.

    1. Things will get better and please, stay safe. And I’m happy about the fact that your daughter is fine.

  8. katrina Kroeplin says:

    learning to cook is great. i’m getting back to a hobby as well which is fun. i can’t wait until this is over though. i’ll still continue the hobby i just want to get back to normal.

    1. Yeah, that’s a skill that everyone should possess

  9. Emil says:

    Its good to hear what others are going through all over the globe through these tough times. its good that your making good use of this time.

  10. I got more time now to blog and also study! I also reconnected with friends and family.

    1. You’re doing a great thing

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