Hyderabad: From counting the number of holes and side notches of a Britannia Marie biscuit, to photoshoots with Google’s 3D animals and also working out to get in shape, the people of Hyderabad are trying every trick in the book and out of it to tackle boredom during the lockdown.
While the biscuit job is trending nationally on Twitter as well, the photoshoot with Google’s 3D animals is something parents with little ones stumbled upon to keep the young ones engaged.
Some others are using the time to get into shape at home, since gyms are closed. Do It Yourself workouts found on the Internet are their fitness trainers. Treadmills, cross trainers and exercise cycles that were hitherto used to hang out clothes to dry are being dusted and used for the purpose they were bought for. That’s not all. The efforts are being plastered on social media walls too.
Many husbands have found diplomacy to be a great skill and survival necessity during the lockdown and are helping ‘the wife’ to clean the house, some even taking the time to carry out long pending repairs in and around the house. Several others are touching up their culinary skills and trying out different dishes, with the spouse and children being the hapless lab rats.
There are some, who are spending time with their plants, in the garden and among the trees.
In apartment complexes, life isn’t that easy, with most associations warning residents not to let their children out to play. Many have even fixed times for vegetable vendors to come, but only up to the gate while several have asked domestic helps to stay at home. Play areas and open spaces of most gated communities are silent.
Once-upon-a-time booklovers, who lost touch with their best friends, are back in action, dusting out old books and reading new ones and even trying out the e-versions. WhatsApp groups are full of PDF versions of several classics and also word games that help to fight boredom.
Work from home
For those working from home, it is a different ball game though, having to learn multitasking and maintain peace on the domestic front.
The lockdown, which has shut out all vehicle noises to a minimum, has also enabled many listen to the voices of birds, which according to many social media posts, are back and lively in the city.
Life, those listening to the birds say, has slowed down, and is slowly beginning to get a dash of sanity, though that fear of the virus still lurks outside the door.
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