My Life During Lockdown
Lockdown is a term that exploded into the collective consciousness across the world in the year 2020. With the widespread attack of an invisible virus, known as Novel Corona virus, the whole world has been ravaged by the Pandemic.
The virus was found to be the most contagious ever in the history of mankind and its impact, within a short period of time, has been catastrophic. To prevent the spread of this Corona virus, or Covid 19, in the country, our government has taken some drastic steps.
One of the most important measures implemented is the lockdown, where all businesses have been shut down, all the people have been confined to their homes and virtually all professional, personal and economic activities have come to a standstill.
The lockdown is intended to prevent the community transmission of this deadly virus so that the chain of transmission can be broken. The lockdown was announced and enforced on the 25th of March, 2020. It has been extended, in phases, to continue till mid-June. The government has issued advisories to all the citizens to practice social distancing and stay at home. I am a student.
Since all the educational institutions have been shut down due to the lockdown, I am left with lots of spare time. Of course, that does not mean that I sit back at home and while away all my time. I have to struggle to keep a balance between my studies and other activities.
I have to get used to a deeply unfamiliar practice – that of online learning. My school has arranged for lessons to be conducted online, with the aid of a messenger app called Zoom. The sessions start from 8.10 a.m. and continue till 12.50 p.m. After each class, we get a break of ten minutes. My technology quotient has improved dramatically due to this digital learning experience.
My parents, who got apprehensive at the beginning of the lockdown, are now glad that I have a fixed time for my studies, just as it was in school. I remember a story that I have read, named ‘The Fun They Had’, which is set in the year 2155, where the two children, Tommy and Margie, discover a printed book that was supposed to have gone extinct decades ago.
Used to online classes and digital learning, they were acquainted only with e-books. But now, in this year 2020, I find a resemblance to that story when I attend my online classes. After my classes are over, I take my bath and have a family lunch together, as neither my sister can go to the college, nor my father, to office.
Since we are struck at home throughout the day, I am learning to find solace within my house and enjoy the company of my family. In the evening, I am free to do as I like. I remain connected to the outside world only through my computer. I have started to do things now, for which, I could find no time earlier. I have always wanted to draw and now have started it as a new hobby. In addition to playing computer games, I am also watching interesting shows on TV.
Sometimes I chat with my friends over the phone. One of the changes that has had the most impact on me is the dissolution of my well established routine. Now I wake up late, as a result of which, I end up doing everything about two hours later than my usual time. Sometimes I listen to music, spend some time in other creative pursuits such as playing on the guitar or sit down with a book.
At times, I also help my mother in the kitchen and try my hand at some new cuisine. Once in a while, I go to the rooftop to breathe fresh air and do some exercises. From my roof, I get a wide view of the road in front of me. It is quite unnerving to find it silent and empty, as no vehicle are plying and no children are playing due to lockdown.
But I do find it refreshing to look at the pollution free blue sky and the beauty of the sunset. Sometimes my spirit stoops as I cannot meet my friends, go out or engage in outdoor activities. I miss going to my school and the playground, spending the day laughing, chatting, studying and playing, surrounded by my buddies.
It seems that life on earth has been completely paralyzed. Yet it is useless to sulk or protest. Times are tough but, one day, we shall surely overcome. Let us hope that it is just a once in a lifetime experience, never to happen again.