The ongoing lockdown has forced many of us to alter the way we go about our daily routine. Chennaites share tales of the changes they have made to adapt to the new ‘normal’ of living and working with limited interaction Initially, I panicked about the situation.
I won’t be able to keep up and understand what the current conversations are. For the last three years, I’ve been in art management. My art creation has taken a dip. But during the shutdown, I’ve started the process of creation and has helped my body of work. I’ve also been able to give more attention to my health, which was not where it was before the shutdown. For me to refine my art, it’s really important to take rest. The lockdown has shown everybody that. People are more productive because they can rest. In the pursuit of money-making, people forgot the quality of life and quality of work. I live with my family. I’ve been able to speak with my parents a lot more lately. On a regular, busy day, you want to say something and you say it quickly. You don’t have a healthy conversation about it. Now we have the time to have a proper conversation.
We are also able to understand other’s boundaries. As a family, we think they can take it all. But I’ve learnt where to draw the line. My brother and I have gotten closer now. I’ve spent a lot of alone time. In the day of virtual connections, social distancing is not that difficult. I am visibly able to see the effects of the lockdown on the environment. As an asthmatic, I am so glad about the cleaner air. Chennai is a beautiful city and I hope people maintain it. I really like that about the shutdown. I’ve found a way to be calm.