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Not puzzled by corona but by jigsaw
As soon as the lockdown was announced, people took up different activities to beat boredom. The latest trend that’s catching up is completing 1,000 or 2,000-piece jigsaw puzzle in less than 10 hours. After seeing fancy pictures of puzzles in various stages in social media, many have started trying jigsaw puzzles.
Senthilnathan, along with his wife and daughter completed six jigsaw puzzles so far. “They are 500 to 1,000-piece puzzles. Though a few Chennaiites love to unwind over jigsaws, it has become a popular activity after the lockdown. We have a network of jigsaw enthusiasts who keep sharing about their activities. Recently, a person shared his 2,000 piece puzzle and he was so thrilled about it. It’s an amazing activity for adults and children,” says Senthilnathan, the co-founder of Untangle, Chennai’s first puzzle-solving lounge in Teynampet.
He says that puzzles keep people away from gadgets and sharpen their brains. “It’s not only the best workout for the brain but also lifts up the mood. Playing and solving puzzles on a regular basis have many benefits,” he adds.
When a friend of Reshma Iqbal, gifted her a jigsaw puzzle box she kept it ‘safely’ inside her almirah thinking of doing it during her free time. “To be honest, that ‘free time’ never happened. But after lockdown, I took out the puzzle and decided to give it a try. It is a 500-piece Milton Bradley garden collage foil puzzle. The pieces are stamped with shiny gold foil accents. I finished making it in two days — I spent three hours on day 1 and five hours on day 2. I like to focus on a single activity at a time. So, solving a puzzle is a great activity for me. Next, I am planning to work on St Basil’s Cathedral and am sure it will be more challenging than the previous one,” says Reshma, who works as a technical writer.