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ShiviApril 20, 20208min120

The circumstances which we are facing are unexpected, which neither of us has dreamt off. A few months back we were thinking about what are our plans for 2020, what we will do and what not? And suddenly something like this comes up and we, totally unprepared, are thrown into it. And it’s not only we but also kids are stuck in these situations. Below are some of the things and activities that I’m suggesting to keep kids engaged during the lockdown.

 

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Make Timetable – We should ask kids to make a time table for themselves. And when they are making the time table we have to emphasize that they have to keep some time for learning new things daily, be it anything but it should be of their interest. And ask them to keep everything in the time table even the smallest of things like eating food etc.

Involve them in House Chores – Make sure that you involve kids in one of the house chore activity. In this way, they will be able to understand how mom-dad does these activities and also will understand the importance of small things. Also, you need to appreciate them when they are doing it so that they will feel proud of it and in the future, they give importance to each and every work without thinking or looking at any work as downgraded.

Make Reading and Writing a Habit– Force your kids to read and write daily for even a few minutes. Once this habit is inculcated in them they will automatically understand the importance of learning. In this way, they are developing very important habit which will help them in the long run.

Play with them – As a parent, it has become very tough for each of us to give time to our kids. I know everyone must be thinking that it should be easy but all those who have started working from home and can easily relate to this where, when you go to the office you can spare more time which has started becoming more and more difficult due to work pressures, especially being at a home lot more work is expected then what it used to be. Having said all this, I would still suggest please take some time out and just be with them. Do what they want to do without asking questions, become like them. This might give a break to you which you also need and they will be happy too.

 

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Create a To-Do list – Ask your kid to make a to-do list and tell them that be creative as much as you can. Once they create a list stick it in their room and ask them out of these what all you can do being at home. Help them in doing whatever is possible at home and when they are doing all these please don’t scold or shout at them when they are making house dirty as even they are facing same as you are and somehow trying to cope with this, though they are small to understand a lot of what is happening and why?

 

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Reading Newspaper – If you are getting e-paper to ask them to read the newspaper daily. This will help them in understanding what is going around the world and ask them to keep a dictionary with them so whenever they are stuck they can check the meaning of it. In this way, their vocabulary will also improve.

Look for Broken Things in Home – Ask them to check which all things are broken in the house be it their toy or anything. Then ask them if you need to repair it, how will you go about it. Tell them to try repairing these things. If some of the things are repaired then your task is done, if not then also at-least they tried to do something which was constructive and you should be happy about it.

 

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These are some of the things that I think can be done which not only will keep kids busy but also elated and engaged. People are hardly talking about these times when it is taking a toll on mental health as well on an individual. And this can happen with kids as well so we have to be double careful since if it is easy to take care of stuff when it is physical then mentally. I know these are tough times for all of us including our kids but trust me these times will pass and then we will think that why we have not utilised it to the fullest.

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ShiviApril 14, 202011min81

We all know that due to COVID19 pandemic spreading across the world, almost all the countries have suggested to keep social distancing and implemented a lockdown as well. India is one of those which has implemented lockdown to curb the spread of this virus. I am no one to say this is right or wrong? I am just going to keep some basic pointers as per my resources and as per my knowledge and then let the audience decide if this is right or wrong and is it implemented correctly?

Disclaimer: I’m being unbiased and true to myself without any intention to hurt any community or political reforms.

When the whole world has started noticing the impact of COVID19 in January we were sitting and waiting till march second week for action. All International travels were as usual and no testing was going on. In fact after lockdown also I didn’t hear a single Bollywood Celebrity name being tested though we all know most of the Bollywood stars keeps on travelling abroad and they must have been for sure.

 

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Govt immediately announced that from 12 o clock in the night there will be a lockdown. Did they even give a thought about those daily workers, be it rickshaw-wall, chai wall, sabzi wala who live in cities like Mumbai, Delhi to earn their livings? How and from there they will get money to survive for 21 days. People started walking in haste for 200-300kms and the result we heard that some of them died, how many like that lost their lives, none of us knows.

Essentials will be available is what the Government announced. I don’t know to be honest since these bureaucrats get everything easily on their plate they don’t understand the pain which a middle and lower middle class goes through. Hardly anything is available on the name of essentials, even if you are getting it but not sufficient. The Government was saying that don’t hoard anything I was one of them who didn’t keep anything extra and now I am thinking that people did it right because our Government just knows to give orders but when it comes to implementation they are really bad we have seen this at the time of demonetisation also. If you are trying to use some app for home delivery their slots are all full. God only knows where these essentials are available.

Everyone is praising about police personnel that they are doing a great job. They are out of their houses. Can someone tell me do they have a choice, it’s their work, I would say, Sorry people may find me a stupid human, but that’s what I think, as even I’m the one who is facing. No one is talking about the trouble and the hitting and the bribe that these people are taking these days. Understood that they are frustrated, but don’t you think people who are at home are similarly frustrated as well. Someone might be facing some medical problem or someone doesn’t have enough money, or food is not there to feed their family, or person is alone and doesn’t have a vehicle to go 3-4kms to bring stuff. The list is huge and I can keep on going as on-ground this is what is happening. As expected that people need to be at home and considerate about these people don’t you think the same thing applied to policemen as well. They are taking bribes from local sabziwala and what he is doing, increasing prices of fruits and vegetables which need to be paid by a common man. (I really can’t name them or show pictures as they are scared even to share with me, thinking that if I put something the police will come and thrash them).

 

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Alcohol shops, why they can’t start? You might be thinking I love drinking. Let me tell you I hardly drink. But think about those people who need it and they are still getting it at a premium rate and whose earnings are in between middle-men bracket. Had they would have opened the shops may-be for 2-3hrs, imagine the amount of revenue the Government would get in these times. This extra revenue would be helpful in recurring funds for the daily wagers and etc.

Govt. has announced a package for the workers, I appreciate that at least they are thinking, though I have my doubts as to how much will reach to the needy. That’s a separate point of discussion. What about an auto-driver, or an ola driver or an uber driver, or a person who cooks something daily idli, poha and sell on-road or a free-lancer who works by providing his/her skills be it digital/marketing, etc. What about them? They don’t come in any sector and that is the biggest sector, how and from where they will feed themselves and their family? God knows!!!

Sex Workers/Bartenders/waiters and lots of such people no one is talking about them. Are they not humans? Whatever someone does that is his/her choice, we are no one to debate about them. Don’t they need money to survive i.e. pay their rent bills, for monthly essentials from where they will get money to survive?

 

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Truck Associations/Drivers – Approx. 35k trucks are stranded on road be it different check nakas or toll posts. As driver and cleaner were forced to leave them due to sudden lockdown. Approx 35crore worth (or much more I don’t have exact numbers) of goods are out there in open available for loot by local goons. Those drivers were forced to leave trucks as it is as govt has not communicated the plan to local bodies who ultimately implement them. Despite essentials being allowed still a lot of trucks were not allowed to pass through by local authorities. (the points mentioned are based on the media reports from authentic sources).

I can keep on writing about people’s agony which every one of us is facing. Government is not only made to pass the order but also to make sure that they check at ground level if things are implemented in the fashion that they want. I can understand that in a country like India it is easy to say than do, however, I still feel that this can be implemented in a much better way than what it is right now.

I am afraid to say that we are least affected from COVID19 but will be most affected sooner not because people will die due to COVID but they will die due to administration has not taken things in hands at the right time making sure that normal life is not disrupted and all essential commodities and services were available. I heard someone saying we will die either due to COVID or due to hunger which one shall we choose?

 

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Read more on Corona Virus and the precautions you shall take to prevent it. Please leave your comments about your views. It is not a political article, it is purely based on personal experiences and unbiased approach which I have toward the society. Wishing that someone would raise the voice. If you have any questions click here..

 


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ShiviMarch 27, 20208min124

Corona Virus outbreak has resulted in havoc in the world. With myths to facts, everything about Coronavirus is spreading like bling in the air. Nations are lockdown, borders are sealed, no one can move out except the essentials, which are also scarce. We, humans, are witnessing a world which we have never thought off to live in. 

Read: How to be safe at home and follow precautionary measures to prevent Covid-19

During this lockdown period, people are using various means to overcome boredom and to keep themselves stress-free. 

 

Books to read to destress

 

Here’s what you can do – read books, they are your best friends. There is an ocean of books in our lives. These come from eminent authors, thinkers and writers. For now, I have brought a selection of some great books which you can read while house arrest. If you are not able to get them as a paperback, get them online to read. 

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan

Time is the goon, coming to take your youth away. But this isn’t a dark mope. Egan is richly, ironically humorous, with a smart, intricate brain.

Changing Places

David Lodge

Two academics swap universities so Lodge can give us England through American eyes and vice versa. It’s the old fish-out-of-water routine but brilliantly done.

The Compleet Molesworth

Geoffrey Willans

Rum goings-on at St Custard’s school, as described by a tiny pupil. Any fule knows Molesworth’s misspelt imaginings about his schoolmasters are a high farce.

How to Be a Woman

Caitlin Moran

Reading this is like a night soaked in gin with your cleverest best friend, setting the world to rights. Hilarious, emotional and galvanising.

 

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From the literature to history, now these small quick books which will reduce your stress the moment you start reading them. 

Taming Your Gremlin

Subtitle: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way

Author: Rick Carson

Tao Te Ching

Author: Lao Tzu 

What I’d Say to the Martians: And Other Veiled Threats

Author: Jack Handey

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and It’s All Small Stuff

Subtitle: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life

Author: Richard Carlson

Eliminating Stress, Finding Inner Peace

Author: Brian Weiss

 

Poem books

 

Guess what there is something for readers who love to read poetry and prose. This form of literature is loved by many. Surprisingly it is my favourite too. Here are a few books on poems, prose, art pieces which you could take up while lockdown. 

 

Letters to a Young Poet

Author: R.M. Rilke

Interpreter of Maladies

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Short poetic stories by the author of Namesake 

Love vs= Weed 

Author: Me 

Ahah! you may like it or not, have no idea, but if you do please leave a comment. 

 

Click on the book’s name to read them or buy (currently buying an option of the paperback is not available due to #covid19lockdown)

Please be safe and healthy, this world is beautiful which we have created. If you wish to read more updates on Corona follow the chain of blogs on my website – click here. 

 



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