Friday, March 27, 2020

Day2 - 21 day lock down in India

Today is Day 2 of the 21 day lock down in India. I woke up bit late around 8 am. I then attended a work related meeting with a coworker operating from Australia at 9.30 am over Skype. Talking to her I came to know that the cornovirus has impacted them too. 

I then took a break from work for having my breakfast. Post breakfast I resumed my work. Work from home is not an enjoying experience at all. I always prefer to go to office. However, when survival itself is at stake, you have to adapt. There is a constant challenge to stay motivated and not get distracted. One has to be mindful of the fact that your team members are operating remotely and so it is necessary to be responsive over email and chat. It is not the same as tapping on your colleagues shoulder sitting next to you for a quick discussion.

One of my bedrooms becomes the meeting room for me and my wife. Unlike office there is no way to book the room in advance. When I have a call, I leave the living room and head to the bedroom so that others do not have to go silent during my call. Similarly when my wife has a meeting I have to vacate the room for her and step out. It becomes interesting when we both have a call or meeting. Though there is another bedroom, wifi connection being weak, there is a risk of call getting disconnected due to poor internet connectivity. When installing the router, I had taken the decision intentionally so that family members do not confine themselves in the bedroom. Who on earth would have thought that such a day would be witnessed when home would become office.

I continued with my work for the day and in the evening, I am glad that I did Shambhavi Mahamudra. I had resolved to do it every day for the next 21 days. It does help in calming the nerves and getting the body and mind to relax. I also felt positive after the meditation session. Extremely important when all the news you hear is depressing.
The scene outside is grim. People are not venturing out. Even if they do, it is to ensure that family has food on the table or for medicines. One virus by the name Corona has impacted everyone in the world and the outcome is the same everywhere. There are also some fools out there who think they are strong enough for the virus and risk venturing out. Some even are doing it in groups. They do not understand that the virus is not programmed to exclude anyone from its impact. Though senior citizens and children are at more risk, the teenagers, youth and middle aged population are not immune to the virus. 

At the end of day2, I hope and pray that we all survive these tough times and come out stronger. I am sure we will appreciate the freedom we had and also lead our lives in a much more humble manner. Coronavirus has proved that despite being scientifically and technologically advanced, we are still vulnerable.


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