Having endured multiple lockdowns, the abiding fear of rising Covid-19 infections and fatalities, and windows of ‘freedom’ which are erratically opened and abruptly closed, Chennai is reeling under uncertainty.
But with the government now deciding to ease the clampdown, people are taking stock of what life is going to be like in the immediate future.
Entrepreneur, socialite and fitness enthusiast Vidya Singh, says, “My lifestyle has changed considerably. My diet now includes more immunity-boosting ingredients, and my workouts too planned for me individually. I’m not planning to workout in groups. I used to love to cycle with friends. I will continue to cycle, but I'll make sure to maintain social distance.”
Well known makeup expert and social media influencer Bindya Talluri shares, “The lockdown has taught me how to host dinners and special events keeping in mind hygiene and health norms. The way we treat our crockery and even our linen has changed drastically. Going forward, our checks and balances in terms of housekeeping and cleaning will be much higher. I’ve realised there’s so much we can do ourselves too, and minimise the need for external agencies coming in to clean or work.”
Thinking about organising social catch-ups as well as work, Vikneswaran Thayanithi says, “Once we are unlocked, I have found a way to use the terrace space as a perfect workout and workspace too. There’s usually a cafe or a park where freelancers would go, to use their laptops. But from now on, using our own balcony or terrace is a better idea,” he continues, “Meeting up with friends now needs more planning. Rather than meeting as a whole big bunch, more select and cosy lunches or having a drink at home with not more than five people is the way forward.”