With too many people talking about the Covid-19 and being quarantined at home, I’d decided to avoid writing any post solely based on this. But Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt was Lockdown. What are you doing to stay sane? What would you like to be doing?
It’s been more than four months since India went into lockdown (and now going into the unlock mode), and it’s difficult to stay at home, cooped up with family members whose tempers run high.
Along with reading & writing, I’ve taken to daydreaming :p to stay sane, thinking of all the things I’ll do once it’s safe to venture without much risk. Though we chat over video-calls, it’s not the same as just hanging out and chilling with my girl gang. I miss them so much. As I dive into my memory banks, I’m swamped with nostalgia, of those golden college days when we were unaware of the delicate balancing of demands of our professional and personal lives. Maybe I’ll try to recreate these memories with them..
I miss our eating binges, when the four of us would polish off plates of food meant for atleast seven or eight people. I recall on one occasion the lady sitting on the table beside us eyeing our food, probably wondering how we could eat our second order of chicken tikka pizza and gravy momos, with equal gusto as our first order of pasta dishes and burgers; while she had to share her single dish with her boyfriend.
Not to mention I miss our days hanging out at the IHC, lounging about while gorging on the wonderful pastries, donuts, shakes and ice-creams.
Other than the memories of chicken and chocolate, I miss those carefree days of sprawling in the park, just wondering about the life post-college or indulging in silly gossips, joking and teasing each-other. Our sudden outbursts of boisterous laughter would often startle the passersby, as would our tree climbing adventures (people would look at us as though we were crazy, as we laughed our way up the branches).
This pandemic has changed us and the world around us; maybe it won’t be ‘the way things used to be’. But we’ll adjust to our new reality, with a little sigh and a grumble or two. Us humans, we’re remarkably resilient and have the strength of will to survive almost anything life throws at us.
Also, combined two of the July Writing Prompts–
28) The way things used to be & 29) Chickens and chocolate
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