Owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, people around the globe have been ordered to stay indoors. NT KURIOCITY asked a few Goans how they are spending their time under lockdown
The morning starts pretty late. I get up, brush my teeth and then head downstairs for a light breakfast. After breakfast, I go for a shower. By then it’s around 11:30 a.m., so I paint, do origami, draw or clean up my room and organise my wardrobe. I finish lunch and then watch a movie or play a board game with my family. At around 4 p.m., my sister and I do fitness exercises in the house. I then have another shower. At 6-6:30 p.m. I sit and write a short story or a poem. I then have dinner at 9 p.m. and then watch another movie till 11-11:30 p.m. Then it’s good night.
Shlok Pai Kane, Sunshine Worldwide School, Old Goa
This time period is not just to stay home and safeguard ourselves but somehow help and educate people about how to deal with the situation created due to the coronavirus. It can be either by providing information about how to prevent and take precautions or how to meet the needs of locals during this tragic circumstance. During this quarantine I have been trying to keep myself updated with the latest knowledge about the coronavirus. Since everyone is home, we discuss this issue as a family. We watch news together, indulge in chit-chat and have all three meals together. I also spend time conversing with my friends and relatives via video call, chat and voice calls. I keep a dedicated time for study and completing assignments. And when I›m bored, I surf the net or read.
Poojan Vaigankar, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao
The quarantine period is helping my family members spend more time with each other than usual which was impossible to do due to our hectic schedules. It has also helped me make time for my hobbies such as gardening, cooking, baking and helped me relax my mind and maintain a healthy diet. In addition, it has also given me an opportunity to interact with nature and also helped in enhancing my technical skills and given me a chance to reconnect with books and strengthen my relationship with God.
Paula Carvalho, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao
During this quarantine, I am making up for everything I neglected previously owing to busy schedules, like tidying my bedroom and living room, grooming my pets and giving my attention to my parents. In addition to this, I have also been studying my school portion and preparing for my next academic year. I am thoroughly occupied with cooking some recipes my grandmother has encouraged me to make, such as godxem, banana pancakes, etc. For entertainment purposes, I have been watching Netflix with my family and sister plus participating in some outdoor and indoor games in our backyard.
Lucius De Almeida, Sunshine Worldwide School, Old Goa
When the night falls, it brings moon light. And the lockdown has given me time to sleep extra and regenerate myself so as to activate my mind in creativity. I try to practice different types of art such as popsicle, mandala and tribal art. After spending certain time solving question banks sent by my teachers, I can’t help playing with my pet. Of course, my day’s happiness cannot be complete without capturing the natural beauty from my balcony.
Gandha Gharse, Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Miramar
I have mixed reactions and moods where I don’t know what to do exactly just being at home. Although I try to read articles on various matters of history and current affairs as well as do lots of household work. The best thing I have been doing is growing new fruit-bearing plants and vegetables on my terrace garden. It brings me great satisfaction. And I have been making voice and video calls to all my friends with whom I had very little time to interact with during my regular days. So, it’s kind of trying to rejuvenate our bonds and friendships.
Kishan Mangueshkar, Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda
I’ve been in complete isolation for the past few days. I believe there is some sort of philosophy in whatever that’s happening. It’s like the purging of human greed. Some kind of cycle where it’s our turn now. Strangely, I find this whole thing appealing. We needed this detachment. While in quarantine, I have just been contemplating life. I’ve been reading, writing, and watching interesting shows and movies. Some online courses on creative writing and filmmaking have been really good additions to the quarantine days. I really hope people get in touch with themselves. I hope they get in touch with lost art, books that would otherwise be collecting dust and poetry that would otherwise never come out. I hope people understand the hidden philosophy.
Sandeep Doifode, school teacher, Valpoi