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As we emerge from the lockdown, Nikita Chodankar Dhuri is all set to embrace change as the only constant

ANNA FERNANDES | NT BUZZ

When the novel coronavirus prompted major changes in all facets of life, like many others, Nikita Chodankar Dhuri was forced to adjust to the new normal.

But for Dhuri, being homebound led to a newfound appreciation for family time. “During the lockdown, our lifestyle changed drastically and brought my entire family together after a very long time. It had been ages since me, my brother, and parents had spent quality time with each other,” she says, adding that they made the best of a difficult situation, doing various things like cooking, cleaning, watching movies, playing games, and more together. “We also learned to adjust with limited resources. We wanted to just protect one another with the best possible care,” she adds.

And embracing her time in lockdown, she began to hone her cooking skills as well as incorporate yoga into her daily routine. On the work front, she states she is now “re-looking and working” towards new strategies and services to keep abreast with the changing market.

Dhuri, whose core business services include public relations and event management also availed various online courses, webinars and programmes with an aim to upgrade her knowledge.

“I did a specialised digital marketing course and have now added another service to my business. Digital marketing has picked up big time and my clients are now looking at marketing their services on digital platforms to reach out to larger audiences,” she says. Being a college professor, Dhuri also had to adapt to the shift to technology-based learning. “We were given special training on how to take online classes effectively. This process is making teachers digitally savvy and proactive in dealing with technology and online platforms,” she adds.

As someone who always managed to find a balance between her personal and professional lives, Dhuri now yearns for some semblance of a social life.

“I miss spending my weekends out with my husband and friends. I miss moving around freely to places and meeting people without fear. I miss shopping, meeting people, having a beach side dinner with family and friends. Eventually, what matters is our health. It’s true that life has become threatening but the only way to tackle this is by taking proper care and precautionary measures,” she says.

“The pandemic has changed the way we all live. It has taught us the importance of life and health, to take extra care and help each other no matter what kind of circumstances occur. It has opened our eyes wide to follow certain practices like exercising and healthy eating habits to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It has also taught us to adjust with minimum resources and live with whatever little we have,” she says.

And as she reassesses the new normal, Dhuri is resolute about taking lessons from the lockdown into her new routine.

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