Nidhi Badyal Lockdown, Janata Curfew, quarantine… so many new words added to our vocabulary in 2020. Nobody had ever imagined of such a panic situation due to coronavirus. Life was normal running at a pace with no time even to sit and have a proper meal with family. Every body was running at the cost of lives but pandemic-corona reverted the situation. Now to fight with the deadly virus, whole nation is undergoing “lockdown” period. I think it’s perfect time to analyse what we have lost in hustle bustle of life. “Mother earth” warned us time to time that we should stop her exploitation but we overhear, now it’s the time to introspect. It will be a matter of grave concern if we cannot understand even now after facing this pandemic and no divine power would be there in future to help. Social media is flooded with so many fun bytes related to lockdown, but in practical life this lockdown has given us time to revive ourselves. “Family” which is one of the most important institution of society has lost all the values but now it has to be reformed and revived. Now a days everyone of varying age groups, varying interests is showing his/her talent, be it painting, cooking, photography, dancing or what not? In a family where there are two-three generations living under one roof lockdown has given enough time to share interests and experiences of every generation. Old age people are now well versed with all the android applications and young generations are learning different recipes, stories and other talents from their parents and grandparents. One cannot deny the fact that in urban areas, people even donot know who is our immediate neighbour but lockdown has given us ample opportunity to know each other while maintaining social distance. Everyone is using social media which is being flooded with so many informative videos adding to their knowledge (leaving aside the negative effects). We have started even thinking about animals and environment, how to feed them, how to make our surroundings clean and so on. The pollution content has remarkably lessen down that can practically be felt while viewing the smokeless sky and breathing in clean air. People have started listening to radio because in our nation every family having grandfather/grandmother are in a habit of listening to most transparent and healthy media (radio) that has otherwise gone from our habits. No doubt this pandemic has scared every one but when it will be overcome, one thing is clear that there would be some sort of noticeable changes in our lifestyles. May be we start respecting our “Mother earth”, may be we start respecting our values, old and new traditions and ultimately realize that health and hygiene should be maintained at the cost of lives.
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