In this time of ‘Stay at Home’ ‘Social Distancing’ ‘Frequent Hand Washing’ etc, there’s hardly anything one can do. Seeing my frustration at the gym and swimming pool closing, Sunu assigned a challenging work for me.
Though we normally live in Kochi, we came to Bangalore for a short stay, but sort of got stuck with all the travel restrictions and issues.
The home in Jayanagar is a beautiful one overlooking just greenery and flowering trees. But we never lived here, and the maximum previous stay at a time was less than 2 weeks. The original (14 years) furniture and polishing are still good but can do well with a makeover.
Hence the project to polish all wooden surfaces like doors, windows, wardrobes, table, frames and railings. I am not good in DIY and never done anything worthwhile before. But there’s always the first time and no time’s better than now.
Assembled the following: 1. Wood polish, 2. Thinner. 3. Hand gloves 4. Paint brush 5. Emery paper 6. Metallic scraper 7. Clothes 8. Squatting mat
Got up a little late. Did the full set of yoga. Just as a support to polishing, did a clean head shave also along with regular shave. And we even had a light moment when Sunu while arranging the stuff took a comb and gave it me. ‘For what’! I had to ask, feeling my smooth head.
Work has started. The first few items are looking good. It should take a couple of days to finish, or more.
Most of us are now staying at home, voluntarily or otherwise. It’s an opportunity and at the same time a threat as to how everyone can be kept occupied.
The below social media post from writer friend Smitha got the attention. It describes the present situation correctly.
We all talked about spending time with the family and then suddenly the opportunity is thrust on us. But there are a few hiccups.
It’s not easy to keep the youngsters occupied. Of course they also welcome spending time together, but not confined to the boundaries of home, mostly. Their ideas are picnic, holidays, outdoors etc.
There’s an amount of fear prevailing, and it’s quite natural. But the combined efforts are to get over the situation, somehow.
Some of us are in whatsapp groups and everybody there is forwarding messages and videos and hardly anybody reads them. So the forwards start something like “this is the best I have seen on it. Don’t miss it”. And sometimes some people forward misinformation and spread fear.
There are some good ones also. An ex colleague Brinda has this on social media.
“Can’t help feeling that there is a message from the universe there somewhere! We all need to take stock and look at life a little differently – maybe?”
This is a cutout in our gym in Jayanagar, Bangalore. I tried looking at it and act on it when I am through with my workout including some weights. Though I want that body, never managed to start from then on.
Perhaps, now is the time, for all of us. Many of us are stuck, without much of travel, social functions and even movies.
I wish i can and all of you will look at the picture more closely. We have all learned and are practicing better hygiene. This is another opportunity with more time in hand. Try and go for that extra for fitness and wellness.
It need not be only pumping the iron in the gym. Let’s do this extra with our yoga, walks, swimming, jogging, games etc etc.
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