Quarantine Diaries | India : Days are Blurry

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It’s been 60 days since I stepped outside my home.

The government of India decided to extend the lockdown again and that too twice since I posted last detailing how life could look like post-corona.

Seems like we are slowly getting there. Maybe.

I have been home for 60 days and counting. Looking back, I realise that days are blending in together. I don’t remember what happened yesterday or the day before. In fact, I can only remember a couple of things in the last 2 months which are highlights – extreme sadness (when anxiety grapples me whenever I wonder how things would turn out) or extreme happiness which I found while being with my family.

Days passed by so quickly yet I feel this March has lasted two months.

I don’t understand the concept of time anymore.

Another thing I realised is how much we took freedom for granted. I miss the freedom to go outside without any fear of putting myself or my loved ones at risk. A trip to the grocery store is now stressful. You’re not permitted entry without masks and gloves which are sanitised at each entry, and that’s after you stood in line waiting for your turn while maintaining social distancing with others who also share the same pain as you.

All of this is important, I know. This is the ‘new normal’ as people say. Like many others, I have respected the government pleas to stay home. While our borders are sealed, the entire country has been in lockdown – from transportation to schools, pubs, restaurants, factories, offices, and shops barring the essentials. It’s been called lockdown 3.0 and I don’t know how many more increments are in store.

The statistics keep rising on a daily basis – the cases reported, the number of people recovered and deaths reported. It’s scary to know that behind these numbers, are real people who are loved.

On the bright side, there have been so many acts of kindness. Teachers have been supportive in ensuring students are motivated in lockdown, e-learning sites are offering free courses, the online community is thriving with people being there to support from consultations to books, to tips on how to master the skills they are good at. We are quarantined at our home but still connected!

The frontline workers deserve a standing ovation, a deep sense of gratitude, and more protective gear. They have been selflessly risking their lives in order to save ours.

This reminds me of an evening where the entire country, stood up in their balconies to clap for the frontline workers to show their gratitude. The entire street was echoing applause and ringing bells. That moment, even for a brief second – made us all feel that we aren’t alone. That we all are in it together, even if we still don’t know how to cope up in such a long lockdown.

We are trying to embrace the unfamiliar and the uncertain – in the hopes that things would go back to how it used to be. But would it be? It doesn’t seem like we are going back to normal. From now on, there will be a before and after. This isolation is changing us and our lifestyles. But we are still waiting for that one fine day when we would have conquered this to celebrate with our loved ones by our side….

…and that day would come soon. Till then, stay strong and safe.

With lots of love,

Sakshi


Quarantine Diaries is a blog series where bloggers from different countries share their quarantine stories to narrate their experiences and remind us that we all are in it together.

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Comments

  1. Reema D'souza

    I’m waiting for that one fine day! I’ve gotten used to working from home now that I don’t seem to miss working from my office. Yes, I do miss my friends. Like you rightly said, this is the time reevaluate the things that we once took for granted. I’m just praying things get better soon!

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      Sakshi Raina

      I feel you. I used to detest working from home earlier, not so much now although I still feel working from office is better because i’m more productive there since it’s the ‘zone’ and also I seem personal and professional lives are blurring while working from home, you know? I could switch off work mode as I left office earlier, now I keep thinking about doing that one more call, or one more task before I call it a day.

      I’m praying things get better soon too. It’s just sad to see all the news each morning but I’m hopeful for the future <3

  2. Chloe Chats

    I feel the same, the last few months have just blurred into one long month. I’ve just started to get used to working from home now, I am definitely missing my family though, I live about an hour away from them so I don’t think I’ll be able to see them for a little while longer. Would be lovely when things go back to normal, but it will be more like a ‘new normal’ as things will have to change for a while! Hope you’re doing okay!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

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      Sakshi Raina

      Thank you Chloe, I’m doing fine and I hope the same for you xx
      I also feel that we are going to have a new normal now. Things are not going back to where it was earlier. I wish things get better soon and you get to see your family asap. *hugs*

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  3. Mama Miah

    Same goes to our city, with the extended Enhanced Community Quarantine for almost 2 months now… I really hope this pandemic will end soon and all of us will be safe and be back to doing what we used to do before this happened. Take care…

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  4. Lisa Alioto

    It’s all a bit much isn’t it – it’s a lot to deal with. Sometimes I just have to turn off the news and the data and pretend it’s not happening. Otherwise it becomes too overwhelming!

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      Sakshi Raina

      I feel you, I do the same sometimes. When all of this started, I was glued to the news – reading every headline, article because I wanted to know what’s happening in the world and how does it affect us but it got so bad for my mental health that I now consume news in a much more controlled manner.

  5. Anna

    Not much has changed for me from the normal day but I am looking forward to lunch dates with my husband again outside of our home haha! Our poor mail lady has packages for us just about every day and we are just so grateful for everyone! Stay safe!

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  6. Jade

    Thanks for sharing your quarantine journey. Glad you’re home with your family. It’s nice to have a support system in these trying times. You’re right – the days are blurry. I can’t figure out what day of the week it is sometimes! Take care and stay safe. I know the world and its mother has been saying this but we are all in this together 🙂

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      Sakshi Raina

      I can’t stress how important it is to have your support system especially right now. Being locked up at home for 2 months straight isn’t good for our sanity! I can’t wait to go out and socialise, so grateful for technology to bring us closer in these times.

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  7. Nyxinked

    I’ve been finding that the time is going so fast now. Even when I’m having a normal day i.e up at a normal time etc they all seem to run into each other.
    It’s fascinating to see the differences and similarities between lock-down worldwide. Stay safe!

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  8. Josh Raimonde

    I know how you feel with the days blurring together. I’ve missed trash day multiple times due to not knowing what day it was. Things are starting to open up here in NY, but I’m not in a big hurry to go out. I stocked up on non-perishables just before everything started shutting down, and while I do miss my fresh produce, I’m hesitant to go around people any more than I have to because there are still people not taking this seriously, as unbelievable as that may sound. I do love hearing about all the uplifting things that people are doing for their neighbors and essential workers. We really are all in this together. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sakshi Raina

      Thank you so much for your comment. Things are starting to open up here too and the number of cases are reaching new highs everyday. I still haven’t stepped outside my home though because of the same reason as you – people are not taking this seriously. I am happy though that some people are still kind that are helping out people in such times.

  9. The Wanderer Pharaoh

    This is a very honest post that expresses most of our worries! Thanks for sharing

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  10. Addy

    Honestly, this lockdown has been some adjustment for so many of us. I hope you continue with journa long the new normal.

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