MAGAZINE Voices Devapriya Roy Anuja Chandramouli Shinie Antony Sathya Saran Ravi Shankar Mata Amritanandamayi Buffet People Wellness Books Food Art & Culture Entertainment NEW DELHI march 21 2021 SUNDAY PAGES 12 Coronacut Coronnial When you cut your own hair during lockdown Corona+millennial: Born after the pandemic’s outbreak Coronacation Staying away from work and school Coronababy Child born after December 2019 Coronacoaster Intense emotional life during 2020 Coronasomnia Can’t sleep because of coronapsychosis Covid-10 Weight gain by staying at home Covidology 2021 Life and times on the first anniversary of the lockdown Masked and Awash As 2020 staggered in awash in war, climate change and Donald Trump, it was Musk to Mask— never has Elon Musk’s Mars colony felt so appealing. Turns out, as the year ended, people were still learning how to correctly wash their hands. Take a bow, citizens of the Earth. This past year has truly taught us the meaning of 20 seconds—yes, that’s how long you should be washing your hands. And about that mandatory mask, well when Gucci makes masks and the bride enters wearing one, you know the world will never be the same again. And Corona wasn’t something you smoked any more. The China Shop No other country has got more bad press than China during the pandemic. Donald Trump kept calling it the Chinese virus since it is believed to have originated from a batty Wuhan wet market. Indians decided to junk buying Chinese (Zomato, however, delivers chow mein and wontons as if China is closing down) though it is during this period that exports to China in 2020 touched $17.12 billion and Beijing took its slot back as India’s top trade partner. This is How We Rock It The coronavirus hit butter chicken and bhangra right in the solar perplex. The celebratory spirit went back in the bottle. But there is only so much one can do without a ‘pawry’. The Big Fat Indian Wedding shrunk to Size ‘S’—S for snazzy , By Medha Dutta Yadav and Ayesha Singh Covidiot People who defy protocols and don’t wash their hands Streaming Delight The pandemic, which forced entertainment avenues to down shutters, was nothing short of a Black Hole for the bored. ‘Small Brother’ OTT became the ‘big daddy’ of all, which of course had the moral brigade screaming for regulation. Physical audience-driven acts such as musical events and theatre slayed it digitally . As entertainment streamed into each house, online became mainline as artists across borders held crossover virtual events to raise money . M aking rules and breaking rules is how we sum up the last 12 months since March 2020 when the lockdown began and changed the world. The pandemic divided mankind into those who cared and those who didn’t. The rich took off in private planes to private islands and drank Dom Perignon in underground bunkers while the poor and the middle class perished in millions. The pandemic also showed humanity’s hidden heart: thousands of Corona Warriors—frontline health workers—who risked their lives to save patients, often losing the fight. Intimacy portended horror and separation. The world was plunged into a surreal twilight where disease, death and despair were the horsemen of the Coronacalypse. National economies collapsed. World leaders went into denial and then tried desperately to stop the viral culling of their old folk and youth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Indians to beat their steel plates and switch on cellphone torches, and citizens obliged to scare the virus away Yogapreneur Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali was . quick to cash in on with a Coronil kit that promised a coronavirus cure and immunity boost earning him a quick rap on the knuckles from the Union health ministry India got on the wrong side of the news on its . handling of individual and media freedom, but vaccine diplomacy has brought it instant kudos. Even terrorists took a break, more afraid of death by coronavirus than by suicide. It was 12 months of new phrases and actions that was oxygen for lexiconists—dictionary .com, wordhippo. com and the like got into the act with gusto. Phrases like ‘herd immunity’ were no longer referred to sheep. People worked from home and students took online classes along with online games. The Yale happiness class, one of the varsity’s most popular classes, offered “the Science of Well-Being,” which saw over 3.3 million people signing up. In the shadow of a second wave, vaccines and dosages are being debated. Optimism is turning out to be the best antibody to fight Covid-19. A light-hearted look at the times on the anniversary of the lockdown. smart, sexy—with a virtual upgrade; birthday parties, kitties, and family get-togethers went Zooming. As celebrations went digital, the show-sha went on, complete with bubbly cake, , designer wear, and of course muah muahs. Shop and Shop Some More Restaurants shut. No pubbing or catching up with friends. Not even bitching the boss out at work or dissing that know-it-all Chloroquine, Fabiflu, Remdesivir Utter these tongue twisters to sound like a corona pro Bite of the Times 2020 metamorphosed the food business. A baker was born every minute. While homemakers, bachelors, men who had never stepped into the kitchen so far, and even kids as young as six, donned the chef ’s hat, restaurants got innovative with DIY kits, limousine-delivered food, virtual cooking classes and more to stay in the good books and memories of their patrons cowering behind closed doors. As the pandemic brought forth a burst of flavour into humble home kitchens, the food industry got a lesson or two in upskilling. Who won bigger is anybody’s guess. colleague. Home alone with work and chores. What can one do in this situation? When Covid-19 times go tough, the tough go shopping. It was then ‘fastest finger first’. The question whether you ‘really needed’ it will happen only later when the credit card bill drops into your mailbox. Bow, Bump, Namaste The Japanese and the Indians had figured out social distancing long ago. The bow and the namaste became the ‘greeting shield’ when maintaining the two-hand distance became de rigueur at ATMs and supermarkets. Or did the elbow bump for dudes. People schmoozed less with less, and as a result got to know each other better. Parties became dinners and lunches with no more than six people who sanitised their hands before sitting down. Here’s a tip: If you think others are getting too close for comfort, clear your throat noisily and wipe your nose not so elegantly Voila! You have your . space. TikToking While we self-isolated and stayed indoors, our smartphones were our windows to the world. Till we decided to flip the camera and let the world look in as we doled out beauty advice, cooking tips, forgotten grandma’s recipes; picked out what to read, what to watch, how to live, how to beat Covid-19, how to laugh, how to… the list is endless. It seemed the world had collective amnesia overnight and social media influencers had to teach them all the tricks before 2021 Turn to page 2
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