How Life Got Changed During Lockdown
We are often tied-up in knots with our daily work schedules, jobs, gym, parties, and constantly try to make a good impression in front of others. While trying to catch the stars we tend to ignore the ones who are close to us and support us relentlessly to achieve our dream. Nobody ever contemplated that such a pandemic would bring our lives to a standstill. It seems like an unending long vacation that compels us to spend it within the four walls of the house. This pandemic has indeed changed our lives to the extent that we never imagined. Now even as the restrictions around the world have eased up in phases, normalcy still feels far-fetched. People who dedicated all their time of the day in concentrating on their career and partying at night are now juggling between work, cooking, cleaning, and parenting all at the same time. Time management is playing an integral role at this time of uncertainty. However, this lockdown has brought so many behavioral changes in people.
Some of the evident ones are appreciation, value for time and money, concern for self and people around, sense of responsibility, positivity, and many more. Such a level of positive change is making this world a better place to live.
Some of the positive changes I witnessed were first even though servants who were prohibited to work in this pandemic to avoid risks, their owners kept providing them with their monthly salaries and essential food products if needed.
Secondly, all the stray dogs and cats were dependent on human food leftovers and now we're hungry and helpless. Several animal lovers came together and took turns to go and feed those animals. Some of the housing societies near me also adopted stray dogs, which was the depiction of kindness at its best.
This pandemic gave rise to a new era of finding alternatives for everything. My mother, who used to go to the market every day before the pandemic, now finds out vegetable vendors over the internet who are providing home delivery services. Every other general store around me has inculcated a habit of making their customers transact digitally via several platforms like PayTm, Truecaller, Phonepe, etc. India is moving from cash to digital transactions at a fast-moving pace. My father has stopped the habit of going to the bank to update his passbook and has started exploring Internet banking options.
This pandemic has made people so aware of hygiene and cleanliness that it has become an ideal time for making major changes in the way things were working. Before the pandemic, there was no segregation between wet and dry waste here in Mumbai suburbs. Now the government has taken a strong initiative to bring in a routine of collecting dry wastes only on Wednesdays and Sundays. Norms have become very stringent. People have become responsible and are keeping their surroundings clean, washing their hands, sanitizing their housing societies, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing whenever they step out of the house.
Life in cities has always been spent traveling to and fro from work. People could not find enough time to spend quality time with their loved ones or pursue their hobbies. Lockdown has significantly cut down the travel time and people are utilizing it in productive activities. Since my 10th grade, I could not dedicate time for sketching but the lockdown has helped me revive my hobbies. It lets me calm down, is more or less like meditation, and puts my mind at ease. People have explored so many new skills like cooking, gardening, singing, and are constantly trying out new variations at every chance they get. Social media is swamped up with their feeds and stories.
Mumbai is densely clustered with skyscrapers and this pandemic has affected the city so much that the period of lockdown and restriction simply gets extending. In this difficulty, citizens are showing empathy towards their infected neighbors and are helping them selflessly by providing daily essentials whenever needed. While people are applauding and welcoming the patients with open arms who get discharged and return home, there are others refrain from accepting them back in their colony because of the unnecessary fear that has crept in deep into their minds.
Superfluous fear has got people to believe in rumors and to top it up, media platforms are taking undue advantage and sometimes exaggerating on every news they get regarding the pandemic. This constant cloud of negativity hovering around us has put people down with a mental illness like depression. Some of them are so affected that they are unable to accept it and overlook the symptoms. It is necessary to know them and overcome them. The article Depression- Stop before it’s too late gives all the symptoms and necessary treatments that can be taken to fight depression.
The strict lockdown has stopped the operation of major factories Nobody can travel. Every company is opting for work from home for their employees and are allowing only 25% physical workforce in their offices. Roads, local trains, and highways are now allowed only for workers who work under the essential services category. Doctors, police officers, healthcare workers are working relentlessly without any complaints. There is absolutely no traffic in most of the area and it has reduced the pollution level largely. I can hear the birds chirping, my neighbors singing, see bright blue sky, and to top it up, beautiful rainbows that appear in this monsoon season.
Lockdown has changed the way enterprises work, but it has also badly impacted the brick and mortar stores. Such stores being shut down for about 4 months are struggling in this tough time. Some of these brands have filed for bankruptcy. Let us see how different companies around the world are affected due to the lockdown.
Impact of Lockdown on different companies
Several big, luxurious firms like Neiman Marus, JC Penny are filing for bankruptcy as their brick-and-mortar stores are shut due to the pandemic and their main source of income is blocked. Even if the stores open, people will think twice before entering at-least for a significant period. These brands are left with a large amount of unsold, stocks in their stores, and warehouses. Which leaves several brands with a dilemma of what to do with the excess inventory that they have.
E-commerce/ Delivery services
People are opting to get as many things as possible via online ordering. Restaurants are working based on only take-away orders. Online grocery delivery service like Grofers has been helping people get their veggies and fruits at their doorstep.
E-commerce platforms got the major opportunity to revive their existing processes and adopting practices that increase trust among people. Amazon, Myntra, Flipkart, and many more companies ensure their customers that the delivery executive coming till their doorstep is corona negative. Amazon has replaced the utilization of single-use plastics in their packaging. This is a major change in environmental sustainability.
Swiggy and Zomato also opted for grocery delivery services. Vegetable vendors started their delivery service. One thing in all these moves is highly noticeable that people are adopting quickly to new methods of running businesses. They are moving towards contactless, cashless home delivery services. India is moving rapidly towards digitization and bringing in more and more investors to join hands with the indigenous companies. This move will help the country start reducing its dependency on imports and be self-sufficient.
Life during lockdown has taken a toll for many of us. That does not mean that we lose all the hope that we have. In the end, I would just like to share a small quote that has kept me motivated throughout this pandemic. “Trust the Wait, Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.” We must trust the efforts put in by the government and keep up our hopes for the good days ahead.
Written by: Anuradha Iyer
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