Today, here in India, we completed one full week of lockdown as enforced by the Government of India. This is in response to COVID-19 pandemic that has led to widespread infection and in some cases fatalities.
Here are a few thoughts:
- Not need, not desire and certainly no intention, a virus was needed to put a pause to the ‘buzz’ in the world.
- We still can do most of the household work. Its an outsourced practice that can be easily in-sourced.
- The effect of climate change is clear, visible and dangerously closer than we think it is. In my hometown Delhi –
- I can see a clear blue sky every day
- There is rain every alternate day
- The air is fresher and does not lead to any breathing strain
- Nothing beats homemade food. Its the best source of energy, nutrition and most important together time for families
- Fresh air does bear a lot of importance in our lives. Sitting in a confinement makes one feel dull. Some people are reporting that they are getting upset and behaving differently.
- We are still digital slaves and need perhaps a global internet outage for a proper detox in our lives, from digital.
- Whatsapp is source of a disproportionate amount of negative and fake news. Some filters are surely required on this medium.
- Ramayana and Mahabharat are still national TV pullers. They were so in the 1980s and are still in 2020.
- The gig economy is not prepared for a black swan event like this. My order for a baby diaper pack for scheduled for delivery on April 20, 2020, in Grofers. Amazon did it better with April 9, 2020 schedule but that also seems impossible.
- People are more humane in quieter times than in their busy lives.
- Indian businesses like microfinancing and NBFCs are far from digital culture and will take a long time to digitize.
- Home fitness products like treadmills and ellipticals have a lot of potential markets available and should see an uptick in the world.
- There are many poets, writers, artists, musicians, dancers and standup comedians in our close circles 😉
Another two weeks to go. Hope I can retain the momentum going.