A Positive Weekend

Last Sunday I posted a Blog about one of my neighbor’s family getting infected with Covid-19 leading to two weeks of quarantine to us. Yesterday, was a wonderful day I had, it started with my neighbors getting better and the child is also fine now, I was so happy hearing this. Bangalore authorities have changed the guideline for quarantine, starting yesterday only the flat where there is a Covid-19 infected person will be quarantined. My floor was completely sanitized and quarantine removed yesterday. Here is the most important one, my brother brought my parents from Chennai to Bangalore. I will be spending time with my people next week and my parents will also be with us for a while.

I have already wrote few posts about Covid-19 and here again I want to write about things that keep me busy these days and these are things I love doing.

Running and Yoga – Until yesterday I was on quarantine for a week and I was walking inside my apartment for a hour in the morning and also walk few steps every hour to reach my indoor target. I used to walk around 12,000 steps a day. The quarantine is removed and I was out today morning to run. I ran around 10 kilometres in less than a hour. I enjoy running and I feel so good after I run. Before and after running, I do lot of stretches and few Yoga Asanas. I used to do Surya Namaskar, it’s been a while since I did this, I need to restart Surya Namaskar. Tomorrow, my plan is to run 15 kilometres and am sure I will run 15 and smile.

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Cooking – I didn’t have to learn cooking until 8 years back as my mom was always with me and my business travel was limited. When we were in Chennai, My Little Princess i.e. my Niece was born and my Brother’s family was in Bangalore. My parents started spending more time in Bangalore and I started learning cooking out of necessity. After I got married and moved to Bangalore six years back, my frequency of International Business Travel started going up. Being a vegetarian it gave more opportunities to cook during these travel. I always love cooking and what I liked about my cooking is, I always put the correct amount of salt and spice. During these Covid-19 days, I cook regularly and I can confidently now tell that am one of the best in cooking. I learn from my mom, I follow people like Venkatesh Bhat, Sanjeev Kapoor and Yogambal Sundar in YouTube and finally, I have few friends here in Blog community who shares some very interesting recipe to try and celebrate.

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Entertainment – I like to listen to Music and watch Movies. I subscribed to Spotify and nowadays I get to listen to some very nice music I like. I listen to Carnatic, Fusion, Tamil and Hindi film songs and finally my favorite Rock Music. What I like about Spotify is, by choosing the artist we like, it comes out with a bunch of daily mix. Spotify is very intelligent that it has understood what I listen every day in the morning during my prayers and it suggests me songs as per the day. Spotify also has the “Best of Artists” section where we get to listen to all the best tracks of Artist we like. I have a nice Bose Speaker where Spotify is paired, there is nothing better than listening to some nice Music. I also have a nice big Television which I use for watching movies. I recently signed up with Disney Hotstar to watch English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam Movies, I signed up with SunNxt to watch Tamil and Malayalam Movies. I also watch Music Videos and comedy shows in YouTube. I came out of Netflix because the content is very bad for the premium we pay, hope they have better movie collection to go back. Weekends are fun watching movies from one of these Apps and listening to Spotify.

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Television – These days I watch Television using Tata Sky only for three reasons – Formula One, Tennis and MotoGP. The US open started this week and we have a Formula One or MotoGP race every weekend to keep myself busy. This weekend is more of Tennis and Formula One at Monza, Italy.

Blogging – I spend good amount of time reading Blogs from my friends. I also write a little bit or share some of my interesting clicks here. I have made some nice friends here in WordPress even though I have not spoken or met them. These are wonderful people who only know to appreciate others writing and motivate them.

When the Covid-19 hit us in March 2020, I thought it’s going to keep us bored during the lock down. I have now learnt to keep myself busy without travelling and started enjoying what I do. We have learnt through Covid-19, we don’t know what will happen tomorrow, let’s live for the moment and have fun in the right way. Stay Safe and Take Care.

Life without Internet

Internet is the most essential thing in today’s life. I can’t imagine living even a day without Internet. With Covid-19 pandemic our day to day life runs mainly on Internet. The world’s leading companies do their business relating to Internet and most of us are employed in these companies. Let me do a self check of where I use Internet.

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Blog – I came back to Blogging few months back when the Covid-19 virus hit us hard and when we started going through life lock down. I spend good time with WordPress these days on my phone and laptop to Blog and also to read Blogs from my friends. Am going to keep myself busy in future by regularly writing Blogs, sharing my nicest clicks and going through Blogs from my friends to be well informed and enhance my knowledge. All I need is Internet to Blog and Learn.

Work From Home The last 4 months am doing my office work from home. Thanks to some high speed Internet at home these days Business emails, calls and work have no change and is Business as usual. I will also add our productivity has only gone up in the last 4 months. Most of the Companies will no longer require their complete staff to return to office even during the post Covid-19 days.

Video Calls The last 4 months is one of the toughest phase for me. I cant imagine living my life without seeing my Parents, my Niece and my Brother’s family. My parents are in Chennai and am in Bangalore. Again, Thanks to Internet, I can do a video call to see my Parents and my Niece. My Niece is so cool that even when I dial an audio call, she asks me to come on video.

WhatsApp The day for many starts and ends with WhatsApp. As long as we use WhatsApp to connect with family, friends and don’t forward any fake news or inappropriate content, WhatsApp is a great medium to communicate. WhatsApp runs on Internet and I use WhatsApp to connect with my family and friends, share some of my Blogs and also to go through some interesting articles that enhances my knowledge. Kindly check my Blog on WhatsApp forwards and groups on my views about WhatsApp: https://rainbow-thoughts.com/2020/07/03/whatsapp-and-forward/

Netflix, Discovery Plus and YouTube I have a nice Smart TV at home. Again, thanks to fast internet at home, I can watch nice movies, songs and documentaries in 4k format. I like watching nice English Movies on Netflix, I watch anything Informative or anything about Nature and Wild life on Discovery Plus and YouTube is for watching recipe of whatever I cook, watching Music Videos and some old classic movies in regional languages. Without Internet and these Apps, life during these tough days would been even more tougher.

Spotify I already have good collection of Music in my phone library. I developed interest for listening to Carnatic music recently. I signed up for Spotify and this is one of the coolest thing I did recently. Spotify requires Internet and is taking my Music Experience to a totally different level. What I like about Spotify is the “Made for Self” section based on the Artist I like. Spotify is understanding my interest so well and I get to hear some nicest numbers whenever I have time. For someone who listens to English, Regional and Carnatic, Spotify is the best thing to have.

Bank related Work I can’t remember when I last went to a Bank to operate my savings or investment account. Life has become so smooth to do any Bank transactions using Internet. These days I don’t even use my credit card when I step out to shop. Thanks to Google Pay, we can even step out without our wallet.

Shopping Whether its groceries or electronic gadgets or essentials, shopping has become easier using Internet. We also get some cool discounts from Amazon or Flipkart when we buy our gadgets. In a while, we might see the number of stores coming down as more people might buy things from Amazon, Flipkart and other e retailers. Going to a shop might become History.

Google Maps The most important App I use is Google Maps. If am asked to commute in Bangalore without Google Maps, I will never step out of my house. I can’t imagine driving to my friends place in Bangalore without Google Maps. Imagine drawing the directions and stepping out to drive, we are already in the Bangalore’s usual traffic jam, we will never take the correct right or left. If am blessed to meet Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, my first thanks to him will be for this App. Then, I will ask him about his days in Jawahar Vidyalaya, BTW we passed out from same school, am his one year senior.

Internet has made our life easier and today Internet is the most essential thing in our life. We all are going through the toughest days in our lives with this Covid-19, none of us never thought a small virus will change our life completely. What will happen if for some reason Internet stops working. If the Internet stops working for few days, it can cause more stress to people and most of the Businesses can become non-operational. One thing this Covid-19 is teaching us is anything can happen in our life and it’s very difficult to plan for everything.

As mentioned in one of my earlier Blog, I want to go back to a village and settle down – https://rainbow-thoughts.com/2020/06/14/go-back-to-village/ . I can stay connected to anyone, continue writing my Blog, watch Netflix, Discovery Plus and YouTube, listen to Spotify, do all Bank Transactions and shop from anywhere in the World and I prefer moving back to a village, A Big Thanks to Internet to make our life easier.

Kindly leave your comment if I have missed out something and share your views on Internet. Stay Safe and Take Care.