Working from home is harder than we imagined it to be. Over and above the lack of productivity ‘coz of screaming children and constant housework (thanks to social distancing from house help as well), it’s hardly the relaxing option we thought it would be.
Who thought a day would come when online shopping wouldn’t be an option for the fear of inviting germs home. Big Brother House pays the contestants to lose their sanity, Quarantining while WFH doesn’t. Here’s a list of potential distractions that will help keep your sanity intact while the storm passes by…
Make this – Very Berry Salad
There’s a meme doing the rounds – there are only two types of people that we’ll see on the other side of this – those who turn out to be amazing cooks, and those who develop a drinking problem. Chef Rachel Goenka’s simple and quick recipe of this salad will ensure that you’re not only whiling away the hours productively but eating well too.
Follow these easy steps:
Cut 40g of strawberries into four parts. Keep 20g aside for the puree. Cut cucumbers (50g), remove stems from mulberries (20g) and keep aside.
Puree remaining strawberries. In a bowl, mix olive oil (50ml), strawberry puree, balsamic vinegar (10ml) and salt and pepper (2g each).
Wash arugula (100g) and immerse in iced water to crisp it up.
In a salad bowl, add the cut strawberries, cucumbers, mulberries and arugula. Dress the salad with the strawberry and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with crumbled feta.
Shake this – Absolut Lime Mojito
Here’s an ingredient that’s found in every bar. If you don’t drink it, you stock it for the friend who does. While in quarantine, shake up this easy peasy cocktail recipe and take the road less taken from your usual G&T or whiskey on the rocks.
Gather the following ingredients:
1½ parts Absolut Lime, ⅔ part lime juice, ½ part simple syrup, soda water, a mint Leaf, a wedge of lime and crushed ice. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice and muddle. Add Absolut Lime, lime juice and simple syrup. Top up with soda water. Garnish with a mint leaf and a lime wedge. Voila! It ain’t no dirty Martini to give you James Bond feels, but your evening drink is ready to make you feel like the king of your castle, aka bar!
Read this – The Plague by Albert Camus
Albert Camus died 60 years ago but his book, The Plague, is relevant in the times we live in. The novel is set in 1849, and the subject of death and forceful quarantine during the deadly plague can find relevance in the times of Covid as well, though not as dark. It is the story of each person’s reaction to the disease, the bravery displayed and the undeniably precarious nature of human existence. A must-read if you are the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle or a subscriber of Audible.
Play this – Monopoly Classic
Nothing brings a family together like a board game. When your WFH hours are over and there’s nowhere else to go, no pubs to hit and no friends to meet, sit down with the fam for a round of the classic Monopoly. While your next few hours are sure to pass in excitement – buying and trading properties, building houses and hotels and driving the rest to bankruptcy, the lockdown-induced family moment will be in jeopardy if you’re too harsh with the missus while collecting rent. Remember, you are under house arrest for the next few days…play the game in good spirit ‘coz this ain’t the time to be shrewd.
Watch this – Chhapaak
Movies based on true stories about atrocities on women are made often, but none leaves an impact like the true story of this acid attack survivor does. Meghna Gulzar’s masterpiece is perhaps Deepika Padukone’s best movie till date. The story of a heinous crime is delicately handled by superb direction and the hard-hitting reality of a real life survivor and her struggle for justice. Chhapaak is a good watch on a night you want to shed a tear or two.
Download this – Elsa Speak
If you ever thought your pronunciation was inadequate, or have kids at home who could use a little assistance learning new words and pronouncing them correctly, ELSA ((English Language Speech Assistant Corporation) is a digital app that uses speech recognition technology and artificial intelligence to help language learners improve their English pronunciation. Meant for new learners, students and just about anyone wanting to improve language proficiency, ELSA is your virtual mentor. What’s better – school and college students get free access to the Pro subscription if they register before April 15.