COVID-19: Rising up to the ‘challenges’ during lockdown in Kerala


With stay-at-home orders in place amid the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s no surprise many are turning to social media to beat lockdown blues. And whereas some are getting thumbs-ups on social media posts by showcasing their inventive abilities, others are taking over trending challenges to hold themselves busy.

#Dalgonacoffee, #buttabomma, #handemoji… Muskaan Shiju, a category 5 pupil, has participated in most of the at present trending challenges. “My friends and I tag each other when we come across a fun task. Accepting them is a safe way to interact with my friends,” says Muskaan, including that she plans to do a planking problem subsequent.

For Saniya Biju, a category 10 pupil, collaborating in such viral traits is all about killing boredom. “Some of them like the #handemoji, where one has to follow a list of hand emojis that appear on screen, and the #submarine, in which you need to move an animated image of a submarine with your nose, are amusing. However, as our school has begun online classes, I am occupied and don’t have much time now. I do have my eye on #memoriesbringback though, where one tries to recreate a scene from an old photo, and I hope to do that soon,” she says.

Saniya Biju

Singer-composer Sajna Sudheer has been tagged in a lot of viral challenges on Facebook, proper from the extraordinarily fashionable #sareechallenge, the place one has to share an image of oneself in a sari to a #bookchallenge, which includes naming the books one has learn from a listing of genres.

“I have also been tagged in a variety of music- and dance-based tasks. A fun one was where I had to emote to the song ‘Unnai kaanamal’. The #njangalkalapravarthakar challenge for artistes was heartwarming. It was in support of artistes struggling to make ends meet during the current lockdown. We had to come up with one-minute videos of any art form,” says Sajna.

Sankari Unnithan with her daughter Vaiga

Joining the #motherhooddare and #natyamheals was a stroll down reminiscence lane for Sankari Unnithan. “My daughter, Vaiga, and I went through old photo albums to search for a memorable photograph of the both of us for the #motherhooddare. Going through the photos was nostalgic,” says Sankari, government director at Timetronic Management Consultants Limited, a technical recruitment agency. The #natyamheals problem noticed Sankari posting pictures of her memorable moments and reminiscences as a classical dancer.

Mathew Thannimoottil

Mathew Thannimootil, who’s on a sabbatical from his administration guide agency shared a recipe for Mangshor jhol when tagged in a #quarantinerecipe problem on WhatsApp. “Eversince the lockdown I have been introducing a new dish to the dining table each day. Although I am not a big fan of online challenges, since food is something close to me heart, I decided to partake in the #quarantinerecipe,” says Mathew, a former pupil of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, and Mimo, San Sebastian.

Dalgona cake by Sheeba Lefleur

Home chef Sheeba Lefleur wished to be totally different from the relaxation and so determined to share an image of a Dalgona cake as an alternative of a cup of frothy Dalgona espresso for the trending #dalgonacoffee problem.

Sobha Vishwanath

Fashion designer Sobha Vishwanath too desires her put up to be distinctive. Sobha who didn’t fairly perceive TikTok challenges initially, says, “I thought that there was no way you could catch me doing one.” However, after a few hours of scrolling, she was hooked. Sobha is planning to take part in the T-shirt problem, which requires the participant to placed on a T-shirt whereas doing a headstand. “I plan to do the headstand in a sari and then put on a T-shirt. Although my yoga is rather rusty, I think I should be able to do it,” she says.

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