Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown


What haven’t we performed within the final month! We’ve cheered medical doctors and nurses, performed Justin Trudeau’s slow-mo hair flip on loop, Zoom-called everybody from our grandma to our ex, and grooved to Lady Gaga’s One World: Together at Home live performance. And but there’s nonetheless one other week of lockdown to get via. As the times get longer and the itch to get out that entrance door extra persistent, maybe it is time to take a leaf from those that are protecting issues extra easy. For many artistic folks, being lower off from acquainted routines hasn’t meant a lack of identification. Instead, they’ve discovered inspiration in small issues that remind them that tomorrow may be promising. Dancer-choreographer Anita Ratnam says she finds energy in a swipe of chilli pink lipstick; pastry chef Pooja Dhingra writes in her e book of affirmations each morning for an infusion of positivity; and actor Priyanshu Painyuli turns to his DSLR to brighten his days. We communicate to 9 folks on what retains them calm in anticipation of #LifeAfterCorona.

Laila Tyabji, chairperson-founder member, Dastkar, New Delhi

No sari, no lipstick. But I nonetheless want my kajal and scent to get via the day! I believe what’s prevented me from going the slatternly manner is the necessity for routine. It could be too straightforward to not get away from bed within the morning, not make that mattress since one could be stepping into it once more at evening, to postpone sitting all the way down to work commonly since nobody would know, to put on the identical three units of garments… so it is the self-discipline of routine, allied with liking issues to look good, quite than any tangible object that has been my mainstay. Though it helps to be in a house stuffed with books, artwork and delightful objects, every with its personal treasured reminiscence.

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Punit Jasuja, marriage ceremony planner-designer, New Delhi

It is less complicated being alone during the lockdown. I turned down provides from my cousins and mates as a result of, whereas the primary week would have been enjoyable, I’d quickly want my privateness. At residence, I typically stare upon a portray hanging in my front room as a result of it offers me happiness. It depicts a vase of richly-hued flowers, by an unknown Dutch painter from the 1700s. I bought it printed on canvas after engaged on a marriage mission that had Regency England as its theme. It offers me inspiration each morning that issues will ‘burst into bloom’ once more. And, clearly, coming from my world — the place I deal quite a bit with flowers as a marriage planner — it jogs my memory of my work and the folks [like florists] whom I ought to assist get out of the hunch we’ll all be in, as soon as the lockdown is lifted.

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Anita Ratnam, dancer, Chennai

The sound of the ocean grounds me, so I fall asleep listening to the waves on the Calm app. But once I want a choose me up, I flip to my assortment of [over 50] neon-coloured lipsticks. All via my life, I’ve at all times purchased one at any time when I’ve wanted to really feel good. While I put on muted colors in my each day life, a sizzling pink or a chilli pink at all times brightens my temper. Just a few days in the past, I recorded a dance video sporting all black, with a pink scarf and a swipe of Rihanna’s superb all-day pink lip color. It brings me numerous pleasure. I even have a set of vibrant notebooks that I’ve picked up from museum shops around the globe. Since I’m doing a writing class with a New York college — on the way to craft your memoir — these are getting crammed now. And with each I choose up, I’m reminded of the locations I visited, from Chile to Barcelona. These three issues maintain me now.

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Ravi Vazirani, inside designer, Mumbai

I struggled a bit with nervousness within the first 15 days of lockdown, during which period I simply consumed Netflix. I noticed eight seasons of Entourage in every week! Then I put a schedule in place for myself, so my days have been extra productive. I’ve additionally picked up a pastime: studying the way to make movies. But what’s giving me a way of objective is a collage I’m creating. I misplaced my dad in 2017 and I ‘inherited’ lots of his watches [leather-strapped and gold Seikos and Titans] and paperwork from the 1960 and 70s — college certificates, home deeds — together with images and passports. I’ve made a reminiscence field with them that I carry on my nightstand. Now I’m turning all of the paper into artwork, right into a wall collage, which is able to make it extra attention-grabbing. It’s instances like this that make you mirror on the previous and discover a connection to hyperlink to the long run.

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Pooja Dhingra, pastry chef, Mumbai

Work is at a full arduous cease, one thing we haven’t performed in 10 years. The lockdown’s been powerful; it’s made me barely anxious and stressed. So I’ve been studying quite a bit [shuffling between The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Art of Dramatic Writing, because the subsequent e book is on my thoughts], watching overseas language TV reveals [since we can’t travel, they make me feel like I’m in a different city], catching up with mates on Zoom and making an attempt to get in a nap or two. I’ve additionally been doing numerous baking for myself and sharing a easy recipe every single day with elements from my pantry, which reassures me that I’ll at all times have this pleasure. Something else that offers me a way of normalcy is writing in my e book of affirmations very first thing within the morning, then placing on my hoops and lipstick earlier than going into my kitchen. It helps me suppose forward and luxury me that this too shall go.

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Vidya Singh, Princess of Vijayanagaram, Chennai

Every time I journey, I write a each day journal. Over the years, they’ve piled up in my residence. While making an attempt a lockdown clean-up, I got here throughout some memorable ones, like my first climbing journey in 2011, which took me to Stok Kangri, Ladakh, with [singer] TM Krishna and Badri Vijayaraghavan. And one which I wrote on a biking journey round Tuscany, Italy, with my son and daughter — as an alternative of a celebration for my 60th birthday, we determined to go on a trip. Once that is throughout, I hope to collate them into books to share with family and friends.

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Vikram Goyal, designer, New Delhi

Much of our design straddles the previous and current, East and West. These eating chairs — that remind us of the works of Scottish architect-designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh — have been inherited from my maternal grandparents who lived in Jaipur. They are quaint however have an exquisite fashionable aesthetic about them. I’m utilizing them as inspiration for some furnishings we’re designing for a residential inside mission in Chennai. As younger youngsters, we spent many summer season holidays in Jaipur and now, as I work with these chairs, I’m reminded of the household instances.

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Priyanshu Painyuli, actor, Mumbai

In 2011, once I was forged within the musical, Taj Express, I purchased a DSLR — a Nikon D3200. A few weeks in the past, I rediscovered it whereas on a cleansing spree. The images from way back have been nonetheless on the reminiscence card and it jogged my memory of how a lot I loved the method. So I started clicking something I might discover round the home; I even shot a brief movie for a contest. It brings back the previous feeling of freedom that comes with journey. When issues go back to regular, I hope to make use of the digital camera extra, to shoot for myself. Perhaps a sequence on the cats of Mumbai?

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Gunjan Gupta, product designer, New Delhi

Throughout my profession, I’ve been researching the Indian origins of furnishings and nothing compares to the ground mattress. This one which I made has been my favorite object during the lockdown. I’ve been spending numerous time open air and it permits me to work (with the built-in backrest), do yoga, and it additionally opens as much as accommodate my kids, who’ve been piling in with me to learn and play board video games. Its versatility makes me consider the multi-tasking we have now to do within the present instances. It is a beautiful reminder to stay versatile sooner or later in an effort to adapt to a modified world with ease.

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Naina Redhu, photographer, New Delhi

My artwork reassures me that there will probably be an “afterwards”. Specifically, the wearable artwork brooches that I’m portray now. This one is impressed by Claude Monet’s Water Lily sequence, an Impressionist type I’d not tried earlier than. And it has already discovered a purchaser! That brings a way of normalcy at some degree. Also mixing paints to get the shades I would like — as a result of I can’t store for the precise color of paints now. I used to hate mixing paints, however I’m doing it now as a result of it permits me to really feel like I’ve some control. So what if I can’t store, I’ll make my very own. Who knew!

Keep it simple: Taking back control during lockdown

Rina Singh, fashion designer, Gurugram

I’ve collected antiques from my travels — Paris, London, Japan — however the artefacts from my maternal village in Haryana are the closest to my coronary heart. I bought my nani’s charkha despatched to me, which I then had cleaned and assembled in my manufacturing facility. Now it calms me during such instances. Then there’s the kalash given to my mom by my nani; I exploit it as a flower pot. It jogs my memory of the sultry afternoons I spent sitting on a dhurrie along with her, listening to tales. It helps me join with my roots and someway the times of the lockdown don’t really feel too dangerous.

With inputs from Susanna Myrtle Lazarus and Nidhi Adlakha

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