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Dear Future Me – Part V

This is a series I started a very long time back for a challenge Savio had tagged me on.

As the name suggests, these are letters to myself a year later, talking about what past me wouldn’t want to forget.

I liked the concept a lot and it honestly feels like a time capsule to me. When I was a kid, there was a show on the TV which asked kids to write messages to themselves and then bury the bottles in their yards.

I remember being so upset because we live in flats and don’t have yards. Now this series is my message in a bottle. To myself.

Here’s the link to the rest of them, if you want to have a read.

Hi Sonali,

God, this letter is going to be a long one so better brace yourself.

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Korean Army Base Stew (부대 찌개) with Indian ingredients

It’s been a long time since my last recipe was uploaded to my blog even though I never actually stopped trying new ones.

This recipe was one I wanted to try for a very long while and finally got a chance to. It’s a very versatile recipe that can use almost any ingredient you have at hand.

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The beginning of the end – Day 14 of Home Quarantine

This will likely be the last of my quarantine logs, even though I’ll be under slight confinement for an extra day or two until we’ve managed to sanitize all conceivable surfaces that I may have gotten in contact with.

Starting tomorrow, my door will be open and I will no longer have to interact with my parents and sister via a mask, although we’re holding off interactions with my 80 year old grandmother for a couple of days just to be sure.

My day today has actually been filled with sanitizing the areas, I’ve wiped down most surfaces that I was in contact with, including my suitcases, the cupboards and the door handles. I’ve also cleaned up the bed so that the bedsheets can be put to wash tomorrow. I’ve packed all my non-essentials and I’m greatly looking forward to tomorrow!

For anyone who is going through a similar time and needs a listening ear, I reply to comments as soon as possible so go ahead and reach out if you like!

The fight will continue through this pandemic and I hope we will be able to cross this gigantic hurdle given the time and resources.

I’ve made sure to end all of my logs with stay safe and stay inside. I know these are the only two pieces of advice I can give you, and I sincerely hope everyone is staying inside as much as possible. For their sakes and everyone else’s.

Signing off from the home quarantine in a couple of hours.

Stay safe, stay inside. Jai Hind.

Dawn is breaking – Day 13 of Home Quarantine

We’re almost at the end and I’m actually very thankful that it is.

Today is the penultimate day of my home quarantine. This means, starting day after tomorrow, my door will no longer have to remain completely shut for the whole time.

For the protection of my grandmother who’s inching towards her 80th birthday this year, I’ll still be sort of restricted to the room. My parents and sister, however, will be cleared to freely interact with me without the need for whatsapp video calling.

As my home quarantine comes to an end, so do my daily logs. This blog was never intended as a daily blog and I doubt I’ll be able to keep up with an update schedule that is so hectic.

I’ll attempt to pop in from time to time and keep the blog alive but I probably won’t have quite so much to say or write about.

That said, thank you to all the people that left me encouraging messages whether out here or via other social media channels, this was not a walk in the park and your encouragement did help me a lot.

Again, my home quarantine may be coming to an end, but our battle doesn’t. The numbers grow grim worldwide and while Europe is approaching or has already has its peak, the US and parts of Asia are still unsure of theirs.

If you need a listening ear, reach out to me on these posts and I’ll be glad to help you out any way I can. I hope this storm passes us soon.

I’ll put up my last log tomorrow.

Stay safe, stay inside. Jai Hind.

The rising anticipation – Day 12 of Home Quarantine

Hello, I’m back. And I’m really excited.

Today is the 12th day (out of 14) of my Home Quarantine, which means there are only 2 days left!

There isn’t much to say about today, other than the fact that I sat down and actually tidied up the room a little since we’ll likely sanitize it when I leave it , just in case. The room actually functions as the master bedroom (which is my parents’) so I’ll be moving out even though we might give it an extra few days with a more relaxed confinement.

To be very honest, even though the confinement has been difficult at times, I don’t think the whole process is crushingly difficult and I hope this sellers the minds of those that have yet to go through this mandatory 14 day quarantine and are afraid.

Everyone deals with it a bit differently, everyone will have their problems with the quarantine but what’s important is to maintain your health and distance from your loved ones to be sure that you won’t transmit a deadly disease to them.

I’ve also read that the government will shortly enable helplines for all those who are undergoing stress due to the quarantine. I’m aware that my case is much much better than many others.

Some people have had to quarantine themselves without the comfort of their own homes or family members just outside the door. I hope the government makes this helpline available soon.

As I said, I don’t have much to say today so I’ll sign of here.

Stay safe, stay inside. Jai Hind.

The tyranny of an idle mind – Day 11 of Home Quarantine

Would you look at that, I’m finally updating on time!

I’m on the 11th day of my home quarantine and if there’s one thing I can tell you about this whole process – it’s not easy.

Sure, theoretically it sounds like a walk in the park. Sit at home, get waited hand and foot, watch YouTube and chill!

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Must fight this Lethargy – Day 10 of Home Quarantine

Yes, I know I forgot to put this up on the right day but it was because I scheduled it wrong, so you’ll see Day 10 early in the morning on 29th March or late 28th March depending on your time zone.

As the title implies, lethargy is now seriously making a home in my countenance. Even though I make sure to get up and walk a little every now and then, I’ve found myself sleeping a lot more than I used to earlier.

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Time Warp – Day 9 of Home Quarantine

I’ll be honest, the days are bleeding into each other and I didn’t remember to upload this post until my dad said he’s turning in. That’s how I realised the day is done.

It’s a scary concept, being unable to keep track of the days. Earlier this morning one of my friends who lives in the US said we’d do a group video call on the weekend. I only realised that implied either tomorrow or day after, after I checked the day.

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I miss hugs – Day 8 of Home Quarantine

As you can see from the title, my more petulant side has made a comeback.

The stress and worry of the past months has left me quite a jumpy person and I think after the 7 day mark yesterday, it hit me that I actually made it home. Today is probably the first time I’ve started to work myself out of the fight or flight mode, the adrenaline rush finally ebbing away.

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