We are discussing whether to keep a dog 🐕 or something like fish.
We ran out of gas. Asked our private supplier to bring a cylinder. He did after 4-5 calls and 4 hrs of waiting. Earlier it was priced at 850inr now he charged us 950inr without a bill. This sucks. He promised he will send the bill. Let's see.
Thinking of resuming my Game Theory course on Coursera. Had to leave it after 1st week because of work. Seems like a good time. Meanwhile the girl in the house is working her ass off- WFH is real deal for some. 😐
Found this workout routine very nice and tiring. Could manage 2 sets of 7minutes each separated by 2-3 mins gap. Try it out since we can't go out for jog or gym.
End of Day#2
Haven't yet resorted to binge watching movie and web series etc. Trying to still explore more constructive avenues. Books, Coursera, corona etc.
Meanwhile if someone wants to see WFH , they can pay a visit and see the lady in the house slogging. Scary shit.
Family back home is also bored in lockdown and is browsing old photo albums from childhood and sending across WA. Yes, they made me and my brother wear same clothes. We had multiple such sets. 😐
My current worry is- I had lost about 10kgs in last 3 months and was starting to feel better about myself. I think this lockdown will take me back in time. My favourite workout was running and that's absolutely taken away now. Floor exercises are -- meh! 😢
Office has initiated a circular for contribution to PM fund for Covid19. One can choose from 0 to 30 day salary to be contributed towards the fund. Failing to submit the undertaking will by default deduct 5day salary. Feeding india + this = contribution sorted.
My Game Theory course is going faster than Great Expectations book. Have barely read 50 pages of this "classic" but have finished more than 50% course of game theory, managing to barely cut the 70% criterion. 😥
Another hectic wfh day for the girl next to me. #Lockdown21
Today is 7th day of Navratri. We do the major pooja on Ashtmi so today is last day of fasting. We usually invite kids(girls mostly) from neighborhood and prepare food for them. It's a common sight in northern India to see these kids being in high demand on 1/2
So with today 1/3 of lockdown period has come to an end. I think one major reason we haven't fought is , she is mostly busy with work and I am figuratively jobless and pretending hard to upgrade my skills. Next on show off list is coding. Will sleepy to that thought.
Things have started to get a bit boring now. #COVIDー19 numbers in India have spiked in last 2-3 days. A major chunk to this spike is attributed to TJC where I see - failing citizens in their civic responsibility and govt failing in its responsibility. 1/2
Another thing that I find tad disconcerting is , ppl assume that PM is calling all the shots single handedly, without any consultation. If grid issue can come to mind of a regular person, it wouldn't have crossed the experts advising PM, holding talks/conferences? Bah!
9 more days to go for 21 day lockdown. It's sad, what the world has come to. The sufferings, the pain, the helplessness and the unending faith that all this will come to an end soon. Amidst all this the images of 1/2
Another day ends. #9PM9minute was celebrated with some hope and some foolhardiness (crackers and gathering) , overall ppl will remember this
Moreover the dude (PM) is more popular than I gave him credit for.
I am almost done with two Coursera courses- Game Theory -I and AI for everyone. Last week and final test remains in both.
Great Expectations is getting more and more enjoyable with each passing chapter. 🤞
Mostly spent today doing maths. 😁
Whole day went in scrolling twitter and other stuff on internet. Screentime has increased again . Day schedule went for a toss. 😢
The other part of the day went on this corner. #LockdownDiaries
670+ Covid cases already today. The nunbers in Maharastra ,esp Mumbai are just blowing up. Very disconcerting stats and I guess that's how the numbers double every 3-4 days. We were getting comfortable with 450 around casesfor past few days. Now 700+ likely. 😢
Yesterday India might have recorded the highest spike in #COVIDー19 cases -a 737.
I have started venturing into a new territory now, hitherto considered not-my-thing. Started with audiobook. 🙈 Let's see if this free trial helps me shun my inertia for audiobooks
Another day comes to an end. Talked to few friends in Pvt sector who were awaiting increment and bonus in April but now the company is asking to let go of it. I wouldn't be surprised if soon enough public sector employees are also asked to take a salary cut.
Contrary to my prejudice about audiobooks, I think they are good enough. Although my compulsive self downloaded EPUB file of the book also just in case to refer. 🙈 But all in all, decent work audiobook team ✌️. Not needed though during lockdown but later on...go!
Since outdoors really isn't an option as police has started barricading areas to contain #COVID19 as well streamline traffic for better monitoring, used my smart watch to guide through workout.
Lower body workout-
220 split squats
Had been busy throughout so far, for a change. Wrapped up few pending tasks. My legs hurt from previous day's workout and the girl has her exam after a fortnight so she is slogging between her job and practice papers.Meanwhile I decided to stare out. #COVID__19
2020 hasn't been kind at all, so far. I postponed a plan to materialise an obligation , but Covid happened and neither of the two can happen now. Such a personal loss! Now today earthquakes also has been reported on R-3.5 with epicenter as east delhi(!!?). Wut?
Modiji has again created suspense. Addressing the nation at 10am tmw.I wouldn't be surprised if soon the govt starts giving out trailer to his address to create more demand. "Mitron mai batana chahta hu ki aaj raat 12 baje ke baad" (scene cut) "desh ke hit mai".
#Lockdown2 starts from today. Office has made new roster for the next 15 days and consequently I would get to unlock 2-3 days as I will be going to office, starting 18th of April.✌️ Essential services,you see.
Jokes apart,I really hope aviation tides over this.
Overall a semi-productive day. Did few things that were slated before procrastination took over. Rest will be done tomorrow along with tomorrow's To Do list. It's a terrible cycle of piling on.
So this is perhaps 2nd or 3rd time during this lockdown that I have felt completely lost and directionless.
Now I have made my 10days work plan as wallpaper for my laptop,tablet&phone.Yes,all three.
Lockdown has been characterised by such sense of hope& despair
Crude prices hitting rock bottom, literally.
Covid19 cases on rise despite increasing temperatures (no points bere).
I unknowingly washed my hands with soap when I only intended to get them wet.
Politics at peak amidst Covid.
A month of lockdowns comes to an end, lockdowns continues.
Govt freezes DA/DR of its employees.
Finally I think it's settling for me that it's going to be like this for a foreseeable future and it fucks me up badly. Leaders across the World are comparing 1/2
Did you know there was section of mathematicians and scientists that favoured octal or duodecal system over the currently used decadal system? There argument was using duodecal is better as 12 has more factors than 10. Anyway, number 32 threw me on this tangent.
On wider thoughts, I think audiobooks are great option for reading fiction, short stories, biographies provided the narrator is good e.g. Ruskin Bond 😍. Not so great for non-fiction genre or those remotely touching academic discourses. Personal views, of course.
Remember the times of Onion Crisis? The per kg cost had shot up to 200 rupees.
The guy on the street today is selling 5kg onion for 100 rupees. I am not saying it is entirely b/c of #COVID2019 , but just amused.
Last night again India registered it's highest ever #Covid19 tally. Soon 2k positive cases would be norm and it will only increase, if the current situation is any guide. The country has been under lockdown since Mar23.The cases since then have increased 65times
The pressure to open the economy is real and perhaps inevitable. Ppl will die either way, it seems. May more force be with ppl who are at the helm and taking decisions on behalf of 1.3bn, for the will be the one criticised (nonetheless) for years to come.
Could be just me but of late I have been noticing a disturbing trend of demonising govt employees. Yes, the machinery is huge and slow but the new generation (not all ofcourse) is trying to change the perception and working exactly how they would have in any Pvt firm
Few days back DA were freezed at Dec 2019 levels till July 2021 for CG employees. Which means DA was last revised in July 2019. 2 years unadjusted for inflation now. Hardly ppl spoke about this- public or Pvt sector employees. Some section lauded this move and 1/2
Today the IRS team has submitted a document titled 'FORCE' to suggest raising fiscal means to fight Covid. I see so many on Twitter against this and have shamed IRS for this.
Why? The suggestion include higher tax slab for 'super rich' (or bringing back wealth tax) and additional cess. Both as temporary measures. But somehow these are unpalatable. All govt employee by default are tax payers. 1L crore roughly could be the savings from NO-DA
Am evening spent well. Amidst moon and stars and trees and dogs and owls too (yes, no pic though). A good day to jog on the backstreets. The new #bangalorenightlife is equally pretty.