C: It’s time to upgrade your skills.
Me: Not when I am not even getting paid for the ones I am already selling.
C: Finally, some quality family time.
Me: Time that gets split into mother’s nagging, father’s raging, sister’s squabbling and brother’s bossing.
C: Nature is rejuvenating itself.
Me: My human nature is simply regurgitating ire, irk and irritation.
C: You are helping people remain safe.
Me: With public spaces, sprawling surfaces, hidden symptoms- will we ever be able to call us safe?
C: It’s an ideal time to practice mindfulness.
Me: Yes, I am super mindful of the depleting savings, of the multiple utility items, which the Indian government has not labeled as “essentials” and of a lockdown whose date is getting marked on a time-frozen calendar.
C: Laze around all day with all the books you have been yearning to read.
Me: Yeah as if I can now sympathize with Gatsby’s tragic loss of love. Suely, the Roaring Twenties and its angst will fade in my era of the Whirling Virus.
C: Binge Watch your favourite TV shows, guilt-free!
Me: When real life seems to evoke daily COVID dread, suspenseful statistics and shocking images, the world of make-belief just gets less appealing.