🇮🇳 Full Lockdown in Chennai

Chennai, India:

I’m a tennis player, so the hardest part of the situation has been missing training – and keeping motivated enough to continue fitness at home. Equally hard is not being able to see my friends. I love being surrounded by people. However, I’m enjoying having the time to keep in touch with friends and family over the internet.

At the moment Chennai is in full lockdown, and has been since the 26th of March. Mandatory services are in operation as well as food deliveries. I leave the house to go up to the terrace for some fresh air and walk my dog within my compound. So far I haven’t had too much of a craving to be outside but it’s slowly creeping in. My mom drives out to get groceries about once a week or once in two. I am missing some of my favorite chocolates and snacks but otherwise we haven’t had any issues!

From time to time we order online and get our groceries delivered home. I’m really hoping the lockdown will end soon but as much as I am, I know the issue is incredibly complex. I study at an online school and have been for the past 5 years, so I have less adjusting to do in terms of learning than some of my peers. I’ve continued classes as normal which has kept me more stressed than bored! Being at home is rather normal for me and I’m quite indifferent to the situation. I do have more time to bake, talk to friends, watch Netflix and play board games with my family which is definitely a plus.

Other than not being able to play tennis, I’m lucky enough to say the largest effect of the situation has been complications with exams and how grades will be awarded. I think a very interesting part of this situation is that it’s completely global. Being from an online school, I have met people from all around the world and every one of us is affected by it.

Anya N.

4 June 2020

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