Adjusting to the new normal

CULTURAMA|June 2020

Adjusting to the new normal
Devorah Felder, a Lithuanian/South African national who lives in Mumbai, shares her lockdown experience
Devorah Felder

About two months ago, Steve and I suspected that the situation in India would start escalating, prompting us to cancel our spring trip to Dubai the night before we were due to leave. Instead, we travelled to Goa; at the time, our bizarre priority was that we wanted a spring break holiday and this flu craziness was not going to stop us. Our week in Goa was fabulous – life seemed quite normal at the time. Whilst in Goa, we were notified that the children’s school would not reopen after the spring break and that they would undergo virtual learning instead. I knew at that moment that my kids’ 2019–2020 school year would be completed by virtual learning. We will not be returning to school.

Upon our return to Mumbai, our building management informed us that no part-time staff could enter the building. As we did not have a live-in maid or driver, we had to quickly adjust to life without help. It has been a rude awakening to realise how much our lives have been accustomed to help for so many years.

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