Locked in with love

Life Positive|July 2020

Locked in with love
Deepa Gulabani sees the positive side to the current lockdown—a godsent opportunity to bond with her family and loved ones
Deepa Gulabani

Ever since the lockdown was announced, there has been a war between emotions in my head: the excitement of being together with the family, anxiety for my space being invaded by my own people, gratitude, confusion. Ah, so much was going on! But this settled down as soon as I got a phone call from my factory (we are in the jewellery business). It was from one of our karigars (artisans) requesting me to arrange for his visit to his family in Kolkata. What touched me was his urge and desperation to meet his family and be there for them in these uncertain times. My respect for him grew immensely when he said that the family has never felt so precious before. Despite the comfort zone and the facilities given to him in Hyderabad by the company, he chose to go back to his family to make them feel emotionally protected and secured. The struggle to make ends meet would be a challenge for him in his village, and yet he made the choice. It made me really ponder over what it is like to be with your loved ones.

''Looking upon this hour of helplessness as a blessing and accepting the unchangeable is a choice that we, as a family of nine, decided to execute. Each one of us started pitching in with chores never done before.''

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July 2020