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A look-over into “The unknown change “ by Ravi Puri

A look-over into “The unknown change “

In these unprecedented times where we are looking for a better tomorrow, the question that resonates in our hearts and minds is what kind of life we should expect after a lockdown? Is everything going to be the same as it was or should we be expecting a big change in the lifestyle, business patterns, work cultures, traveling long distances, banking norms, celebrations, etc? I am sure we all must be seeking the answer to the uncertainty of our future with the correlated conditions of today.

The jerk from the virus has taught us the best possible way to survive, to be physically disconnected, and keep rolling a lot of activities through various channels of technology. I am quite sure that in the coming days our world might be filled with many such practices. What we are adapting to as a survival tactic might as well become the new 'normal'. Information Technology has emerged as a savior and is been used very differently wherein most affluent Indians were earlier using this technology at leisure are now using it creatively for connecting socially, on a local, and global scale with their relevant activities. All of a sudden it is everybody's platform and we all want to thank the geniuses on work behind theses screens, who work in this industry, turning every impossible hurdle into a possible zone of hope. Government must now be thinking to put more investments in science and technology. Today we can't deny that we are digitally engaged with the known and unknown parts of the world and the due credit goes to these people who are ensuring that we stay connected. Be it the IT professionals, content developers, system maintenance workers, or people working on the Internet/ telecom connectivity field, everyone is a hero in their rights.

The interruptions in the global chain of supplies will affect the existing conditions in the country. The economic recession will not allow one to spend like one used to before, wherein one will have to stick to their planning precisely. Consumption of goods and material has to be carefully chosen while budgeting. We, as a family and as an organization, need to have a minimalistic approach towards the cost of living and operations.

Tourism is a sector that has been hit hard. Nevertheless, a global change is going to take place wherein a person traveling internationally with even very basic needs like accommodation, food, and leisure/business activities, will have to undergo a strict procedure of scanning wherever he wishes to go. The impact may come out a bit serious in lowering down the number of visitors in the coming year. However, being a business with passion and resilience at the core, it is expected to bounce back sooner or later. One can see through various webinars, how different stakeholders of this industry and ministry itself are working tirelessly to come up with action plans, guidelines, and strategies. 

The education sector, though not on the extreme receiving end, has seen immense adaptions. Learning seems to happen in an interesting way where hybrid models of digital classrooms have taken the front seat. A simple dining table can be seen as becoming a place to study, learn, and explore. Several corporate houses, that have opted for their employees to work from home, have made these mere dining tables the most productive work stations and boardrooms. In many cases, it has even improved productivity and has helped companies to curb the costs.

Though the layman who isn't fighting on the front foot during this pandemic has found ways to adapt, work and even have some fun, when indoors, until and unless our researchers come out with a vaccine for the virus, the silent threat will keep our thoughts clouded with the uncertainties that lie ahead.

An alien concept of social distancing has been tossed upon us Indians, and though our traditional greeting 'Namaste' is a perfect tool for the same, the density of our population makes a proper social distancing too difficult for us. Even when the lockdown is lifted, we are expected to follow great measures of hygiene and sanitation, while social distancing being a norm and way of life for the coming months. However,  expecting that this will happen might turn out to be a naive assumption. What we can do, right now, is maybe start educating the less privileged and inadequately educated people that we are acquainted with. Our house helps, food vendors, small shop owners, etc may still not be practicing the best measures. Creating awareness amongst them is the least we can do, not just for a noble reason, but for our safety as well. 


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