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Happy Teacher’s Day! For Us At Team Hauterfly, The Pandemic Has Been Our Greatest Teacher

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We didn’t think 6 months later we would be here. But here we are. Still at home. Still without any clarity on when we will be able to go out and enjoy a chilled beer by the beach. Still unsure if stepping out is a good idea. Yesterday, we wrote about the new words being included on dictionary.com. Like viral load. This year has been all about learning. Learning new words- like quarantine and isolation. Learning that other humans are bad, home is good. Learning that we can only live with our family for that much time before we want to fling things at their head. For most of us at Hauterfly, the pandemic has been a great teacher. And we will you what we’ve learned.

Anjali, our fashion and beauty writer says,

Forget JOMO, go out and explore

Being an introvert, I’d always put off going out and spend my weekends being a couch potato, ordering in and binge-watching a new TV series I found on Netflix. Now that I’ve been cooped up in one place for what seems like forever, I’ve learnt that life is too short to miss out on things and turn down any chance of exploring. FOMO has creeped up real hard; never cancelling plans again.

There’s nothing like real convos

I am no Olaf from Frozen, but I miss warm hugs. We didn’t know the concept of social distancing, although we should have and followed it at least in public places. But in the pandemic, I’ve realised how important the human contact is. FaceTiming is just not enough to feel better, especially when our mental health is in shambles. There’s nothing like hugging it out and have a real shoulder to cry on, when you want to.

Everything you do matters

The pandemic has forced us to really stop and reflect upon a lot of things, something we would never do in our busy lives normally. I never realised this but everyone is worthy of bringing a change. You could help someone financially with whatever little you have and change their lives. By simply being at home, we healed the planet, made air and water cleaner and ozone layer finally recovering. Everyone’s efforts, however little, count.

Mitali, our lifestyle writer, says

How to communicate with my family

Before this lockdown, we never saw much of each other. We had no family dinners or fun family outings where it was just the three of us. Being in quarantine together made us revaluate how we communicate. It was tough at first since it required an adjustment. However, now we do family lunches and have lively conversations. We even play cards every weekend. I really look forward to spending time with them now.

Spending time with myself

This lockdown has taught me just how important it is to be able to just spend time with yourself. Before, I would have this need to keep busy all the time. Either working or chilling with friends. Now, I can kick back and watch movies and even drink by myself and I think it’s an important quality that I have imbibed over these last few months.

Never take friends for granted

Normally, I spend more time with my best friends than I do at home. I used to meet them every day and we would go out and get into all kinds of trouble. Like everyone else, I miss my friends terribly. Actually, I miss the freedom I had to just hop into a rickshaw and go see them. This lockdown has taught me to value my friendships. Never again will I take them for granted or let them down.

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Mansi Shah, the Managing Editor, says

That I Like My Family

I mean, I knew I liked my husband and that he was a decent guy but spending this much time with him has made me realise that we actually love each and keep each other entertained.

That food is important to me

I can’t, I simply cannot deal with boring food. I need to be able to have yummy, delicious things that keep me going. And while I could whip up many things at home, I realise just how amazing it is to not have to chop the veggies and forage ingredients. I freaking love restaurants at this point and I think I might cry when I finally go to when all this is done.

I love trashy shows

Yes. I love crappy shows where people are scheming, are faux dramatic and get completely horrified that someone is behaving in a way that is perfectly normal. I live for these shows. Judge me all you want but I binge watch these things. If Netflix is giving out loyalty points, I would probably first in line.

 

 

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Mansi Shah is the resident humour writer and random conversation starter. Tends to laugh manically at puns. Deeply enjoys the blunt force of sarcasm. Preys on chauvinists and people with incorrect grammar. Hoards makeup and beauty products. Attacks Nutella with vigour.

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