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When the outbreak was first reported in January, I believed it might recover from earlier than it discovered its approach to India. I used to be to journey to Pune, Mumbai and Bengaluru for masterclasses with my husband (chef and restaurateur Bakshish Dean), which this obtained cancelled.

I used to be to journey to Turkey with OTAI in March and that obtained cancelled. I run a membership referred to as Explore India and take expats to hidden gems within the nation: we have been to go to Ramgarh Heritage close to Chandigarh on March 27 and that obtained postponed. A private journey to Spain with my household obtained cancelled. Being a journey author, it’s not simple to sit down at dwelling and churn out tales as I can solely try this a lot with recollections.

Prior to the lockdown, a typical day would rely upon if I’m at dwelling in Gurugram or travelling. If travelling, I might be busy exploring the vacation spot and delicacies. If on the town, my day would differ as every day is just not comparable in my case, however total it might comprise of writing, consuming out, planning occasions, at an occasion, and many others.

Since the lockdown, and over its many extensions, I’ve been busy holding the home clear, whereas my husband takes care of the kitchen and different members of the family pitch in different jobs. So, it’s fairly a bonding train, fairly like taking part in ‘Ghar Ghar’ as little kids. As they are saying, “family is where life begins and love never ends”.

I’ve at all times been keen on cleanliness from my faculty days the place I used to be a lodge administration scholar. All these housekeeping classes are coming in use now. I’ve additionally been writing quite a bit on varied matters as I’ve numerous spare time: making cooking movies and I’m additionally engaged on an upcoming farm undertaking in Chandigarh.

If there’s one life lesson I’ll be taking away with from the outbreak and lockdown is that there’s nothing extra essential than life, which positively is just not predictable. My function is to be blissful in any state of affairs and to take life because it comes, in addition to be kinder! Most importantly ‘Family is Family!’

While plenty of my occasions obtained cancelled, and journey has come to a standstill, I nonetheless managed to get loads of time to jot down. Also, I misplaced 5 kilos doing jhaadu-pocha and consuming a balanced weight-reduction plan.

(Rupali Dean, a Gurugram-based meals and journey author and restaurant marketing consultant, spoke to Shantanu David)

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