August 10, 2020

A post-pandemic utopia

Imagine everything is back to normal. There is no lockdown, quarantine, or COVID-19. We are finally in The Good Place.

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1. Your overbearing neighbour invades your personal space and before you can protest, you remember that physical distancing is no longer required

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2. But then you’re confronted by people who you had managed to avoid all through lockdown

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3. And your chirpy friend tells you to not give up on the eat-healthy-workout-often routine you had gotten into

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4. You finally come across someone who tells you they are now eating out for every single meal to make up for lost time

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5. No more virtual Tinder dates or plans with friends—you can actually meet people now

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6. Your co-workers ask you how lockdown was and you’ve completely blocked out the 300 breakdowns you had

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7. Your manager expects you to work the same hours you did while working from home

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8. Your family doesn’t let you freeload off them and treat home like a bed and breakfast anymore

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9. It dawns on you that you weren’t actually particularly fond of the outside world to begin with

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10. And you realise that quarantine or not, your mood isn’t going to change because…

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Saahil Kejriwal Profile
Saahil Kejriwal

Saahil Kejriwal is an International Innovation Corps Fellow, currently working as a consultant at Learning4impact, a knowledge partner of USAID/India. Previously, he was a programme associate at Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States (CEGIS), and before that, an associate at IDR. Saahil has completed the Young India Fellowship, a postgraduate diploma in liberal studies, from Ashoka University, and holds a BA in economics from Hansraj College, University of Delhi.

Ayesha Marfatia Profile
Ayesha Marfatia

Ayesha Marfatia is a communications associate at the Good Food Institute India, a nonprofit working to build the alternative protein ecosystem in India. She has previously worked as a consultant for Eco Femme, and as an editorial associate at India Development Review, where in addition to writing and editing, she also worked on the podcast ‘On the Contrary’ hosted by Arun Maira. Ayesha’s work has been featured in The Wire, Scroll, and Quartz India. She holds a BA from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

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