A post-pandemic utopia | India Development Review
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 is a programme associate at Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States (CEGIS). Previously, he was an associate at IDR, and worked as an instructional designer at NIIT Ltd before that. 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. He spent his early years in Guwahati, Assam.

Ayesha Marfatia Profile
Ayesha Marfatia

Ayesha Marfatia was previously an editorial associate at India Development Review. At IDR, in addition to writing, editing, and handling research-driven reports, she also supported the team with website management and digital marketing. Her work has been featured on The Wire, Scroll.in, and Quartz India. Ayesha holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

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