I’ve been confined to my home for almost three weeks now. But, I know there is nothing much I can do about it, so I decided to make the most of the situation and to look at the positive side of staying at home and dealing with the situation pragmatically.

For starters, I begin my day on a healthy note with yoga and exercise to nourish my body and mind. In the past few days, I have learned how to play a few songs on the piano, albeit practice makes perfect! I have also picked up sewing and have tested my culinary skills with a chocolate-peanut butter cheesecake which turned out rather delicious and most of all, I have found the time to pursue my aspirations of writing. I also follow a daily two hour study period to keep me engaged with my current academic syllabus.

Along with dabbling in these newly acquired interests, I was also able to renew contacts with my friends back in America, where I lived previously.  At times, I like to relax, taking a break from my busy schedule and watching a couple of my favorite television shows. I am also eagerly looking forward to participating in all the virtual programs my school has so painstakingly organized for us.

All in all, I enjoy immersing myself in activities as it makes me feel productively engaged. As they say, a busy person never has time to be unhappy or fret.

Although stepping outside and soaking in the sights and sounds seems like a distant dream as of now,  hopefully, when the current situation gets better, a walk around the neighborhood and meeting up with my friends will surely blow away the cobwebs!

As I sign off, I’d like to leave you with a quote that I hope will give us the courage to tide through these testing times. Stay happy and stay safe.

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”


By Prisheta Ravi Murugan

Grade-5, Ekya Byrathi

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