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Journal for the home bound

Posted by Tulika Bhatnagar on

In the storms of life, we survive by grace, faith and hope. We as a humankind have endured times of great distress - from wars to plagues, famines to flood. It is in turbulent times like these that we have learnt to be compassionate, and steer through adversities as a people and a community. 

As we all are unmistikably home, it is commendable that we as a society have turned to art, literature and friendship to make these days special. We are sharing our recommendations to help this time go by as a gust of breeze. 

Dusty Library

I have my books, and my poetry to protect me... 

It is never a wrong time to turn to books. Now that we have some time at leisure, here's our list for the escapist. 

Picture of Dorian Gray ~ Oscar Wilde
Our all time favorite, this book is a dream to read with its glamorous prose, challenging of traditional morality, and perhaps the most unexpected gothic ending. 

Wuthering Heights ~ Emily Brontë 
An enchanting story about a country house, two families, unthinkable cruelty, intense passion and hope. 

Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley
We think we know the story, but soon we are enveloped in a world where humans play with nature to devastating consequences. Sounds familiar? 

The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
A very easy read, this book delves into the deep psyche of ambition, a war between the new world and the old and simply a diverse character study. 

Let there be music

If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it...

El Condor Pasa (If I could) ~ Simon and Garfunkel
Soothing, intoxicating and we promise you that it would be on your repeat.

Beast of Burden ~ The Rolling Stones 
Fun, full of soul. 

The Place where lost things go ~ Mary Poppins Returns 
If you have kids, or even if you don't, you can just go through it. 

Variations on a theme of Paganini, Opus- 35 book 1 ~ Brahms 
Elegant, complex and sublime. 

Connect


Love loves to love love... 

There is no other time that has highlighted the importance of being human. We might be physically isolated from rest of the world and our friends but maybe this crisis has made us more connected, unified, bringing hope and reflecting on what's important to us. Connect with our pets & our home. Don't forget to Facetime your friends once every few days, even the older friends, grandparents and people who you have been planning to catch up with. It always lightens the mood. 

Here are some connections we loved. 

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
The San Diego Zoo has opened it's animals not just to children but the entire world. We hope you pop in to see the polar bears swimming. Also make sure to catch how Pandas sleep at night time, it's adorable. 

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
The Louvre Museum, Paris has gracefully opened its art in a field trip for all of us. 

https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
Visit the Yellowstone National Park alone or with family.  

Create


Beautiful things spoil nothing. 

Spend time nursing a plant or a garden.

Pick up sketching, painting, calligraphy, embroidery or origami. 

Try this recipe ~ 


If you need a place to binge read about decor, aesthetics, travel and parenting, our blog is the place to go to.  

Pursue Apollo

We've chosen some brilliant movies, and a show, that we really loved watching in the recent times. We have chosen from streaming services in India, because we all know what a disappointment it is to sit with a bowl of pasta and not find the right movie. 

Big Little Lies (Available on Hotstar)
Short, crisp, witty and charming. 

Grand Budapest Hotel (Netflix)
Fantastical world, outstanding characters, or simply two words - Wes Anderson

Laundromat (Netflix)
Enjoyable, intelligent and poignant. And nearly forgot - Meryl Streep

Sophie's Choice (Netflix) 
If you haven't seen it, please watch it right away. And oh yes - Meryl Streep. Really any Meryl Streep Movie. 
 

Make a difference


It is always important to put people before anything else. We are all fortunate for what we have, and now is the time to offer help to those who need it. Of course, we must start with helping our employees and those who depend on us directly, but there are various organizations who are doing very good work and deserve our charity. 


Try donating to the PM Care fund here. 

Also, let's remember to educate our help, employees and whoever we can with correct facts about the Covid-19 and help ease the anxiety. 

We are all in this together and we will emerge from this stronger than before.


Be safe, Be kind, Be nice. Always. 


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2 comments

  • 💗💗💗💗

    Shubhi on
  • Thankyou for this lovely list. Would love if you can show us your library. Just love the aesthetics.

    Mitashi on

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