My name is Shinil Vaish. I’m an IT professional, a solo traveller, an adventure seeker, a nemophilist and a wildlife-photographer.   I’m in the IT…


Lockdown 2020: A Time for Reflection


Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”– John Adams

How easy it’s for us to run an antivirus on our devices and make them virus free and healthy again. I wish it would have been true for COVID -19 also which has infected Year 2020.

The time is tough and the only option left with us to fight against this pandemic is to stay at home and play our responsibility towards ourselves and mankind.

The news of so many people falling ill all around the world has made us stop and think hard about life and what is really important to us. ‘We should respect TIME as our life clock is not energized for eternity‘! So we need to really take a hard look on how we are spending it.

Be passionate about your aims and goals but just don’t forget to love and live with your family and friends, spending some quality time with your children. Having a future plan is good but don’t forget to live in the present moment.

In India, we are in lockdown state for more than a month now, a trait that has helped humans in challenging times is the ability to change and adapt to the demand of the situation. Although I’m missing my car, long drives and my wanderlust to explore the new places the most but life has not STOPPED.

The office routine for most of us has changed and yet work gets done which makes me wonder what is necessary in our work lives and what is avoidable! The daily commute! A no. of daily face2face meetings!

What is essential to make our work life meaningful? 

Necessity is the mother of invention– this proverb holds true for me most of the time. Digital Transformation has made our life so easier and connected…

Missing your family or friend! Oh baby let’s do a video call👀

Want to buy some daily needs stuff! Order online 🍎🍋🍇🥦🧀🍞

Want some restaurant food! “We are open and delivering but in this situation please avoid eating outside food”🙏🏼

For a girl like me who lives on street food this is really a hard time to control your cravings😋 for so long. But where there is a will there is a way, I thought about learning these cuisines from YouTube videos and tried my hands on cooking.

A big Thank you to ‘Milkbasket’ and delivery guys😎 for delivering all veggies and spices that were required for the recipes at my door step and helping me to learn new skills safely by staying at home.

A snapshot of some dishes I have learnt and prepared till date is captured below. Although I cooked all these dishes first time but somehow the taste of all I prepared was delicious😉 A girl who handles camera and her wilderness was pretty good in handling the food cravings also through her cooking spirit during this lockdown.



This is just a start 👩🏻‍🍳😉…exploring my unexplored skills and keeping up with these tough times.

We all are experimenting new things during this lockdown. I have shared my experience, feel free to share your’s in the comment section and let’s build each other.

Stay home, Stay safe and Stay lively!

12 thoughts on “Lockdown 2020: A Time for Reflection

  1. Well said exploring unexplored skills also explore ways to better self since no one is perfect.

  2. Well done Shinil….make the most of you have / we all have….and dont let those cravings fade away….bit of a foodie myself …. and being treated with some delights at home….
    keep them going my friend…

  3. Well written piece. While it’s not clear when this is likely to end, one thing is certain, post lockdown many things we were familiar with will not be the same. Its going to be very different. It may be a long time before we probably will find the courage to gobble down street food.
    So nice to see you have tried your hands in the kitchen. The pics look so delicious i am not sure how you managed to eat them, instead of framing them. 🙂

    1. Awesome job Shinil, though this epidemic has effected everyone in ever so challenging ways I am fortunate enough to have food on my plate without a handout. I am seeing a different side of people behavior coming out in a good way. This pandemic is testing the human spirits, rethinking everything they thought was right, people’s priorities are changing, they are looking into life from a different perspective.

      People will start exploring more and will not take things for granted, first thing they look for is how to travel, where to?, can I do this alone? They look to travel blogs like yours and take inspiration from them, you are on the right track and doing an amazing work sharing your experiences, I know it’s very hard work and people dont appreciate enough.

      I personally am going back in time and reliving all the moments, with the support of my girlfriend we created a new travel page just today to document all the travel we did in the past few years, you can check it out , you know my other page aswell @chaitanyaprasadt

      Keep up the good work and keep them coming

  4. Now we can only imagine (and dream) about our next travels and adventures… take care of ourselfs…
    Looking at your meals picture I see something familiar: is Malabar Paratha the one we took in SF last year ?
    I miss also BitterMilk 🙂

    1. Hey Raoul! Yeah last year we were in SF..
      I remember we enjoyed vegetarian meal together along with butter milk in Andhra restaurant😋
      And hopefully next year we will meet again in Insight or during some training and will enjoy some buttermilk together!

      In the meantime will share the buttermilk recipe with you 😊

      Stay Safe!

  5. The time teaches all and almost everything. The moment you start, that’s the beginning . But never stop

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