The steady rise in coronavirus cases across the world has had a far-reaching effect on everything we have known so far. Jittery people have resorted to panic buying, businesses have come crumbling down, travel plans have been put on hold, and we now refuse to shake hands with anyone.
But if we had to choose one thing that we miss the most, it would easily be the change in way we interact with each other. And no, we are not talking about office meetings turning to Zoom calls, but the other humdrum, daily conversations that added spark to our lives.
Daily haggle with the auto-wallah
Everyone who can relate to the daily struggle of finding an auto every morning say ‘Aye!’
Walking down to the auto stand, and pleading with the auto driver to take us to the nearest metro station. Pleas turning to desperation, then anger and eventual quarrel over how ‘aap toh loot lo bas hume’, and ‘bhaiya meter se kyu nahi chalte?!’ Eventually resigning to their demands, because you’re already late for work, and then promising yourself you’ll wake up early tomorrow. As if that’s ever going to happen.
Giggle sessions with colleague sitting next to you
Remember all the times when you waited with hawk eyes for your boss to leave the room, before you swiveled towards your colleague to gossip and giggle about everything under the sun? How about all the times when you would be dedicatedly focused on finishing your work, but were incessantly poked into yet another silly conversation by your colleague? Those were the best days of our lives! (cue Bryan Adams music)
Chai (and sutte) pe charcha
You knew it’s time for a break when a weary colleague would turn their head towards the familiar aroma of tea wafting from the pantry, and then signal others while pointing towards the roof. Everyone would suddenly stop typing, grab their packet of ‘lights’ or ‘milds’ and head towards fresh air. These breaks that brought out the funny side of everyone, as they exchanged tales from the night before, complained about work, and undertook dramatic narrations of daily life struggles.
Excuse me, as I go wipe a tear.