I’ve been offered a couple of scripts and I’m reading them at a leisurely pace now. I am also trying my hand at cooking. But what I’m really excited about is learning Bharatanatyam. I’ve always wanted to learn classical dance; I even trained in Kuchipudi when I was young. But over time, I had to discontinue. My mother was a classical dancer and I’ve always regretted not learning Bharatanatyam. But when I got this free time, I asked Kiki (Vijay) to suggest a tutor who could do Skype classes. She referred me to Kaali, a Kalakshetra dancer and tutor. I spent two hours a day learning the classical form for the past few weeks. However, I’ve taken a break now because I developed back pain. I will resume classes once I am OK. In the meantime, though, I work out at home, with my trainer, Haridas, guiding me through video calls.
I’m also catching up on films I missed watching on the big screen. I finally saw movies that were on my wishlist, like Kahaani and Andhadhun. I also watched a few TV series. I also watched Jim Carrey-Kate Winslet-starrer Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind; the concept of the film is mind-blowing. And then, I liked Insurgent, too.
This lockdown is proving to be a breather not just for us, but for the environment, too. The environment is healing. I wake up to the chirping of birds, something that’s unusual for people like us who live in the city. The evenings are quiet and we get to breathe fresh air. I am sure this pandemic will pass some day, but we should lockdown ourselves once every year for the sake of the environment. And yes, have faith, think positive and pray.