COVID-19 Diaries | National Lockdown | Day #9

I can’t say for others, but I fet that there was a general lack of motivation today.  I worked very efficiently today – fixed three defects; coordinated with a couple of folks for their stuff and have begun working on the next item. A productive Thursday; and Friday is near. Hooray! Shabana Mukhtar   Advertisements

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COVID-19 Diaries | National Lockdown | Day #8

Even in the confines of my home, I am scared of COVID-19, and that it could affect me – indirectly, if not directly. And, it did. Today (April 1, 2020), there was Annual Hike and Bonus announcement. And, as I had anticipated already, there is no hike. We still get bonus, some bonus, but no…

Roundup | March 2020

This has been an extra-ordinary month. The world, as we know it, has changed. COVID-19 has forced us to change the way we live. I try to see the silver lining in this dark cloud; and what better way to recognize and celebrate small achievements. This is a recap of March 2020. Posts published: 111…

COVID-19 Diaries | National Lockdown | Day #7

Another long day comes to an end. Office work-wise, I mean. There were far too many meetings today and I have not been able to do much. I am strictly following the time, because it is easier to get carried away and lose the work-life balance. I just logged out, stretched my limbs and now…

COVID-19 Diaries | National Lockdown | Day #6

Another WFH week began today. I was still overwhelmed by the million queries coming my way; and a zillion issues that needed my attention. I survived the day, it is a miracle of sorts. Do you like working from home? Shabana Mukhtar  

COVID-19 Diaries | National Lockdown | Day #5

Second Sunday since WFH is announced and the first one since lockdown… I am literally counting days. I am feeling too lazy. My right foot is sprained and right wrist hurts from using the laptop’s touchpad. Laptop is great for typing stories, but terrible for debugging – especially when you are debugging and working on…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w13

More of COVID-19 More Panic Struggling to WFH And national lockdown These are the keywords that define 20w12, and beyond. WFh had tired me enough, so I have taken  a day off, to clear my head. There is a mess up here as million different thoughts and worried crowd my mind and cloud my judgement….

COVID-19 Diaries | National Lockdown | Day #3

Working from home is more tiring than going to office. I feel that the 35 minutes ride to office gave me time to boot, to warm up for the day ahead. Similarly, the ride back home was a nice way to wind down, even though fellow bus travellers tested my patience. I struggled to sleep,…

COVID-19 Diaries | National Lockdown | Day #2

Back to work! The day began on a super stressful note. I was not able to connect to my office computer. It took about half  an hour and 4 laptop restarts to get connected. Phew! There are a few high defects on my name. I hardly get to work on them as people constantly ping…

COVID-19 Diaries | National Lockdown | Day #1

Happy Gudi Padwa! Today’s the first day of 21-days-long lockdown. I had a day off, but my sister was working. I felt free like a bird, and lazy like … like Shabana. I am sooo lazy, and I love the lockdown. I don’t have to step out. Shabana Mukhtar  

COVID-19 Diaries | National Lockdown For 21 Days

If lockdown begins at midnight, why are shops forced to shut down by 9? For people like me, who have no grocery stored, how do I get the essentials? And, why is the police beating up people when they step out for groceries? Shabana Mukhtar  

COVID-19 Diaries| Stepping Out After 4.5 Days

The curfew ended on Sunday. I didn’t go out. I like staying home. But yesterday was different. I had only 20 rupees in my wallet, and no vegetables, and other supplies had diminished in past 4 days. So, I had to leave the self-quarantine mode. The roads were deserted and the shops were shut. The…

COVID-19 Diaries| The Dreaded Curfew

I am generally a chill person. The severity of social conditions does not hit me until very late. I am bogged down by my personal demons, you see. So, even though I heard people talking about stocking groceries and buying medicines etc in bulk, I did not pay any heed to them. Until Friday. Most…

COVID-19 Diaries| How To Get Rid Of Corona

By creating noise pollution! At 5 o’clock sharp, people starting banging vessels, howling like dogs, ringing the ghanta at mandir – apparantly to make Corona go away. Later, someone told me that it is to thank the people who work for the society. Really? That’s how you thank them? By giving them headache? India can…

COVID-19 | Indians Are Back to Basics

The internet and especially WhatsApp is flooded with various tips and tricks for to protect yourself against the virus. The top one is: Wash you hands That’s pretty basic, right? I mean, why wouldn’t you wash hands? I am not saying that you willy nilly get up randomly and wash hands. At least, when there’s…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w12

COVID-19 Panic WFH Curfew These are the keywords that defined 20w12. It isn’t easy working from home, especially in summer. Allah, bless humanity in these tough times and bless us with strength to survive. Two of the most popular dramas – Alif and Ehd-e-Wafa ended over the weekend. I have posted my review and other…

COVID-19 Diaries| Pune IT Employees WFH

I had to work from home today and just finished my 8 hours shift. It is so annoying. I don’t like working on laptop – coding on a laptop is difficult and testing is near impossible. The laptop resolution, the slow speed of remote connection, the irritating scrolling; it is quite a task. Many COVID-19…

COVID-19 Diaries| A/B Testing

Yep, it is happening. Finally! My sister’s office carried out this exercise two weeks ago, so it is safe to say that my company is quite reluctant to give WFH. A/B testing is an analytical term. I am using it losely here. The employee headcount will be divided in two groups – A and B….

Most Searched On The Other Me Unfolded | March 2020

Still two weeks to go, but the questions have started pouring in. It is time to answer a few questions. Pyar Ke Sadqay Cast That’s simple. Here it is – Pyar Ke Sadqay | Cast and Characters. Also read Pyar Ke Sadqay Episode Reviews. Yeh Dil Mera Episode 20 I don’t understand what’s so special…

COVID-19 Diaries| WFH Readiness

Many members of my team are in self-quarantine more for past few days. People are more scared that I thought they were. The demand for WFH has increased, enough for the higher management to take notice. We filled an online survey today. Do you have a company provided laptop? Do you have personal laptop? Do…