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On Sunday, April 12th, Aarathi Selvan of Pause for Perspective took over our Instagram handle to answer some of the questions we received on COVID19 and our mental health. Some of the questions she answered were: I might be fired/stuck in this job that I hate ; Will my boyfriend and I survive this distance? I am scared; How to maintain routine; I am Single, alone and I miss my family.
Connection and care
On April 19th, we organised a Zoom call with iCALL Helpline’s Aparna Joshi, Assistant Professor, TISS, Project Director iCALL & Sukoon and Tanuja Babre, Coordinator of iCALL to talk to us about the psychosocial impact of COVID19 on our lives and how to explore collective care in these times. You can listen to the excerpt here.
On April 26th, we organised an Instagram live on Pod Mapping. A “pod” is a microcosm of “community.” Since it’s more concrete, it’s easier to get organized—to connect, make a plan, and follow through if and when it’s needed. It’s who you’d turn to for support and who would turn to you. These groups mayor may not overlap. You may also have different pods for different situations. You can read our resource here.
Connecting with nature through books
We organised a wonderful weekend special with Raviraj Shetty on our Instagram on May 9th and May10th as they took us for a long walk down a road of children’s books and nature. It was a magical ride of engaging with books and bringing us closer to nature! Read the books they recommended here.
Intentional Living: How we can start to realign with nature
We organised a webinar on May 30 at 11 am. We explored how we live and consume, what choices we make and the impact this has on the planet. From the kind of home cleaning liquids we use to how we treat our household waste to how we engage with and understand our immediate environments, every decision adds up. Read more about our webinar here.
Intentional Living: Making Women’s Work Visible
Through a 1-hour session with Amita Pitre, Lead specialist – Gender Justice at Oxfam India, we would aim to understand how women’s work has a direct impact on time (creates time poverty) and why we need to re-examine it with our families and communities to build just and equitable systems. Join us on June 20, 2020 at 12 noon.
Thank you Aparna Joshi and Tanuja Babre for your helpful answers. How to connect and care for others during the lockdown has been a major question I have had from the beginning of the lockdown. In fact, I have started writing about this on a blog in an effort to answer and explore this question further. And TCC’s podcasts and this conversation have been very helpful for me.