I remember watching a multi-starrer Hollywood movie – Contagion. The plot revolved around a deadly virus transmitted by respiratory droplets. The first death triggers a series of deaths and home-quarantine scenes of young kids, adults alike. Medical researchers & health officials could identify the virus in time and save the population from a major outbreak. Well, to be honest in 2011, this movie felt like an ‘act of fiction‘, but now we know it better. This all is so eerie to believe. A bio-weapon that can make or break human species on its dispersal.
Just the other day, I was deep into my thoughts when daughter broke the silence – “Are we going for the cycle ride, I am ready?” She was body covered and stacked with gloves, face-mask, socks, jacket, and her own personal sipper. Who imagined just for a indoor bike-ride we had to undergo an entire session of ‘getting ready’.
Gradual Shift expedited with a super-sonic speed
We all were discussing about work from home, climate change, carbon footprint, redundancy of lower value jobs since ages. But never imagined we will be thrown into the cycle of change such abruptly and unpredictably.
It has been more than 7 months that I have had an auto-ride, visited a nearby shopping mall, or got a hair cut. Didn’t taste pani-puri or Mumbai’s famous sandwich from the street vendor, things that weren’t considered a ‘privilege’ before. Buying vegetables and groceries was a personal affair with vendors, that also moved to ‘amazon fresh’, and ‘online delivery’ options.
Schools had two choices at the beginning of this academic year, prepare for a long battle with parents, or take school online. They smartly chose the latter, and as a parent, I was so glad about this. Growing kids are demanding, and managing them at home 24/7 isn’t a joke. Barely 4 hours of online school was such a happy breather in the beginning. But nothing lasts forever, nor was my happiness. Slowly, I too sulked into the vicious circle of school-homework-projects, etc.
Offices are running with minimum workforce offline, my husband is working from home. It was such a relief seeing him home throughout the day, but soon it turned out to be a challenge. Well, honestly, this situation has shut the debate on ‘work from home‘ v/s ‘working mothers’ forever. Voila!
Nature takes its course – for better
There are numerous changes that happened over the last few months, we are generally being sarcastic with the year 2020. The lockdown and isolations have put human-touch and feel at the backburner. As a society, we felt violated by the foreign virus, which brazenly confiscated our freedom. However, nature has the perfect balance of right and left. There are a number of possible futures around us, look around you – work-life balance, learning beyond horizons, co-existing with nature, global markets, cloud kitchens, and much more.
The change is only constant, we have heard and read this many times before. With the current scenario, change is the only way forward. Coronavirus may act as a deterrent for many new dynamics. Digital is new horizon for marketing, education, finance, economy.
Education guided with technology – EdTech (educational technology) is future of all education scenarios. A joint community of experts, teachers, students, institutions, parents for better learning and educational products.
Financial sector going beyond the traditional modus operandi and inducing technology, FinTech (financial technology). Your birthday crowdfunding on Facebook is a very simple example of FinTech. Imagine the power of this technology in the coming years.
Health Technology is already making great progress across the world under the scrutinizing eyes of the WHO. Sensors and wearable medical equipment are the most common health tech. devises we use in daily life.
The affordable and viable concept of cloud kitchens helping those who can’t prepare their own food. We have seen these services in office canteens and single messes, today it seems a better option for home delivery delicious food.
There are various expandable options for better and viable future after coronavirus tainted the traditional working of the world. However, few areas can’t be ignored like, mental health, socializing, leisure without worry, etc.
The biggest concern today is mental health and human-to-human connect. We as a society have changed forever due to this novel virus attack, but being hopeful for a better future is way forward.
We as a society have to accept this change and act according to the new normal. Education institutes, healthcare facilities, financial institutions, retailers, and the entire economy has to reinvent itself for better and good.
What we see today, is a deliberate shift in changing gears of ‘cycle of change’. Do you believe it? Share your feedback in the comments below.
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