Saurav Sen (left) with his banjo and Abhikesh Sapkota (right) with his guitar during coronavirus lockdown in Udalguri. Image: Northeast Now
Saurav Sen (left) with his banjo and Abhikesh Sapkota (right) with his guitar during coronavirus lockdown in Udalguri. Image: Northeast Now

The 21-day nationwide lockdown call made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had a total impact across the country.

People have kept themselves mostly indoors and only a few have ventured out to procure the essential commodities.

The situation is similar in the Udalguri district as well.

Most people remained indoors, keeping themselves glued to the screens of their mobile phones and televisions.

A small section, on the other hand, has been keeping themselves busy in doing a host of other things.

They are engaged in playing indoor games, playing various musical instruments, reading books, gardening and even shooting videos and are fighting the coronavirus lockdown boredom.

Speaking to Northeast Now Tangal’s 10-year-old Lucky said, “When the lockdown was called it felt like an uncalled holiday, but now I am getting a bit bored.”

“I am missing playing out at the nearby ground with my friends,” he further said.

“To pass the time, I have started playing indoor games like ludo, snakes and ladders, and carrom,” he added.

But for 20-year-old Saurav Sen, this lockdown period has provided him with ample amount of opportunities to brush his guitar and banjo skills.

“I could not devote much time to my hobby when classes were on. But now, with the lockdown, I have enough time to hon my guitar and banjo skills,” Sen said while speaking to Northeast Now.

“Trudging to a sweaty gym is out. So I’m doing yoga and meditation at my place,” said Salim Malik, another local of the town.

Sharing his views, Assamese short story writer Jayanta Chakravorty said, ” Compared to girls, boys will have more problems as they spend more time outdoors.”

“But as time and situation demand, we have to change our lifestyle,” he said.

“Instead of getting bored and becoming a victim of sadness and depression, we must find ways to keep ourselves active and positive,” he added.

If necessary, we should learn something new, something different that may help us somehow,” he further added.

Abhikesh Sapkota, another teenager of Udalguri, said he has been keeping himself busy by playing the guitar.

“I love playing the guitar and I am using this lockdown period to enhance my guitar skills,” he said.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com