Crisis of Covid-19 has, if not entirely, but partially changed our living habits more especially habits relating to food consumption. Since moving out from homes is almost controlled due to lockdowns and curfews, you may not take the risk of going out to a restaurant to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner now. You have to remain contained with what is cooked and served to you at home. Ordering food from outside, too, involves high risk and is not advisable.

I love Dosa for its crispiness and wonderful taste. My urge to eat Dosa, a south Indian recipe, during Covid-19 chaos, haunted me right from the beginning of Corona lockdown here in India.

Almost four months had already passed by and amid the restrictions around to procure and eat a Dosa continued to be a faraway exercise for me. My wife and daughter could feel my pulse and read my mind. Both ventured to prepare Dosa at home taking notes from Youtube.

I, on my part, helped them in finding out the necessary ingredients. When there is a will, there is a way. Dosa was ready and it tasted as wonderful as an ordered one from a restaurant. Everybody in home had his share and thanked Corona for inspiring, prompting, and believing in 'self-help'.

We defeated Corona syndrome with this magic word. Self-help if followed rigorously during this dreadful Covid-19 pandemic will definitely relieve us from so many tensions and mounting domestic pressures both from within and outside our homes. Tense and over-strained relationships within the four walls of one’s home will soften and smoothen miraculously.

The more we keep on lending a helping hand to each other in accomplishing the daily chores at our homes, the more we are nearing to break the Corona syndrome and our own monotony created by diabolic Covid-19 over these months.

shiben rainaDr. Shiben Krishen Raina
2/537 Aravali Vihar (Alwar), Rajasthan 301001Member, Hindi Salahkar Samiti,
Ministry of Law & Justice (Govt. of India)
Senior Fellow, Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India)

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