Since March 24th, 2020, India has been under strict lockdown. Everything started looking cleaner slowly. Streets in my locality are easy to walk now. Only a few people are seen during evening and morning walks. Street dogs and cats are almost invisible and so are the cows.
While the lockdown is a terrible thing that has happened to us, somewhere in my heart, I kind of feel more relaxed. There is nowhere to go, nowhere to be at, no deadlines to catchup with because everything is postponed, including weddings and celebrations.
I’ve been lurking around on Youtube, Vigo and Tiktok just for some fun during these testing times. I used to visit these places earlier too but now the frequency has gone up.
I’ve come to know that Vigo is a cheaper version of Tiktok and later I learnt that I feel so because they’re products of the same company. After carefully observing the screen life of these Vigo and Tiktok users, I’ve come to learn a few things:
A. These users love to flaunt new dresses. Once they buy a new dress, they post at least 10-20 senseless videos in that dress. As if they’re in a hurry to return it and get a refund.
B. There are only a few OC posters who’re doing good job in DIY, Cooking, Humour etc.
One interesting thing that I’ve come across during the lockdown is that since these users aren’t not able to go out during the lockdown, their creativity has come to a halt. But there are some users who’ve initiated this great cause of keeping their audience’s sweet tooth in happy by posting innovative ways of making sweets when people don’t have much condiments available at home and yet they want to enjoy home made sweets.
For instance, on Youtube, there are channels who’d tell you how to make Indian sweet Jalebi for whole family with only 4 table spoon of all purpose flour.
While another video says – “Make Chef level Jalebi in 10 minutes during the lockdown”.
Another just says “Instant Jalebi” in title.
On Vigo and Tiktok, Jalebi posts initiated by some users, now has become the hot topic and is being tried by every user. Some of them are using old sauce and ketchup bottles to pour the batter while other users who’ve more control over their cooking, are directly pouring it from a cheese cloth as a halwai (an Indian chef who cooks for parties) would do. I’ve learnt words like “Ek Taar Ki Chashni” that is single thread sugar syrup.
During the lockdown, India’s biggest newspapers have started covering these topics too. A newspaper with tagline Journalism Of Courage has recently published this story.
Major news channels in India have published at least one Jalebi recipe in past one week. Jalebi seems like a hot topic for news channels too.
Yesterday, on 3rd May 2020, Government Of India has extended the lockdown for the second time. And at this point, I feel lethargic and deprived of my daily dose of vitamin D.
Recently, I’ve come across the articles from some reputed sources that there is a direct connection between lack of Vitamin D and Corona virus. Studies suggest that people with vitamin D deficiency are getting Corona infection much easily. Of course, the age and pre-existing conditions add to it.
It seems, I won’t be able to step out for two more weeks. I’m bored to death after lots of DIY, lots of play time with my kittens, cooking and cleaning, I’ve decided to treat myself with Jalebi. I specially loved this Jalebi recipe from Times Of India and I’m sure that this is the one I’m going to try tomorrow.