The Global Quarantine Diaries – Sakshi

  • Where in the world are you located?

Hello! I’m writing to you from Delhi, India.

  • What are lockdown restrictions like there?

India has seen one of the largest lock down in the world for a little more than 2 months. The lockdown initially started for 15 days and then iterative was extended four more times – it has been named lockdown 1.0 iteratively till lockdown 4.0 jokingly. At that time, the entire country was shut down except for essential items or industries that could continue to work from home. It was not allowed to step outside unless you’re getting yourselves essentials or have an emergency. If you wanted to go out or move to a different part of the country, you had to issue yourself a pass by the government and your only bet was to drive yourself since metro, rail, air and bus transport was also shut down. 

But now since the 1st of June, the country has re-opened. The business is back to normal – restaurants, shopping malls are open, so are all modes of transportation. All of this while still maintaining social distancing, use of masks and sanitizers. People are still advised to stay at home and only go out if necessary. 

  • How are you keeping busy?

I am a software developer by profession and I’m grateful that my job allows me to work from home. It’s been 3 months and counting since I’m working from home and since it’s a full time job, it demands most of my time. In the late evenings, I tend to work on my blog and have been loving how it’s turning out.

  • What do you miss doing the most?

I miss a lot of things!

I miss working alongside my co-workers. Working remotely has been tough and skype calls constitute most of my time when it was just easier to go over someone’s desk and get the work done. Whiteboard brainstorming was easier than trying to draw on the screen – all of this was just quicker to get things done. Now in addition to that, I also feel there is a blur between the work life and personal life because we are still at home? I see myself working longer hours which isn’t good.

I miss going out for a brunch with my friends or a dinner date under the moonlight. I miss going out to have a pizza party or catch up with my friends as we dance the night away. I miss going out to get essentials without having to wait for my turn outside or wearing a mask everywhere I go. I miss going out without the fear of a deadly disease.

  • What is the first thing you’re going to do once the lockdown is over?

Technically, the lock down is over in India but I still haven’t stepped outside of my home. The cases here are increasing at an alarming rate and we are now the fourth most affected country in the whole world! But when things get alright, I would love and catch up with my friends over lunch/dinner. I haven’t seen them in months and video calls don’t do enough justice.

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Ariana Grande Sweetener Tour 2019

Ariana Grande Sweetener Tour / 19th September 2019 / Fly DSA Arena, Sheffield.

SET LIST

Act 1

  • Raindrops (An Angel Cried)
  • God Is a Woman
  • Bad Idea
  • Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored

Act 2

  • Childhood (video interlude)
  • R.E.M
  • Be Alright
  • Sweetener / Successful
  • Side to Side
  • 7 Rings

Act 3

  • Adore (Cashmere Cat song) (video interlude)
  • Love Me Harder / Breathin
  • Needy
  • Fake Smile
  • Make up
  • Right There / You’ll Never Know / Break Your Heart Right Back
  • NASA
  • Only 1

Act 4

  • In My Head (video interlude)
  • Everytime
  • The Light Is Coming
  • Into You

Act 5

  • My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Marilyn Monroe song)
  • Dangerous Woman
  • Break Free
  • No Tears Left to Cry

Encore

  • Thank U, Next

“Don’t want you in my bloodline, yuh, Just wanna have a good time, yuh, Ain’t no need to apologize, no but you gon’ have to let this shit go”

This was the second time I have seen Ariana Grande and she just gets better and better every time. Her voice is nothing shy of pitch perfect and she definitely reduces me to tears with the sheer beauty and effortlessness when she sings. She gives me literal goosebumps.

THAT WOMAN IS DANGEROUS.

THE HEELS she was dancing in the entire show were insane. I would’ve broken my ankle faster than you can say Sweetener. AND SHE SINGS WHILST SHE DANCES ALL OVER THE SHOP like its NOTHING.

Oh yeah I’ll just lay back here but still sing with no problem. I know this draws attention to the argument on if she was actually singing but you can hear very clearly from the band and the fact there’s, no one singing!

As a singer to have her vocal range is a dream, now I smoke far to many cigarettes. Listening to her album makes me wanna start singing again.

The whole performance was amazing. Her stage set up and light play was amazing and so minimalistic also! The pride colours whilst she sang Break Free, the incredible moon and stars, the falling water, it complimented the show perfectly as it should do!

Our seats were amazing! Side view from the stage!

I had a really lovely time with Jess drinking Supa Pints (2 pints in one cup). We also got a hotdog and it was all really well priced! We would’ve has 3 but Jess split an entire 2 pint under our seats mid gig, NO ONE NOTICED, it was brilliant. I know this quite stereotypical but I was SO impressed about the amount of lads there. Sounds bad but I imaged the crowd to be mainly women and children and it was! BUT we were also sat next to a family, my friend brought her man, it was really nice to see!

The see through bags were a new one. It was really interesting finding out and seeing what everyone had put together as you had to have a completely clear bag to take into the arena! There were some really cute bags knocking about from clear bum-bags to pink lined clear rucksacks!

It was an amazing and fun night. I hope she releases more and tours again because I will be there. Serious appreciation for such talent.

My favorite song is Breathin’ so to see that live was pretty amazing.