1. What is your new routine or morning ritual?
Oddly enough, my morning rituals have not changed too much: Strong coffee, reading the papers, agonizing about the future.
2. What is a new skill/hobby you picked up during this work from home phase?
Of course found in cooking: Making mozzarella cheese from scratch, pan-fried pork dumplings and saag paneer (but not all together!)And riding my bicycle far past the usual places.
3. Can you please share a quote/mantra you find inspiring that helps get you through the day?
Ta-Nehisi Coates, from Between the World and Me (2015) “I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.” or James Baldwin, No Name in the Street (1972) “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
4. A book that you’re currently reading ? (or podcast you are listening to?) that is a must share.
Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement; Hisham Matar, The Return and Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
5. What do you miss most about your life B.C. (before corona)?
The occasional meal with close friends in a favorite restaurant.
6. What are you most looking forward to A.C. (after corona)?
Hopping on a (very long) set of flights to Sri Lanka!
7. What you know for sure- an insight from this experience?
We have all been living in a house of cards for some time. All of our decisions, ways of thinking and working, ways of understanding each other have shifted or downright been erased. We must be better to and for each other, no matter the circumstance. “Normal” does not mean better.
8. First thing you will do when you get back to the office or head to the city?
I think each of us will have a bit of culture shock by our greeting multiple absences of small and large scale, forging a reunion with places we love (or not), and trying to “work” again knowing and having experienced so much since we departed. But also, most importantly, recognizing every day how fortunate I am for having a job, and an office, and extraordinary colleagues.