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The new normal – life after lockdown l Jaipur Beat

Now June 1 onwards we will step out of our homes as the government has eased out on the lockdown, indeed a happy news but Jaipurites need to get accustomed to the ‘NEW NORMAL’; yes, life is not going to be the same. We no longer can roam around in the streets of Bapu Bazaar and hand-pick those juties and kurtis, nor can we enter the World Trade Park just to take a stroll, or munch on the pani-puri of nand, kachori at Rawat or simply have that pao bhaji outside Birla Mandir; as we did earlier and mind you – we can’t even have the house parties going life before. Everything has come to a full stop!

Remember these 5 new thumb rules:

  1. The essentials: Your bag of essentials need to be modified – carrying a sanitizer, gloves, mask are your first set of essentials you need to have no matter where you go. You can skip the lip-gloss or your colonel, but missing a mask would be like risking your own life. Masks are new normal rather the new abnormal and need to be used as mobile phones – we won’t be able to do without it.
  2. Visiting / Inviting home: For the sake of our own and our loved one’s life, we will have to be extra cautious of who we invite and whose home do we visit. It’s like the more people you avoid the more you gift yourself the number of days to live. For the vaccine is still 12-18 months away and even if it comes, how many will it reach out of the 7.8 billion on this planet is a task in itself to calculate. So when you go to meet someone, you will be “clad” in a mask and so will they be – a compulsory accessory and a critical part of our attire, it will be now.
  3. Meeting and greeting: Handshakes, hugs were the old normal. However, the new normal can’t be there. All you do when you meet your friends, parents, colleagues and acquaintances is a ‘namaskar’ as you start to step out.
  4. Visiting the malls/theatres/restaurants/offices: We all have visited the malls just for a stroll or to binge on our favorite food and movie. However, digital is the new normal. Avoid visiting public places as much as you can and switch to online for all your needs. Having said that, in case you visit, ensure you maintain social distancing from people and not hang over them. Imagine gallivanting in the World Trade Park or Gaurav Towers and hundreds of people walking around with a mask on. It’s not going to be a normal feeling; however, we need to get used to it. In case you are the shop owner or are visiting an office, ensure you sanitize everything before having to use it.
  5. Ordering online: Yes, this seems to be the new normal, however, having stuff delivered at your doorstep is equally risky. So when you order, please do not touch the box/parcel and simply put it aside for at least 48-72 hours. Once done, pick up the packet, open it and sanitize and wash the items thoroughly and do not forget to rinse your hands too.

Though we know when living in a cosmopolitan city like Jaipur where people like to meet and greet and hang around, limiting yourself in every sense will surely be a big lifestyle change for us. Isn’t it Jaipur? We hope we could get you close to the new normal, for we don’t want to scare you but make you aware for we value each one of you and want everyone to be safe and healthy.

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The Best Gift for your Mother during Quarantine

Looking at the present scenario, many of us are at home with family. Let’s face it its quarantine time. It’s better to forget the mother’s day celebration ideas like movie date, dinner date, spa dates or shopping dates with your Mom. This year has come out with unique circumstances but that does not mean the idea of celebrating the moments can be left, in fact, it is more meaningful than ever.

And if you are still hunting to look for the ideas to celebrate the Mother’s Day in a perfect way, look no further. All the ideas mentioned are approved by Moms 🙂

 

  1. A virtual party

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Sign in to Zoom, Google Meet, Duo or any virtual app. Ask all your mother’s friends to be part of the virtual party. She is definitely going to love when the celebration happens with friends. You can plan some fun games like Antakshari, a recipe that you recently learned, or can recite a heartfelt poem to her.

 

  1. A Mother’s Day Slideshow

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We know it’s going to be a no travel year so, why not just live with the memories you have collected while travelling with your Mom. Take out an album or a hard disk to check out all those fun travel moments. You can prepare a slideshow of pictures and you’ll get to refresh your childhood memories. The ones who are not with their mother can send it online and then have a video call.

 

  1. Watch a Mother Daughter Movie

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Play her favourite movie or shows based on mother-daughter bonds like Gilmore Girls, Jane the Virgin or anything that interests her. Call the entire family and just spend dedicated three hours watching a movie with a bucket of popcorn or Nachos (get it from the market) and a cold drink.

 

  1. Treat her with a fancy meal

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Why not prepare something via virtual cooking class to prepare an exotic meal for her. Take your family together in this. Make a video what all happened in her absence from the kitchen during this trial period. She would definitely enjoy watching it and of course, tasting the final outcome.

 

  1. Serve Her Breakfast in Bed

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She is the one who served most of the family members breakfast in the bed but do you remember when the last time she got such pampering. Mother’s Day is the perfect day when you can not treat her for a fancy meal at a hotel or restaurant but still make her happy more than ever. It’s simple than you think- a cup of tea/coffee, some nuts and fruits and pancakes or anything that you feel she prefers in breakfast and if you can make it. If you aren’t there you can order from her favourite local spot and have it delivered.

 

The bottom line is whatever you choose to do spend some time with her and give her a day off if possible. After all, time is the best and most comforting gift of all.

Jaipur Beat wishes all the super moms a Happy Mother’s Day!

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The Stillness of Jaipur City Speaks Volume for its Beauty | Jaipur Beat

Never before our camera captured the streets of Jaipur like this. The buzzing streets of our very own Pink City with vehicles, people, tea stalls, shops and even stray animals is now still. This calmness around the Rastas (term used in Jaipur for lanes) of Jaipur is helping the earth heal. As we sit inside our homes the nature is celebrating me time with blissful sight of blue skies giving the joy of breathing clean air. No doubt, we can ever stop falling in love with the beauty, people, culture, heritage, cuisine and most importantly, Colors of the Pink city.

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Deserted look of the most travelled JLN road, where red
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But somewhere we miss the nostalgia that rings in the streets of our city. The day to day actions that keeps the city going has come to a halt. The above pictures depicts the very soul of a city is missing, thus, they are all in black and white.

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Always buzzing with travellors and hawakers the Gandhi Nagar railway station
is longing to be hoarded with people.

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But if we look at the bright side all the pictures it shows how we are fighting COVID19 together by staying inside which is the need of the hour. And let’s not forget the silent heroes that are risking their lives to save others such as, doctors, police, volunteers, nurses and all those who are stepping outside of the house to serve the people. So in return of their determination we all need to stay at home and save ours and everyone’s life.

Lastly, let’s hope that Jaipur city once again comes alive with the colors and everything comes back to the way it was i.e. to normal life.

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Cinema Halls that you might be missing during Lockdown!

To keep up with the norm of social distancing, luckily we have Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hot Star the coolest solutions that allows us to binge-watch our favorite shows and movies.  Can you imagine life during lockdown without these streaming services?

We should really be thankful that today we can watch a wide variety of shows, movies, documentaries and so much more as they keep you entertained and makes your Quarantine life easier.

But to be honest, there’s a little part within us that fails to catch the nerve with the experience of going to cinema halls to watch a movie.

That’s a whole different feeling watching a movie on a big screen binging the big popcorn basket. Don’t you agree?

It’s going to take a long time before making movie plans with friends and families.

But we can take a nostalgic trip to our favorite Cinema Halls where we used to catch latest released movies!

 

  1. Raj Mandir

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Raj Mandir is not just a Cinema Hall but the ‘Pride of Asia’ that opened on 1st June 1976. Although it holds a position among top tourist destination of the city we sometimes watch movies as that’s the only option left when all the other multiplex has been sold out. And one can never forget the mouth watering Pyaaz Ki Kachori being served there!

 

  1. Golcha Cinema

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Golcha claim to first come up with the first 70 mm cinema screen in Rajasthan. The hall also gained popularity for its delicious Prem Prakash samosa. Somehow it survived and revived with new wave which has been converted from a single screen to multi screen theater now.

 

  1. Cinepolis- World Trade Park

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A movie-theater chain that offers state-of-the art sound & projection technology Cinepolis is Jaipur’s one of the finest cinema hall. Another reason it’s famous is that almost every foreign language movies are released here.

 

  1. Inox
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Another movie chain that’s spread in every corner of Jaipur and is very old, it is very famous among Jaipurites. Every inox theater is situated in Jaipur’s biggest mall so after watching a movie we used to roam around the mall and do a little shopping thus, a perfect day out.

 

  1. Entertainment Paradise
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Entertainment Paradise which is famous for marriage gardens is also popular for its theater with one of the finest ambiance. Whenever we have a guest it was mandatory to take them to watch a movie here.

 

Did we freshen up your memories with your friends and family?

Tell us in the comment section below yours favorite Cinema Hall!

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How To Survive Lockdown 2.0 | Jaipur Beat

The nationwide lockdown implemented to contain the spread of the novel corona virus has been extended till May 3. This means we need to ensure more safety measures and take precautions. Till this date, Jaipur has registered 453 cases leading to 1005 total cases in Rajasthan. The situation has become very serious and this time we have to be even more alert than before. Looking at the present situation, staying indoors is the only way we can stop the transmission of virus and if you worry about the daily essentials, well there’s a solution to that as well!

We are blessed to be living in a generation where internet has made our lives much easier and with that help you will get most of the essentials delivered to your doorstep without you going out and risking yours and everyone else’s lives.

 

  1. Dairy Products- As we mentioned in one of our blog earlier, Lotus Dairy is offering delivery services. There are few dairies also available on Swiggy and Zomato. Lotus Dairy Contact No. 9829258061

 

  1. Groceries- Firstly, check whether your neighborhood grocery store is offering delivery service. Otherwise, Big Basket and Grofers are delivering within 48-72 hours, also DMart is delivering in part of the city. In case of urgent requirement some of the items are available on Swiggy and Zomato, delivering within 2-3 hours.

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  1. Confectionery- There is Mafix, OMG By GreenDesk and Swiggy that are offering the delivery of confectioneries. Swiggy now has some excellent confectionery shop on their group panel, and you can get different types of bread/burgers/pizza base etc. Further, bread walas are coming in major colonies on their cycles selling bread, butter, eggs etc. Mafix Contact No. 9001094669, OMG By GreenDesk Contact No. 8078641228

 

  1. Vegetables/ Fruits- As we all know regular vendors are coming in your colonies but have limited options. So in that case you can turn to Swiggy as they are delivering fresh vegetables with substantial options within 3 hours.

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  1. Non Veg- Big Basket is delivering freshly cut chicken and frozen non-veg such as sausages, seekh kebabs etc., delivering within 2-3 days.

 

  1. Medicines- Few online websites are delivering at your doorsteps like Dawakart or Dawa24 or else you can ask your local medicine shop whether they are doing home delivery. Dawakart Contact No. 9829059922, 6009830098, Dawa24 Contact No. 9828993990

 

  1. Toiletries- This is easily available at your neighborhood grocery store and you can request them to deliver it at your doorstep. The other option is Swiggy, Zomato, Grofers, Big Basket and DMart with limited options.

 

Now that we have sorted out on how to get essentials at your doorstep, there are few safety measures to keep in mind-

  1. After you get your packets or plastic bottles delivered keep it out in the open for 2-3 hours and then clean it with warm water.
  2. For vegetables and fruits, leave them in a bowl of warm water for some time and then rinse them again with fresh water.
  3. Prefer Online payments to avoid any transmission through currency as well.

 

Please ensure that your leaving the house should be a matter of life and death now. By staying inside, we are immensely helping the team fighting this pandemic.

Let us all be a silent soldier in this battle and do our bit.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT….

Stay Home, Stay Safe!

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Guide to Living Your Best Quarantined Life

Physical boundaries and lack of mental ventilation have kept us brooding and everything around appears boring. But we tend to forget that these days can be turned into exciting and fruitful by engaging ourselves in interesting stuff. Instead of dwelling on what all you’re missing out, think of this time as an opportunity to re-work on yourself and bring the best out of it. It may be stressful for many of you to stay at home the whole day, which is why Ankhee Gupta a phsychological counsellor and a stress mahangement expert has listed some interesting things for you to joyfully sustain your home quarantine.
 Here are a few things to combat confinement- stress and stay mentally stable :
  • If the number of death rates, positive cases (about the virus) is taking a toll on your mind, practice ‘gadget distancing’. Use your phone, watch the television, check facts and statistics but maintain a gap by keeping the phone away for a few minutes at intervals- this reduces your anxiety level.
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  • If you are used to evening walks or gym which is not possible now, resort to exercise, stretching, meditation and yoga at home. These help to secrete endorphins, the ‘happy hormones’.
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  • There must be a hobby which you might have given up for your busy schedule, this is a wonderful time to revisit them! Engage in productive and creative activities atleast thrice in a week to nurture your mental health.
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  • Rebuild your social circle. This is the time for verbal interaction with family members and strengthening your immediate circle. It is surely a feel good factor.
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  • Long working hours and swift weekends! Now is the time for self-care, hair and body care, time to declutter the places you always wanted to! Pull out an old family album or a diary of memories.
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  • This is the time for prayers, music, self-analysis and care for humanity in general. Things practiced during this time can reap benefits in the future.
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Keep following these. Stay home , stay healthy but don’t panic. Just make use of the days you are spending indoors. Physical health care and mental health care will make things easier and better.
Ankhee Gupta
(Psychological Counsellor/Stress Management Expert)
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List of home delivery available in Jaipur during the lockdown

The decision of lockdown might stop the spread of coronavirus but it has brought some drawbacks with it. It got us all thinking about how will we get everyday supplies? Although the departmental stores will be open but it is not safe to step out as every other human being will be there to buy stuffs for them. Hopefully there are some people who have come forward in delivering supplies like medicines, food, groceries and many more at our door steps. Even people have teamed up to deliver food to those who can’t afford it. Kudos to these people for showing humanity at this point of time!

Here is the list of verified home delivery available in Jaipur

Dawakart

Now that we can’t go out how would you get your medicines?

Well, your concern is understandable and seeing that Dawakart which is a Pansari Medical Venture is still continuing to deliver the medicines at your doorstep with a flat 15% discount on MRP.

Contact No. 9829059922, 6009830098

 

Mafix

Mafix is offering a no-contact delivery which is hassle-free and safe to order breads, cookies and toast that you can enjoy while your quarantine time. You can order on Whats App or Swiggy and can pay through digital payment platforms like Paytm. The driver will deliver your order at the specified location maintaining the distance until you receive your order. Isn’t that amazing!

Contact No. 9001094669

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Lotus Dairy

As milk is an essential part of our daily routine, Lotus dairy are offering home delivery services. You can place your order a day prior of milk & milk products and they will deliver it on your door step without any extra charges.

Contact No. 9829258061

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Delivery in Jaipur

Delivery in Jaipur are serving groceries and home essentials which will be hygienically packed. All you have to do is share your lists or a picture of your requirements and then they will send you a revised price along with delivery charges. The payment will be done online via any e-wallet.

Timings: 7am-9am (early batch)

7pm-9 pm (late batch)

Contact No. 7023766234

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Oh My Greens! By GreenDesk

Another home delivery in Jaipur by On My Greens that are delivering grocery items from vegetables, fruits to organic and gourmet food products so that you still get to enjoy healthy food items at home.

Contact No. 8078641228

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Not to mention that with 21 days of lockdown we all can survive but those who can’t?

Now is the time to lend a helping hand and show some support by donating a meal box of ₹30/- which will have 5 puris and aloosabzi. The meal will be prepared in house and will be given to gurudwaras and police stations from there it will be delivered to the needy.

Open your hearts and make a difference!

Contact No. 9983399033, 9829099033

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All the above mentioned list are doing an amazing job at this time of captivity and we thank them for taking up this responsibility that comes with a risk!

If you know any such home delivery, do let us know.

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Let’s Understand the terms: Social Distancing, Quarantine, Self- Isolation, and Lockdown

From the past few weeks, we have been listening to and saying the heavy-duty terms like isolation, social distancing, self-quarantine, and lockdown. Most of which are quite new to the people and not knowing what it means may result in ignorance and may not take it very seriously.

As the cases of COVID-19 are rising, it’s time that we once again awaken you and help you all understand that what these terms mean and why is it so important to practice these concepts- the only way to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Social Distancing

At this critical time, everyone should be practicing social-distancing, which means to avoid a physical encounter with other people to decrease the transmission risk. Refrain from forming or joining larger groups of people. Completely stop going to the movie theatre, concert, sports events, religious occasions, offices, mall and all sorts of non-essential social gatherings.

This doesn’t mean you have to sit at home all day; you could work from home, attend online classes, go to a grocery or go for a walk but with precautionary measures and must avoid interacting in groups or a sick person. So, this for the people who aren’t showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been exposed to the virus.

Quarantine

Quarantine is for the people who have traveled from a foreign country and have been in close contact with a sick person; to put in simple term, people who have been exposed to the virus- these people should limit their time outside the home, avoid transit, and restrict all kinds of physical contact with others for 14 days to see if they are showing any symptoms of the virus. As Covid-19 symptoms take a while to appear, they need to make sure that is separated from others.

People who fall under this term should strictly stay at home and monitor the Covid-19 symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath or fever, daily.

Self- Isolation

Isolating oneself is advisable to those who have been tested positive for the virus. In this case, there should be no direct contact with your family members and one should isolate him/herself in a room. Their everyday necessity should be kept separately and must clean their surroundings on a regular basis. Their family members who are delivering supplies to them must take all the precautions to avoid getting the virus.

If the person of this group wants to go to a hospital, then they should inform public health and must avoid taking public transport.

Lockdown

A lockdown is intended when the cases of people being infected rise rapidly, to stop the movement of people. It is a government-imposed measure to slow down the flow of people. This means the Government could shut down theatres, restaurants, social event halls, railways & flight services, local and national borders. While you may find it uncomfortable with the disruption, these steps are extremely important for overall public health and following them is the only option for all of us to stay alive.

We hope the clarification must have cleared your confusion about what these terms mean and why is it very important to follow the health protocols introduced by the Government. In Jaipur there has been a complete Lockdown only essential services are open and a ban on all private vehicles on roads. We request you all to follow the rules and flatten the curve.

Let’s be responsible citizens and follow the safety measures.

Let’s together beat Corona Virus!