Flight At­ten­dant On Much-de­served Time With Fam­ily, Sweats It Out On Their Farm

Fiji Sun - - AMAZING FIJIANS - WAISEA NASOKIA Avikash Lal in his flight at­ten­dant uni­form. Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: waisean@fi­jisun.com.fj

What do you do when flights are grounded and you’re with­out a job? A Fiji Air­ways flight at­ten­dant, Avikash Lal, said there had never been a bet­ter time to start spend­ing much-de­served time with your fam­ily.

Mr Lal, who is also a na­tional ath­let­ics rep­re­sen­ta­tive, can be found sell­ing veg­eta­bles at the Votualevu Round­about in Nadi.

These days, he is ei­ther there help­ing his par­ents sell the pro­duce or on their 20-acre farm sweat­ing it out in the field.

And while the 24-year-old ad­mits that he also spends some time on­line as most folks his age do, his ad­vice to them though is to keep away from the ker­fuf­fle on so­cial me­dia. His im­por­tant mes­sage for kids dur­ing this cri­sis is to spend more time with your par­ents rather than liv­ing a fake life on so­cial me­dia and your gad­gets.

He is jug­gling his fit­ness by plant­ing and har­vest­ing veg­eta­bles such as toma­toes, cab­bage, okra (ladies’ fin­gers), cas­sava, beans and even poul­try.

“So far I’m go­ing with the flow, since I got back from San Fran­cisco on the 16th of March,” he said.

“Farm­ing is one thing I love be­cause it earns money for us. We all don’t know when jobs will re­sume, so I planned to in­vest my time on farm­ing.”

Daily rou­tine

He wakes up at 4am every day, starts one hour med­i­ta­tion and then heads for a road run cov­er­ing 15 kilo­me­tres around his neigh­bour­hood.

“Af­ter the road run, I work on our farm all day,” Mr Lal said.

“They say work hard; I say stop dream­ing be­cause we got 86,400 sec­onds a day.

“We all have to in­vest in time rather than wast­ing it.

“I love do­ing work so it keeps me fit. Also we are suc­cess­ful in our career just be­cause our par­ents are in­volved in farm­ing, which we are still part of.

Mr Lal, af­ter his re­turn flight from U.S., was kept in self-iso­la­tion for 14 days and then had to do two 28 days self-iso­la­tion.

“I have been tak­ing a lot of home made herbal med­i­ca­tion,” he said.

“Read­ing nov­els while in iso­la­tion was one of the things that kept me go­ing,” he said.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Avikash Lal (left) sells veg­eta­bles at the Votualevu round­about in Nadi.

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