Flight Attendant On Much-deserved Time With Family, Sweats It Out On Their Farm
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.”
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.
Avikash Lal (left) sells vegetables at the Votualevu roundabout in Nadi.