WFH and #Sum­merBlues: Here’s how denizens are beat­ing the heat

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Naina Arora naina.arora@ht­dig­i­

The un­bear­able heat and hu­mid­ity is drain­ing denizens, and how! Since the Covid-19 scare has forced many to work from home (WFH), even af­ter re­lax­ations in the lock­down, many are still feel­ing trapped in­doors, sans “of­fice ka free AC” and chilled drinks from the cafe­te­ria. From whip­ping up frap­pés to wear­ing comfy clothes and even switch­ing rooms to find cooler spots, they are do­ing it all!

Manohar Venu­gopal, who works at an of­fice in Gu­rugam, prefers to change into a com­fort­able pair of ganji and shorts to beat the heat in style. “The AC en­vi­ron­ment is cer­tainly a miss but this can be beaten by work­ing smartly and ef­fi­ciently. Hav­ing said this, the af­ter­noon hours in the day are just un­bear­able. I en­sure to find the coolest cor­ner of the house and have food that helps, such as sal­ads and le­mon­ade.”

Badly miss­ing his of­fice AC, tech ex­ec­u­tive Vib­hesh Kapoor is man­ag­ing it with a cooler at home. “My AC re­quired ser­vic­ing and the guys were charg­ing a bomb. Now, I barely get to switch it on dur­ing the night. I am keep­ing cool by hav­ing khus shar­bat,” he shares.

For bank­ing pro­fes­sional Mo­hit Chauhan, the WFH rou­tine has saved him from the scorch­ing sun that he oth­er­wise braved on his on-field job. But miss­ing the re­laxed hours at of­fice, he says, “I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing a few non-sweaty hours within the com­fort­able of­fice premises.”

City-based pho­tog­ra­pher San­deep Par­wal is also miss­ing his “swim­ming and frappe” rou­tine. “They were my oxy­gen and en­ergy bar to brace sum­mer days. With #WorkFromHo­me, well I’m just putting rainy jazz in the back­ground and hav­ing frappe,” he says.

Delhi-based cor­po­rate em­ployee Ro­han Sethi, too, finds WFH a chal­lenge in this weather. “Lack of proper in­fra­struc­ture and en­vi­ron­ment amid this peak heat makes it more tir­ing to work from home. I need to keep switch­ing rooms as we can­not keep an AC work­ing con­tin­u­ously,” he shares.


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