The Pandemic still continues as we move out of the year of 2020 and
move into the next year of 2021. Several professionals talk to
Monarose Sheila Pereira, how their work scenario has changed.
Dr Nirmala S Rao, Psychiatrist, and Director: Aavishkar Centre for
With social distancing norms and health, hygiene and safety
standards, clinic practice will certainly change. Working hours and
patterns would need to be modified to accommodate more people in
a safe manner. Online follow-up consultations may be used to
facilitate following of safety norms. We would have to move to a
'strictly by appointment' mode of seeing patients to avoid crowding.
Framroz Ghaswala, Consultant
The work scenario has changed drastically. Several months of
lockdown has caused a lot of difficulties across all business sectors.
With the gradual opening up of the lockdown the printing, graphic
designing, advertising and Public Relations departments too have
witnessed dramatic changes.
As a Graphic Designer and Printing and PR consultant many of my clients are finding it extremely difficult to restart their business because the labor has migrated to their native places.
Who will run errands and work on the machines? Some labor
has started trickling back to Mumbai but the bulk of workers and
daily wage earners are still hesitant to return. Many educated and
uneducated citizens still do not wear masks and do not take adequate
precautions as prescribed by doctors and the government. This is
definitely not a healthy environment.
Dilip Joshi, Actor of Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chasma fame
Work on the sets of Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chasma has resumed. We
use sanitizers and masks. The make up man wears a PPE suit and a
face shield since he comes very close to people. We also try to work
with minimum actors on a scene. The sets and makeup rooms are
sterilized twice. We are all very alert and try not to touch each other
and avoid close contact. We take all precautions.
Asif Upadhye, Director, Never Grow Up
With everything going digital and team members working from home, the one thing that has changed is the sheer number of video calls one now has to do in the day.
This can also mean that we now
have less time to be efficient, as the sense of being busy can get
overwhelming at times. From a work perspective, we’ve been using
the time to launch new services, getting into newer markets and re-
engineering our services and products to meet client expectations,
learning a thing or two and preparing for what may seem like a long
haul of working remotely.
Advocate Vinod Sampat,
As regards the profession of law most of the work has come to a
standstill. Only that work, which can be done from home related to
drafting, is possible.
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The legal profession requires continuous interaction. As a result of
which work is suffering. Courts are only taking up urgent matters.
Many advocates are suffering huge financial losses, which cannot be
expressed in words. There are a few advocates who have committed
suicide due to depression and lack of funds.
The pandemic continues. Unfortunately citizens are still not taking
the instructions seriously. They still crowd around, do not maintain
social distance and do not wear masks in the right way - these are the
only ways to control and eradicate the pandemic. Let's hope people
will pay heed.
This article has been written by Author:- Monarose Sheila Pereira
Monarose Sheila Pereira is an author, journalist, and media professor. She has published several books including two text books for the BMM course. She has written for all the major newspapers and magazines and some of her works have been translated into foreign languages. She has worked for All India Radio and Doordarshan. She also conducts self improvement and media workshops.