Many people who are self-isolating right now are getting down by the mundane nature of life. Technology cannot prevent the onset of the pandemics; however, it can help prevent the spread, educate, warn, and empower those who are stressed, and noticeably lessen the impact.
As stay-at-home orders continue to be established and extended throughout the country and the coming weeks, connecting with family and friends probably looks quite a bit different these days.
The offices of India have all moved into our basements and living rooms. Nothing is having a more profound impact on online activity than this change. School/College assignments are being handed out on Google Classroom. Meetings are happening on Zoom, Google Hangouts and Microsoft Teams.
Tools to help you keep in touch
With a variety of free video chat apps and web platforms available, there are plenty of ways to see and talk to your family and friends. Here are a few we recommend:
Online services that help you hang out
Video chatting is great, but sometimes you want to just do something with your friends instead of just talking. Maybe you’ve figured out a good system for playing a board game or some other fun activity through a video call, but here are some online services that can help you feel like it’s just another day hanging out with your buds:
- Netflix Party
- Collaborative Spotify playlists
- Dekho Apna Desh – India’s Ministry of Tourism recently launched an initiative that allows people to explore the depth and expanse of the culture and heritage of Incredible India, virtually. Named “Dekho Apna Desh” or “See Your Country”, it is a series of webinars that hosts sessions on different cities of India to highlight their tourist attractions, history and culture.
- For the love of art – While some of the finest museums globally have always had some virtual tours online, most of the museums and art galleries in India have also taken the route. Some of them which are a click away are National Museum, New Delhi, Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad and Victoria Memorial, Kolkata among others. From online exhibitions showcasing some rare sculptures, manuscripts and inscriptions to detailed descriptions, it has it all.
Also follow Rajasthan Studio on Instagram for more amazing art and travel content. Reach out to us on email at contact[at]rajasthanstudio[dot]com. This blog is curated Rajasthan Studio and written by Prerna S.