T+L reader and contributor Japleen Kaur, who currently resides in Himachal Pradesh, shares her first-hand experience of living in the mountains under lockdown. In an exclusive peek into her daily life there, she tells us how she spends her time while in lockdown, and how one can stay strong. By Bayar Jain

1.When did you move to Himachal Pradesh?

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I came to Himachal on a work project in August 2018, and decided to stay here till the heart sways towards something else!

2. What were your first thoughts when the lockdown was put in motion?

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The thought of my family’s safety back in Mumbai was the first thing that came to mind, but they’re handling it really well. Plus, they have the cutest puppy to keep their spirits high! Next, I was worried about sustaining my career that demands travelling all the time. That thought still lingers on, but it’s better to be safe than lose my mind over something I don’t have any control over.

3. Because you’re in the mountains, are there any particular challenges that you are facing during this lockdown?

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Since private vehicles aren’t allowed, getting groceries is a trek in itself.

4. Where would you like to travel to once this situation settles down?

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I’d like to go back home to Mumbai for a bit and spend time with my family. Then, I’ll head down south and just stay on the beach for a while.

5. Any advice to the T+L readers on how to remain positive?

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Do one thing every day that makes you smile. Whether it’s something small, like watching your favourite show, talking to your plants or cooking something you haven’t before — it makes a huge difference, especially during this time when mental health is taking a toll and productivity has become a competition!

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