Golfer Anirban Lahiri uses coronavirus shutdown to restart his game
Reconnecting with parents you haven't seen much in over a decade and practicing yoga are the survival mechanisms for Indian golf. Anirban Lahiri while reflecting on life in coronavirus-forced crash, saying it's good to hit the pause button.
Lahiri, who has made Florida his base since he began playing on the currently suspended PGA Tour, the world's greatest and strongest professional. Golf circuit, rarely has he spent as much time in India as now.
He is in Hyderabad, where his parents live. With him are his wife, Ipsa, and their one-year-old daughter, Tisya.
"I haven't spent so much time with my parents since I was 17 years old. It's given me more perspective outside of Golf . In fact, I don't have my Golf clubs with me now. It's nice to hit the pause button and reflect on things which we wouldn't normally do," he said.
Lahiri has also been practicing yoga.
"...It's nice to see my body responding to it. I've not been disciplined with yoga over the last few years as Golf has basically taken up all my time.
I am lucky that I am still flexible and will be 33 years old in a few months. If I spend the right amount of time and attention, I can see that my body responds well and helps me focus and balance.
I'm trying a little harder, which is a good challenge. It's nice to reconnect with my body, he added. MAJOR CRICKET-new
Lahiri came to India planning to train a bit and then play the Hero Indian Open. The event was postponed and then the flights were canceled and finally the blockade.
Lahiri promised a donation of Rs 700,000 to the Prime Minister's CARES Fund last weekend. He said he wanted to help millions of people who survive on daily wages but are currently unemployed after closing.
Shubhankar Sharma, who is also training at his home in Panchkula, has contributed Rs. 500,000 towards the bottom.
Sharma remains fit with a daily routine and has not retired since returning from the European Tour events in Oman and Qatar in late February and early March.
With his Golf set still in Ahmedabad, Lahiri is left with his father's clubs in Hyderabad.
Former number 1 Asian tour Lahiri has also tried to give her a breather through a new cooking video series titled Cooking with the Lahiris on her social media channels. Lahiri has uploaded two cooking lessons, which focus on her favorite Indian dishes.
We have food and shelter and our family is safe. Anything we can do to facilitate others, help these people and the government, let's do it since very few entities are operational now.
Many sports organizations and other Indian athletes are supporting this, which is good to show solidarity, Lahiri said.