I have learned to value the little things in life: Mithila Palkar

I returned to Mumbai from a trip to Australia last month. Shortly after my return, I was quarantined for 14 days in an apartment that is close to my actual home where I have been living with my grandparents since childhood. And while I was in the last stage of the process, at the national level emergency shutdown was announced. The first thought came into my mind was that I have to be with my grandparents . I felt it was important for the three of us to be together in such trying times. I completed my two weeks of quarantine and then went back to them with their medicines and grocery for the week.

My grandmother is 84 and grandfather, 93. For them, the emergency shutdown hasn’t brought much of a change in their routine because they are used to staying at home. However, they like to be well-informed and they know the gravity of the current situation. For someone like me, who goes out very often and meets people on a regular basis, it is difficult to be inside the house all the time. You tend to feel restrictive but you have to keep your spirits high. Having said this, staying indoors is the need of the hour and we have to be strict about it.

I am looking at the positive side of getting to spend a lot of time with my grandparents . I play chess with my ajoba and cards with my aaji. For them, it matters a lot that I’m home as they missed having me around. I try and cook for my aaji once in a while. We also have a strict rule that only I will step out of the house to get the essentials.

This emergency shutdown has given me an opportunity to go back to learning kathak. I’m thankful to my guru Radhika Phanse, who is teaching me this dance form through online sessions.

I hope the situation gets better soon. I am looking forward to being back on the sets after that. However, I have come to realise that it’s alright to take life at your own pace. I have started valuing the little things in life, and that is my biggest takeaway from this emergency shutdown .