Just because you can’t go out don’t feel isolated.
By now the Quarantine must have gotten to you. If you’re anything like me who loves socializing and networking…this is slow death. With restaurant, coffee shops, pizza places, clubs and bars shut we have to find alternative. This is serious people, luckily, I have a few tricks and tips up my sleeve that I’m going to share with you. The one thing I look forward to is the Sunday Brunch.
Just because we’re observing social distancing doesn’t mean we cut ourselves off from friends and loved ones. That’s where the concept of the virtual brunch party comes into play. Its by far the best way to connect with everyone and have fun. The idea popped into my mind after I was invited as a guest for a BNI meet this week. It was such and interactive and fruitful meet, the best way to go out while staying in. So here are some tips for how to go about it.
First make your guest list. Send out invites on WhatsApp, telegram or whichever medium or communication you prefer. If you have an existing group thread with your friends or family, that’s a great way to pick the invite list. Hopefully scheduling shouldn’t be too much of an issue since we all should pretty much be stuck inside. If they’ve gone rouge take this opportunity to encourage them to follow directives by our governments, which is for their benefit and the community. Believe me by now you will have a few in your circle who have become cranky and frustrated from the isolation. Its important to be empathetic and encourage them to join in even if it’s for a while.
Second, figure out how to get everyone on the same screen. Zoom is a fabulous option for this. Most of who have used this at some point in time. It really works seamlessly with large groups especially when you open the gallery section and you can see everybody at the same time. The only hitch is that meeting between three or more have a time limit of 40 mins and requires you to upgrade to a paid membership should you want more time. But don’t you worry have 4 or you schedule multiple meeting and send the joining links to everyone in a sequential order. You can always use Facetime or Skype too.
Now, come the fun part…. Mange: let’s eat. Everyone can pour their own drink, share a new recipe for a cocktail and get people who have their pantry stocked can join in and make it with you. Use this time to catch up with everyone and check on how they’re coping up with the lockdown. One of you can be in charge of music and have it playing in the background on a Bluetooth speaker. Play fun games like Dumb Charades, Antakshari etc. I honestly don’t see any reason that this party can’t transition into a regular party. With the screen sharing option in Zoom you can also watch a movie or old classics like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Zabaan Sambhalke etc.
Having tried this out myself I can attest that a Virtual Party is much more relaxed and easier on your wallet. In the coming moths all of us would have changed our lifestyle and spending patterns, which is good undoubtedly. But with the combination of right technology, healthy homecooked food, we all will be seen at many more Virtual Parties in the future. Wishing everyone a safe quarantine and positive vibes.
About the Author
Aarti Aruldas is our in-house chef and is always cooking up a storm as our AVP Operations & Strategy Planning at IndSamachar. Her passion for healthy and conscious eating habit led her to her entrepreneurial journey in 2015. She made Mumbai fall in love with healthier breakfast options by revamping the humble Idli through her company “Vanakkam Foods”.
To rekindle the lost art of cooking she host her own cook show on YouTube. An avid traveller, foodie, food photographer and food stylist she brings zing to even the humblest dish.
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