LEARNING IN LOCKDOWN

Oh the Lockdown is adding quite a few words to my dictionary. As we are spending so much time on Internet and social media. Things are becoming viral at a very fast pace. Seriously tell me how many of you had ever heard about the ‘Dalgona Coffee before this, let alone taste it?

And I am sure if you have visited the social media even once during the lockdown you can’t miss this coffee pic. There are challenges being taken and everybody yes almost everybody has made it during the lockdown period. 

What is it? Dalgona coffee is a beverage made by whipping equal proportions of instant coffee, sugar and hot water until it becomes creamy and then adding it to cold or hot milk. Occasionally, it is topped with coffee powder, cocoa, crumbled biscuits, or honey. Seems to have originated from South Korea.

Is it really that amazing to taste? Don’t know yet. Will try to make it soon and share my results. If you have made Dalgona coffee please do share your experience in the comments. Here is a dalgona coffee for you.Another word which we can’t miss during this time is Pandemic. Even though I was familiar with this word, yesterday night I had a long discussion with my son on the exact difference between the word ‘Pandemic‘ and ‘Epidemic‘. The discussion led me to google it. Both the words mean spread of disease but the difference is in the scale or extent of the spread. If the disease is spread over a district or a city it would be called an epidemic. A pandemic disease is an epidemic that has spread over a large area, that is, it’s “prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world.” The WHO more specifically defines a pandemic as “a worldwide spread of a new disease.”

In the hope of searching for a new hobby during the lockdown I came across another new word – ‘Zentangle’. It’s a form of art often confused with doodling or Mandala. But doodling is actually associated with boredom done mindlessly on the side of classroom notes. Whereas Mandala has religious origin.

Zentangle is an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns. Zentangle provides a simplistic and lighthearted way to unwind from the stress of the day. It hones your focus by drawing you away from agitation through subtle, calming and intricate strokes that lead to wholesome beauty. Here is a zentangle made by me…