Actress Shwetha Menon is relaxing with her husband Sreevalsan Menon and daughter Sabaina at their flat in Mumbai during the lockdown days. She says she often remembers her father who taught her to adjust with any situation in life. “From childhood onwards, I have been trained to live on the edge. So, this lockdown really doesn't bother me. There is no harm in staying indoors for a while, for the sake of our society. I can easily survive inside a room for days if I have some rice and pulses,” Shwetha shares her thoughts about the lockdown to Onmanorama.
Time to change
Shwetha says the lockdown days have made her realize how extravagant Keralites are when it comes to eating habits. She notes how people in the olden days were healthier, eating just kanji (rice gruel) and payar (green gram stir fry). “Now we eat more and work less. This is the time when we can reduce the food intake and try relaxing our body and mind. I haven’t been eating non-vegetarian food since the last two months. I don’t feel any difficulty giving up those dishes. Moreover, I really wish to continue like this. Every place has its own unique food habits. It is important for us to adapt to new situations. I am not interested in experimenting with food while travelling. I like having rice with lentil curry, sambar and some thoran (vegetable stir fry) as well. I could have this at any time of the day as breakfast, lunch or dinner. However, I insist that my food should be warm and fresh,” says Shwetha.
Shwetha believes household chores like cooking and cleaning are not reserved for women alone. She says the chores would be enjoyable if they are done by all the family members together. “There is no need to follow any discrimination when it comes to household chores. If the husband is interested in cooking, then he must be encouraged. This cooperation in doing the chores should not limit to just the 21 days of lockdown; but should be extended lifelong. The chores would become more enjoyable if you try to understand each other’s likes and preferences. I can cook North Indian dishes and my husband cooks Kerala dishes. So, we cook minimally using very few ingredients during the lockdown. Times of crisis like this could make you realize how much food you have been wasting and also recognize the true value of food,” Shwetha signs off.