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The boy has taken part in virtual plays based on Covid-19 themes.

Understanding the true essence of collective responsibility, 15-year-old Aaditya Gandhi has been refraining from physical social interactions. The young boy has been holding himself back from meeting friends face-to-face.

“Apart from following all mandatory precautions pertaining to Covid-19, I haven’t physically met my friends in a very long time. I connect with them on virtual platforms due to social distancing protocols,” said Aaditya.

The boy has taken part in virtual plays based on Covid-19 themes. “I participated in an online theatre production called ‘Scenes from a quarantine’,” said the Grade 10 student of Gems Winchester school.

The teenager said one can get anxious, overwhelmed and stressed during the pandemic. “It is therefore extremely important to take care of your mental health, relax and take a break. For my recreation, I read books, play online games, listen to music, watch movies, and cook healthy meals with my family.”

Utilising his time effectively during the summer break, this student did his bit for society as he adhered to Covid-19 protocols. Aaditya initiated paper and mobile collection campaigns for recycling during the two-month summer break.

“Teenagers are often labelled as rebellious. But given the unprecedented times, every youngster today understands the gravity of the times that we are living in and we are also consciously mending our care-free ways. I donated clothes and other essentials to the Red Crescent for the underprivileged and I would encourage others to do the same,” he said.

He also made artworks for those on the frontlines fighting the pandemic. “I drew artworks for ‘Thank the Heroes’ campaign which shall be shown to frontline workers in hospitals to appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

His work will be shown to health workers at Burjeel group of hospitals soon.

“I feel the virus has helped us reinvent ourselves, our lives and relationships in many different ways. The biggest learning is that there is no point complaining. Instead, make the best of what you have,” said Aaditya.

nandini@khaleejtimes.com 





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