Sketching, sweeping, reading: how Indian athletes are adjusting to lockdown

Like the rest of the population, India’s star athletes too have come up with unique ways to pass time under lockdown.

By Sandeep Banerjee ·

The coronavirus pandemic has limited India’s billion-plus population inside the walls of their homes.

Facing the reality of a lockdown period ahead of them, Indians are using the opportunity to take up hobbies and endeavours they didn’t previously have time for, while some are able to reconnect with loved ones.

This has also been the case with many star Indian athletes, many of whom have taken to social media to share with their fans exactly what they’re up to at home.

Simranjit Kaur expresses her artistic side

Indian boxer Simranjit Kaur, who recently earned a berth for the Tokyo 2020 in the women’s lightweight (57-60kg) category, has decided to take up sketching during the lockdown.

In her posted video, a caricature of a prancing ballet dancer can be seen coming along nicely on her sketchbook, reminiscent of Simranjit Kaur’s own graceful ballets around the boxing ring.

Mary Kom sweeps up in style

Like many of us, Indian boxer extraordinaire Mary Kom is not exempt from having to do the daily sweeping up of the house. However, the six-time World Champion, who will be making her third Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020, seems to be enjoying the task to the fullest, with music pumping in the background.

Lovlina Borgohain and Jyoti Gulia’s bout with books

While you may not assume that those who perfect their craft in an aggressive sport such as boxing would find much solace in a passive activity such as reading, Indian boxers Lovlina Borgohain and Jyoti Gulia have shown otherwise.

Family time for Saina, Sharath, Prannoy and Vijender

Of course, more precious than any activity is one’s family. And for sportspersons, who are always on the move for the better part of the year, this rare opportunity to spend time with family is something they are grabbing with both hands.

While Indian table tennis player Sharath Kamal is enjoying cooking and colouring with his son and daughter, badminton ace HS Prannoy gave us a sneak preview of possibly the next big shuttling sensation in action — his niece.

Fellow Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal simply shared a lovely picture of togetherness with her mother, while 2008 Olympic bronze medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh took to gardening with his son in tow.

Anjum Moudgil’s got the moves

Anjum Moudgil’s attempt at livening up the lockdown has no doubt been the most energetic of the lot so far, as the Indian shooter shot herself pulling off some agile dance moves to the background of energetic club music.

Linguistic laughs with Mandeep and Rupinder Pal Singh

Few things are as flattering for a host nation as foreigners who take the trouble to learn the local language.

With that in mind, Indian hockey players Mandeep Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh, who along with the rest of India’s hockey squads, are stuck in the SAI Centre during the lockdown, can be seen combining fun and learning.

Gaurav Bidhuri’s braids and bhature

With barbershops and salons shuttered, Gaurav Bidhuri decided to let his sister have a try at his scalp. The results aren’t as scary as what many of us have experienced in our first attempts at home-grooming, with his luxurious mane being neatly braided and tucked away.

His new hairdo will no doubt also keep any stray locks from getting in the way of lapping up a delicious meal of choley bhature, a photo of which he also posted.

Suma Shirur and Sharath Kamal can’t let go

Olympic finalist in 2004, shooter Suma Shirur took the opportunity to bring out the many blazers she donned for India over the years. The line-up sports some highly impressive credentials emblazoned on them. Who wouldn’t be proud of showing off such a collection?

Aside from spending precious time with his kids, Sharath Kamal too can’t get his mind off paddling at the end of the day, and this display of trick shots is the manifestation of that obsession!

Flower child Mehuli Ghosh

While she may be famous for her trigger finger, Indian shooter Mehuli Ghosh proved she has a green thumb too, as the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver-medallist showed off her enviable balcony garden.

Social distancing driving Aditi Ashok antsy

With social distancing being practised by everyone to the point of obsession presently, and rightfully so, Indian golfer Aditi Ashok can’t be blamed for beginning to notice the pattern amongst ants on her window sill too!