From haircuts to stitching clothes, many go DIY way as lockdown extends

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With the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus getting another extension, the wait for a haircut, new clothes is far from over. Many have now opted the ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) way as apprehensions over further extension of lockdown is rife.

While many are giving their family members a haircut, many others have taken out their old sewing machine to stitch clothes. Also, since no outsider is allowed in residential complexes, residents are now fixing all problems on their own.

Shobha De, a teacher at a private school who lives in Ghaziabad, has a two-month-old toddler to take care of. She says her baby is running out of clothes as all shopping complexes and malls remain shut amid nationwide lockdown.

“Some of my friends gave me clothes of their babies so I took out my sewing machine, cleaned and oiled it and started stitching clothes. Since it is summer, stitching of cotton clothes is easy. Though I am not an expert, but situation teaches one to survive,” Shobha says.

At Sector 74 of Noida, Krishna Sharma lives with his family in a coronavirus hotspot which is now an orange zone. Since he cannot step out of his society and lockdown has been extended, he picked up scissors to give himself a haircut.

“There is no certainty whether the lockdown will be over by May 17. So I decided to have a haircut at home. I took help of my wife and after watching the result, my kids also wanted me to give them a haircut. I did it quiet well,” Krishna says.

The toolboxes, which were lying in a cupboard since bought, are out for use now. Alok Singh, a resident of Alfa One in Greater Noida, said three doors of his kitchen’s cupboards got detached from the hinge and after waiting for a week, he fixed them on his own.

“Since nobody can enter our society, I decided to fix it on my own. I had bought a toolbox long back, which I used to fix hinges. It was like an achievement, at least the toolbox was utilised for the first time,” said Singh.

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