It’s finally the last day of March (I’m writing this post a day before it’s published). This month has dragged on and on and on… you get the drift, right? April brings with it a breath of fresh air as it’s the month of warm weather and hope. April, would you please do us a good one and find a way to beat corona down?!

Well, even if April doesn’t give us that, it will provide a healthy distraction from all the negativity surrounding us, with the awesome “A to Z Challenge”. For bloggers, our laptops and online tools have always been our workspace, whether at home or surreptitiously in our offices. Hence, a forced ‘you-must-work-from-home’ lockdown comes easy to us.

The real challenge in navigating the lockdown has been having other family members at home, extra home chores and duties to fulfill and entertaining both young and old family members. Though it’s been nice to have everyone at home and together, I miss having my personal space and blogging schedule in place. That’s where the world’s biggest blogging challenge will help- I will be forced to take time out for myself to write, edit, publish, share, read and connect. Self-care, career progression, writing practice, and networking all in one.

So, thanks to both teams- the international A to Z Challenge and Blogchatter’s A2Z for undertaking this monumental task. Though I’m sure every participant has been grateful to both teams every single year, this year the significance of working online and staying connected with the worldwide community has taken on an entirely new meaning.

Keep up the good work teams- may we all grow from strength to strength together!

As the lockdown throws us new challenges each day, it becomes imperative to look for creative solutions, and that’s where a community connect becomes important.

A couple of days into lockdown, the newspapers stopped being delivered to our homes. Having completely switched to reading an e-paper a few months ago, I never noticed this till today, when a friend asked for newspaper resources on a common Whatsapp group. That made me realise that my in-laws were probably missing their newspapers too! I promptly suggested to my father-in-law that he should download the Indian Express app on his iPad (his preferred newspaper) and taught him where to find the e-paper which reads exactly like the real thing but online. You should do the same, if you haven’t already.

So, here’s my daily tip to beat the lockdown blues:

Download any newspaper app of your choice for yourself or your parents/grandparents. While you may be used to reading news in short, there is something to be said for reading the daily paper. It’s a great way to comprehensively view a day’s worth of news, along with learning new ideas and opinions. The older generations mostly prefer physical newspapers, and they would really appreciate help in finding and navigating them online.

As for the TV show recommendation for today:

A couple of days ago, over on my Instagram daily updates, I had recommended “Alias Grace”- a miniseries airing on Netflix. This is a psychological thriller based on a novel written by Margaret Atwood (of “The Handmaid’s Tale” fame), set in 19th century Canada. It’s one of the most gripping shows I have seen, with truly mind-blowing acting performances.

Since I’ve already mentioned that one, here’s a bonus TV show for today’s recommendation- ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ played by David Suchet, will give you hours of entertainment! Unfortunately, this series is not available for streaming on most platforms in India, but many of the episodes are on Youtube.

A book recommendation necessarily follows in the wake of the last one- any book by Agatha Christie will captivate you, but my personal favourite is And Then There Were None”.

Keeping the theme of recommendations beginning only with the alphabet A, here are the bloggers I think you should go check out todayAditi Kapur. She blogs at www.aditikapur.com and I discovered her website during last year’s A to Z Challenge. I was thoroughly impressed with her well-researched posts. Another blog I must mention is www.auraofthoughts.com, written by my friend Sonal and her sister Meenal. You can expect some out-of-the-box thinking and creative expressions here.

Now check out my video for #LockdownWithTheLadyLawyer and follow me on Instagram to stay better connected. Also tell me your favourite TV Shows/ movies/ books/ bloggers with the letter A?

Adios till tomorrow!

This post has been written for the #AtoZChallenge 2020. My theme this year is #LockdownWithTheLadyLawyer, where I’m journaling my thoughts during the coronavirus lockdown, and sharing numerous recommendations that will help keep your spirits up.

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76 Comments

  1. Wow..I had just published my post and starting reading with your post..I am watching your daily update vidoes and loving it Noor. your positive attitude is infectious and I always feel good after watching it. and it is super awesome that you are keeping the same theme for A2Z..love the latest addition of “Blogger recommendation”..looking forward for all posts. all the best.

    1. Thank you dear Surbhi! I’m so glad you like my daily update videos. It was perhaps a lazy choice to continue with the same, but it’s the best I could do in the present circumstances!

  2. A great way to start this way positively and it gave positive vibes✨👌 ✍️ Happy Writing ✨💐 Have a beautiful day.

  3. Newspaper App is a very good idea. Thanks for all the recommendations. Great start. Supporting the bloggers is also a very good and positive attitude from your side. Good going👍

  4. I read news on InShorts App. I have heard a lot about Alias Grace, would like to check it out. I recently read Agatha Christies’ Murder on the Orient Express! And Then There Were None is in my TBR list. Will check it out! Thanks for your recommendation, Noor!

  5. This is just bravo, Noor! So many recommendations. <3
    And then there were none is one of my favorite's and I think I'd love the TV show – Poirot. Let me check that out now.
    Happy A to Z!

  6. Thanks for mentioning our blog Noor, and for your appreciating words for our blog.
    Goodluck for the challenge.

    Even I am missing my ME time in this Lockdown, but sure enough we all will have plenty after this.

  7. Even my Dad was feeling helpless when we stopped getting the newspaper. I taught him to read news from e papers. Your post reminded me of this. Nice one, waiting for more. Best of luck Noor.

  8. I kid you not – my favourite Agatha Christie book is “and then there were none” – I read it in school and it has always remained in my conscious mind – the plot was so dark and crazy! Also thank you Noor for recognising our efforts, we are surely looking forward to an even crazier A2Z this year with the madness around

  9. I have known you for the longest time, Noor. It is such a pleasure to watch you blossom into a fine, young lady. I’m going to definitely pick up my Agatha Christie once again after watching your video. Keep the suggestions coming. i will be following. Cheers!

  10. Lovely post Noor..Great initiative to remove the lock down blues…Thanks for the recommendations..Great way to keep your spirits high..Great video too..And yes, I do miss holding the newspaper in my hand..See you around..

  11. Agatha Christie’s poirot is my favourite too and just like you I prefer Poirot to Ms Marple though I have read quite a few of those too. I will definitely check out the netflix series you have mentioned.

  12. Nothing like a good book or a gripping series to beat the monotony. I love that you did so much for your father-in-law. The joy of reading a newspaper can mean so much for them. Hope you and your family are well and safe. Great start to the challenge. 🙂

  13. Loved the positive tone in this blog! I have noted down your recommendations and will definitely let you know how I liked them. Will be back tomorrow 🙂

  14. Loved the positive tone in this blog. I have noted down your recommendations and will definitely let you know how I liked them.

  15. Loved the positive tone in this blog. I have noted down your recommendations and will definitely let you know how I liked them.
    P.S. I am sorry for multiple comments, I have a feeling they are not being posted here.

  16. A nice post to bring the Me time back in blue family days. When there is still a panic at back of our mind these shows sure gonna bring the solace and distractions. Agatha Christie is already playing at my place. That’s so lovely of you to recommend co-bloggers. I’m missing the tea with paper these days but somehow it’s helping as I’m avoiding to watch news to avoid more negativity. Thanks for a positive kick start.

  17. Hi Noor…I’ve read your wonderful stories in the last two months and it’s even more wonderful to see you on camera. Such a positive and confident young lady out there. Thank you for the recommendations. Id like to do some Netflix. I so need it!

  18. Noor, I have been following your Insta stories and absolutely love them. So glad you chose it for the A2Z theme. And yes, Poirot over Miss Marple any time.

  19. O look forward to your videos on Insta and now these amazing posts full of positivity. Thank you for the recommendations on this post and the one on Insta today, Bewitched. It brought about so many memories. 🙂 Looking forward to all your posts. And thank you for always being there to help 🙂

    1. My pleasure! I do hope you won’t mind seeing the recommendations twice- because my Insta story TV show recommendation and tip to beat lockdown blues is repeated in the post the next day 😛

  20. You are awesome girl and love all that you do.It is great to see so much passion and enthusiasm and you actually send great vibes out.Keep on the awesome work and all the best to you.

  21. Thanks for stopping by at Tale Spinning and leaving a comment.
    TV shows to stream: there are so many. I binged Star Trek: Picard and really enjoyed it (with a few quibbles). CBS Access is giving a free month, so I got that to watch the show. Also for free: Acorn TV, which has the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and more; Shudder, Amazon’s horror movies channel; and Sundance. I’m not sure if any will work in India, but…
    As to books, I love the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. Around 40 books and well worth the time to read through the series. They are satire with laugh out loud sections.

  22. Good idea of downloading e-newspaper, your videos and daily insta update are the treat for the eyes in social isolation days, I so loved the blogger recommendation idea on you blog Noor, how could I never ever think about it?😄There is a say “you can only grow by lifting others” I believed but you proved this! So many things are yet to learn from you, Kudos girl!!!

  23. Good idea of downloading e-newspaper, your videos and daily insta updates are the treat for the eyes in social isolation days, I so loved the blogger recommendation idea on your blog Noor, how could I never ever think about it?😄There is a say “you can only grow by lifting others” I believed on it but you proved this! So many things are yet to learn from you, Kudos girl!!!

  24. I had an adventurous March and was just praying for some breather when suddenly the lockdown was announced. Funnily it was only one day that my newspaper guy started delivering and it was gone again. Now we are hooked to TV for news and your blog is next fresh air in these covid times.

  25. Hi there. I am going around the neighborhood introducing myself. My name is Marc. My blog contains excerpts from my book The Driveway Rules. It contains memoirs about growing up with undiagnosed autism. I hope you stop by.

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