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Through the lake on brown wooden boat moving towards the mountain.

By - Renata Nathania

Ever since the world has witnessed the severe impacts of the coronavirus, public places and recreational spaces have been strictly shut off for fear of being zones of contagion. But for those who maintain a healthy lifestyle by regular swimming, or taking off to sunbathe by the sea, breathe in the salty sea air, or simply take a walk on the sands have had to weather out multiple phases of lockdown behind concrete walls, enclosed in spaces that rarely result in a rich tan.


The recent global crisis was of not having enough oxygen to help patients battle the virus, so being around nature, in open spaces, should help prevent collapsed lungs, but being prohibited from visiting such places, owing severely to concerns of hygiene and the norms of social and physical distancing, get in the way of a good lungful of oxygen. According to a study published on WebMD, the potency of the virus on the surface of water is still disputed, especially considering the action of tides in washing away the traces, should an infected person happen to be in the water. However, having a large number of people taking in the same air, and being in closer proximity to each other than is permitted during a pandemic, has led to the closure of public beaches. What is the alternative to wanting to cool off near a water body, or relieving stress by surrounding oneself with nature? The most feasible option would be to visit lakes, which, although smaller than beaches, are more numerous, and aid in the process of cooling off a lot faster than the seaside. The limited space available helps to curb overcrowding, and since it is not too far away from residential areas, a suitable timetable can be worked out to accommodate a large number of nature-lovers in the same day.

While the typical beach experience of feeling the sand move under bare feet, feasting one's eyes on colourful trinkets for sale, and sensing warm and delicious treats mingle with the salty air cannot be compared to anything, visiting the lake has its own special appeal. There is something alluring about driving to a lake, with a trunk full of odds and ends, a picnic basket, a fishing rod, materials for a bonfire, warm clothes, and maybe a frisbee or badminton kit.

Lakeside fishing is a must try. There may be large fish or there may be little ones, but eventually something will tug at the string, and wake you up from the lull. The sound of crickets chirping, the water quietly rippling, and an earthy smell while sitting at the water's edge is more than enough to get you dreaming of never leaving the place. Picnics near the lake, especially if there are cranes and ducks to accompany you, are a real treat. There is no fear of high tide washing away your belongings, and so you can relax for as long as you want, perhaps even take a nap while the wind plays with your hair. On a sunny day, setting up a barbeque is also a great way to spend the afternoon. Watching the kids play a game, or running around chasing each other, is something that doesn't change. Some lakes allow boating, and it is a fun activity, especially if left to man the boat yourself.

At lakes, the temperature difference between day and night is larger. Planning overnight trips to the lakeside can be very rewarding. There is a different vibe to the sunrise and sunset at the lake, and the cool breeze at both times, coupled with a stark heat spike in the afternoon offers a holistic vacation experience.

Joel Asher Samuel, a young student from the city, has this to say about lakeside experiences, "I associate beaches with a lot of people and hub-bub, but I associate lakes to being left alone, so I prefer lakes. I don't think there is anything you can't do on a lake that you can on a beach. I imagine myself sitting and fishing on a lake, there being a scenic atmosphere around it, a small house that is rented for me. I think it's important to socialize less at least until we reach herd immunity."


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