1. Hit the snooze:
As much as we whine away about missing school and what not, a little part of our mind, way at the back, is screaming “YES! I don’t have to wake up early tomorrow!” as soon as a hartal is declared. But sleeping throughout the day is something absolutely impossible. Though I know a few people here and there who can spend the whole day in bed, it is beyond my comprehension how they pull it off. But I, for one, cannot lie in a bed for even a minute after I wake up. That is when I sit up and plan the rest of my apparent ‘holiday’.
Of course, catching up on assignments and homework is always an option for those who like to spend their day surrounded with difficult words and numbers, but why waste such precious time on textbooks? I’m not trying to give bad advice here, but really, let’s get real- how many of us want to stick to the plan of studying on a holiday?
2. Clanking all those pots and pans:
Cooking is a great way to spend a part of your day. Give your mom a break and let your inner chef out. Make a mess, sprinkle flour all over the kitchen, leave vegetable peels all around the sink, but make sure your end product is lip-smacking (clean up afterwards, of course, before your mom makes you stop reading Star Campus!). If you don’t know how to cook, get into the groove by looking up recipes of your favourite dishes on the internet, assemble your ingredients and get cracking.
3. Words and Pages:
Being a book-lover myself, I will never miss out on the opportunity to read a good book on a day when there is nothing to do. If you don’t read books (which is quite depressing), now is an excellent time to start. The Ekushey Boi Mela just ended a few weeks ago, I am sure there are tons of Zafar Iqbal, Anisul Haque, Kishore Upannayashs, old time mysteries and so many more waiting to be read. Books like Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J K Rowling and Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams are good options for those who like sci-fi and fantasy, where as Little Women by Louisa May Alcott or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen are good for those who like a little more ‘real life’ into what they’re reading. And of course, the age old Goosebumps and Fear Street by R L Stine are still present in every book-lovers list from the 90′s.
4. Getting physical:
Gaming or working out are also great ways to keep yourself busy during the lazy afternoons. Keeping your mind and body active, these activities are bound to get your adrenaline rushing and keeping you excited and hyped for an hour or two. Although, working out may tire you out after a while, true gamers know how long they can go with their eyes glued to the television and fingers fidgeting around the joystick.
5. It’s family time:
Hartals can also be a great way to spend more time with the family. With schedules as busy as ours, being students, and nowadays with part time jobs and happening social lives, we barely get time to stay home and spend some quality time with the folks and siblings. So utilise this time to become more of a family person. Take out an old board game like the ones you played when you were just kids, like Snakes and Ladders or Monopoly and indulge in some great laughs and make new memories with the most important people in your life.
Yes, the country is in absolute turmoil and grave danger, but there is only so much we can do about it now that the ‘big guns’ have once again taken random control over the situation thinking they’re actually ‘setting things straight’ (who are they kidding, right?) . But we can always make our own day out of what they call a ‘strike’ and shove their anger on their faces while we make the best out of it.