Ahmedabad: It was March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic forced a lockdown in India and triggered similar measures across the world. Dozens of students in their final year of graduation suddenly had no idea what would happen in the months following the lockdown. Some found themselves stranded in foreign countries and others spent months away from their families, facing despair and loneliness.
Abhirami Suresh, an exhibition design student at the National Institute of Design (NID), has decided to chronicle these stories for posterity. As part of her graduation project, she created a âWhite Linesâ web repository containing stories, news, artwork and visual journals from students around the world.
The site also tried to measure coping mechanisms through surveys that found that 22% of respondents did not feel prepared for the changes, while 50% agreed to spend more time on social media than they did. ‘previously.
“I quickly send a message to everyone in my friends’ groups and if they are free I call someone or start texting them,” one of the accounts read. Another said: “I hope that would make people realize the value of a relationship (of whatever nature).” He went on to say, “Being apart for so long made it important to be in touch with our loved ones.”
Tanishka Kachru, associate senior member of the communications design faculty at NID, said several projects at the NID graduation exhibit explored the theme of the pandemic.