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A Child’s Diary: Shivan Sharma’s Corona Lockdown Days in Kathmandu, Nepal

We are encouraging children to write diaries and share with us. We are presenting Shivan Sharma, a 11-year old boy, who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. Here are his thoughts (no edits, no filters):

April 9, 2020

Day 10: Guess what people do when they are in lockdown. They read, clean, cook and spend time with the mobile phone

Hello, welcome back!! Today, I don’t have anything much to share but, here are my feelings for today. And a little information about how I spent my day! Also about 1 question of my lockdown survey. Let me start with the analysis report. 

78 people have done this survey now.  And my second question was “What do you do through your day?”. Here is what people say.

The options were:

  1. Read 
  2. Clean
  3. Sleep 
  4. Cook
  5. Virtual Classes 
  6. Write
  7. Chat 
  8. Mobile
  9. Other

The first position goes to “Read” with a count of 53 that is 67.9%. I would consider that well because then you won’t feel lonely. It is also fun if you might be thinking that it is boring. I also read and have completed reading 3 books after I started this diary. It also enhances your thinking + reading ability. I am also hoping that everyone else does it as well. I hope so.  

And the task with the second position is “Clean” with a count of  48 and a percentage of 61.5%. It is logical as you are at home and you need to sanitize it, so I am not surprised. Did you click that? Just kidding. I also do the same but, I have not filled the form yet, though. Do I clean though? Yes, I do and I help my sisters as well in it. But, I mostly do it for my own benefit. Hahaha!!

And the third position goes to “Mobile” and “Cook” with an equal count of 46 and a percentage of 59%. It is true because these two things= Happiness these days.

I was shocked for 1 reason though. Before, “Mobile” was far ahead with 29 when there were 32 responses and now, it is down to the third position. I do not use mobiles as I don’t have one, but, I do cook some specific things like Rotis, beans, and tea. I am confident at cooking these days, but, other things cant be handled by me at all. 

There are more but I will only show it in a list (rank wise)

  1. Read =53 (67.9%)
  2. Clean =48 (61.5%)
  3. Mobile & Cook=46 (59%)
  4. Chat=43 (55.1%)
  5. Write=31 (39.7%)
  6. Sleep=28 (35.9%)
  7. Virtual Classes=22 (28.2%)
  8. Work=27 (35%)

That is my report of today. And now my wonderings. Look at these pictures and I’ll tell you something. 

Don’t you wish to go out over there and play with your friend at the roof? I would. But, our great king (AKA Lock-down) has prevented us from doing so. I can’t even step out of my house. That is so unfair. So here’s what I want you to do. Go to the temple or church nearby when you go to buy some home necessaries, pray at the door to end this pandemic soon. 

And my second thought. Were Ebola and SARS equally deadly or deadlier? For me, definitely deadlier, because the Coronavirus sounds mild and 80% of cases survive because of their carefulness even after getting the virus. Do you think it is true? Tell me tomorrow or in the comments. Bye!! See you!!

April 8, 2020

Day 9: Guess how people are feeling about the lockdown! I am sharing my survey results.

Hello, everyone!!! I am so excited today. Let me tell you all about today.

It has been very windy and as I might have heard people say that this is the time of the year where we have to be familiar with strong winds. Let’s move that aside though, and focus on what has to be shared. Of course!! I feel so excited to share my analysis reports of my form which was about lock-down, remember? We have 74 responses!! 

My first question in that form was “ How do you feel during this lock-down?” and my options were:

  1. Lonely 
  2. Happy
  3. Stressed
  4. Frightened

I never thought that this would lead, but, “Stressed” is leading with a percentage of 40.5%. I mean, it is logical as so many people are scared and many thoughts might be coming in their mind and stressing them out. If it was me though, I would say “Happy”.

The second position goes to “Happy” . It has a percentage of 31.1%. It is good to enjoy rather than to stress out. It can help us in self-controlling ourselves.

So now, we come to the third position. And the third position goes to “Lonely” with a percentage of 13.5%. It is true because even I had felt lonely sometimes.

After that, I have not even looked at the responses and I do not want to. 

Well, after that it has been a normal day ahead except for me adding a new diary of my sister . This is what she wrote.

” I feel bored but happy also because I can spend time with my mother. I do online courses and gain some knowledge by sitting in a corner of a room. I miss the food from hotels. So, my mother made me homemade pizza, panipuri, and cake. In free time I cook and watch a movie. This is what I did in my Lockdown Time. So, I request you all not to go out of your home. All of you Stay safe and Stay healthy  


  1. Simple and real. Out of many, your strength on talking to strangers is my favorite one. Life is all about exploring and understanding what is already out there. I wish you lots of love and luck to first keep writing and second love what you do in life ❤️.

  2. Hello again, Shivan! What an amazing bundle of talent you are! Reading your blog brings a smile on my face. I feel like I have known you for so long. Congrats for finishing your exams. Have a great summer break. I know your genius mind wont sit idle at any cost, even on a summer break! Keep writing and amazing your readers. And as a mother myself, lastly would like to add that the more a mother yells at her children the more she loves them 🙂 speaking outa’ personal experience here! hehe! TC. Xoxoxo to you and your mama! ♥️

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