How to run a flat — my lockdown diary

This pyramid is called Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Layer 1

  1. Warmth: India is already a hot place, so we didn’t need this we needed the opposite of this: cooling. We had the fans in our rooms, and they were working fine. We are both capable to swap out the capacitors if needed but it requires maintenance, and when we did the flat cleaning, the fan will get cleaned monthly.
  2. Water: The flat already came with enough water supply, so throwing money at this problem usually solves it, but I have a whole article about filtering water using gravity, also coming soon.
  3. Food: Now, this was challenging, brother had college and I had an office that I needed to attend to. We could only spare the minimum time required to get this done. So what do we do? We turned to the one thing that creates comfort zones: routines, which I’ll explain in the other section.
  4. Rest: If all the above goes great, then you can rest as long as you wanted. So, this is also sorted.

Layer 2

  1. Safety: We had a first aid kit in the house if we needed and a hospital was 2 mins walk from the flat. Thankfully, I had the foresight of checking the hospitals before I chose the flat, so, that saved on a lot of effort.
  2. Security: We lived in a gated society, it was very unlikely that unauthorized people could enter, much less in a lockdown.



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Samridh Tuladhar

Samridh Tuladhar


A computer engineer, with a passion for cheap, affordable & environmentally friendly automation and utter disdain for paperwork and waiting.