Coronavirus has been declared as a pandemic by the WHO – these tiny micro-organisms have brought the whole planet to a virtual stand-still and have stymied the apex species – humans! Today, when we are all under lockdown, amongst the many issues that we are facing, one that stands out is the loss of our socializing. Humans are intrinsically social creatures and being forced into isolation is playing havoc with most people’s minds and sensibilities.
It is at such times when residents of gated communities like Rustomjee’s Urbania, Seasons, Elements…amongst others find themselves at an advantage. In the times of lockdown and quarantine also, the sense of community is heightened. Every person in these developments knows they are not alone – they are facing this situation as a unit. There is help when needed and people cooperating and providing relevant information that keeps everyone in touch with each other even while they are maintaining social distancing. Every resident of the gated community project works towards making life that much easier for all who live there. Some may organize delivery of essential items, others may ensure that the elderly senior citizens living alone do not have to worry about food and medicines; still others may set up on-line challenges and games for kids to interact with their friends on a virtual platform and not get bored.
A common gated perimeter, common facilities, common issues being resolved with a common purpose – that is the sense of community that those in a gated community experience and it in times like these, it is invaluable!