Workspace odyssey: Returning to work in a new world

A band jamming over video calls, an entrepreneur moves office to her dining table: What going back to work means in a pandemic
By: Madhu Kapparath, Naini Thaker
Published: Aug 1, 2020
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New Delhi: Gaango Devi, Tea stall owner

Devi reopened her tea stall on the pavement of an arterial road leading to the Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi, about a month ago. “They all fled,” she says, referring to the labourers who used to flock to her stall through the day. “I don’t know when they’ll be back.” Most of her customers were employed by MSME units that dot the industrial hub. With the buzz gone, Devi waits for the occasional motorist who stops for a cigarette break. “I set up the stall again because I got bored sitting at home,” she says.