In what almost looks like a dystopian world, the COVID-19 pandemic made masks a true necessity. In the beginning of the pandemic, hand sanitizers and masks flew off the shelves of stores, and even today stepping out without a mask is not something one should be doing.This has also led to trends in masks – fashion designers announcing a special mask collection, some gold fanatics splurging to make masks out of the yellow metal and the most recent, masks but with your face printed on it.In March 2020, as the graveness of the pandemic began to really hit world leaders, countries around the world began shutting down borders and ordered nationwide lockdowns restricting people to their homes. And that also meant the beginning of the new normal – work from home. From what we thought would be a few months of enjoying work from home has turned into corporates all across the world including the likes of Google, Microsoft, announcing WFH until at-least mid-2021. The WFH culture also meant the rise of online meetings – so much so that you would be counted in the lucky few in the world if you haven’t received an invite for an e-webinar. Zoom calls shot up, corporates took up Zoom packages as all meetings went online and the company ‘Zoom’ is today valued at a whopping $109 billion. If you had been waiting for your big, fat Indian wedding, 2020 brought you the ‘Zoom wedding’ or the online wedding phenomenon. After postponing wedding plans for many months, couples in India finally gave in to host 50-people weddings and instead broadcasted their weddings online for friends and family. From the fitness freaks to the ones who wanted to shed the lockdown weight, 2020 also saw the rise of online fitness regimes. E-commerce companies saw a boom in the sale of home fitness equipment while startups like Cure.fit went online to offer fitness classes to people from home. Even the likes of Apple have now surrendered to the fitness trend with digital subscriptions across its products.One of the biggest changes around us was the complete shift to online education. As schools and colleges shut down in the beginning of March, all of them made the transition to online. For hundreds of teachers across the country, the lockdown didn’t just mean they were stuck inside their homes, it also meant they had to suddenly learn all about ‘Zoom classes’ and online learning. Teachers, who have been used to the blackboard and chalk all their lives, now had to create excel sheets and learn to ‘share screen’.While this led to the growth of India’s edtech startups, it also led to hilarious confusions between teachers and students where the only words heard were “mute yourself!” As theatres closed doors, it also led to the boom of new shows and films being released on OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar and others! From Season 4 of The Crown to the Indian hit show Scam 1992, Indians used this time to chill and catch up on their favourite shows this year, all in comfort of their homes.With the lockdown, as househelps, cooks also were restricted to their homes, people donned their chef hats and learnt new recipes online. And of course, plating their dishes perfectly to ensure it fits right into their Instagram. From cooking videos becoming the most popular search on YouTube, to how to make paneer being one of the most searched on Google and viral trends like Dalgona coffee taking off and how. The one thing that was a blessing in disguise for many in 2020 – is that they finally learnt how to cook.