Oviya Reddi and her novel methods to beat the stillness of lockdown was borne out of a fundamental truth — the simple joys of life get appreciated even more in times as uncertain as these.
Golf has been a priority to an extent that the 20-year-old bracketed a promising academic career as “Plan B” and chose a path that entails scanning vast tracts of green lands with a couple of clubs by the side.
So, when the pandemic created a divide between Oviya and her first love, it wasn’t a happy situation and against the driving force, “Golf for me is like electrons gravitating towards the nucleus”.
Yet to complete a full season of pro golf on the Women’s Golf Association of India, the pangs of separation got her thinking. Fighting off boredom was one aspect, the other and more important was the joy of listening to the sound of club connecting with the golf ball.
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Soon, the Reddi house got converted into a mini golf course, or an obstacle course as Oviya prefers to call the innovation, and all the clubs in her bag came into play. Even the driver. The privilege of being the only child saved Oviya as there are quite a few breakages, but she can now claim better ball control, and that will be put to test once tournaments resume.
There was cooking too and though her generous friends claim the stuff she rustled up was good, Oviya believes otherwise. The family also got plenty of time to bond and it was over swaying to golden oldies. The tracks played on an iPod that resurfaced after a decade, but functioned as if it had never been put away.