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Lockdown drives demand for home automation appliances

MUMBAI: When the lockdown was imposed, freelance writer Deepa Nair was faced with the overwhelming task of managing chores of not only her family of four in an upscale Mumbai neighbourhood but also that of her elderly mother who resides in the same building. Her husband, who works for a leading grocery delivery company, was also unable to pitch in due to his busy schedule. This is when she discovered that home automation solutions could bail her out to an extent.

“Pre-lockdown we would never have thought about getting robotic vacuum cleaners for our household as it just didn’t justify the high cost. Yet, as soon as non-essential goods delivery was allowed we bought both robotic vacuum cleaners as well as a dishwasher when it became clear that the society wouldn’t allow domestic help entry in the near future,” said Nair.

Though the devices were not as efficient as her trusted help, the pressure to manage work, meetings, online learning schedules of children as well as the health concerns for her family member prompted her to go for these purchases. She is not the only member in her society’s WhatsApp groups. Several families actually deliberated and put together bulk purchase orders with discounts to procure these appliances.

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