Beat The Lockdown Blues: Courses You Can Take Online Now

Hey, we get it. We're at home, some of us working, some of us are trying to find ways to amuse ourselves. While we're sure there's a lot that you can do, let's try and focus on what's productive - something that can help kill time and yet, teach you something you'll be able to use later. Well, skills stay for life, so we're on a mission to find you some cool ones - free or paid, that you can pick from. Let's indulge, shall we? Be sure to bookmark this list of online courses that you can do while staying at home. 

Bonjour! Pick Up A New Language

We've all procrastinated over this one because who's had the time, right? Well, you can now pick a language of your choice (let us tell you, it's varied!) from Afrikaans to Korean, or stick to the mainstream French or even go local by learning Urdu, Tamil or Marathi. The choices are plenty and the course offered by Coursera will tell you how many hours it will take, the skills you will gain, flexible deadlines and more. Check them out here

Cost: Depending on the course you pick (either free or paid) 

Become A Champion Mixologist

You know, the best part about this course by Udemy is that you don't need any prior experience. This is your chance to mix 16 classic and contemporary 5-star cocktails at home, something that even skilled professionals would be proud of. You get to shake, stir, layer and build your drinks with skills of the best mixologists. You also learn how to make eye-catching garnishes and make your cocktails 'show-stoppers'. We love the sound of that. Check it out here.    

Cost: INR 1,920

Course Includes: 2.5 hours on-demand video, 16 downloadable resources, certificate of completion

Learn A New Dance Form

There are quite a few of us with two left feet. If you think you want to learn an Indian dance from, Dance Class Online by Divya Music will teach you all you need to know about Indian classical dances, western dance moves or even tribal dance. Check them out here

Online classes take place either on Skype or Google Hangouts and the admission fee is INR 1,050 approx. 

If you think that hip hop or even ballroom dancing is your scene, check out Learn To Dance, a website that teaches you to dance from your homes with their HD videos. There's a free online section that we've loved, because you can choose from a variety of options. Find them here

Cost: Dance Class Online - From INR 1,050 approx / Learn To Dance - Free. 

Learn How To Cartoon

Many of you are skilled cartoonists, and with the market saturated with so many talented folk, you need to understand how to market your cartoons. Well this course not only teaches you cartooning, but also teaches you on the importance of marketing it. Check it here.  

Cost: Free

Learn Some Music

If you want to want to go back to traditional roots, then look no further than Shankar Mahadevan Academy where you can learn Hindustani and Carnatic music. The Academy offers vocal courses for adults as well as children, but that's not all. If you're already a trained classical singer, you may also want to check out the teacher's training course that will give you a certification to carry on the tradition of Indian classical music to others who are interested.

Check them out here

Cost: Hindustani Classical or Carnatic Music classes begin at INR 9,000 

Become A Pro Photo Editor

Everyone believes they are good photographers, thanks to the latest in mobile tech. But the difference between five likes and 5,000 likes on Instagram is the way the picture is edited. This is why we recommend a photo editing course. There are hundreds of such courses online, but we strongly recommend the one by Dan Scott on Skillshare. It is 87 classes, and a total of 8 hours and 36 minutes of coursework. During this lockdown, what better way to kill time than learn and practice. Check it out here

Cost: Sign up to know the price of this course 

Stir Things Up With A Cooking Course

Cooking is a real part of life and what better way to learn this fun skill than with a course that focuses on specific details that you're after? Skillshare has a wide variety of topics to pick from - baking, multiple cuisines, culinary, dessert, diet, food & drinks, nutrition, recipes and so much more. Pick a topic, pick a course and get going already! 

 Cost: Certain courses are free, some are paid.

Yoga, Fitness, Exercise & Diet With Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty, who has been an advocate for fitness and health, has partnered with the Fit India App, an initiative up by the Government of India and made the premium ‘21-Day Weight Loss Program’ free for all users. Not just this, even the ‘Meditation for Relaxation’ program will be available for free for this time period. It's time to give your health some more focus and stay fit, mentally and emotionally. Check it out here.

Cost: Free for 21 days 

Bonus

Did you know that the leading Ivy League Colleges in the world, which include Harvard and Princeton, have around 450 online courses available? These courses include English in Journalism from University of Pennsylvania, Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life from Yale University, and a bunch of others. And yes, you did read that right. They are free of cost! Check them out here