Monthly Archives: July 2017

Rude, the new normal

Every day, I look around, astonished, at the amplitude of rudeness around me. An auto rickshaw comes towards me, at me, on the wrong side of the road, and stares sullenly, audaciously. Voices rise at dissenting views, affronted by the … Continue reading

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An act of defiance

I show up. When the day goes wrong, and the urge sets in to burrow into the earth because I deem myself unworthy, I show up. When I stumble, over my own standards, against my better judgment, I still show … Continue reading

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The struggle with mindfulness

Hold the experience, I’m told. Stay with it, be in it. I take my agitation in a fierce gaze, in a bid to stare it down. Don’t react. I squeeze my eyes shut tightly. If I don’t see it, I … Continue reading

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The desire to be liked

For all the assertions of individuality and uniqueness, we humans have a primal desire to be liked. Millennia after we stopped being primates, we still haven’t let go of the instinct to be accepted, adored and worshipped by our peers … Continue reading

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Fresh starts

Fresh starts. We all seek them, especially around new year’s. It’s now July, and some of us, steeling our nerves, will be revisiting those new year’s resolutions we made so fervently and passionately on 1 January. So how’re we doing … Continue reading

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Stream of consciousness

The other day, I wrote about how only amateurs wait for inspiration to write. The real writers write, no matter what. But what if I can’t think of what to write? My mind is blank right now even as I’ve … Continue reading

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Is “woman” an adjective?

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Freakonomics, today, which featured the Harvard University president, Drew Gilpin Faust (what an awesome name). She talked about how, soon after she was appointed, someone asked her how she felt to … Continue reading

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