Author Archives: Archana

About Archana

I'm Indian and Canadian, and many other countries in between. I read comics every morning and believe the world could do with slowing down.

Imperfect, Happy Holidays

It’s the holiday season, a time when joy is permeating all over the world. I love this time of year because it means boisterous family reunions, time off for self-reflection and personal growth, and festive cheer everywhere. Of course, things … Continue reading

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Travel Tales: Odisha

Odisha is perhaps India’s best kept secret. I visited this gentle state recently and felt like I had entered one of Satyajit Ray’s films from the 1950s. Fields of paddy cover the land as far as the eye can see. … Continue reading

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Marathwada Diaries: Where Everyone Knows Your Name

You know that feeling when you walk down the street and people call you by your name? As a city-dweller, I’m not used to it. I consider myself lucky that my neighbourhood grocer and cornershop proprietor recognize me enough to … Continue reading

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Bright, red nail polish

Sometimes, a girl just needs bright, red nail polish. I am finding the world quite taxing these days. It’s hotter than it should be in November, thanks to global warming. I take a deep breath and it feels like I’ve … Continue reading

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On Unpleasant Things And What They Teach Us

The yellowed, dying leaf drifted slowly towards the ground. Its green brothers, luminous and firm, watched silently. In the next instant, the wind moved playfully through them, as if the yellow leaf had never existed. I took a sip of … Continue reading

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The Human-ness of a Real Conversation

There is nothing more soul-fulfilling than a friend. I met a dear friend for an evening out recently. He and I have been in touch over digital airwaves, yet the inadequacy of social media technology was fully exposed within the … Continue reading

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Toilets in India: Now A Seat of Respect

“Hey, what’s that?” I asked, rubber necking as our taxi sped down the road. I had seen a row of portable toilets with a big, bold sign on each door. “Did that say┬áIzzat Ghar?” My companion shrugged blankly. “Izzat Ghar … Continue reading

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