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.

Forget the fitness gadgets, what you need is already in your kitchen

I have a monthly calendar, which hangs in my kitchen, next to my fridge. It’s one of those common calendars that hang in any Indian households, called Kalnirnay. I look at it 8-10 times a day, from the morning, when … Continue reading

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Pick a herd that helps you change yourself

Herds. They don’t just describe cattle, they also describe us. Herd mentality, herd behaviour – these phrases exist because they are accurate observations of what we do, following what others are saying and doing, moving along with whatever is the … Continue reading

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The social nature of behaviour change

Is behaviour change individual or social? A lot of stuff I hear about forming new habits is solo stuff: making your resolution, writing it down, creating a routine, monitoring the progress, realising success. It’s all just you. If it’s about … Continue reading

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Sitting with restlessness

We all know restlessness, that feeling of unease. It sneaks up on you like a thief in the night and before you know it, has permeated everywhere. One moment you are cheerful, flowing with life. The next moment, that harmonious … Continue reading

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Imperfect fitness sessions

There are good days, and there are, well, not-so-good days. The important thing is to show up. This is true for life, and it’s true for fitness. (It’s actually the banal things in life that often prove more challenging to … Continue reading

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An early start to New Year’s Resolutions

It’s going to be New Year’s Resolutions season soon. We’re getting into the throes of hedonism in these last two months of the year. Repentance is scheduled for 1 January. I’ve written about well-intentioned resolutions before, and how they fall … Continue reading

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A thousand tiny choices

Grit. The best four-letter word. Grit is mental toughness, it is what makes success. It’s not talent – not your naturally endowed intelligence nor or an innate physical strength – that decides if you will rise to the top. Instead, … Continue reading

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