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.

Kind or Smart?

Many years ago, I stumbled on one of Jeff Bezos’ commencement addresses. He described an early childhood experience, where he was in a car with his grandparents. His grandmother was a heavy smoker, and Bezos, in an attempt to show … Continue reading

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Create Things That Matter

I recently finished reading “Deep Work” by Cal Newport. It’s excellent for the way he argues about the inimitable value of focusing on a task and going deep into it. Flitting around on social media, from one app to another, … Continue reading

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The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the … Continue reading

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Friendliness is everywhere

Tired from a lingering cold, I nevertheless dragged myself out for a short afternoon walk. I had been cooped up inside for too long. Winter in Mumbai is sheer pleasantness and I wanted to take advantage of the cool, sunny … Continue reading

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Walking My Blues Away

Lazily, I stretched across the bed, willing my eyes to remain shut for a little bit longer. It was another glorious Saturday morning, which meant I could sleep in as long as I wanted. I flipped over, then flopped back. … Continue reading

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A Most Thoughtful Gift

The other day, my brother told me that this year he is going to send me one book a month. I squealed in delight. It is one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received. He knows I love … Continue reading

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When An Old Man Catches Your Eye

The old man shuffled across the street and paused at the divider. He caught my eye as I waited across from him for the signal to turn green. He was slight in build, maybe about 5’2″, a hint of a … Continue reading

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