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.

Why don’t we share anymore?

A butterfly greedily sucks nectar from bright, pink flowers on a shrub in front of me. First one, then another, then yet another. For their part, the flowers are in full bloom and wait patiently for their turn. Why do … Continue reading

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How to survive chaos

The world is seething these days, tumbling in all directions in a hot, angry spill. I wonder how to cope some days. I scroll over a few news nuggets and am sickened in my stomach. And then I chance upon … Continue reading

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It’s a wonderful world

A few days ago, I wrote a little piece on Kerala and how it feels like I am walking in God’s own country (which is their state tag line, so apt). It got the most likes of any of my … Continue reading

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Ode to Kerala

Kerala, God’s own country. That’s what the state billed as its tagline when it launched the Kerala tourism campaign many, many years ago. A better description of oneself I have yet to see. Come to Kerala, any part of the … Continue reading

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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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