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.

Accidental mindfulness

I was at a workshop recently, for which i was quite excited. I’d get to meet new peers from other companies and industries who shared a love for telling stories. I was looking forward to swapping ideas, asking questions, voicing … Continue reading

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Want to be cool? Use a toilet, says the Government of India

Remember when you wanted to be a part of the cool kids’ group in school? Everyone wanted to be with the cool kids, and if you were one or associated with one, you were accepted. Not just accepted, you were … Continue reading

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I’m easily manipulated

This weekend, I learned something about myself as a shopper. I’m quite dumb, it turns out. It seems I am perfectly okay to pay for an overpriced lip balm when the manufacturers declare, in just one line, that they will … Continue reading

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Getting started on those lofty resolutions

As the year draws to an end, I like to reflect on how the year went and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming new year. Last weekend, I wrote down that I wanted to write more, with more … Continue reading

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The Mindful Buddhist

Be mindful. To live happily, this is the advice given by Buddhist masters. It sounds simple enough, but what exactly does it mean? For three days in early June, I saw it in action, right in front of me. Mindfulness … Continue reading

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The brush-off

I was walking back from Carter Road, a lively promenade that embraces the Arabian Sea, when he brushed past me, this lanky dude of maybe 20 years, earphones tightly plugged into his dark ears. I was startled, and slowed down … Continue reading

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When a song made me a kid again

This morning, I was exploring Indian classical music on YouTube, and stumbled on Bhimsen Joshi’s Majhe maher pandhari. It’s one of his famous devotional songs, though I’m not personally familiar with it. As I listened to the circular rhythm of … Continue reading

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