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.

Kerala Needs Us

Kerala, God’s own country, is getting lashed by Nature’s watery fury. The rains have been descending, wrathfully, unrelentingly, mercilessly until the whole state has been submerged under water. My tears add to the levels even as my heart breaks for … Continue reading

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Non-Actions Are Also Actions, Beware.

I read an article this evening that, hours later, is still reverberating in my head. To paraphrase its main thesis, Actions that we take have consequences. So do actions that we do not take.  (If you want to read the article, … Continue reading

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Brothers and Sisters

I was watching a rerun of New Girl on TV and there was a scene where one of the characters, Schmidt, thinks he may be becoming a father and he and his friend, Nick, are freaking out. Nick: I’m not ready … Continue reading

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A reflection about this blog

A few months ago, I committed to myself that I would write at least one post every week for my blog community. After all, we had found each other, spread out geographically, across all differences on the basis of a … Continue reading

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The truant sun

It has been cloudy for many days now. The monsoon cloak hangs carelessly across the sky, gray and heavy. As I drove home this evening, in the hour leading up to dusk, I saw the sun. I think it was … Continue reading

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My experiences with Vipassana meditation: Mindful eating

Recently, I went on a 10-day meditation retreat to learn Vipassana meditation. Vipassana means insight and the whole ten days were spent in silence, with no distractions of phones, reading, writing or conversations. No exchanges with the external world, not … Continue reading

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The moment between

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, there is a moment between an action and its reaction. A small moment, but a distinct, pristine, unique moment nonetheless. Like a pause. The pause after an inhaled breath and before its exhalation. Nothing … Continue reading

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