The novel coronavirus has smacked us right in the face with great uncertainty. The world thrives on planning for the future, often ignoring the present. This virus brought the world to a standstill and compelled everyone to work together and live in the present. The general functioning of systems is being questioned with great force,… Continue reading Building Hope: A Volunteer’s Experience During the Lockdown
I read a headline a few weeks ago- “For the first time, the number of cured cases surpasses the number of active cases in the country”- and I found myself ecstatic. It almost felt like a weight lifting off my chest: a momentary victory in this anxiety-inducing period that we are all collectively experiencing. The… Continue reading How media shapes our socially distanced lives
With the globally infamous pandemic that has caused an upsurge since last year, coronavirus has still remained to be quite deadly and fear-provoking. Whether it is as horrific as the media portrays it to be or is as trivial as the common flu, COVID-19 has managed to cripple our confidence and flagrantly stimulate paranoia. Studies… Continue reading COVID Myths: Debunked
We are going through a time of collective despair. The combined impacts of a pandemic, natural disasters and patriarchy-, racism- and caste-based violence can be overwhelmingly difficult to process. As we come face to face (not for the first time) with the lack of empathy and cruelty that human beings are capable of and how… Continue reading Keeping Hope Alive in a Messed Up World
It’s probably an understatement to say that the last few months have been challenging. COVID-19 upturned our schedules, filled us with fear and suspicion and plunged millions of people in India and the world into a crisis affecting access to food, livelihood and standard of living. Physical distancing norms and lockdown have also resulted in… Continue reading In the Overwhelming Times of Amphan and Covid, We Need Acts of Care
It’s going to be 2 months since most countries went under lockdown as a strategy to flatten the COVID-19 curve. While this lockdown has been of major help in controlling the spread of infection, it has also brought with it issues galore. Today, I’m going to focus on one issue that might seem minute, but, to… Continue reading Feeding Stray Animals: an Often Overlooked Way of Reaching Out
How to step out of our bubble and connect with others? This interview with The Curio-city Collective, an online platform on well-being and inter-connectedness in Indian cities gives us some insights.
It seems that, as people with privilege, we inhabit a different world than the migrant workers stranded in the lock down. Yet, our lives are inter-connected, and recognising this is essential in the pathway to justice.
What can we do to protect the environment, during and after to quarantine? This article gives us three steps to practice to reduce the suffering of the earth and of fellow human beings.
Some people aren’t always recognised as people- especially those who are different from us in some way. As middle and upper-class, privileged, urban-dwelling Indians (which many of us reading this post may be) we tend to look through the people who don’t do the things we do: who don’t go to office, work on computers,… Continue reading Domestic Workers: Value their Work, Recognise they are Human