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.
Over the past month, quite a few phone conversations I've had have gone like this: “Hello” “Hi” “So, how are things going?” “Okay, I guess…you know, just sitting at home. What’s new with you?” “Same as you…nothing really new to talk about….” Most of the time, we find ourselves repeating the same facts about our… Continue reading Building Connection by Engaging with Stories Together
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
With our privilege, comes our power to support people who are already marginalised in our society and whose suffering has increased due to the COVID 19 crisis. This post looks at how we can support waste-pickers who perform and essential function in our cities and stand to be deeply affected by the crisis and the lockdown.
At a time when we need to isolate ourselves physically, how can we remain connected with each other? One answer is by expressing our gratitude to others. Gratitude in the simplest of terms means to be mindful of our blessings. Normally, caught in our whirlwind of busyness, we are hardly able to spare a minute… Continue reading Connecting with Others: Saying Thank You to People We Haven’t Thanked Before