The Commune: It’s Time To Say Enough

Dear Friends, As part of our Book Club reading this month, I’ve been diving into Carl Honoré’s  In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed. Writing the summary for it, I found myself leaning heavily on the history of our collective obsession and addiction to speed, its antecedents being traced to the Industrial Revolution. “Industrial capitalism fed onContinue reading “The Commune: It’s Time To Say Enough”

The Commune: What is Enough?

Dear Friends, The festive season has been ongoing for a few weeks now first with Dussera and then of course, Diwali. All around us we see messages and advertisements about sales, presents and gifts. I was scrolling through Instagram last week and noticed how many prompts I received to buy new clothes or to participateContinue reading “The Commune: What is Enough?”

The Commune: An Invitation to Slowness

Dear Friends, A few days ago, I was revisiting a book that lives on my bedside table. “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future,” writes Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh. The first time IContinue reading “The Commune: An Invitation to Slowness”

The Commune: Responding to the Climate Crisis

Dear friends, It has been just over nine months since I began composting within my home. Everyday I segregate waste and follow the process of composting. Over these months, I have witnessed my garden grow and just last week, we harvested our first ever tomatoes born as compost gifts. This entire process which is slowContinue reading “The Commune: Responding to the Climate Crisis”

The Commune: A Code Red For Humanity

Dear Friends,On 9 August 2021, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest Report rather mundanely titled, ‘Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis’. Its contents however were far from mundane. It pointed out: “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land. (…) Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weatherContinue reading “The Commune: A Code Red For Humanity”

The Commune: Communities of Aid

Dear friends, As someone who’s been on Twitter for more than a decade now, I recently had a moment to pause and think about all the relief work for disasters and crises I’ve seen on there over the years. From #AssamFloodRelief in 2012 to #NEFloodRelief in 2014 to #JKFloodRelief in 2015 and so on till our most recent crisis, #COVIDEmergency. Seeing communitiesContinue reading “The Commune: Communities of Aid”

The Commune: “I’ll light up my soul with a match and let it sing.”

Dear Friends, Right in the thick of the second wave, my family and I, despite every possible precaution found ourselves swept into the raging storm of covid. One after the other, we fell sick through a period of one and a half months. I still remember that instinctive tightening in my chest and jaw asContinue reading “The Commune: “I’ll light up my soul with a match and let it sing.””

The Commune: A Space For Grief

Dear Friends, A few days ago, I was listening to the On Being podcast by Krista Tippett in conversation with clinical psychologist Christine Runyan. They were talking about the physiological impact of the pandemic and the stress response of the nervous system. In the wake of the heartbreak of the past few months, it was comforting toContinue reading “The Commune: A Space For Grief”