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”

The Commune: Children’s Experiences of COVID-19

Dear friends, In late November, my sister set up a small library in the building for all the kids that lived here. Ever since then, the children in the building would come to the library to sit and read; colour and paint; play board games or just chat in the safety of this new spaceContinue reading “The Commune: Children’s Experiences of COVID-19”

The Commune: Women On The Front Lines

Dear friends, On March 15, my grandmother celebrated her 94th birthday halfway across the world with my aunt and uncle in whose care she now lives. It’s been three years since we’ve seen each other in the flesh. To mark the day and tend to the strong urge to see and hold her again, IContinue reading “The Commune: Women On The Front Lines”

The Commune: ‘To never look away. And never to forget.’

Dear friends, Many years ago I came across a quote and it immediately reminded me of a very specific moment and the very specific faces of women and young girls standing in a long snaking line that seemed to extend till the horizon of my sight. It was maybe a week after the terrible floodsContinue reading “The Commune: ‘To never look away. And never to forget.’”

The Commune: Healthcare Inequalities

Dear friends, According to C. E. A. Winslow, well known for creating one of the most used definitions for public health said: “Public Health is the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and efficiency through organized community efforts (…)” With such a huge healthcare crisis looming over us,Continue reading “The Commune: Healthcare Inequalities”