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”

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”