The Commune: Pause and reflect

Dear friends, Earlier this year, I moved from a slightly busy, roadside house into a quieter, greener house. I found a corner of the house with a view of trees, with visiting birds to place my work desk. I wanted to be able to look out and see open spaces during the day. Initially IContinue reading “The Commune: Pause and reflect”

The Commune: Living with the wild

Dear Friends, As I sat down to write on this month’s theme of wilderness in the city, I decided to take a moment and close my eyes to consider just what would pop into my head. As it turned out, it was a surprising lot! Images of dark sinuous cobras in my Bangalore backyard; theContinue reading “The Commune: Living with the wild”

The Commune: A wild-like refuge

Dear Friends, Last month, I signed up for a walk in my neighbourhood—Mumbai Overstory: A Tree Walk led by @sananda_mukho. As our group of 6 slowly meandered along the bylanes of Bandra, Sananda stopped to draw our attention to the shape of a leaf, the musculature of the trunk of a gulmohar, the seed pod of the redContinue reading “The Commune: A wild-like refuge”

The Commune: Reframing adolescent mental health

Dear friends, When the pandemic began in 2020 – now what seems like ages ago, I noticed that all the children in my building were initially excited by the sudden change in their schedules. Their school days were shorter and remote, and they were mostly at home. But as the days, months went by, their restlessnessContinue reading “The Commune: Reframing adolescent mental health”

The Commune: Reclaiming Home

Dear Friends, In the early days of my first job with a Bangalore based NGO that worked on urban ecology and development issues, I remember asking the founder why he chose to do the work he did. It was a small organisation with limited resources. Often each of us, its few employees working on smallContinue reading “The Commune: Reclaiming Home”

The Commune: All Around Us

Dear Friends, I was on a call yesterday where there were many people from different parts of the country. Each of us spoke a bit about what we were witnessing around us. In some places there was extreme heat, like not experienced before. In another there were heavy storms with severe uprooting of trees and a lot ofContinue reading “The Commune: All Around Us”

The Commune: Systems of Care

Dear friends, I went to a public hospital, a few weeks ago. Spread over a hefty acreage one would imagine that this old hospital was once spacious, therapeutic and open with sprawling trees and chirping birds. When I visited though there was a constant honking of too many vehicles lined up bumper to bumper andContinue reading “The Commune: Systems of Care”

The Commune: Daring to Connect

Dear Friends, Last month, I signed up for a memoir writing workshop. It was a 16-person strong group from across the country and my first experience of its sort. I was expecting writing tips and discussions on form and style. What unfolded was something I was unprepared for. “Tell us something about yourself that you wouldn’tContinue reading “The Commune: Daring to Connect”

The Commune: Hopeful Action

Dear friends, Recently I was reading the Mary Oliver poem, ‘Of the Empire’ “We will be known as a culture that feared deathand adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurityfor the few and cared little for the penury of themany. We will be known as a culture that taughtand rewarded the amassing of things, thatContinue reading “The Commune: Hopeful Action”