The Commune: Seeding Hope

Dear Friends, A few months ago, Arpita, my friend and colleague here at TCC, handed me four packets of seeds for my birthday. Carefully gathered from her garden and the plants that cross her path wherever she wanders, they were retrieved from her seed bank and packed into hand-labelled paper envelopes. Other than micro greensContinue reading “The Commune: Seeding Hope”

The Commune: Tending to the Earth

Dear friends, How have we come to the end of 2021 already? A part of me feels like the entire year went too fast and another feels like the time passed has been excruciatingly slow. Through this time of so much loss and grief, we all held onto the small and big joys around us.Continue reading “The Commune: Tending to the Earth”

The Commune: Entering Deep Time

Dear Friends, Somewhere deep in the mountainside of West Texas, a clock is currently being built. It is a massive undertaking into the future for what’s special about the clock is that it is designed to keep time for 10,000 years. As the founder of the project, Danny Hillis, describes it, “The century hand advances onceContinue reading “The Commune: Entering Deep Time”

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”