The Commune: On Being Busy

Dear friends, Recently a friend messaged on a WhatsApp group asking, “how you doing?” The response to it was a neat schedule of the day’s plans from one other friend on the group. I marvelled at how well her day was scheduled. They like me had spent most of their growing up years with adultsContinue reading “The Commune: On Being Busy”

The Commune: The Value of Leisure

Dear Friends, This newsletter edition should have been out on the 15th but something strange has been happening since a while. A kitten called Oggy has recently become a part of my household and Oggy is quite convinced that the lap and the laptop – both are strategically designed to provide him the perfect warmthContinue reading “The Commune: The Value of Leisure”

The Commune: Making room for rest

Dear Friends, Over the past week, I’ve been revisiting poet and author David Whyte’s Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words. It’s a book that reflects on 52 everyday words and gently unpacks them to explore their complexity – words like memory, longing, loss and vulnerability.  The one I’ve been sitting withContinue reading “The Commune: Making room for rest”

The Commune: Nurturing Transformative Change

Dear friends, I cannot believe it’s been a whole 9 months since we began our podcast journey. So much has changed for us, for the world, since January 2020. I am not sure it has been the year any of us had imagined. Through this journey we have explored many topics including our growing wasteContinue reading “The Commune: Nurturing Transformative Change”

The Commune: A Question of Well-Being

Dear Friends, I’ve been sitting with two words for a few weeks: well-being. For one, as it’s the theme we’ve chosen to speak to this September as we come to the end of Season 1 of The CurioCity Collective Podcast. It’s the place where the journey began for all of us—the need to reimagine ourContinue reading “The Commune: A Question of Well-Being”

The Commune: Children & the new normal

Dear friends, We are mid-way through August and with the end of this month it will be five months since the first lockdown came into place in India and social distancing became the ‘new normal’. When I chat with my nephews on the phone, they tell me that they have barely left home through thisContinue reading “The Commune: Children & the new normal”

The Commune: No Child Left Behind

Dear friends, A friend and I were talking at the beginning of the pandemic about the compulsory wearing of masks. She was nervous about having to wear the mask every time she went out. So she began to wear it for short bursts of time at home. First five minutes, then ten minutes and slowlyContinue reading “The Commune: No Child Left Behind”

The Commune: Zen and the Art of Rainwater Harvesting

Dear Friends, In 2005, I got on a train from Mumbai to Vaitarna with a few classmates from the media course I was pursuing at Sophia College. We travelled north on a two and a half hour journey, armed with apples and sandwiches. It was an early morning departure to ensure that we could makeContinue reading “The Commune: Zen and the Art of Rainwater Harvesting”

The Commune: The Frugal City

Dear Friends, We spoke a bit about home in our episodes last month. Home is a complicated idea and I have been thinking about what home means to me. Travelling down memory lane, I landed at the memories of me running up and down my grandparents small house in the outskirts of Chennai during thoseContinue reading “The Commune: The Frugal City”

The Commune: Longing to Belong

Dear all, In the last few weeks our news has been inundated with the terrible plight of the migrant labourers through the period of the lockdown. Narratives and images have poured in of the poor – men, women and children – walking, cycling or hitching rides on cramped lorries and buses, travelling hundreds of kilometersContinue reading “The Commune: Longing to Belong”