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I’ve told this story so many times in different contexts. When I was in kindergarten, we were supposed to paint self-portraits on A3 papers. They were to fill the whole paper, which was a struggle for me as I usually drew and painted things very small, leaving a lot of white space on most papers. That day, I refused. For…

Wisdom pieces scattered all around the globe Para a versão em português, acesse aqui. “Hey, Claudinha! I just recommended you to share your life lesson with the World Wisdom Map led by Project FUEL!”. I knew very little about what that recommendation meant, but I readily accepted it. Sharing wisdom pieces across the globe was the kind of project that my global-citizen self would…

Every December, I sit down to reflect and condense my learnings from the year gone by. Needless to say, the past 366 days were packed with lessons of a deeper and different kind. Here’s a list of what 2020 taught me: Jumping sideways is progress too, not just moving forward. Give yourself credit for not being stuck.  Those who never…

By virtue, our life revolves around the built environment. Through our journey, we have come across buildings that have been there for centuries. Some stand tall, oozing the grandeur of the past, while some stand-in dismay, hoping to be loved again. Each of them has seen a fair share of life filled with joy and some near-death experiences. “With age…

If there was one thing I could change when I hear someone say: ‘I hope you find your calling’, I would gently tweak it to: ‘I hope you find the direction of your calling’.  What you dedicate your life to is the direction of your calling, or what you hope your calling is. That is the only thing you can…

Smile, bullying

A few years ago, a friend from Calcutta gifted me a Ruskin Bond book with a note that said, “Always be the eye-smiler, you are”. I was so moved by that compliment; both for its freshness and its fervour. For the past few months, I have been making a mental note of all the things that are said about my smile.…

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The new decade has ushered in revolutionary changes in our life. It would surely be mentioned as the most transformational chapter of the century. As quoted by the British novelist Pico Iyer, “The beauty of being foreign is that it snaps you awake”. And that is exactly what this year has brought to us. Being in self-isolation is probably the…

Fear is riddled with contradictions; especially in times of a pandemic like the COVID-19. We prepare for the worse while deeply hoping that the stocking up of toilet paper in bulk, hand sanitizer, pasta and everything consumable, ensures that we survive. Perhaps that is why Albert Camus, a Nobel laureate for literature, who saw humanity at its most vulnerable period…

Every December, I sit down to reflect and condense my learnings from the year gone by. This was a magical year and full of life lessons. Here’s a list of what 2019 taught me: 1- Have space for unexpected love in your life. This will make room for both hope and joy. 2- Relax if things are difficult when you…

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