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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…

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.…

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…

Almora, weaver, weaving, craft, mountains, Uttarakahnd,

Perched on the top of a lush green hill in Almora, stands the Hans Himadri Handloom Centre. Its red brick walls buzz with the hushed voices of the women who work inside in synchronicity with the sounds of their looms in motion. Large wooden blocks laced with finely spun wool gives shape to not just velvety pashmina shawls, colorful nettle…

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 2018 taught me: 1- Neither the mountain nor the valley will hurt you. It's what's in between that is dangerous. Hold your space. Reach out for help. Evolve as…

"People transitioning into stories, experiences, slipping into anecdotes of what once stretched to conquer a full day, packed with 24 hours of being a reality, and now suddenly is nothing but capsules of nostalgia that will unexpectedly show up, asking for a home amidst the conversations with strangers and moments of self-reflection.”

Maya Angelou was the ultimate teacher. She would have been 90 today. Although, I never met her in person yet I feel I have known her personally. Through the elaborate writings, powerful poetry, essays, speeches she lives on. I was working late one evening at my first job when I heard the news that Maya had passed away in her…

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