Xeno

The smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers. It can be a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod or a shared laugh about some odd coincidence. Moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone. Coined in 2012 by John Koenig…

One last glance

My grandparents used to visit us at our house in Mumbai often. With every visit comes a cardboard box wrapped with thick nylon ropes and filled with all sorts of stuff from Kerala. Generally half a jackfruit, some coconuts, cashew nuts, small madras onions, cashew nuts, one packet of parottas and another packet of chili…