The Ticket

It was when I was pregnant, working for the love of working, so much that I worked till the last trimester. I would commute by bus since the middle of my second trimester, as driving was a strain, rather I enjoyed sitting in peace listening to the Garbh Sanskar Mantra on Red FM sometimes. Purple…

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…

We were Strangers Once

While delivering his speech on November 21, 2014, the then US President Barack Obama had, in his 15 minute address from the White House, said in relation to the new policies of US immigration — that deporting millions is “who we are” and cited Scripture, saying: “We shall not oppress a stranger for we know…

The Joy of Giving

In all my life so far I have largely worked and lived for myself and people who are related to me; my family, my friends and other near ones. Since the last few months though, there is this intense fight in my mind to find my purpose and do something for society; anything for anyone….

Sonder

The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living despite one’s personal lack of awareness of it. Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a project, to create a compendium of invented words…

Solitary Pursuit

Reading is a solitary pursuit, even a lone passage to a separate world. Yet to read in public, amid strangers, gives it another dimension. Sometimes the city speaks to the page, or the page seems to open up to people passing by. An outdoor reader shares the pulse of a timeless urban conversation between the…

The Criminals Amongst Us

Those faces in the crowd, Don’t they fascinate you? Strangers going to their own destination that you know nothing about, and others coming from faraway places to live a life that you don’t know. Do you wonder how many monsters live inside those happy faces? What kind of ruthlessness lies behind those kind looking eyes?…