The Red Tenda of Bologna by John Berger

Over the eons, acknowledged literature has ranged from elegantly crafted haikus to verbose tales of valour running into thousands of pages. This very craft of communicating with an unique method is what has captured the interests of human beings ever since the beginning of civilisation. The Red Tenda of Bologna is an example of how…

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

The fact that strangers play a critical role in our lives seems antithetical and counter-intuitive to our rather narcissistic way of thinking. But the truth is that in a world of over 7 billion individuals, our immediate family, friends, communities and acquaintances, are merely but a statistical dot. True to his rather unorthodox choice of…

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Investing in personal growth is easily one of the most intuitive things one ought to be doing. Yet, it somehow never makes it to our to-do list, let alone languish at its bottom. I read a quote a few years back which deeply impacted me – “If I asked you to name everything you love,…

So All is Peace by Vandana Singh-Lal

This article is done in collaboration with Cafes and Cities, and the entire article (this is just an excerpt) can be found here Digesting emotions from a clinical perspective is an arduous task, but a deeply revealing one. Although it appears strange and rather inhumane to analyse feelings, and extreme ones at that, from a…

Suspected Poems by Gulzar (Translated by Pavan Varma)

I have found myself pondering over the weight of words quite a lot lately. Quite literally, each letter that strings together to make a word, every delightful ‘s’ of plurality or every possessive apostrophe, makes me marvel at the beauty of the written, and even spoken, word. In that context, poems are perhaps the epitome…