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This house was yours

Now it lulls me to bed

Through sleepless, dream-filled nights

and lazy, sun-soaked days.

This house was yours

Now it’s mine to keep warm

Against the pounding rain

Or tempestuous setting sun.

This house was yours

But I don’t see anything left behind

Not a hairbrush or stray shoe scuff

No keychain or secret note passed.

This house was yours

Now it’s my turn to tell

Stories and poems and sing songs about the rain

Cook those meals I always planned.

This house was yours

Now it is mine

To keep and hold safe

Till we feel it’s time.

I guess I can’t say that I can ‘look back’ at the pandemic, considering we’re still in the throes of it, however, I feel like emotionally we’ve all gone through the worst that the pandemic will throw at us. Hopefully. Luckily for me, quarantine was an almost pleasurable experience. I found the regularity of my routine and the high level of control I could exert on every facet of my life quite relaxing. …

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India is in the midst of the worst coronavirus pandemic this world has seen. With millions infected and thousands dead, living here is not only personally scary but existentially. Everywhere you look, the effects of this deadly virus are yelling at the top of their lungs.

Luckily, the only places we’re able to visit exist online so we hear about friends losing family members, see hundreds of requests and posts for blood plasma, oxygen and hospital beds each day, and then go to bed safe and sound.

Having recently recovered from COVID-19, I can attest to the fact that this is something that goes beyond physical illness. It’s so easy to get sucked into a spiral of negative thinking, and each shiver and broken breath begins to feel like your last. Not to be dramatic, my symptoms were very mild compared to many people, however, there…

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I recently listening to an episode of This American Life where they spoke to people who were working in roles where they had to face the same challenges every day. These people had to push the same boulder up the same hill each day, let it roll back a little through the night and get right back to it the next morning. They interviewed a team of people who were working on containing the wildfires in California and were literally cleaning miles of fire hoses and then rolling them into coils. And that’s it. …

Have you ever stepped into a space and suddenly felt like the world had tilted a little bit more on its axis? Through our lives, there are certain spaces we are allowed access to and others that are considered sacred. Spaces where you don’t belong or maybe just never thought to. What makes these spaces so unique and yet so tied together? I thought about all the spaces I had stepped into and felt foreign. …

Isn’t it funny how birthdays, which are supposed to be a time for celebration and happiness, are often instances where we are faced with the harshest realities life has to offer us? This is probably why so many people say they hate birthdays and don’t like to celebrate them. …

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When you walk into a room, what do you look for? More than a hello or a glance in your direction, it’s someone’s eyes lighting up when they see you. A sense of someone truly seeing you — something Toni Morrison spoke about on The Oprah Winfrey Show many years ago and a thought that has left a mark on me. When you read the title of this article, you might think I’m going to talk about happiness, love or peace of mind. However, as Oprah says, the one common denominator of all humans is validation. …

How many times do you find yourself regretting an interaction because of the way you reacted to something? I would assume the answer is in the high millions because rarely a day goes by when I don’t wonder why I said something the way I did, or what prompted me to want to react in a certain way. I was listening to a podcast today where Michelle Obama was being interviewed by Oprah and they were talking about Michelle’s famous ‘when they go low, we go high’. She said something about how when we react based on our ego, on…

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There is so much conversation about all the things people miss during quarantine, and how if you really think about what you miss you will realise two things. First is that you probably don’t miss very much, unless you’re living in a very difficult situation. And second, that what you miss says quite a lot about you. If you find yourself missing certain people, experiences or products; think more about why you miss this so much and why this specific thing stands out in your mind. I feel like the things people miss are pretty similar, the most common being…

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Every time I bite into a mango, I’m overwhelmed. This is a flavour you cannot ignore. One that doesn’t evolve or creep up on you, but a tidal wave that completely drenches you and leaves you gasping for air. From the moment you see it, feel its juicy ripeness in your hands, smell its sweet skin, till you take that first bite of sunshine orange. …

Devika Pathak

Freelance writer based in Bombay. Passions include, but are not limited to, beagles, chocolate chip cookies, vinyasa yoga, pandas & track pants.

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