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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. …


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I’m the kind of person who feels guilty about sleeping in, who thinks about those three extra cookies I ate all day long and who can’t get over how I drunkenly said something eight years ago. I sometimes imagine various scenarios of things happening so much, that later in my life I wonder if those things really happened. I become so obsessed with changing my past that I end up dreaming new realities that often remain lodged in my mind, confusing me about what actually happened.

I told myself that I would not make this a coronavirus post because I…


I was driving home with my boyfriend and friend of ours when she asked us what we thought our biggest flaws were. I think that I am quite a self-aware person and spend time each day assessing my behavior and thoughts and trying to course correct where I feel I’m not doing as well. I can’t say I know everything about myself, but I definitely know where I fall short. My boyfriend immediately mentioned two things about himself that he can be at times, but are definitely not major issues for him. He has many flaws, like any other adult…


Every now and then, something comes about that elevates our experience with social media. Making pictures of food cool was one such development as was the selfie. These new ‘inventions’ in a way, changed the way we interacted with our phones and of course, those we were connected to online. Lately, I’ve noticed a new trend, that is less about social media dictating how we behave, than about us telling the world that we are now entering a new sphere of representation.

The change I’m referring to is that of beauty apps. Apps that get rid of pimples, smoothen out…

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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