Words With Anukrti Upadhyay

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Tucked away in the bylanes of Bangalore’s old colonial past is a quaint little bookstore cafe called Champaca. One day, a friend, who curates books there, asked me to follow their social media feed. I did, but I didn’t follow them. (Hush, don’t tell the friend). But because I had checked out their Instagram page, […]

July 1, 2021

The Immeasurable Resilience Of Us


“One more drive through Bangalore’s emptied roads. One more visit to the hospital. And this time, I hope not to go back again for a long, long, long time.” That. That is what I wrote in my last blog post.  We make wishes, we spin our thoughts on the fragile whispers of tomorrows, and hope, […]

June 6, 2021

Day 10: The Positivity Of Hanging On


Today was one of the best days, so far. I spent more time sleeping, more time talking to my Mom, and less time feeling tired.  We spent the afternoon playing a game. And then, I stepped out onto the roof. The sky was leaden grey, cloudy and muggy. I missed the sunset. I missed the […]

May 1, 2021

Day 7: The Positivity Of Trying


The chaos of normal living. Do the dishes. Do the laundry. Empty the trash. Clean the table. Dishes. Sink. Clothes. Garbage cans. Dishes. Sink. Clothes. Garbage cans. The certainty of doing the seemingly mundane gives you a strange comfort. Your mind’s one attempt at devising some sense of control in an increasingly uncontrollable world.  Today, […]

April 28, 2021

Day 6: The Positivity Of Survival


I struggled with red ants the whole day today while trying to work at my laptop. “What? Work? Now?” you may ask. Well, there are more bills I can count right now than ever, and working is one way to bring in some semblance of normalcy to this world. So, there were ants as well […]

April 27, 2021

Day 5: The Positivity Of Hope


I have never been a particularly hopeful person. Years have ground hope into dust. I have never been much of a person to have faith, either. Many more years have bred cynicism, that toxic blend of caustic bitterness and cynicism settling somewhere deep in my soul. India lies marooned in despair. I have aged a […]

April 26, 2021

Day 4: The Positivity Of Generosity


For the last two days, I have been observing three roaches, who had congregated on the forgotten dishes in the sink near the kitchen. In the flurry and mess of life over the last three days, I had left a pile in the sink. It’s that mess that attracted these roaches. It’s against my general […]

April 25, 2021

Words For You


Hey SM! I know you’re in a very difficult situation but I felt I feel relieved if I share with you. I lost my uncle yesterday as he was suffering from pneumonia. He was healthy ,fit and strong. He was a very disciplined person. He is survived with two daughters of age 21 and 15 […]

April 25, 2021

Day 3: The Positivity Of Beauty


The day dawned blue. And then, slowly as the afternoon moved into evening, the blue was enveloped by dark, cool clouds. Then the rain. The wind rustled in, eager to make its own mark. I stood on the terrace, gathering the clothes I had hung out to dry and breathed in. The green. The earth. […]

April 24, 2021