The word ‘health’ comes from roots that mean ‘whole’.

‘Health’ isn’t just about healthcare. Health services, hospitals, medical facilities exist to help us recover our health as we know it, rather than ensure it in the first place.

All our systems (educational, industrial, familial…) reflect neither health nor care, in my opinion.

They might work together to determine the order of our society, which, as we can see around us, is far from ‘health’. But these systems could relate with each other in their day-to-day functioning to provide us with another perception of ‘health’. …


Can you imagine a world where jobs don’t exist? I’m thinking about it and I realise that a world like that is so far from the one I know now. Because today most humans’ lives are structured around work. We create five and ten year plans leading up to our career, schedule our daily lives, weekends and holidays around work, and then retire to live off what we earned from it. Would we even know what to do with our time if we weren’t working for a good portion of our life? These questions occurred to me because I was…


Language could be seen as a means of relating — to another person, to our surroundings, or to the things we name with the word — in the present time. Of late I’ve found many things I read take away my attention from the page. And this has a lot to do with the form they’re written in.

I think reading is something physical, though we often see it more as a mental activity these days. In prose words run from one margin of the page to the other, so every line is the same length. So as I read…


These days I find myself spending a lot of time sitting in the balcony and staring out at the world. I’ve grown quite fond of these moments of just watching. Seeing how plants have grown, or how birds as tiny as leaves flit around the canopies of trees. One day I even surprised myself by finding a pigeon in flight rather beautiful. On some days I see monkeys jumping from branches to balconies, and often I watch people walking slow rounds around the apartment for their exercise.

The people, and sometimes the monkeys, notice me noticing them. And this reminds…


If there’s one thing that has been recurring in our news and lives since this global pandemic began — apart from death tolls and election polls — it’s the un-ignorable presence of regulations. Lockdowns and travel bans and curfews and permits and you name it, we’ve had it. And for the most part we’ve accepted that what we consider our personal freedoms might be worth sacrificing for the greater good so we can get out on the better side of this situation and ‘return to how things were’.

But if we’re being honest with ourselves, we’ve been dealing with regulations…

Karunya Srinivasan

Relating to reality through words and voice. Instagram: @karunya_srinivasan

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