atharva

How free are you?

A heuristic—the amount of freedom I have, whether intellectual, artistic or financial, is inversely proportional to the number of thoughts I hold, but cannot express publicly.I was born fairly free. Like all the other babies, I could publicly air my frustrations by wailing and pointing to things, with little consequence. This phase did not last long, because quite soon I...

void

I live with a quiet discomfort. It is not a bother most of the time, for I am good at pretending it is not there. I hide it with layers of casual denial and mental gymnastics. But it is there. It will never not be there. And it is impossible to avoid when it reveals itself.Why do I do the...

a moment so absurd I had to pinch myself

Real life is stranger than fiction. If this did not happen to me, I would have written off this story as an unrealistic fever dream.I started an open source club in college. Barely out of my freshman year, starting an initiative like this was way out of my comfort zone. For the first few months, I managed everything. Organising and...

Repetitive Strain Injury. Fractal brokenness.

My wrist mildly hurt, and had a small bump on it, so I thought I'd get it checked out. Easy, I thought. I'll go to Manipal, one of the biggest, most well-equipped hospital chains around. I got the app to book an appointment. One of the pleasures of modern technology is that I get to avoid awkward human contact to...