Awanthi Vardaraj

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Oversimplifying

It’s finally happened. The Indian government appears to be doing a China and have blocked a number of websites that contain ISIS content; this is hot on the heels of all the reports of some young men running off to Syria to join […]

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The Terror In Your Bones

I can sense the terror in your bones. You had it all figured out. You made all the right decisions. You came out swinging, with every turn, because that’s who you were. You did all the right things. There isn’t […]

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Life And Other Updates

I know, I know, I know. It’s been a long time since I last updated. I’m sorry. I’ve been busy with so much, and I’ve been dealing with a lot. I posted a while back about my health scare. It’s not cancer, […]

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The New Normal

It was a sitcom that started like many others; an adorable couple in love at the centre of it, surrounded by a cast of family and close friends, each with their own quirks. I watched the first episode out of […]

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Dented, Painted, Indian, Woman

I am all of it. I am dented by life; I am forever changed by the experiences I have had. I have been shaped as I have lived, for I have embraced life. The lessons learned were sometimes not learned, […]

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First Kiss

My swing hangs on my mango tree, and you’ve spent the afternoon here with me; it’s been warm and we’ve got wine and we’ve barely moved. We’ve been talking of travel, you and I, we both know what it’s like […]

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An Open Letter To India’s Doctors

Dear healers, You ask rather a lot of us. You want us to trust you with our bodies, our minds, and our lives so that you may heal us. We do. We offer you that trust willingly because we want […]

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Out and About in Chennai – Moore Market (and more!)

I spent the day yesterday wandering around the city; I couldn’t have chosen a worse day to do it. The monsoons have pretty much been non-existent this year and it is still as hot as summer. Ugh. But! It was […]

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Reliance Netconnect is a Torture Device

It’s no secret that I’ve spent many years struggling with my internet connection. I first signed up with Reliance when they went live in 2008; in fact, I was one of the first people at their store. I was such […]

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Advance, Australia Fair

So, yesterday, ‘Dumb, Drunk and Racist’ was trending on Twitter at about the same time that I was chatting to one of my best friends, who happens to be Australian. He mentioned the show, and I thought it sounded intriguing, […]

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