Awanthi Vardaraj

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The Fluid Nature of Friendship

I was wiser in my twenties than I give myself credit for. In an old blog, in another time, I remember writing, at the tender age of twenty-two, that some friendships had use-by dates. Sadly, I didn’t remember my own […]

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Bubbles of Excitement

I said something last week that I’m not particularly proud of. During a moment of self-pity when I was bemoaning the tragedy of my life (as I put it so eloquently during that particular moment), and complaining to one of […]

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Random Thoughts While I Make Biscuits

When you live your life out on social media, open and absolute, there comes a moment when people begin to take you for granted. They think that they know everything there is to know about you, and with that assumption […]

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(People)

People are infinitely strange. For every nice person I meet I seem to end up accidentally running into or talking to quite a few that are not worthy of attention. I have come to the conclusion that I am grateful […]

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No, I won’t say ‘Merry Christmas’.

This is what it looks like when I’ve had enough. I am tired of the hatred and intolerance perpetrated by certain members of the Christian community about the widespread prevalence of people saying ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’. WHAT? […]

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Social Media – Etiquette for Individuals and Businesses

Etiquette isn’t as complicated as you might think. A is polite; A is interested in what you have to say; A is responsive. A makes you feel like you’ve contributed something to their day. B ignores everything you tell them; […]

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4.20 am at a third floor jazz bar in suburban Mumbai

I worked in Mumbai for a while – and I lived in a hotel suite for some months. It was a very interesting experience. I wrote this poem then, after a night out with a friend. I shouldn’t have worn […]

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The Welfare State

It’s been a time of deep uncertainty for much of the world. People are struggling to make ends meet, the job market is still an uncertain beast, and everywhere belts are tightened as everyone tries to ride out this section […]

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Anti-Twitter? Not me!

  I _love_ quirky things! So I was enormously delighted when my friend sent me this link to this creative and quirky start up that has quirk written all over it. Sadly, not everyone in the world shares my enthusiasm […]

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Project Prevention – Don’t Play God (You’re Only Human)

Have any of you heard about Project Prevention? For those of you who aren’t in the know, it’s a campaign that pays addicted women drug money in exchange for their getting sterilised. It’s being funded by the far right, and […]

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