I turned 27 years old yesterday (25th October). Marking 27 years of my existence, following are 27 different ways I would like to be gifted. 27 actions you may take for and by yourself, which I shall consider as gifts to myself.

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1 — Do an analysis of your needs and wants

2 — Have a look at your wardrobe and see if there are a few things you could gift someone

3 — Try not buying new garments for a year

4 — Learn a hands-on skill. Or two. Or three. Or even more.

5 — Do a research on how waste is managed in your…


Cacao, popularly called Cocoa is a tropical evergreen tree grown for its beans that are largely used to make chocolate. Its scientific name Theobroma cacao means “Food of the Gods” in Greek. Cacao is native to the Amazon rainforests and Orinoco river basin in South America, but almost 70% of the world’s cocoa beans currently come from four West African countries, namely Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Cacao cultivation was first introduced in India in 1965 by ‘Cadbury’ in Wayanad, Kerala. …


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The caste system and the associated discrimination and oppression was biggest of the evils that poisoned the society of Kerala. Major impactful measures in addressing the same happened in the 19th and 20th centuries. This booklet ‘Social Reformers of Kerala — Part 01’ is an attempt to look at some of the events and actions that shaped the history of social reforms in Kerala, through the lives of a few individuals.

The current booklet has accounts of social reforms propagated by Narayana Guru (1855–1928), Ayyankali (1863–1941), Sahodaran Ayyappan (1889–1968), and P. Krishnapillai (1906–1948).

This is a small step I am taking towards independent publishing. I wish to see publishing — both in print and digital — to be as common an activity as reading. This is also an attempt in making relevant information and stories of change available in the commons.

Read on and share your thoughts.

https://bit.do/SocialReformersOfKeralaP01


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Humanity is going through a phase where there are powers that want it to be passive observers. …


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Exploring Swaraj. The idea of hosting such a study circle came up as my response to the plural crises that I see in the world today. To see how one can move towards self-governance and self-reliance at both individual and societal levels, imbibing the spirit of co-creation and cooperation. The idea was to see what the collective intentions are and where the collective energy is, in responding to the crises.

This has been a highly rewarding journey of over two months, with an amazing group of people, delving into plural ideas and practices on claiming and reclaiming one’s Swaraj.

We together explored the crises of our times, multiple aspects of self-governance, self-reliance, self-rule and sovereignty, the need for localization, supporting communities and more. Not just in philosophy, but at individual and interpersonal levels, what each of us are in the capacity to do in moving ahead in the wanted directions and how we can support each other in journeying towards the same. …


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‘Pitaara — Unleash your Treasure’ was a beautiful experience that brought people together to share their gifts and treasures with each other. The two days online learning festival for young learners put together by the Self Designed Learning Alliance and a few like minded people and organisations turned out to be absolute fun and I’m glad I could play a role in it.

And even though I have been hosting and being part of other online gatherings since the last few months apropos covid19, I guess this was the first time I was fully comfortable while interacting in an online space. …


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I first came to know about ‘The Book of Disquiet’ through a Malayalam movie named Rithu. There is a scene where the protagonist gifts this book to his father who is a translator, someone who translates books from Bengali to English. And the father exclaims “Oh Pessoa!” and continues. “This unpublished collection of writings were found in his trunk 50 years after his death. He was a genius who said that there resides multiple selves within an individual.”

That was enough to trigger my curiosity to learn more about Fernando Pessoa and get a copy of the book. I discovered that Pessoa wrote in more than 70 different names which he called heteronyms instead of pseudonyms. These 70 people were indeed different selves within his own self. Each had their own identity, story and a style of writing. For he is the one who said, “Each of us is more than one person, many people, a proliferation of our one self”. …


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I have been thinking about this since some time. When I hear “the Economy is down” and see people’s apprehensions when GDP is stooping. All these were built on false foundations in the first place, is my thought.

All the economic principles are based on the assumption that humans are inherently greedy and looking out for material benefits. …


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Travellers’ University participated in the Indian Multiversities Alliance gathering at Deer Park Institute in Bir, May 21st to 24th. It was a beautiful opportunity to reconnect with our mentors and friends, and establish newer relationships.

Sharing here, some of our key takeaways, reflections and highlights of the gathering.

It was inspiring to hear from Norma Alwares that she and Claude Alwares had so much to look forward to, as a newly married couple. …


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I have this feeling. That 2019 is going to be a happening year, not just for me but for the people around me as well.

2018 has been kind to me. Chance encounters transforming into more meaningful and eventful experiences. People have been kind. Individuals. I received more than I gave or was in the capacity to give.

My single hope for 2019 is that I offer more. But that encompasses all. My growth, my learnings, the diverse experiences I go through, all ensures my capacity to offer more.

I hope to find greater meanings in the beautiful little dreams I'm travelling with. I hope I get to do all the different things I'm personally attached to. …

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