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Ajita Chowhan

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The humanhood of travellers and travel karma

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Ajita Chowhan There is a citizenry that does not have one nationality but a sub-nationality – that of the occasional and frequent flyers. The people we become during travel and how we behave stands for way too many things that we represent – gender, nationalit... More »

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Shameless confessions of an Indian girl in Africa

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Ajita Chowhan What compels the white skinned to justify the otherness and exclusion of the non-whites? Who permits where Hispanics stay? Whose land is it anyway? And most importantly, ‘where is home?’ Stepping for the first time on the African continent two ye... More »

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Running every street of Oxford

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Ajita Chowhan Britain’s fourth most picturesque street starts with a historic coffee house dating from 1654, claimed to be the oldest in Oxford Queen’s Lane Coffee House.  The barriers keep the traffic off once you step some distance right about halfway into t... More »

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The Ergonomics of Happiness

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Ajita Chowhan What is it that is so elusive about feeling or being happy? Can we strive to ‘be’ happy? Can we direct ourselves and channelise our energies to be happy? Do we owe it to ourselves? To be happy always, is that the desired state of being that human... More »

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Home cooked Indian food, landmine of love

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Ajita Chowhan The assertiveness with which Indian parents, friends and relatives insist of the post-first-serving of food has no other match in the world. The whole house is foody-trapped awaiting your one misstep and a spectacle of falling food-first. The ref... More »

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Barcelona – A prayer for peace

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Ajita Chowhan We are the oppressors. We are the oppressed. The ones who are killed in the Barcelona attack, and the ones who killed them. There is no other. That would be the first step in cleaning up the mess that we are in, every week, every month, one terro... More »