articles by Purnima Rao


When the smoke clears: India's COVID-19 crisis is a moment for reckoning with our pathological apathy, denial

The thing with a million pyres is, when the smoke rises, no one can tell where exactly it came from.


A Pandemic Year for Women: For a community library and its members, what is lost and found in a lockdown

This essay is from our International Women’s Day 2021 series, about women who rose to the challenges of being mothers, artists, professionals, students, and above all — individuals trying to make their way through an unprecedented time — over this pandemic year.