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Dr. Ranjani Rao is a trained scientist, a self-taught writer, yoga practitioner, and lifelong learner committed to an apprenticeship in observation.

With her experience of having lived in three countries and visited thirty and her scientific outlook, Ranjani writes insightful personal essays. Her award-winning commentaries and op-eds have appeared in print and digital magazines in the USA, India and Singapore.

Originally from Mumbai, India, Ranjani spent several years in the USA and lives in Singapore with her family. When not working or valiantly tackling the unread pile of books by her bedside, she goes for long walks in the nature reserve behind her home. She often returns with new ideas or pictures of roosters, wild boars and monkeys th
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Ranjani Rao Build and they will come, they said. So I did - and waited......
Ranjani Rao I write about the world around me. My ideas come from my family, conversations at work, observations on my commute and everything I read. In fact, I t…moreI write about the world around me. My ideas come from my family, conversations at work, observations on my commute and everything I read. In fact, I trouble from the problem of plenty - so many ideas, so little time. I wrote an article about how I deal with The Opposite of Writer's Block - https://bit.ly/3ARbnA0.

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Bookworm book signing  It was the middle of the afternoon in the middle of June. As my airplane landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, the pilot welcomed us with the announcement that the outside temperature was 45 degrees Celsius. What! Was that true? Is it even possible to live in such conditions? I dreaded… Read more of this blog post »
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“Music connected me with something outside myself, even if only for a moment. For that moment, it held my fears at bay and with each passing day, helped me climb up from the dark pit that had once seemed bottomless.”
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“It felt important to acknowledge our small successes, to stop and observe the tiny pockets of sunshine that broke up the boredom of our monochrome days and made us smile.”
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“My writing time had been my personal oasis. A small respite each night, a private space to muse and vent. It was a restorative act, not a performative one.”
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“Every life is a journey, regardless of whether you stay in one place, live like a global nomad, or end up being something in between.”
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“What is harder to do is breaking the ties to the people, the places, and the version of me that will linger.”
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“In times of stress, it is the familiar that soothes and comforts. As we try to find our place in a landscape that is at once recognizable and unfamiliar, it is natural that we gravitate towards others undergoing the same transition.”
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“Negative Space – I am married. But I don’t have a child clinging to me. Does that make me childfree or childless?
The absence of something of such great significance can’t be described by a simple word like vacant. The absence is actually the removal of the object and something else, something intangible, from the observer himself.”
Ranjani Rao, Negative Space: Stories of Migration, Marriage, and Meaning

“Nature of clouds – Sister, Medha and Neeta, dreamer and pragmatist, whose divergent live and conflicting philosophies, were not destined to intersect.
Confessions and confidences would do nothing but dissolve her carefully constructed image of perfection.
Distance was the key, thought Medha, from a distance everything is still beautiful.”
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