Hi. I’m Sameer Vasta, a snail-mail boy living in an email world. I'm an over-user of the discretionary comma.

I pass my time reading my never-ending stack of library books, writing letters to penpals, and exploring the urban landscape on foot.

If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to send me an email or find me on Twitter.

Recent Posts

  • Taking some time off Jun 11
    Taking some time to relax, reflect, and reinvigorate ourselves is exceedingly important in a world that constantly tells us that we're not doing enough; taking a vacation is one way to carve out that time intentionally and with purpose.
  • “The limits to your ambition were thus expected to be settled.” Jun 05
    A few words from the pen of James Baldwin.
  • A few things I learned this month May 30
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in May, 2020.
  • The joy of… May 28
    Inspired by the series of "The Joy Of" articles published in the New York Times last week, I've been thinking a little bit about the things that are bringing me joy over the past few months.
  • Out too early? May 22
    I can't help but wonder what many things would look like if I stopped taking them out, or pushing them out, too early.
  • Forgiving myself for not being able to focus May 15
    Over the past few weeks, my ability to focus has completely disappeared. I set my timer for 25 minutes and then stare at it, not doing work, for minutes at a time. I do a burst of work and realize only six minutes have passed.
  • Wednesday afternoon coffee breaks May 08
    I think I'd like to try something, and need your help in figuring out if it's a good idea.
  • Quarantine essentials May 06
    A non-comprehensive list of few things that I've been relying on quite a lot since the pandemic and quarantine began.
  • The cities and towns we have around us May 01
    In many ways, quarantine living has put our cities on an equal level. When we spend most of our days in our home, when we cook instead of going out to eat, when we interact with people through the screen instead of in shops, when poetry readings are done online instead of in a bookshop, it almost doesn't matter what city you call home.
  • A few things I learned this month Apr 30
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in April, 2020.
  • Asking myself some questions Apr 27
    Earlier this week, Amit shared a list of questions posted on Quartz that they recommended we ask instead of "how are you doing right now." He then went on to answer some of those questions, and I thought that would be an excellent exercise to get me thinking about how I really feel right now.
  • Either is fine. Apr 26
    There are moments in the day when I realize that I have spent several minutes staring out the window mindlessly at the birds in our backyard, or just lost in my thoughts with no real focus to my thinking.
  • Words are how I understand how I feel Apr 24
    I don't make things with my hands, that often. Apart from the time I spend in the kitchen crafting meals, I'm not really someone who "makes" things, especially tactile things, when I have time to spare. What I do, however, is write.
  • A turning point, of sorts Apr 14
    Today is the day that the fog finally lifted.
  • Pandemic-related reading Apr 13
    A sporadically-updated list of things I’m reading that are related to COVID19 or the coronavirus.
  • Third places after the pandemic Apr 10
    One of the questions that comes up often when we're having video chats, either at work or in our personal lives, is about the first place where we will go once the world returns to some semblance of normal.
  • Pandemic journal Apr 08
    Miscellaneous, disjointed thoughts, from the pages of my journal to here, an entry in my blog.
  • The sounds of the tea kettle Apr 03
    I have taken to listening, with conscious intention, to the sound of the kettle as I make my tea.
  • A few things I learned this month Mar 30
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in March, 2020.
  • Finding it hard to write Mar 27
    During these pandemic times, not only have I not been able to write for public consumption, my writing in general has stopped.

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