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Building a Tribe

When I was a child, my father was transferred to a small town in Himachal. Our living area had large windows. Through them, you could see the vast, never ending apple orchards. However, one day... late at night, a house in the middle of these orchards caught fire. Through the large windows in the living room, my 6-year old self looked on, scared. We had no 101s in the town. But, soon every individual in the town showed up. As they show in films, a human chain. No. Three human chains passing buckets filled with water from the nearby stream! I looked on, excited. Almost patriotic!


I think this moment is when i fell in love with the idea of small towns. Everybody knows everybody. Your florist is your aunt’s best friend. She drops by every morning with the best jasmines for your study, and when he isn’t running around the town supplying eggs, this egg guy is your vendor for fertilizer. You feel a part of this tribe. Everyone is invited for dinner. Everyone stays for it.

At Chalchitra Talks, we are far apart in physical distance. The community is not spread over a few thousand square metres. Yet, I see a tribe building.

You belong here. I belong here. We all belong here.


This tribe comes with an unspoken rule. We are loyal and we are respectful. Over the past one year of contributing to the growth spurt of our baby, I learnt in one of our livestreams, how a kind word will save someone from a downward spiral. And now, when we are building Chalchitra with every little bit of our identity, we are also introducing it to the SUPW workshops we had later in school. This baby is not just about art. We are, with all our hearts, trying to build a community that values everything art entails.


And then there are days when you feel lost, exhausted. On one such particular day, I woke up to a message from my co-founder, Vaibhav. The message spoke of working hard and working with our hearts, "and when we do that," he said, "it always creates something special.


On page 192 of Shoe Dog, Phil Knight says… I felt spent, but proud. I felt drained, but exhilarated. I felt everything I ever hoped to feel after a day’s work. I felt like an artist, a creator.”

I underlined it once. Twice. Put an asterisk next to it. This is how I want to feel at the end of each day. This is how I feel at Chalchitra Talks.


We are working with all our hearts and i hope our something special will find you too especially through the human chain at Chalchitra Talks. One bucket of water at a time :)


Love, Vaani

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Kabir Deb
Kabir Deb
24 de mai. de 2021

It would a beautiful thing to experience. In times of distress, we need a tribe absolutely non judgemental and full of love and new ideas. That's what makes Chalchitra so special! ,


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shikha kumari
shikha kumari
23 de abr. de 2021

While reading this, I felt in my head vaani was narrating it with her soft voice and pauses, this is the magic when you do things with putting your heart into it, it directly connects with the other person's heart.Surely Vaibhav says the right thing. Sending ♥️ to Chalchitra talks.

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Anand Verma
Anand Verma
19 de abr. de 2021

This was so heartfelt, warm and wonderful, Vaani. Chalchitra Talks is not a channel, for me, it is like a beautiful place offering some solace to everyone in isolation! Can't wait to for the discussions stream of Shoe Dog.


Many thanks and loads of love,


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Ojasvi
Ojasvi
18 de abr. de 2021

This is what makes Chalchitra special! The way you connect with your audience, your respect for your audience, making them feel that they are too, an essential part of Chalchitra. This acts as a magnet for more and more people, to join this group. I am privileged that I am a part of this community! Throughout the history, till this date,

humans seek connections, belongingness through various communities or groups, and they associate themselves with the group only if they feel secure, feel comfort, share similar interests and for the same reasons they are motivated to make contributions for that group.

The same is with Chalchitra.

As I had said earlier once, there is something for everyone.

I find people of similar interests, I…


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Piu Chatterjee
Piu Chatterjee
18 de abr. de 2021

In today’s situation when we are mostly confined to the four walls, I feel it is all the more important that we feel a part of something, part of a tribe. Thanks to everyone at Chalchitra Talks for building one for us, I feel like I am a part of something, something good something great, something that I will always cherish being a part of.

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