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Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

“A healthy planet should not be a moonshot,” writes one of the authors of this Climate Change issue of Fundamatics. As a global pandemic continues to rock the world causing untold hardships to the human race, there is a greater challenge lurking behind the scenes. The Guest Editor of this issue Raghuram Murtugudde, succinctly points out in his Editorial piece, good health comes from consuming mindfully not just food, but also energy and water. Read a kaleidoscopic range of views on climate change – anecdotal, some scientific, and others discursive – that will drive home the realization that the threat of global warming no longer a far-off phenomenon. The set of articles in this issue not only discuss the various implications of climate change but focus on efforts to mitigate its impact on ecosystems and communities, and share guidelines to achieve a sustainable future.

The Tribe of Hope Whisperers

Illustration by Nilapratim Sengupta "Peace in the universe rests on the shoulders of the tellers of good tales, the tellers of tales that give hope. They are the hope whisperers." The…

The Race to the Vaccine!

Big changes can only come when one is only willing to take that leap of faith; a first-person account of the Moderna Vaccine trials to illustrate that maxim.

It’s All About Telling Stories

The life journey of a master storyteller who has taken his love of stories to all forms of art.


Art is how we express our humanity, in all of its dimensions. Through art, we descend to the depths of our human nature, rise to the heights, and everything in between. ~ Margaret Atwood

Pandora’s Box

A world of schisms and the choices we may make.

The Toast Doesn’t Always Have to Fall Buttered Side Down!

The essential survival tool, therefore, has been pessimism, and do we love it! Even when its “use by date” is long gone.

A Game of Stones

Sometimes the inspiration for creative work comes from the most unlikely places; in this case a casual chat with a stranger on a bus heading to Hampi.

Driven by Hope: Engineering, Economics and Strategy

An inspiring account of how sound engineering, economics and strategy, driven by hope enabled a struggling Indian company to survive the international competition and emerge triumphant in the post-liberalization era.

Finding Silver Lining in a Cloud

One of the positive changes that 2020 wrought – an increased consciousness about good health and a willingness to do something about it. The authors’ journey to better health, and his efforts to share what he’d learnt with a wider audience in 2020.

The Love of Reading

About an 18-year old vibrant book club in Pune who continued to meet virtually in 2020 and expanded their reach too!

The Master’s Mantra

A story set in Venetian lagoons that looks deep into the question of what constitutes true inspiration in art.

Turbulent Times

A poem for those who work with words, who know tears and tear-jerkers, and for those who understand what it is to weave aspirations with temptations.

The Stranger In Your Mind

Our zany illustrator takes to poetry this time, to explore themes of truth, identity and attitude.


On mobile phones, hi-speed Internet and why we need the occasional Internet Sabbath to reclaim our lives.

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