For Ashish Paul, community is companionship, togetherness, and relatedness. Community for her is to connect. It is where the heart is. What is community for you? It scares and perplexes me. I never thought of this word before. It seems as if I have no relationship with this word. Community to me, is conservative, and a boundary on an existence. Community also reminds me of ‘communal’, which again has very negative connotation for me. I grew up in India. I cannot remember myself being part of a community. I always felt special or different from others. So I never related to any group. I never fully related to any caste, religion, sect or class. The only group I vaguely related to was being a woman. I knew that but I also knew I was not a woman like others. So even there I didn’t really fit well. This is the first time I have been asked this question and I had to think deeply what it meant for me. And I am still not sure. My idea of community would be to relate with each other, learn from each other, and evolve with each other without losing the individualism. I always felt I belong to this whole world. I would say that the world is my community. I would say that the world with various people is my community. With my own personal growth and my connection to my spirit I feel we are all one. There are no others. So, this idea of dividing ourselves into various groups or communities does not settle well with me. My idea of community would be to relate with each other, learn from each other, and evolve with each other without losing the individualism. My idea of community [...]

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