On Kindred Spirits, I publish essays that I describe as “old alchemy for a young century”. I sincerely believe that ancient wisdom holds kernels of truth that are timeless, no matter the age or season. The essays here are less thematically organised, more a combinatorial pool of ideas, thoughts, philosophies, art and ways of living.

The thing they all have in common, perhaps, is that I’ve picked these ideas up along the way as I read, listened, wrote, thought, stared, and otherwise consumed. Also, that many of these ideas haven’t had a place in the hallowed halls of history, and have instead been buried by Time, hoping against hope that someone would come along, dig them up, and see their timeless value.

I guess, in a roundabout way, I am playing the role of that amateur archaeologist, that archive-dweller. I invite you to dig with me.

About the author

I, Sindhu, am a reader, writer, and collector of obscure knowledge. By day, I work as a writer, researcher, and strategist. By night, I record my growing sense of self, haunt physical and digital archives, and indulge my curiosity in an array of topics.

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Sindhu Shivaprasad
Thinker and tinkerer looking for old alchemy for a young century.