Short Story

Answering to the call of nature is not a number game – Toilet Day

On October 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhyan Mission (Clean India) which includes the challenge to provide all Indians with a toilet and eradicate open defecation by 2019. This article was written following Billion Bricks visit to Konchur, Karnataka in 2016, where the team went to assess the viability of the project to build new toilets for the village.

Music Therapy

This poem was written in 2004 in a waiting room, a few days after an intense music session. I republish it with a smile on my face, because every time I read it, I think and I still and always believe music and dance can heal many wounds and sustain many paths.    First my ears, then […]

Astrazione ovvero Odore di Donna

L’occhio di Sekai vede teste bianche e calve, fili biondi e mani lisce, pentole che bollono sul fuoco e figure muoversi lentamente ma con metodo e precisione tra la cucina e la sala da pranzo. L’orecchio di Sekai è immerso in una lingua ostica e nordica, quella che non è mai riuscita ad imparare bene, […]

A house belongs to who lives in it

After 7 years of neglect following the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games, the former Olympic Village [locally known as “Ex-MOI”] was occupied on March 30th, 2013 to tackle the housing emergency lived by the refugees in the city of Turin. There are currently around 600 people of over 21 different nationalities living at the Ex-MOI, […]

Loved by the wind

At nightime, the house is carried away by the wind. The wind penetrates it and takes it over and over. The wind knocks the door and pounds its way through even if nobody answers. As the wind enters, the wooden floor creaks, and this sound crosses the large room from side to side. The wind […]

La casa amata dal vento

Di notte la casa e’ in balia del vento. Il vento la penetra e la possiede; bussa ripetutamente ed entra anche se non sente risposta. Il pavimento di legno cigola al suo ingresso e il suono attraversa l’ampia stanza da lato a lato. Il vento passa sotto la casa, nello spazio tra la terra e […]

Tropical Fever and Vital Breath

“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are […]