Many countries are currently enforcing restrictions on mass movements to curb the spread of coronavirus. Some have a nation-wide lockdown as a preventive measure. All non-essential businesses are shut down and people who can’t work from home are to be given leave. Only the essential service workers are allowed to go out. Police monitor the streets and people who roam around unnecessarily can be imprisoned. Continue reading
70 days after the previous update on my 1000 days of media diet, here is a short story and poetry reading roundup. I posted updates on day 25, 48, 67 and now on 137. I’m unable to set a proper schedule for this because of the following reasons:
- I’ve been spending most of my free time looking up the latest news on coronavirus.
- I had been accepting ARCs from budding authors and tend to prioritize books from authors than any other books.
- I’ve joined a handful of reading challenges this year and don’t want to leave them for the end of the year.
There seems to be this thought process that women’s day celebration at work brings a divide between men and women. In a place where all genders work together harmoniously, celebrating women’s day is like glorifying the contributions of women and/or highlighting the achievements of only women. I can see why men feel left out and underappreciated on this day. If the celebrations aren’t done right, it could even be seen as subtle discriminating against men. Let me explain why celebrating women’s day at work is actually beneficial for the men in the next generations. Continue reading
Ink on Paper is the debut book of 13-year-old author/poet Vishikha Tripathi. I say author/poet because the book contains stories and poems. Each poem is preceded by prose to set up the stage for it and I must say I found even the prose to be poetic at times. Continue reading
Today, February 14, 2020, is a very special day. It marks the 30th anniversary of the “Pale Blue Dot” image. This is a picture of Earth taken by NASA’s Voyager-1 after passing Neptune on its way out of the solar system. In this image, Earth appears as a speck of pale blue light. You could even say it looks like a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
This post is part 3 of the Reading 101 series. Say you’ve taken an interest in reading, formed a reading habit and learned to make time for reading. Sooner or later you will find that it can be pretty expensive to sustain a reading habit. Depending on whether you like to read only physical books or if you are okay with any format of books, there are ways to make your reading habit cost less or nothing at all. Continue reading
Equal Rites is the third book in the Discworld series and the first one in the witches series. The story starts off with a dying wizard passing on his power to the newborn Eskarina Smith without knowing that she is a girl. Continue reading
Alright, I’ll admit I slipped and didn’t follow my 1000 days Media Diet Plan properly. I may have taken part in some video binge-watching but I did read my daily dose of short stories and poems so I’ll call it a success. In my defence, it was the holiday season, and everyone knows you cannot follow a diet during this time of the year. Let me stop the excuses now and share what I read in the past 19 days. Continue reading
2019 was not the best year for me in terms of reading. I spent most of the year not reading much. Then in November, I suddenly got the motivation to read more and took up a media diet plan. I quit binge-watching videos and have been reading a short story and a poem every day. This has rekindled my passion for reading and I’ve decided to sign up for the following reading challenges this year. Continue reading
It is New Year’s Eve! The time of the year when people who either don’t read much or have drifted apart from their reading habit take up a resolution to read more. It is also the time when many bibliophiles decide what reading challenges to sign up for in the upcoming year and wonder if they can read ‘X’ number of books. Whichever category you belong to, it can be difficult to find time for reading. Continue reading
This is the second update of my 1000 days of media diet. In my previous post on this topic, I shared the classic short stories and poems I read in the first 25 days of my media diet plan. I had also provided links where you can read them for free. Will be continuing the same format in this post as well and change it up in the next roundup post.
I just got sunburnt in the middle of winter after taking a painstaking level of precautions because I went out for a team lunch and was dumb enough to sit facing a window. I had meticulously reapplied my sunscreen throughout the day, treated all exposed skin with a soothing moisturizer as soon as I reached the office (before I even felt the burn), drank ample water and even took an anti-inflammatory tablet just to be safe. Also, the windows were at least 15 feet away from me. Continue reading
Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve recently come to terms with the degradation of my language style, be it in the way I write or the way I speak. Gone are the days when I used to confidently deliver impromptu speeches and get applauded. These days, I sometimes even fumble when stating my daily standup updates.
As for writing, every time I pen something, I end up editing it multiple times because Continue reading
We all lie to ourselves. We all fool ourselves. In lieu of April fool’s day, let me summarize some ways in which people fool themselves and how to get out of that. I’m not going to talk about psychology or rational theories on how cognitive biases work. This is just a layman’s view based on day to day life. Here goes:
- Harbouring self-sabotaging thoughts
No one is perfectly capable of assessing their ability and self-worth. While some people overestimate their competence, others constantly Continue reading