My Reading Slump in the Time of Corona

Like many others, I’ve been having a hard time reading this year. Trying to keep up with the news, being anxious about the state of the world, taking precautions like washing hands and obsessing over cleanliness in general leaves you physically and mentally drained.

Also, I just could not bring myself to read books and gush about them during a pandemic. It would be similar to Nero fiddling when Rome burned. Not that I have the power of an emperor to make a difference to the situation, but it still felt that way. Continue reading

Book Review: On Immunity – Eula Biss

This book is a collection of essays from the author’s perspective as a doctor’s daughter and a mother. It informs the reader about immunity, viruses, history of some diseases, clinical trials and vaccination. It also explains the concept of herd immunity and the process involved in finding a vaccine for a disease. All these are very relevant to the current crisis of coronavirus. Continue reading

7 Tips to get through the Coronavirus Lockdown

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

Revisiting the Pale Blue Dot

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.

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What it’s like to have a chronic invisible medical condition

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

My 1000 Days Media Diet Plan Inspired by Bradbury

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

Common ways people fool themselves

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

Need For Diverse Fictional Role Models

When I was a child, like everyone else, I was also constantly changing my answer to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Self-help books often claim that we are only limited by our imagination and dreams. They say that we can achieve anything we dream if we put in the required effort. The thing is, while we are limited by our dreams, our dreams are often limited by our exposure. This is the reason why career fairs are often conducted in schools to help the students choose their career path and thereby choose their college degree wisely. Continue reading

Philanthropists Have No Humanity?

In Oscar Wilde’s famous book, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the cynical character Harry says, “Philanthropic people lose all sense of humanity. It is their distinguishing characteristic.” At first, I dismissed it as a dialogue by a hedonist, amoral character. Then, I wondered if there is any truth to the statement. As I pondered about it, it somehow made sense. In fact, the statement seemed to extend to all sorts of people working for a noble cause. Continue reading

Let Us Eat In Peace!

It was one of those days at work when the whole day is swamped with meetings. I hadn’t had a proper lunch and was starving by evening. I waltzed into the pantry to quickly grab some bread and cheese in the hopes of not being late to my next meeting. I always go with wheat bread and double cheese. Here is a thing about me, I eat what I like and what I like mostly happens to be nutritious. Of course, no one gets that. Continue reading

Shortness of Life

We spend our life pretending that we will live forever. Death is something that we assume is always years away. We know we are all going to die eventually, but we always ignore this fact. When a loved one dies, it hits us hard and we regret the many things that we wanted to do with them or for them. We regret not having spent quality time with them and not having been in touch with them frequently because we were “busy”. We remember the fight we had eons ago and wished we had apologized or didn’t make a big deal out of the conflict. We regret not expressing our love. Continue reading

Judging a book by its cover

Take a moment to go through the two descriptions below and think about what you read:

She carried herself well in a sleeveless, animal printed, cropped top paired with denim shorts. Her striking makeup looked great on her. The red streaks in her hair complimented her top. Her accessories were matched to be in fashion. As she walked in, she had an air of confidence. Her long strides were perfection. She could totally pull off being a model.

Across the hall, there was a woman dressed in a simple classy ball gown. Her elegant outfit was matched with beautiful pearl accessories. Her subtle makeup looked natural and enhanced her beauty. Her hairdo was in line with the overall graceful look. When she greeted her guests, her warm smile, and soft voice made her look like the perfect host.

What did you think of the two women described above? Continue reading

All the world’s a stage

It is said that actions speak louder than words. In an ideal world, people’s actions would be in sync with what they speak. In an ideal world, people would act based on their intentions and conscience. Alas, we don’t live in an ideal world! Here, people speak what their audience wants to hear and act in a way that makes them appear good. There is often a disconnect between what they want to do and what they do, where their interests lie and where their actions take them, and how they wish to lead life and how they end up living. Continue reading

Feeding the mouth that bites us

We all know someone who isn’t exactly fond of us. This person would have no valid reason to harm us and we would have done nothing wrong to them. Yet, they make their prime agenda to make things hard for us.

Great people help everyone, even the ones that hurt them. It is an extremely hard thing to be kind to your enemies, Continue reading

Maturity

Struggles are tools that can make you stronger when wielded properly. Whether you are in a difficult situation or tolerating a difficult person, every challenge you face has the potential to transform you into a better version of yourself.

I don’t mean that you shall learn to fight back when you are exposed to problems. I’m not talking about becoming fierce and Continue reading