I write (mostly) about the books I read.
I aim to be the de facto “book guy” on Medium.
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Race isn’t real. There is no consensus among scientists, biologists and anthropologists that race exists. Or how many there are. Or how to differentiate between them. Racial categories that we use are arbitrary. Moulded by social and cultural constructs. Race, at best, is a spectrum: think analogue (continuous range of values) and not digital (discrete, defined values). Race is forced to map onto human variation. It’s two millimetres of dead skin. There is no gene or variant of any gene, that has been found to exist in every one of one “race” and not of the other. There is no…
“When researchers in one study attempted to prompt participants to see a gender-neutral animal as female by using female pronouns, children, patents and carers still overwhelmingly referred to the animal as ‘he’. The study found that an animal must be ‘super-feminine’ before even close to half of the participants will refer to it as she rather than he.”
Immaculately researched, lucidly written and passionately argued. Perez’s data-driven expose of the seen and unseen inequalities that plague our 21st-century world is unputdownable. …
From harrowing descriptions of chainsaw mastectomies to advances in laser-gunning cancer, Bill Bryson’s sprawling, acerbic masterpiece is unputdownable. Bryson’s informative treatise takes us on a head-to-toe examination of every nook and cranny of the human body. Fact-filled, slapstick, poetic, heartbreaking.
Jampacked with information, this is a forensic study of the history, and present, of our uniquely human condition. It fired up my synapses, turned me into a medical acolyte and left me with a whirlwind of thoughts that I articulate below.
We have a metre of DNA packed into every cell. We have trillions of cells. Stretching out all the…
“If you ask them, why are you not using that latrine? They would tell you, ‘Are you sure I should put shit in that structure…that is even better than my house?’” Kar realised that open defecation was not a hardware problem, it was a behavioural problem.
The argument put forth in the Heaths’ bestseller is simple: our lives are shaped by a few “defining” moments. A few seconds make (or break) us. Our problems are mostly behavioural. Fleeting moments have profound, long-lasting impacts. Manufacturing such moments propels us to greater intellectual and…
My previous article explains how the hope-factory that’s Bollywood works to keep more than a billion people happy.
This article is for Bollywood virgins. Ten movies summed up in a Tweet form. A gentle introduction to the mad-cap world of melodramatic mediocrity that’s Bollywood. You are welcome.
A heady mix of India’s two biggest exports: cricket and Bollywood. Underdog-driven story telling. Beating the Brits at their own game. Equating tax to slavery. Love triangle thrown in because Bollywood. A four-hour epic. Oscar-nominated. Watch it once before you die.
Hockey, not cricket, this time. Preaching feminism. Smashing patriarchy. Cutting…
We are limping back to a semblance of “normalcy”. And for me that means going back to the office. Ah, the joys.
I realise my privilege is showing here. #Lockdownlife drastically improved my work-life balance. Millions of people worldwide have had a miserable year. I am in the lucky minority that benefitted from having a gracious, understanding and thoughtful employer.
While chaos engulfed the world, I felt safe, secure and content in my bubble. And now that it’s time to go back to normal, these are the 7 WFH benefits that I’ll miss the most.
The bliss of a natural…
After trawling countless ads and reviewing my finances multiple times, I finally settled on one. Took the train down to meet the seller. Car checked out, was in perfect nick and in my price range. Brilliant.
“I’ll take it!”
“Great! Do you want to send me €2,000 as a booking deposit? You can pick up the car next week when you have the full sum.”
“Sure, sounds good.”
I logged in to Revolut to transfer the money. For anyone who’s unaware, Revolut is a nifty, Fintech company that let’s…
Rent sucks. Literally and colloquially. It sucks out your ability to build wealth. It sucks to pay it, every month, on the dot, ad infinitum.
You move on at the end of your rental agreement with nothing to show. Except for the fiscal scars of regular outflows from your bank account.
I paid close to 20% of my monthly after-tax income in rent. And no, it wasn’t a swanky penthouse. It was an attic room in a house-share with three others. Not quite the Ritz. But it did the job: I could sleep and eat and call it “home”. …
India is reeling.
Hospitals are overflowing. Oxygen is being imported. Vaccine appointments have been cancelled. Metal structures of some crematoriums are melting from continued use. We aren’t even at the peak.
Make no mistake though: this isn’t just Covid’s doing. It’s gross mismanagement, unpreparedness and hubristic complacency.
Since becoming the PM in 2014, Narendra Modi hasn’t attended a single press conference. Why? When I make a tiny change in my day-job, I have to justify my reasoning to at least two levels of hierarchy. So, how does the man responsible for serving 1.4 billion people evade questioning? Why does he…
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