“A library is a rainbow in the clouds.” Maya Angelou, born on this day in 1928, on how a library saved her life. Here is the article: https://www.themarginalian.org/2016/11/18/maya-angelou-library/ I discovered her through her quotes, some of which I have used in my "Thought of The Day" series and a few I have saved for the... Continue Reading →
Choice Overload aka Problem of Plenty
Source: My friend's Linkedin post Choice Overload is an interesting phenomenon that's been known and researched for decades. Here's an interesting encounter I had with it in a completely different scenario The term was first coined by entrepreneur Alvin Toffler in the 1970s, though Princeton academician George Miller had already alluded to the idea as... Continue Reading →
Happy Trolley Day!
Happy #trolleyday! Today's the birthday of Philippa Foot, the mother of one of the best known ethical dilemmas of our time: the 'trolley problem'. The original trolley problem is as follows: A brakeless trolley nears.If you don't act, 5 people will die. These five people are already on the regular track (i.e. consider it as... Continue Reading →
Friendly Reminder to All Neurodivergents
Friendly reminder to all neurodivergents: You are not stupid.The system we have for measuring “intelligence” is. You are not difficult.The societal norms we have to navigate around are. You are not too much.The society that expects us to always “fit in” is. You are not broken. You’re just different. And to me, different is amazing... Continue Reading →
Bye Bye iPod — Why Apple Discontinued The Iconic iPod?
On October 23, 2001, Steve Jobs walked onto the stage with a weird little box - claiming that your entire music library can now fit in your pocket. He called it a quantum leap in listening to music. This was how Apple launched the iPod - a device that could hold a 1000 songs. And... Continue Reading →
Good Read: Life Expectancies and Tennis Racquets
"A Matter of Numbers" by Dilip D'souza is one of my favourite columns in Mint daily. It talks about my favourite subject - Mathematics and tries to decode things around us through the lens of mathematics, statistics etc. It often stimulates thinking or provides some scintillating insights. Dilip's latest column "Life expectancies and tennis racquets"... Continue Reading →
Good Read: Customer-Based Corporate Valuation (CBCV)
Business Models and Business Valuation (or Valuation, in general) is one of my most favourite topics. I have followed several legends (likes of Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Ben Graham, Prof. Aswath Damodaran et al), books and blogs on their philosophy of how to value a business. Customer-Based Corporate Valuation (CBCV) is an interesting approach, especially... Continue Reading →
Youtubers’ Contribution to GDP And Creator Economy
The recently published article in Mint made me write this post which I had been planning to write for a while. The report says that Youtubers added Rs. 6,800 Crore to Indian GDP in 2020. The report also adds that this section added 689,900 "full-time equivalent" jobs in India as per a report by a... Continue Reading →
Why Do Pirates Wear A Patch Over One Eye?
As a kid I always wondered why do pirates always wear a patch over one eye? Maybe some of them had lost their eye during raids, fights etc. Or probably they wanted to have a scary look. Or was it part of their uniform so that they could recognise who was their own and who... Continue Reading →
Article by Manu Joseph: Why ‘mindfulness’ and ‘zen masters’ make little sense
The latest column by Manu Joseph in Mint is interesting and I thought of reproducing it here. A file photo of Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who helped pioneer the concept of mindfulness in the West A few days ago, when the second most famous monk in the world, Thích Nhat Hanh, died, many... Continue Reading →