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The Stand-off called Life

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The Stand-off called Life Random musings. Life, in some ways, is like a standoff with a wild animal. You are puzzled, scared and unsure of its next move. So is the animal. If you panic or succumb to your fears, it will pounce, attack, and possibly consume you. And fast. On the other hand, if you can keep your sh!t […]

Actions With and Without a Face

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Actions With and Without a Face Even today, you can see people of some races cringe or gasp at the sight of the swastika, the symbol of Hitler’s party. Even though the swastika has much older roots. And Hitler himself, continues to be collectively and strongly hated today, over 72 years after his death. And rightly so. He and his people […]

Do Some of the Pillars of Democracy need a Shake-Up?

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Democracy has rested on four pillars. The legislature, executive, the judiciary, and arguably the most important, the press. All the pillars need improvement, some far more than others. The world press, for instance, has really become dirty. When in reality, it should be a transparent communication channel between the citizen, the country, and the world. In an increasingly connected globe, […]

Can We Easily Spot Left-Brain and Right-Brain Thinkers?

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Can We Easily Spot Left-Brain and Right-Brain Thinkers? Just a thought. And I could be wrong. How can we easily spot a strong left-brain, or a right-brain thinker? In an argument/ discussion between two people with strong, opposing views – is it possible that those who tend to reply almost instantly each time, especially early on, without sufficient information, are […]

Our Right to Privacy

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Our Right to Privacy Image source Towards the last week of August this year, here in India there was a landmark Supreme Court verdict that a lot of you must have heard/read about. It had something to do with the citizens of India, and our right to privacy. After the initial petitions that were filed long ago, a panel of […]

The Earning of Trust

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The Earning of Trust. I recently subscribed to NewsLaundry. It is a very young but self-proclaimed “media critique, news and current affairs portal”. It claims to operate on the obvious but often forgotten premise that news should be for the masses. And not for advertisers, or to distort reality for the masses. Current times are seeing increasingly low times for the […]

China – The Punishment Due

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China – The Punishment Due To, Mr. Xi Jinping Chairman of the Central Military Commission People’s Republic of China Indian politicians have always been soft about matters regarding our country’s borders. You however, should not for a moment, think their encroachments will go unchallenged. Or that our army doesn’t stand a chance. The Beating Retreat ceremony that happens at our Attari (and […]

Choose Your Mistakes

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Choose your mistakes. Life has made a lot of things extremely easy to start. Even the seemingly most impossible of tasks. The knowledge and resources available to us increase our confidence multi-fold, and daunting initiatives don’t look so big anymore. So yes, starting anything is damn easy. What’s the tough part? The toughest bit of it all, is to continue. But sure you already […]

Phone of Reference

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Phone of Reference Last year, Mumbai’s traffic police enforced a ban on cellphone use while driving. It was backed by a fairly high fine. They even went a step further and banned the use of hands-free devices while driving too. The extent of enforcing however, remains limited. The main reason for this is overworked traffic cops. And the fact that […]

Recruiting in The Future

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Image: source Recruiting in The Future For the longest time, there were distinct industries, and reasonably well defined job roles. And of course, an education system that did a brilliant batch-processing job of creating products people, that fit those roles. However, as people grew smarter, some of them worked hard to revamp the education system. They have been making it more flexible to […]

Is A Bot After Your Job?

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Image: Robin Williams in the Bicentennial Man Yuval Noah Harari paints an interesting and arguably grim picture of the future, in his book Homo Deus. He runs through possible ways in which the world and we humans might evolve. To give you a glimpse, think of computer programs evolving at the blistering pace they are. From predicting our needs to seamlessly trying […]

Points of View – Life, Work and Religion

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Benjamin Franklin | Image: source How open or rigid, would you say your views and beliefs are? Here’s an excerpt from Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, in which he mentions the following interaction with someone: I was acquainted with one of its founders, Michael Welfare, soon after it appear’d. He complain’d to me that they were grievously calumniated by the zealots of other […]

Peace, War, or Chekh-mate

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In his book Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari mentions Russia’s greatest short story writers Anton Chekhov having once said that a gun appearing in the first act of a play will inevitably be fired in the third. Yuval says that since 1945, humans have learned to resist the urge to use weapons of war. Hopefully meaning we have become more mature as humans. However, we […]

Primum Non Nocere

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Image: source It is believed that either Hippocrates, considered as the father of medicine, or one of his pupils wrote what is popularly known as the Hippocratic Oath, a solemn oath known to be taken by people in the medical profession, doctors in particular at least. The medical profession was long considered the noblest, with doctors often compared to gods and angels. […]

Do You Like Your News Well Done, or Rare?

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Image: source A few years ago, my dad had pointed out how refreshing it was to hear All India Radio. All India Radio is India’s national, public news radio station. He said it was a welcome change to listen to just the raw news, especially after years of private news channels on TV. It made sense too. Paid media often tends […]

Let Our Work Drive Our Energy

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Let Our Work Drive Our Energy There is so much we can learn from the views, experiences and beliefs of others; especially if our own values have strong roots in light of the learning of others. Our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, gave an inspiring speech at the town hall meeting at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. The event […]

Brick & mortar won’t be dead by 2023

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Brick & mortar won’t be dead by 2023 Extreme comments or views are often a huge hit or miss. And Niti Aayog’s Mr. Kant’s futuristic sounding comment about how brick and mortar businesses in India will be dead by 2023 was a huge miss, in fact to the point of sounding immature. Coming from a school or college student in […]

Moral Dilemmas from the Future

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Image: source I came across this extremely interesting article around the future of healthcare that gives us a peek into the near future. It also highlights increasing complexity and moral high seas that businesses need to, and will have to navigate around in the years to come. Google has been able to predict regional flu trends since 2008 or earlier. […]

To Drive or not to Drive?

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Image: source To Drive or not to Drive? There was an extremely interesting article on Business Insider recently about the future of driving. Transport saw one huge jump when horses as modes of transport were replaced, barely a century ago. And now. we are at another crossroads. The big question is about whether to replace the driver or not. The […]

Just Like That

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Just Like That I have always disliked the idea of businesses buying, and friends forcing ‘Likes’ on Facebook. The number of likes really skews the picture. It makes it difficult to differentiate between a business that has bought 300 likes from one that has earned 200 likes with quality business and customer delight. Surely, Twitter, feedback, and public reviews help maintain some transparency in […]

Death and The Maiden

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Death and The Maiden  “Tonight’s happy song, kinda like a walk in the park ..the sun coming through the window in the morning on a beautiful day… and you have nothing better to do than commit Harakiri, so…is this? Alright. This is called..Estranged..” – Axl Rose, at a GnR Live Concert  Last morning I woke up to the news of […]