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Marx-men & Markets-men

The art of telling a story is easy. The part where it gets difficult is when one has to tell a compelling story to keep the attention of the listeners from start to end. What comprises a good story is not rocket science. A great story is always simple. The audience of the story roots…

Of Gods & Bhagwans

The limits of one’s understanding of the world around us are defined by the constraints of the language used. If there is no linguistic element available to understand something, whatever is being observed is, logically speaking, out of human comprehension. The ones observing the event can only know that they are observing an event, but…

Exceptions to American Exceptionalism

Humanity has made several leaps and bounds in development & progress over time. But nothing has been as significant as the leap humanity has made that began with the Gilded age of America (1870 to 1897). The first experimental flight flew in 1903. In less than a century, humanity landed itself on the moon. Additionally,…

I, Savage.

A few months ago, I had written my take on the movie RRR after just my first time watching it in a movie theatre. Now that the movie is available to stream online, I have had the opportunity to rewatch it more than a few times. However, the point of this essay is not an…

Liberty, Free Markets & Fiat Legislation

When left to its own devices, the free market system acts in a way that benefits the consumers. At its core, the free market enterprise is a democracy where there is no god-given right bestowed upon anyone. If there is a product consumers prefer, people involved in its production & distribution win. The first principle…

How I became a Hindu

In the matter of faith, I considered myself an atheist for a while without really making sense of the word for myself. All I understood atheism to be was a renunciation of God & the subsequent religions that followed. Without even realising it, I’d put myself in the path of revolting against everything modern civilisation…

A RRReview

When someone makes a film like Bāhubali & then follows it up with a great sequel, it is hard to expect them to do something nearly as good. Every artiste has their moment under the sun after which they tend to simmer down into some settled form of their creativity. They won’t lose their game,…

The Ouroboros of Efficiency & Disorder

Manifestations of an idea that border on the extreme of opposing sides can sometimes look alike; much like the Ouroboros. Things look like a circle, like a loop is being closed between the two extremes as if the gap never existed. In simpler words, what goes around, comes around. At the risk of sounding terribly…

Rural & Urban

India lives in its villages. Or at least, that’s what we’re told. This statement is expected to elicit a certain kind of a nostalgic feeling to go back to an Indian village. Depending on where the person is from, the crops filling the fields would vary. However, the constant is that there is an agricultural…

Eternals & Cinema – A Review

Note – This contains spoilers. Please close this tab if you do not wish to read. Over the weekend, I had watched a much anticipated movie from Marvel Studios. As the initial saga ended with Endgame from 2019, the new one was due to start with “Eternals”. This movie definitely validates the opinion of Martin…

Of Boxing & Living

In 2017, I had a senior in my MBA program at IRMA who thought it was a good idea to teach me how to punch a boxing bag. We had one boxing bag in the college gymnasium and I distinctly remember wanting to come back and try a few punches out after the first time.…

Greatness & Wisdom

Eleanor Roosevelt, the former first lady of the USA has an interesting quote that has acted as a guardrail for what I like to involve myself in. She is quoted to have said “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”. The original quote was a salvo fired against gossiping. It…

On the Zomato IPO – 2

Continuing from the previous essay on Zomato, this is another opinion of mine that remains controversial. If not controversial, it is iconoclastic to a fairly radical degree. As a business student, we were told about how a few companies will eventually close the gap of losses and eventually make profits down the lane. The word…

On the Zomato IPO

The general opinion on Indian businesses has swayed towards the positive side of things ever since Zomato went for a public listing. Reporting on the topic has maintained that the prospect of a start-up business going public on a stock exchange is a big deal. I cannot get myself to agree that the endgame of…

Social Media & Censorship

My opinion on social media is quite skewed. The reader finding this article must have found through some medium. How else do we live in the world of the internet, if we don’t use it to reduce the encumbrances of physical distance? The point of contention here is not that the services of social media…

Covid Memoirs

The year 2020 will go down in history beyond a doubt. It seemed as if 2021 would be less historic but if one’s a true student of history, anything and everything that ever happened qualifies as an event worth remembering. However, few events remain so significant that they become historic. 2021 will be one such…

David, Goliath & Don Quixote

The evolution of language has a strong connection to being able to tell stories. Not so surprisingly, these stories often tend to follow a narrative of conflict or struggle. The listeners are in favour of the party overcoming the agony caused by the struggle and we have our protagonist right there. There is the other…

Un-enlightenment

The age of internet seems like a bygone era, much like how retro romanticists might reminisce about the days before the internet. We live in an era of on-demand information now. The internet is ever pervasive and might even prompt a thought about Ptolemaic theory of physics. The internet has become the ever-pervasive ether in…

Tenets of Nolan

If the title hasn’t given away yet, this is an opinion piece on the newly released movie directed by Christopher Nolan. Titled Tenet, the movie is surely an interesting watch. For those familiar with Nolan’s earlier works, Tenet seems to be a marriage of two excellent ideas of Christopher Nolan’s screen writing. Non-linear screenplay is…

Reminiscences of a Lutherie enthusiast – 1

In retrospect, when talking about music and musical instruments, I’ve come to the sobering conclusion that a society has to be able to afford art. In the court of Louis XVI, the monarch of France in the 18th century, John Adams, who was an ambassador of the then newly formed nation of America, said something…

Currency, Money & Markets – 1

Much has been said in praise of the new web-series about Harshad Mehta, aptly titled “Scam 1992”. The title is apt because it doesn’t put the man who is the central figure, Harshad Mehta, at the centre. Though the show is about financial markets, I do not think that many people quite get what a…

A “Technical” Recession

On the 12th of November 2020, the Reserve Bank of India released a note saying that India has entered into a phase of what they call a technical recession. For anyone who understands the general interpretation of the word ‘technically’, it should be no surprise that this recession is more likely to be one of…

From a son to his father

Few have the privilege to say that the author or writer that inspired them to write was someone they know personally, and even fewer would be able to say that it was their father. I am one of the privileged ones. My father was singularly responsible in making me want to pen my thoughts down.…

NUMBERS

Math is a fascinating language. We use the terms such as addition, subtraction, and other mathematical operations as if we fully understand what these words mean. In school, mathematics is often taught as a serious & sombre subject. It is very common to run into someone who is afraid of math purely because that person…


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