Monday Reads – 14/06

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Scientists hail golden age to trace bird migration with tech – Regular readers of this blog would know that bird-watching is one of my favourite hobbies. Bird migration is a fascinating topic in itself and now, with the advent of very light-weight GPS trackers, it is becoming possible to understanding migratory behaviours of even small birds.

India’s Foreign Travelers – The South and West coasts of India have a long history of welcoming travelers from all over the world, but especially from around the Indian Ocean. This article looks at five such historical travelers.

Pice hotels: A lifeline for Kolkata’s hungry workers – Restaurants offering comforting meals for the price conscious migrant workers.

‘A career change saved my life’ – Burnout is real. This article looks at some people who have built better lives after burnout.

Monday Reads – 07/06

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This week’s articles cover the topics of work, nature and history. I hop you will enjoy reading them!

Why presenteeism wins out over productivity – This article argues that ‘presenteeism’ – being physically in your seat at work just to look dedicated, no matter how unproductive – has not gone away in the post-pandemic world, but just gone digital. It also explains why it is still so emphasised.

Branching out: is communication possible between trees and people? – This fascinating article explores whether it is possible for humans and trees to ‘communicate’ with each other.

IISC Bangalore: Birthing An Idea That Was Ahead Of Its Time – Read on to find out the history behind arguably India’s premier science institiute.

Get To Know India’s Kingfishers – Kingfishers are one of the more beautiful types of birds found in India. This article describes all 12 species of Kingfishers found in India.

The Risks You Can’t Foresee – ‘The clearest signal that a novel risk is emerging is anomalies—things that just don’t make sense. This sounds obvious, but most anomalies are difficult for people to recognize or process.’ A long, but interesting article in the Harvard Business Review on how companies could potentially manage ‘novel’ risks.

Monday Reads – 31/05

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It’s almost Summer in the Northern Hemisphere where there’s still hope for people desiring to take a summer vacation. That hope is all but extinguished here in India, where the effects of the pandemic continue to be strongly felt. Stay safe, wherever you might be.

Why Companies Should Adopt a Hub-and-Spoke Work Model Post-Pandemic – How will offices look like post-pandemic? While employees, by and large, embraced remote work during the early stages of the pandemic, by now, it’s wearing thin. Employees have started to miss some of the social and cultural aspects of office life. This article suggests one option for a post-pandemic work model.

Why the next stage of capitalism is coming – There’s no doubt that Capitalism has played a key role in the economic development of millions globally. But will it remain the same in the future?

That “Dreaded” Commute Is Actually Good for Your Health – Continuing on the theme of returning to office is this article that explains why a commute is actually good for your health. I agree with this view. What about you?

How France is testing free public transport – This is something that has always puzzled me. Why can’t more cities / countries offer free public transport? Surely, the benefits should outweigh the additional costs? Well, it turns out that there are a few cities that are testing this out. Let’s hope they make it permanent!

Monday Reads – 24/05

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This week’s list is an eclectic mix across multiple topics. I hope that you will enjoy reading these:

Endless scrolling through social media can literally make you sick – This article introduced me to the term ‘cybersickness’. While I had not heard the term previously, I had no doubt that spending too much time on social media is not healthy for a person’s well-being, both mental and physical. This article goes into detail on what this term refers to and its causes.

What to do about a labour crunch – The initial signs of a post-pandemic world are already highlighting one unfortunate trend – increasing disparities between the rich countries and others. And one sign of this is the labour market. While many developing countries are still struggling heavily with the economic challenges caused by the pandemic, the richer countries are experiencing labour shortages. This article suggests some ways in which this shortage could be alleviated.

Calling Marshall – Another hard-hitting, thought-provoking article by Professor Scott Galloway, in which he argues that “It’s time for a second Marshall Plan, a global investment in the fight against Covid-19 with the world’s premier health-care professionals and superior vaccines.

How rafts helped primates rule the world – ‘Millions of years ago, the oceans presented a formidable barrier to the spread of primates – but were ultimately no match. Did rafts of vegetation help them conquer the globe?

As We Slowly Travel Again, Should We Discover Our Roots? – Another article that highlights the divergence between the “Global North” and “Others”, it’s good to read that people in some countries can start making travel plans again, while for many others, travel still seems very far away.


Monday Reads – 17/05

Today’s articles will take you from the office to London, Mumbai, Sierra Leone and Alaska. I hope you enjoy reading them!

Why do we buy into the ‘cult’ of overwork? – Now that the risks of overwork and burn-out have been well established, why is it that many professionals still think of working long hours and constant exhaustion as a marker of success? This article dives into this contentious topic.

How London Became The Center of the World – It’s 10 years ago that I first visited London, where I ended up staying for over a year and continued visiting regularly for a couple more years. It’s truly one of the great ‘World cities’, though, like Mumbai, it might not always and immediately appeal to everyone. This article goes into great detail in explaining why National Geographic considers London to be the centre of the world.

Could Dadar-Matunga hold lessons for a post-COVID Mumbai? – Mumbai has the reputation, possibly not undeserved, of being crowded. But it was not always so. And even today, one can find pockets of calm and green amidst this bustling megacity. Parts of the Matunga neighbourhood in central Mumbai are one such area.

Climate change: Future-proofing coffee in a warming world – Climate change is posing risks for the future of one of the world’s most popular drinks. However, hope exists in the form a wild species of coffee found in West Africa.

The World’s Loneliest Bus Route – And finally to Alaska, where North America’s most northerly bus service carries intrepid passengers over 650 kilometres to above the Arctic circle. This mini-travelogue carries readers along this fascinating journey.