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Monday Reads – 02/08

Liocichla bugunorum painting
Bugun liocichla

Here are a few interesting articles I came across over the past days:

Forward Thinking on measuring GDP and productivity with Diane Coyle – How do we measure the impact on GDP from doing things that you do not pay for? Should we include Nature in our definition of what counts as Economy? What about unpaid housework? Read (or listen to) this interview to find our more about these issues.

The birthplace of the US vacation – Have you ever thought of how the word ‘vacation’ originated? This article has the answer (it is connected with the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States).

Australia’s secret weapon at the Tokyo Olympics – Australia is a sport-mad nation. They do take it very seriously. As they do something else, which you will have to read the article to know more about!

How the Bugun Liocichla is Keeping an Indigenous Culture in the Northeast Alive – The Bugun Liocichla is a recently discovered species of bird, found in a small pocket in Northeast India. This article explores the linkages between the inhabitants of the land, the forests around them and the issues of conservation linked to this rare bird.

Monday Reads – 19/07

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Hybrid work: How to maximise your in-office days – As things slowly start opening up, it seems very likely that many office workers will go back to a ‘hybrid’ workplace, where they split their working hours between office and home. This article explains how ‘Working out how to divide our tasks between home and the office will be crucial to success.’

Why You Need a Productivity Purge – This article provides some tips that could help those of us who seem to be always juggling multiple tasks at the same time.

Zero-waste living is the future – Sustainability is a buzz-word these days. And ‘zero-waste living’ could just be the holy grail of sustainable living. This article / interview might hopefully inspire some of us to consciously live a more sustainable life.

The Great American Road Trip: A 4-Month Itinerary Around the USA – I love road trips and a road trip across the USA might just be top on my bucket list for road trips. I personally might change some of the pit stops recommended here, but this is still a great resource for anyone who has the time and passion for a long road trip!

Monday Reads – 12/07

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Posted a day late, apologies!

The new fault lines on which the world economy rests – While economies in many parts of the world are booming, the Economist cautions that there are very important issues just beneath the surface that could determine whether the recovery can be sustained.

Curiosity Depends on What You Already Know – A very interesting exploration of why we are curious and what determines the subject of our curiosity.

The birth of India’s film industry: how the movies came to Mumbai – Last week marked the end of an era in Hindi movies, with the passing away of legendary actor, Dilip Kumar. Everyone probably knows that the Indian film industry is the largest in the world and this article looks at the very beginnings of the film industry in Mumbai.

The unsolved mystery of Skeleton Lake – Roopkund is known to the lovers of mountains in India. It contains a mystery that is still far from being solved, more than 80 years after it first came to light.

Monday Reads – 05/07

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We are now more halfway through this year, and hopefully the second half will be better than the first… Here are a few interesting articles to kick off Half Year 2!

Mystery of the wheelie suitcase: how gender stereotypes held back the history of invention – We are now well into the third decade of the 21st Century, but we still have a long way to go before we achieve Gender Equality. I think it’s important to read articles such as these to understand the perils of stereotyping.

History of Indian Railways – The pandemic has meant that it will still be a while before we can start enjoying the pleasures of an Indian rail journey. This interview points out some key moments in the development of this quintessential Indian experience.

‘It feels good’: Kashmir folk singer’s rise from dusty street to music star – It’s always heartwarming to read stories such as these. Folk culture is something to be conserved so that future generations can appreciate it and experience the joy of feeling connected to one’s roots.

Why Malayalam cinema, not Bollywood, is India’s rapid-response unit for Covid films – I hail from the Indian state of Kerala, home to Malayalam cinema. The cinema from this southern state is very different from what one typically sees coming out from Bollywood and this article explains some of the reasons why.

Monday Reads – 28/06

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This week’s article is a bit late, but I hope you will still enjoy reading these interesting articles.

The workers pushing back on the return to the office – As the pandemic shows signs of abating, and organisations start thinking of calling employees back to the office, they are finding that (some) employees are not really enthused about the idea of going back to a regular office routine. It will be interesting to see how organisations navigate through this and strike a balance.

40 Life Lessons from 40 Years – I am wary of any organised ‘isms’, and I am concerned that ‘Minimalism’ might be going that way. That being said, there are still some interesting and potentially useful insights in this article.

PV Narasimha Rao: India’s ‘accidental’ Prime Minister – Former Prime Minister, P V Narasimha Rao, was born on June 28th 1921, a 100 years ago yesterday. This article looks at the tumultous times that marked the start of his tenure as PM, and the unfortunate politics following his death that led to him not getting due credit for his achievements.

The ultimate symbol for our times – I like reading about Art History, and this article on the role of windows in Western Art is especially interesting.

Don’t feed birds from balcony, it creates nuisance for neighbours – I enjoy watching birds, but do not venture to feeding them. I believe we should only be observers of nature and wildlife, and not active participants, so as to not disturb the ecological equilibrium. This article caught my attention, for a couple of reasons. One was the reason given by the Judge for not feeding birds. And the other was the slow turning of wheels in the Indian judicial system as this case was filed 10 years ago!