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Updated My Blog to Act Like a Feed

It’s been many months since I took myself off from Facebook and Instagram. My mental health and professional life is a lot better since then.

However, I miss posting updates on social media. Especially pics of the food I cook & eat, my cat Squanchy, beautiful Oaxaca, and some personal stuff. And of course, my political and geeky rants.

To combat this urge, I decided to convert this personal blog into a social media type feed. I can post long-form content as usual, with featured images and all the jazz.… » click to continue reading “Updated My Blog to Act Like a Feed”

Annihilation of Caste Review: An Intro to India’s Biggest Bigotry

If you don’t understand caste, you don’t understand India.

It took me a long time to read this book, which is actually an undelivered speech. It took even longer to write this review. Frankly, I didn’t think it would be this long. I started typing it in the Goodreads app, and then it became so long that I had to move it to my laptop. And here we are.

Annihilation of Caste by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar should be a must-read for every Indian and anyone who wants to learn about India.… » click to continue reading “Annihilation of Caste Review: An Intro to India’s Biggest Bigotry”

I’m Off Facebook & Instagram – 1+ Month Now

I’d been struggling with reducing Facebook and Instagram usage for over a year. I tried eliminating just the major distraction, the Facebook Timeline, on my desktop, but it wasn’t enough.

Turns out, when I eliminated Timeline from my desktop, I found myself using Facebook Groups more and more. Some of them are highly engaging (and super specific too), probably the only good thing left on fb, but their distraction potential is the same.

And also, since I hadn’t figured out a way to do the same on my phone, I was using it a lot more to get my social media fix.… » click to continue reading “I’m Off Facebook & Instagram – 1+ Month Now”

There’s More to Happiness than Meets the Eye

Happy pictures on social media don’t translate to happiness in real life.

We only put the best pictures of ourselves in front of the world. The non-happy parts, we hide them, even outside of social media. 

We hide it all, to the best of our abilities, even from our best friends and loved ones.

The anger. The frustration. The feeling of hopelessness, despair, sadness, loneliness. The need to be something more; to do something more. 

The social media bubble may make you feel like something’s wrong with you.… » click to continue reading “There’s More to Happiness than Meets the Eye”

Eradicating Digital Distractions – The Good, The Bad and The 1 Month Update

This is a follow up to my previous post, where I intended to put a stop to all digital distractions and focus more on becoming a creator, rather than just be a consumer. I’d concluded that these distractions were stopping me from reaching my full potential and doing what I want.

It’s almost been a month since then. I have some good news and some bad news. Well, mostly bad news, but the good news seems promising, so read on.… » click to continue reading “Eradicating Digital Distractions – The Good, The Bad and The 1 Month Update”

Our Distractions Will Be the End of Us All!

So, so, so many distractions.

Are you tired of them all yet?

Have you even noticed them yet?

Distractions are what I’d blame if you asked me why I haven’t written any blog for such a long time. But that’d be me just making an excuse.

There’s work and there’s personal life, and between that, there’s still a lot of time that goes wasted.

Facebook. Instagram. WhatsApp.

Candy Crush. PUBG. And the next hot mobile game.

If not that, there’s Netflix, YouTube and the next outrageous statement by Trump or Modi/Yogi.… » click to continue reading “Our Distractions Will Be the End of Us All!”

My Post Got to Someone – Yay! Time to Celebrate

I posted an article a few months ago. It was a small list of few of the most cringeworthy terms I come across daily, both online and in real life. It’s not a popular post by any stretch. However, I was surprised (actually, not) to see someone leave a hateful comment on this post a few months later.

Hey binad, I don’t who you are, but wherever you are, I hope you’re doing fine. Something in my post seems to have triggered a deep malice within yourself, built by years of surrounding yourself with hatred.… » click to continue reading “My Post Got to Someone – Yay! Time to Celebrate”

Why Uniform Civil Code is Good for Indian Muslims

This is a repost of my original Facebook post with some additional remarks.

With all the hoopla surrounding Uniform Civil Code (or UCC) and the way it’d affect every Indian, you’d be compelled to take a side for or against it.

Whenever there’s talk about UCC, the focus invariably diverts towards Indian Muslims. Most Indians have their own religion-sanctioned personal laws, but Muslims in India are given a majority of the attention. After all, Muslims are the largest minority group in India.… » click to continue reading “Why Uniform Civil Code is Good for Indian Muslims”

How Kim Jong-un Growth Hacked His Way to be the Supreme Leader of North Korea

Growth hacking is not just restricted to startups and other businesses. It can be used by almost anyone to achieve what they want.

Whether you like him or hate him, you can’t ignore Kim Jong-un, the current supreme leader of North Korea. He’s achieved so much at such a young age that it’s impossible to resist his appeal.

Here’s how Kim Jong-un utilized growth hacking techniques to be the supreme leader of North Korea (infographic version below):

  1. Kim operated in stealth mode before assuming power. 
… » click to continue reading “How Kim Jong-un Growth Hacked His Way to be the Supreme Leader of North Korea”

The 6 Most Cringeworthy Terms I’ve Come Across

Words hold a special place in our world. They’re the building blocks of language, and by extension our culture. Arguably, they’re one of the most powerful tools ever invented by humans.

Without words we wouldn’t be here today, and you wouldn’t be reading this anyway. To a large extent, the way our languages are shaped defines our culture.

That’s one of the reasons why I pay attention to the trending terms. It helps me judge myself and those around me better.… » click to continue reading “The 6 Most Cringeworthy Terms I’ve Come Across”

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