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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. 
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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”

Song Recommendation: Echoes (Meddle, Pink Floyd)

I’m a huge Pink Floyd fan. I don’t think there has even been a progressive rock band that has composed as beautiful, inspirational, melodious, meaningful and psychedelic music as them.

There aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to capture all the emotions you feel while listening to Pink Floyd. It’s the closest you’ll ever get to an auditory orgasm.

So, why am I picking this particular song from their humongous catalogue of impressive tunes?

Well, for starters it’s just a personal preference (duh!).… » click to continue reading “Song Recommendation: Echoes (Meddle, Pink Floyd)”

Why It Feels Awful to Be a Male Feminist

Accept it, it feels awful to be a male feminist.

Not because you’re a feminist. If you think I’m implying that, nope, you’ve got me wrong there.

There’s no fault with being a feminist, despite the ridiculous assumptions by many that there is.

Feminism is nothing but a movement aimed towards gender equality.

It feels awful being a male feminist because you’re a male.

Yep. That’s pretty much it.  

Being born a male is equivalent to having been dealt a special card in the game of life.… » click to continue reading “Why It Feels Awful to Be a Male Feminist”

Bengaluru to Gandikota: A Ride to the Grand Canyon of India

Gandikota. Doesn’t the name have an interesting ring to it? It almost has a mystical tone.

Situated on the right bank of the river Pennar in Andhra Pradesh, Gandikota is popularly known as the “Grand Canyon of India.”

Once you see it, it actually feels like one. Though, I’ve never been to the real Grand Canyon yet.

“Gandi” in Telugu means “a gorge,” and “kota” means “a fort.” So, Gandikota literally translates to “a fort around a gorge.”… » click to continue reading “Bengaluru to Gandikota: A Ride to the Grand Canyon of India”

Why I Quit Work Without Notice

I quit work without notice a few weeks back. I simply did. It was a long time coming.

I’m not going to mention exactly where I was working (hint: it’s one of the largest IT companies in the world).

To clear things up before I get started, I didn’t join this organization by choice. I never would have. The company I used to work for previously was acquired; that’s how I ended up inside this big fish.

What compelled me to quit?… » click to continue reading “Why I Quit Work Without Notice”

Shadows and Masks: Limits of Human Perception

Shadows

Everything that we’ve ever experienced is but a shadow of the reality that lies beyond our perception.

Just like how the concept of space (or top and bottom) is beyond direct observation for a hypothetical 2-dimensional creature, so is the world we live in for us.

Now, I’m only talking about the visible physical world in the previous instance. There are many concepts, ideas, and other abstracts that can be experienced in this world.

You can hear, smell, taste, and even feel the touch of someone/something.… » click to continue reading “Shadows and Masks: Limits of Human Perception”

On Depression and Suicide – A Reaction to Rohith Vemula’s Suicide

I’ve been ruminating about depression and suicide for a very long time. Far longer than I’d be willing to admit.

Rohith Vemula’s tragic suicide really hit my nerves. I guess you can call it a trigger. It made me reconsider my self-imposed decision to keep my deepest feelings hidden. Let this post be a way out.

I was teary-eyed while I was reading his suicide note. It felt like the letter could’ve been written by me. He spoke about science, stars, nature, Carl Sagan, and writing; all the things even I’m passionate about.… » click to continue reading “On Depression and Suicide – A Reaction to Rohith Vemula’s Suicide”

Bangalore to Mumbai Motorcycle Ride, BNLF, and Back Again

This is a pretty big travelogue. I’m sure it’ll be worth your time. Please bookmark it so that you can come back to it later. Give some time for all the images to load.

IndiBlogger had planned to host their first ever pan India blogging conference in Mumbai called BNLF (Blog Now, Live Forever).

As soon as I read about it in my email, wild adventurous thoughts started to stir in my mind. This was months before more details (dates and place) about the event were announced.… » click to continue reading “Bangalore to Mumbai Motorcycle Ride, BNLF, and Back Again”

Is Creating Art Really Worth It if No One Consumes It?

You write a poem or a story. You draw a design. You compose music. You shoot a picture or a video. You craft.

You create art.

But why?

What compels you to do that?

Perhaps, creating whatever it is that you like creating gives you satisfaction.

Maybe you like to show others (and yourself) how skilled you are at something, thereby establishing yourself as a certain personality you hold dear.

Or you just like to convey your thoughts and feelings to others.… » click to continue reading “Is Creating Art Really Worth It if No One Consumes It?”

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