The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Sunday, May 8, 2022
I don’t read much fiction, which makes me a very slow reader. When I started reading The God of Small Things, I had no idea what to expect. I had read some of Arundhati Roy’s essays, but none of her books. I was prepared to be surprised and stunned, but not this… There was something approachable in this book that kept me going. There was honesty that kept me coming back. Continue reading...

Eliud Kipchoge's Profile in the Irish Examiner

Saturday, November 13, 2021
I first learnt about marathons when I went to watch the inaugural Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in 2004 with dad. I took the Mumbai local to Churchgate early that morning and walked to the finish line near CST to watch atheles cross the finish line. I was mind-blown when I saw the route in the Times of India the day before. It took the runners through some of my favorite parts of Bombay: the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, the Worli Seaface, the Queen’s necklace. Continue reading...

Electricity Disruption

Monday, November 1, 2021
October 20, 2021 was a gloomy day. Gloomy enough that I had turned on the floor lamp by my desk even before I logged in to work. Just before noon, I was in the middle of an important meeting, listening to a colleague answer my question. About halfway through the answer, my lamp flickered, and then went off. Still trying to focus on the answer, which was starting to stutter, I said to myself, “Sigh, will I need to buy a new lamp now? Continue reading...

iPhone 12 Mini

Sunday, August 22, 2021
I walked out of the house this morning without my watch; one of the rare times I have done that in months. I tried to unlock my phone, and it asked me for my passcode because it couldn’t recognize my face. A few minutes later, same thing again. I wasn’t sure why it kept asking me for my passcode over and over. It felt unusual. And then it hit me: I was wearing my mask. Continue reading...

Following the Science of COVID-19

Saturday, April 10, 2021
For all that has happened over the last year, the pace at which science (and more specifically, biomedical science) has progressed has been awe inducing. We went from having no tests to genome sequences shared with scientists and labs across the world to countries before the virus reached their shores. We watched as epidemiologists (and other experts) figured out how the spread occurs, and what can be done to contain it. Continue reading...

The Three Languages of Politics by Arnold Kling

Monday, March 29, 2021
Now that I think about it, it is not at all surprising that I picked up and read this book. I have been intrigued by language (so much so that getting machines to understand language is my day job!) for as long as I can remember. Observations that change how I see the world intrigue me. How people perceive, understand, decipher and involve themselves in politics has fascinated me over the years. Continue reading...

‘Hey Jude’ at 50: Celebrating the Beatles’ Most Open-Hearted Masterpiece

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
If you ask me my favorite Beatles song, I’m going to choke. But I do know ‘Hey Jude’ is in my top 3. It has to be. I just read this story in the Rolling Stone by Rob Sheffield from a couple years ago, describing the background in which ‘Hey Jude’ came to be, and how it became a signature Beatles song. It truly is one of their greatest. “Hey Jude” remains a source of sustenance in difficult times — a moment when four longtime comrades, clear-eyed adults by now, take a look around at everything that’s broken around them. Continue reading...

The Joys of Being an Absolute Beginner – For Life

Monday, March 22, 2021
Over the last few months, I have been thinking a lot about learning, especially in this last year when there was so much time to just think. I really liked this piece in The Guardian by Tom Vanderbilt. As I read through it, it hits the right notes for me about (adult) psychology, human behavior, the desire to learn and overcoming inhibitions. Like the author, I have wanted to learn how to play chess well for a really long time, but haven’t gotten around to it. Continue reading...

Why I'm not Buying a new iPhone

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
2020, like everything else, has changed my perspective on how to decide whether to get a new phone. Some of the reasons I switch to a new iPhone are: a) Camera, b) Software, c) Design, d) Speed, e) Length of ownership. I compare the state of my current phone, with the new phones, to decide whether to buy that year’s iPhone to replace my current iPhone. Once I buy a new phone, I use it for years, and thus always buy the top-of-the-line phone from that series. Continue reading...

Handwashing with an Apple Watch

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
One of the two standout features in WatchOS 7 for me was handwashing. Today, it has been just over a week since I turned on handwashing notifications. Some background on the new feature: Apple Watch can now detect when hands are being washed and encourages you with gentle taps on your wrist to continue for atleast 20 seconds. When your return home, it can now remind you to wash your hands. Continue reading...
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