Journal

Read essays on society, technology, culture, science, lifestyle and more.


2019

The subtle art of not giving a book

Examining my lifelong reluctance to lend, let alone give, a book to another soul.

On the by-election in Karnataka

Thoughts on how the upcoming by-election in Karnataka is a combination of passive voters, horse-trading without consequences and leaders looking to save their positions within their own parties.

Published in The Indian Express

The iPad-only experiment, redux

With iOS 13 iPad truly becomes a standalone device for everything but the most resource-intensive jobs. As far as mundane everyday tasks are concerned, for most people, laptops are dead.

Random approaches to better living

Knowing what is enough, working on traction, and developing the beginner mindset can enrich our life.

Dispatch From Kozhikode

This coastal town in Kerala, India, is too shy to betray any signs of its rich history or the important role it once played in world trade.

On dynastic politics in India

On why the focus on dynastic politics in India is futile and where else we are better off focusing. (NB Headline was edited by the paper.)

Published in The Indian Express

On the smoke monster and other elements of ‘Lost’

The brilliant television series ‘Lost’ blends the supernatural with sci-fi in a believable, open, moving and satisfying manner. Nota bene this essay contains spoilers.