How Kindle is changing my reading habits

In my previous post, I wrote about the impact of the internet on our brains. One of my favourite key take-away from the book which inspired that post was how we need to evaluate the impact of a new technology: In one of the most perceptive, if least remarked, passages in Understanding Media, McLuhan wrote [...]

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Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains

I have been lately feeling ‘concerned’ about some changes within me. My ability to ‘focus’ has been a major casualty. When I moved to a smartphone sometime around this time last year several things happened. My consumption of information exploded but somehow my ability to draw meaning and retain imploded. I found myself addicted and since my [...]

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Empathy and the Role of Personal Experience

This is an issue to which I am yet to find a satisfactory response: What role does our personal experience play in our ability to express empathy towards others? Is it possible to truly empathise with someone’s pain or suffering if one has not directly experienced a similar sense of pain or loss? Alternately, is [...]

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Mirror versus the front-facing camera

I have been thinking a lot lately about the difference between a mirror and a front-facing camera. In the usual rush to reach work, I end up using the commute time for completing the ‘last mile’ of the ‘getting ready’ process. I recently noticed how I have started using the front-facing camera instead of a [...]

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Ode to Bards of Lavatory – Part I

Sometimes feels real and at times just a dream Two belligerent siblings fighting to reign supreme Clamour and void are their names, their mission to abort the same story whose very being lends them glory   Both can’t look other into the eye and believe the identical effect they produce upon their subject is just [...]

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‘Feel Good’ vs. ‘feel-good’

I find it interesting how logical ‘thinking’ and rationality is given precedence in every-day life but every time I have attended an ‘intervention’ (training/workshop) it is always the role of ‘feeling’ that is highlighted as a key area of work.  We always find it safer to state our beliefs by saying – ‘I think’, I [...]

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Musings from Day 1 at THINK, Goa

Becoming aware of one’s own ignorance is said to be the first step towards knowledge. The nuances and multiplicities of disciplines discussed on the Day 1 of the THINK festival was stimulating most on this particular count. I mean the last time I found myself amidst any pursuit of subjects as diverse as mathematics, ecology, [...]

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Finding meaning beyond ‘Operational Efficiency’

I am currently on a sabbatical of sorts, the idea is to take out time for myself and family and possibly to undertake some self-introspection of life in the past couple of years and defining purpose for coming time. In terms of professional work, I have less than a decade’s experience and in full-time house [...]

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Traveler 2.0

Thanks to social media, our lives have become a performance, for a ubiquitous audience that is tuned to every move.  There are counter voices that are questioning how much ‘information’ we are now sharing about our lives and blurring of boundaries between public and private lives. What I find of interest is not just the [...]

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