Bookmarking an important read on Maps

https://sandrarendgen.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/the-forgotten-maps-of-minard/

Wonder where dreams rest when everything else dies

We were, in the end, all bodies ravaged by life. What the soul felt or mind laboured over, were hopeless chunks of angst, ecstasy or grief. We weren’t expected to voice them; we lived through them to, at last, surrender as bodies that couldn’t move because they saw a dream that they couldn’t walk up…… Continue reading Wonder where dreams rest when everything else dies

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Can Atlas Cycles make a comeback?

I wrote this for @moneycontrolcom and the inspiration came from my brother. More than a decade after he left high school, he invested in a bicycle. This reminded me of our favourite wheels as children — Atlas cycles. COVID-19 and the restrictions it imposed had clearly tested the patience of thousands like him who had…… Continue reading Can Atlas Cycles make a comeback?

Bookmark these reads on culture

It’s fascinating to look at multidisciplinary studies in understanding culture. To this purpose, Jared Rubin’s posts on the Broadstreet blog are amazingly well-articulated and engage with the critical questions in research on culture not excluding other writers who write for the blog. I came across the work of John Mohr who is no more but…… Continue reading Bookmark these reads on culture

Writing like a nerd

Lol, that’s my slang for academic writing. It’s rigorous, theory and evidence based and critical in its pursuit of facts. In a newsroom, my challenge was to simplify and explain the news and offer a news peg; in academia, the challenge is to encapsulate complex ideas without repetition or obfuscation, never forgetting that critiquing is equally important to any good academic work. Here is my list …

Gender gaps in education

Interesting new paper from Dr Ashwini Despande of Ashoka University on gender gaps in school education in India, which underlines the persisting gaps in the quality of education offered to girls as compared to boys. The paper notes that “the gender gap in private schooling increased slightly over the period, with the largest increase in…… Continue reading Gender gaps in education

Market for Economists 2021

Here is an interesting paper on what the academic job market looks like for new PhD economists in 2021. The findings reveal that while the supply of PhD economists is likely to be stable, the share of employers with at least one position open is likely to go down with a drop in demand. Read…… Continue reading Market for Economists 2021

QUB Podcast

QUB Belfast has a postgraduate podcast now and the first issue is already out. Do check out Student Voices without any further delay. This looks very promising and I am biased for obvious reasons. 🙂 Follow them on Twitter as well. https://twitter.com/QubVoices

David Graeber

David Graeber passed away earlier this month. Around the same time, I tested positive for Covid, hence the late post. I kept reading the condolences and remembrances pouring on the internet, as tweets, articles and newspaper obituaries, starting with his partner Nika Dubrovsky tweeting about his demise: https://twitter.com/nikadubrovsky/status/1301898249951903744 She later also shared Graeber’s plans for…… Continue reading David Graeber

Why my heart gently weeps

I am not the life of a party but street conversations with strangers is my strong suit. They say introverts excel at one on one conversations. Never ever in my life have I survived an Uber ride without conversing with the driver, for instance. It’s true that common, working class people set off something in me.

Notes on how to write

Should writers write from personal experience or attempt something completely foreign to their understanding? How can they write anything beyond what they know and if they can’t, can we say they aren’t writers but mere memoirists?

50 before I die

Making to-do lists is banal. We may never get around to doing them. But perhaps, putting them on a list will help me stay focussed. I need daily reminders of things I want to do before I die. Here is the first 14 out of 50 in the order of priority: 1. Work on strength…… Continue reading 50 before I die

What has happened to Shinzo Abe?

Photo credit: Wikimedia commons Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has resigned on account of poor health. Speculations to this effect were rife after he was seen emerging out of a hospital earlier this week. Abe has been Japan’s longest serving prime minister, quite a remarkable feat for a country obsessed with consistently high performance, so…… Continue reading What has happened to Shinzo Abe?