Population explosion is a bogeyman in immigration policies, xenophobic moment and apocalyptic cults, but global reality is of demographic transition.

One of the many stereotypes attached with communities is their rate of procreation. From Jews of the Roman empire, Irish of Independent America to Indians under Colonial Britain, they were…


You can own a version of anything these days, thanks to NFT!

Every generation had their personalised currency. Millennials had Pokémon and wrestling cards, Generation X had baseball cards and mailing stamps and the baby boomers had their magic 8 balls and comic books. While we would like to believe…


A more reasoned punditry through historian Allan Lichtman’s model

There is more noise around this US presidential election than the last one, and perhaps for good reason. I followed the last election results live, with as much enthusiasm as I followed the Indian elections of this decade, where I hail…


“work (today), to rest another day”

A phenomenon we experience when we first step into adulthood is, running through the week, sleeping the weekend burnt out and restart of the next week groggy. I have been incredibly busy with work in the past few weeks with virtually no time taken…


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If the day were a poem


Watershed moments have dictated the nature of reality for time that followed.

We often find that history is divided into pre and post ‘watershed moments’. The Big Bang, K-T event, death of Neanderthals, first wheel, birth of Christ, fall of Rome, Magna Carta Libertatum, end of the Caliphate, Hiroshima and…


India celebrates another Independence Day but to what effect?

Even today as the third-generation citizens of the modern Indian nation state, listening to recording of speeches of founders of India gives us the goosebumps. …


90s Sitcoms remind us of a different life before mobile phones.

As I have grown older, I have taken to re-watching older sitcom of the 90s and early 2000s, rather than latest shows. A friend of mine thinks this is because, that period in time is the millennial generation’s safe…


With the world in our palm, we never have any time on our hands, the modern millennial paradox is an economic one.

“It (religion) is the opiate of the masses”, Marx

The above quote in Marx’s writing critiquing Hegel is as misunderstood as it is popular. Marx argued, organised religion allowed immediate relief or at-least a rationalisation of suffering, among other things. Today, one could say the same thing about commercial technology and its by-products. The most simplistic understanding of religion…


To make any democratic headway we need to burst out of confirmation bias bubbles.

The reality of politics is its realpolitik

The modern political landscape of nation states is unlike any other before it. We have evolved from families, tribes, communities, city states, empire states, colonies to today’s modern nation states. The benefit of hindsight also has…

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If not tiny vibrating molecules and reflected waves, what is our experience, but a romanticisation of reality?

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