Democracy is just the begining

When you read The Animal Farm, you know that Orwell is talking about the USSR. But is he? It is obvious, you might say. He wrote it at the height of the Cold War when the ‘free world’ was engaged in a proxy war with the Communist block. But then I realised that the American... Continue Reading →

The Crotch Blowout

To my horror, I realised that I was the victim of yet another crotch blowout this morning. This time it was a new pair of jeans that I had bought just last week. Now all my jeans had holes at the crotch. Great! Just great! But I wasn’t going to let this ruin my day... Continue Reading →

Living with Fishes

He wakes up in outer space. He can see his fingers twitching, his body dying. He is exposed. But his mind is back in his bed, he is on Earth. He has to pull himself back together, he has to get into a capsule. With great difficulty, he wills himself to pull the thin velvet... Continue Reading →

Changing the world

I believe that my existence is pointless. Like Gandhi said, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” Why is it important? Because it helps you live with the uselessness of life. I believe that I am changing the world. I don’t work for Teach for India, so... Continue Reading →

Yes, I am an atheist

You create a product that people might/might not want. Your product is new and unique so everyone jumps on the bandwagon. A while later, they realise that they have issues with your product. So they contact your service centre. Your customer service guys redirect these people to different departments, and nobody offers them a solution. God sounds... Continue Reading →

What if

Our Universe has an infinite number of stars and planets. And yet, we know of only one with life - our pale blue dot. And what if we are alone? What if there were no terrestrial civilisations before us? What if we are the only life there is? I believe that there are other civilisations out there, planets teeming... Continue Reading →

Eradicating Racism

I remember watching a show on Discovery that talked about how the human body is built to be prey. So like most prey species, we form herds (tribes) to find safety in numbers. But this survival instinct causes a huge social problem in the modern world - racism. Animals tend to herd with other individuals... Continue Reading →

Do what you want to do

I have been growing my beard for four months now, and I look like a barbarian (the kind you’d expect to see on a Viking longboat!) People have been asking me why. Well, I studied in a school where you had to have a clean shave and a crew cut, went on to study in a... Continue Reading →

Inner Peace

We will colonise other planets in the coming century. A new start, but how do we ensure that it is a better start? I feel we should start with religion. Religion has come to be one of the loci that defines our species. We have seen what it can do to us, what it is... Continue Reading →

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