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What is good can have dire consequences too! I learned from this engaging podcast from Freakonomics (if you haven’t read the fantastic book, stop and immediately get it) on how the food policies of the USA in the early and mid-20th century, planned with good intentions and valid reasons led to industrialized crop growing, supermarkets, death of small farmers, obesity, our addiction to sweet in everything we eat, active encouragement of a carbohydrate diet (the resulting discouragement of fruits and vegetables), and, many more: The first world war accelerated the demand for more food production, which led the Government (United…

This is a book I bought on a whim after reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, but have been avoiding to read. You may ask why? Because, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi deals a subject we all fear to confront, and that is death. Paul was a talented Neurosurgeon, who had treated numerous patients, before being diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer and dying at the early age of 36. Before coming to medicine, Paul had a Masters in English Literature and maybe because of this, his prose in the book was very fluent. The language in the first…

American Factory (2019) is an engaging documentary from Netflix, that is not to be missed. It highlights the biggest problem facing Americans in recent years. Do American really want the “tough” manufacturing jobs back in the USA? Are they ready to accept Chinese money and invite Chinese people into their workplace? Is there any hope for the American working class? The film by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert follows the opening of a Chinese company-Fuyao’s factory in Dayton, Ohio in the site of a closed GM facility. As the film starts, we get transported inside the factory and the community,…

If you want to understand the tech giants and the startup ecosystem in the valley of this decade, then don’t miss this TV Series. Future historians will refer to this show to understand the Silicon valley microcosm. Though the last episode of this famous TV series aired on 8th December, I watched it only today. I didn’t wish to say goodbye to Pied Piper, its CEO Richard Hendricks, Gilfoyle, Dinesh, Jared and rest of the misfits running Silicon Valley companies. The HBO series started in 2014 with a young coding wizard ‘Richard’ presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt with his super cool…

Over the last two decades, I have travelled quite a few times to the USA. My first trip was in 1999 when I got invited by Microsoft Corporation, USA for one of their premier event that was happening in downtown Seattle and that was obviously the memorable one. I was excited to be travelling to the United States and that too to the headquarters of my idol Mr Bill Gates. Then, I never imagined I will be travelling in the next few years, many times to America, so I went around the country, coast to coast, visiting all the friends…