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Blind – an anonymous corporate social network. I think the biggest use of this will be to give true feedback to people. Such platforms have huge downside as well – but it is the kind of downside if we hear others thoughts without filters. I think most of the wastage in large corporates is due to people not being able to communicate their challenges freely with each other. Much effort and time goes in maneuvering such a tangle and get something done. There are people who will never ever know what is wrong with them because no one can tell them directly what is wrong with them. “Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth”. It is true also that even when we know the truth about ourselves, we may rationalize and continue the same way. But still, by any chance, if people use such feedback to get better, it will be a huge improvement – individually and for corporations to get things done.
Why software development requires servant leaders – I was alone for lunch today and had couple of…

nightmare

When exactly did it become so big? A disaster happening step by step, we are in the picture and being aware of it slowly. When we are in an accident, time is supposed to slow down and we see everything happening but go with it since nothing else can be done. Kerala is seeing the biggest natural disaster so far in my lifetime. I see it happening, but when did I feel the pinch? I still may not have felt its full impact. But I see the people whose loved ones are stuck somewhere in the unknown, trying desperately to reach them, their panic in not knowing where they are and how they are doing and helplessness in not being able to do anything. I heard people watched the disaster unfold in the TV one day and next day flood water is on their door step. It rises inch by inch.
Concern in people’s voices, their genuine effort, eagerness to help in anyway possible – all this restores the faith in humanity. Even while there are some who still find ways to further their agenda and mischief in middl…

pendulum

Take any topic that seems interesting, obsess about it, build up the maze in the mind and keep going through layers and layers inside. The simulation in the mind starts to deviate from reality, either to the excited level or to the depression state. Preset rules are broken by emotion and impulse. How will it be brought back to equilibrium? Rude shocks of reality can bring it back, but then it might have caused some damage. Well meaning warning by someone close can point out the aberration, unless offense is taken where there is none meant. Self talk can do the trick, but such a strong mind which keeps it in check might not have allowed it to deviate in the first place. Blessed are those who either don’t move too far off the normal state either because they don’t burden themselves with too much thinking or those who sees the world clearly and have made their peace with it in all aspects.

Amelia Boone - Farnam Street podcast

Long time back, one of my team mates would say as a reason of coming late most mornings that he couldn’t muster the energy in the morning, had to warm up and crank the engine. I had joked with him to drink less the previous night, as a solution, nothing else is needed to charge him up every morning. But today was one of those days for me. I don’t laze around in the morning, I get into the rhythm and go through the motions, so won’t be sloppy, but some days are like that. I searched around to see what I can read which will put me in the mood and give me a little push – of self reflection, new ideas and get the creative juices flowing a bit. Didn’t find much, gave up and started from home for office. I had seen a photo of Amelia Boone with her 70 year old dad liked by someone in my twitter feed and remembered that I had downloaded her interview in Farnam street podcast. I put that on and started driving to office. It totally lifted my spirits, I was stopping multiple times on my way to …

recent reads

Few recent reads:-
Real Word vs Book Knowledge: Morgan Housel is someone I started following recently. Listened to his interview in Farnam Street podcast as well. This article was very apt for a debate that I was having with a colleague. We started a library within our team. Few folks pooled in money and we bought around 25 books which are some of the best in the areas where we all should be picking up skills, that will be useful in our work. In that context, argument was about bookish knowledge vs someone surprising us with their practical wisdom. I have no doubt there will be people who haven’t read widely, but will have brilliant insights. But it cannot be a “Vs”, not a “either / or” qn. One without the other will be incomplete. Also people use the excuse that they have real world knowledge to justify why they don’t read. In general, I think reading is on a decline (atleast among my acquaintances) and it could be one of the reasons for the rising social ills.
What is Love? : I thin…

ആനഡോക്ടര്‍

“നൂറു സിംഹാസനങ്ങള്‍”ക്ക് ശേഷം ജയമോഹന്‍റെ “ആനഡോക്ടര്‍” വായിച്ചു. പല വരികളും, ഉപമകളും, മനുഷ്യന്‍റെ വികാരങ്ങളെ കൃത്യമായി വരച്ചു വച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത് പോലെ ഉണ്ട്.
Yuval Harari യുടെ Sapiensഅടുത്തിടെ വായിച്ചു. ഇത് വരെ ഞാന്‍ കാര്യമായി ആലോചിച്ചിട്ടില്ലാത്ത പല ചോദ്യങ്ങളും ആ പുസ്തകം ഉന്നയിച്ചിരുന്നു. മനുഷ്യന്‍ പല മാറ്റങ്ങളിലൂടെ ഇവിടെ വരെ എത്തിയെങ്കിലും, നമ്മള്‍ ഈ ഭൂമിയിലെ രാജാക്കന്മാരായി സ്വയം അവരോധിക്കുകയും, നമ്മളെ പോലെ അല്ലാത്ത എല്ലാ മൃഗങ്ങളെയും കൊന്നു തള്ളിയും ഇനി എത്ര കാലം. ജീവിതം കൂടുതല്‍ അനായാസവും, കൂടുതല്‍ കാലം ജീവിക്കാനും പറ്റുന്നുണ്ടെങ്കിലും, കാട്ടില്‍ പണ്ടു വേട്ടയാടിയും മറ്റും മറ്റു മൃഗങ്ങളെ പോലെ ജീവിചിരുന്നപ്പോഴെക്കാളും സന്തോഷവും സമാധാനവും പോലും ഇപ്പോള്‍ മനുഷ്യര്‍ അനുഭവിക്കുന്നുണ്ടോ എന്നും.
ഇതും അങ്ങനെ ഒരു പുനര്‍ചിന്ത ഉണ്ടാക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. കുറച്ചു കൂടെ അടിസ്ഥാന വികാര വിചാരങ്ങളിലേക്കും പോകേണ്ടതുണ്ട്. ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ സങ്കീര്‍ണമെന്നു തോന്നുന്ന പ്രശ്നങ്ങളും ആവശ്യങ്ങളും വെറും മിഥ്യാധാരണകള്‍ ആകാം. മനുഷ്യന്‍ ഒരു hunter gatherer animal ആയിരുന്നെന്നും, അന്ന് കാടിനെ കുറിച്ചും, മരങ്ങള്‍, പക്ഷി മൃഗാദികള്‍, ക…

Kalki - My Indian Life

Came across Kalki Koechlin's new podcast My Indian Life.  I had watched only two of her movies so far. First one was Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I thought she was slightly odd - uncommon face, a unique way in which speaks. One of her interviews in The Hindu caught my attention, how thoughtful and articulate she was. Over time, watched her short films (The Thought Of You, Naked, The Job), prose poetry performances (Noise, Printing Machine, Dear Men) and her movie “Waiting” recently. She is a creative force, refreshing, uncommon one. The risks that she is taking, using her creativity and art to speak up for social ills. I wonder if I was anywhere as mature at her age. I hope she goes a long way and goes on to do more brilliant work. So far the two episodes of the podcast were good – first one with a male belly dancer (Eshan) and second one about an actor (Mallika) using her body and standing stark naked to challenge our thought processes and gender biases. In the first one Eshan talks …