A Year Outside

Twitter used to be my only active social media presence online. It was an old account, going back all the way to 2007 and it had a huge amount of content I had posted over…

Shock

Two-years-ago, around this time, India went into a lockdown, the first of the many to come in the numerous waves of the COVID-19 pandemic that was to follow. Conservative estimates peg the deaths in India…

What is ‘enough’?

If you ask most people, they’d have a reasonable idea about how much money is enough for them to stop worrying about making more. The interesting thing is that most people won’t stop at the…

India @ 2032

The big themes that will drive the world into the next 10-years are: Changes in the globally connected economy. Climate change. Technology: automation, AI, data. Changes in the demographic dividend. We are the fag end…

Ethical Digital Businesses

In this age of aggressively scooping up all and any data, are they even possible in the first place? In the venture-backed model it is certainly not going to be possible for two reasons: 1)…

The Expanse Series

It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a work as thoroughly as I have enjoyed The Expanse. I started watching the television series (all seasons 1-6) and then moved on to the…

Countries As Contracts

Nations are formed around contracts. It is rare for any nation to survive a change from the fundamental contract that it was founded on. And the common thread that runs for all the countries in…

The Lies

If the COVID-19 pandemic is our point of reference for a global crisis that needed a global response, our odds of surviving a future extinction-level event is pretty terrible. 2-years on the lack of transparency,…

Friend Or Foe?

Civilizations can be considered as frameworks that allow humanity to function at scale by reducing the cognitive burden of assessing the question whether someone you come across is a friend or foe and by making…

Existential Risk In Societies

Existential risk works out differently for different socioeconomic classes in the society. For a poor person, existential risk is almost any event that disrupts regular income, including being unemployed or falling unwell. For the middle-class,…