I don’t think I’ve watched as much TV as I have this year. It also allowed me to catch up on older shows that I have never seen (The Wire, Game of Thrones). But there were great new shows too. Here are my favourites:Continue reading “My Favourite TV Shows of 2020”
Apologies to American readers, I’m talking soccer, not American football! The question of who is the best footballer can break friendships and destroy families, but there are some objective ways of arriving at the answer.Continue reading “Who Is the Top Footballer In the World?”
Dr Rhonda Patrick is a biochemist and expert on diet and ageing. I recently listened to a talk of hers. My ears perked up two hours into it, when she described 4 simple changes to one’s diet that could dramatically improve your health. Here they are: Continue reading “4 Eating Hacks That Could Make You Live Longer ( 2 min read)”
I never thought I could fall in love with a dog, but Sherlock, our Chow Chow and first pet dog, put paid to that notion. I got him as a puppy at the start of last year, and he quickly became like family. Continue reading “Our Dog, Sherlock, Died This Week :-(“
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is viewed as one of the great writers of the 20th century. His big works like Metamorphosis, The Trial and The Castle dealt with isolation, anxiety and guilt often in absurdist and surreal set-ups. Many have focused on Kafka’s philosophy or use of surrealism and seen subsequent writers like Milan Kundera and Gabriel Garcia Marquez as his heirs. But I think one the most powerful contributions of Kafka was the focus on isolation and difference in conformist societies. On that measure, I think the latest winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Korea’s Han Kang could be his latest heir. Continue reading “The Kafka Of Our Time: Han Kang!”
I’m reading the novel “Pattern Recognition” by William Gibson. Seth Godin recommended it. Loving the book, especially its description of jet lag, which unfortunately I often have to endure:
“Five hours’ New York jet lag and Cayce Pollard wakes in Camden Town to the dire and ever-circling wolves of disrupted circadian rhythm. Continue reading “The Best Description Of Jet Lag…Ever”
When we think of holidays in India, we think of the Taj Mahal in Agra, Jaipur in Rajasthan, the beaches of Goa, and the bustling cities of Mumbai and Delhi. Having just come back from India, I have to say that Bhopal must be added to the list.
Your wife/girlfriend tells you to get the teacups from the kitchen cupboard. She tells you its on the second shelf in the cupboard above the cooker. You go, look, and cannot find it. Your wife/girlfriend walks in, opens the cupboard, and points to the teacups straight in front of you. But it was on the first shelf, not the second. You feel silly, but now you have an excuse – inattentional blindness: Continue reading “Me: I Can’t Find the Teacups. Partner: It’s In Front of You!!!”
Confessions (Japan, 2010)
An original and disturbing movie, especially for parents out there. I don’t want to give too much a way, except to say that it is about a teacher who wants to get extract confessions out of two pupils she believed killed her child. As they would be protected by law for murder (as juveniles), she exacts revenge meticulously.
I’m at the age when many of my peers have taken to wearing lycra. This is not for fashion, but to enter into triathlon, Iron Man and Tough Mudder competitions. A few have casually mentioned to me that it is quite common for people to take performance-enhancing drugs in amateur competitions. This inspired the below excerpt from my upcoming book: Continue reading “Does Money Corrupt Athletes? (1min read)”