25 for the week

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25ftw - Issue #74 | Ideas alone are worth nothing

Approx 100 mn startups kick start their journey each year and pass through the curves of raising money, growing, or dying. A wee wow, raise more and more, and become unicorns or better. People talk, media writes, people talk more. With time, some become bigg…


25ftw - Issue #73 | Rising from the ashes

"there's rock bottom, then fifty feet of crap, then me." - Rachel (FRIENDS)Albus Dumbledore kept a phoenix as a pet - a symbol for rising from the ashes, a way to reinvent oneself after complete destruction. Every once in a while people find themselves in the…


25ftw - Issue #72 | we should think about the next one now

epidemic (adj.)c. 1600, "common to or affecting a whole people," originally and usually, though not etymologically, in reference to diseases, from French épidémique, from épidemié "an epidemic disease," from Medieval Latin epidemia, from Greek epidemia "a sta…


25ftw - Issue #71 | Lights. Camera. Action!

“My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected onto a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.”― Robert Bresson, N…


25ftw - Issue #70 | When trust & secrecy talk to each other (family - 3/3)

“We are, all four of us, blood relatives, and we speak a kind of esoteric, family language, a sort of semantic geometry in which the shortest distance between any two points is a fullish circle.” ― J.D. Salinger, Franny & ZooeySecrets are good- they make…


25ftw - Issue #69 | One last time, I am gonna stop it from now on!

I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a s…


25ftw - Issue #68 | Changing family dynamics (family - 2/3)

“There are two things in life you cannot choose. The first is your enemies; the second your family. Sometimes the difference between them is hard to see, but in the end time will show you that the cards you have been dealt could always have been worse.” - Car…


25ftw - Issue #67 | In search of home away from home!

“We asked for workers. We got people instead.” ― Max FrischRecent years have seen a rise in Xenophobia globally, where natives have strongly opposed immigrants, blaming them for stealing jobs. This myopic view limits people to realize the benefits of immigrat…


25ftw - Issue #66 | how many cousins do you have (family - I/III)

“My father was a vulture. My mother was a magpie. My oldest brother is a crow. My sister, a sparrow. I have never really been a bird."Lila resisted the urge to say he might have been a peacock. It didn't seem the time.” ― V.E. Schwab, A gathering of shadowsWi…


25ftw - Issue #65 | New Year, New You?

As the world prepares to celebrate the New Year's Eve, one wonders, why do we celebrate it on January 1st? While the answer might not explain the reason for its popularity, the fact that the whole world unanimously subscribes to the idea of celebrating it mak…


25ftw - Issue #64 | What do you regret the most?

“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.”― Kurt VonnegutThe feelings that hurt most are those that are absurd - the longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible, nostalgia for what never was, the desire …


25ftw - Issue #63 | Just for laughs!

Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless people. - Robert BenchleyThrough a series of Reddit threads or the occasional meme, a good joke can be the silver lining to the dark cloud of life's realities. From its most lighthearted …


25ftw - Issue #62 | Are you working hard enough?

I'd like to dial it back 5% or 10% and try to have a vacation that's not just e-mail with a view. -Elon MuskBefore starting my professional career, I would fondly pick up the newspaper each morning to go through Dilbert. At that time I didn't have enough expo…


25ftw - Issue #61 | The society paid for your yacht

HL Mencken wittily summarised the relative nature of wealth when he said“A wealthy man is one who earns $100 a year more than his wife's sister's husband.”Playing this game of leveling up and making more money increases the satisfaction only up to a certain p…


25ftw - Issue #60 | "IQ is bullshit, bullshit not"

“I couldn't claim that I was smarter than sixty-five other guys--but the average of sixty-five other guys, certainly!”― Richard P. Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!As per Intelligence: Known and Unknowns, Individuals differ from one another in their…


25ftw - Issue #59 | Everyone worships, some people are religious

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind -Albert EinsteinWikipedia defines religion as a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices and much more. It also says in the end that there is no scholarly consensus over w…


25ftw - Issue #58 | "How much increment do you want?"

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." — Nassim Nicholas TalebWhen the above quote by Taleb was doing the rounds on social media, one couldn’t help but get intrigued by it. Heroin does make sense and has plethora …


25ftw - Issue #57 | Celebrate. Eat. Splurge. Repeat!

A friend recently posted a status - "दिवाली करीब है, पर घर दूर!" (Diwali is here, but home, far away). These lines very well captured the angst of missing home during festivals, though this feeling isn't limited to Diwali.As different cultures across the glob…


25ftw - Issue #56 | So, what language do you speak?

“In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's KeeperFew scientific disagreements lead to public controversy, and the ones that do have more than just science as the m…


25ftw - Issue #55 | Leaving and living

As soon as we come out of the womb, we start building an emotional microcosm that resembles the comfort of the womb, probably an "emotional womb" - a world of known faces, known places, shared vulnerabilities and stories, and seek the most marketed and celebr…