By Amrit Vatsa

I love dissecting how the world works. I share some of that through this newsletter.

I love dissecting how the world works. I share some of that through this newsletter.

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Vatsap? - #22 How to sell deformed oranges + some book reccos

Below are two books that I have been reading these days (no, not from The Economist's list):Human Element by Loren Nordgren & David SchonthalDon't trust your gut by Seth StephensBoth are around human behaviour and pretty insightful. Talking about insights…


Vatsap? - Issue #21 - Long time! How have you been?

It's called CoreVoice. My co-founder is Amrut - a batchmate from IIT Madras, a good friend and a long time collaborator / client. We started in October last year and it has been some journey! We already have about half a dozen folks working at CoreVoice - fro…


Vatsap? How Border broke an Indian war movie rule + 4 new things I learnt recently

There were explicit instructions from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in this regard, so 'friendly relations with foreign states' not be 'strained'. Earlier Indian war movies like Haqeeqat, Aakraman, Vijeta etc. never mentioned Pakistan or China.But …


Vatsap? Problem with good mood, Whatsapp controversy and my dogs!

I was reading Noise by Kahneman (and others) when I learnt something interesting about the negatives of a positive mood. I wrote about it. If you read my blog, you will also discover what the Footbridge problem is. It's interesting.


Vatsap? Goa's insta-worthy water-bodies, BJP's truth & my fake ads

The above video (click on the image to play) is short and nice and you will most likely learn something new. You will learn about the fascinating story behind some of the insta-worthy water bodies that Goa has. Yes, the story is bad.What is worse is the below…


Vatsap? Check out my insights on Meritocracy, English language's influence and ML.

Lot of paid work came my way and I could not manage to write new blogs or send off this newsletter. It's been many Sundays since I dispatched one. Anyhow, let's just focus on this Sunday today. Let's begin with meritocracy.


Vatsap? Wedding photography philosophy, networking and mere exposure effect

I basically have three things to share this week - two blogs and a Vlog. Hey, that rhymed and all that!


Vatsap? Video-story of my pets, bullshit jobs and Rahul Gandhi's prediction

A lot has happened since my last newsletter - the Capitol attack, Tesla's Bangalore registration and the Covid vaccine rollout to name a few. And yet, even when I read all the news and devoured many different books, I could put together very little (be it a v…


Vatsap? Insights on Apologies, Democracy & Weight-loss!

Sorry about the two weeks gap in sending my newsletter (did you even notice)? Now that I am saying sorry and stuff, let me share that I wrote a short blog this week, answering a simple question- does apologizing really work? What do you think?In fact I wrote …


Vatsap? I made a 3 min video on my Covid hospitalization; watch?

Let's all hope that over the next few months as we start getting vaccinated, we wouldn't need to visit hospitals for Covid treatment. And if vaccination is going to happen via syringes, I hope the doctor / nurse who administers me one (am I even eligible?) is…


Vatsap? Farmer protests, Brandolini’s principle and blind people running!

Those who missed reading my plus and minus summary of the Sep 2020 agri "reforms" earlier, should definitely read it now (had shared the article-link in a previous issue of this newsletter). It will help you consume all the news and memes and cartoons and Ins…


Exercising post Covid, origins of migrant-hatred and how India can educate its children better

I had been feeling better post Covid recovery. So I thought, let me get back to some exercising and all that. And then this happened - NY Times shared an article this week that totally freaked me out. I am not exercising no more!


Modi is both like Hitler and unlike him - new in blog!

Yes we do! I randomly discovered this insight while reading Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo (Nobel prize winners from last year). I have shared it in this blog. The cheating insight comes from experiments done on humans…


I got infected with Covid-19 but should be out of hospital in a day!

My initial plan was to take a Sunday off from newsletter. And then I fell sick. Here's the full story. Nothing to worry about. But it was a bit crazy (I am not yet fully recovered). Anyway, here I am, back after missing three Sundays, typing this away from a …


Hey {{first_name}}, so something totally blew up on my insta this week!

Ok, so this is what happened. I saw a story on a friend's insta post (she was a junior in IIT many years ago). It was a message on how patriarchy is seen by different sections of society. I loved the message so much that I decided to illustrate the same. It's…


Watch my new jungle Vlog from Goa and read my blog on Hindu pride. You will love it!

Ok now to some serious stuff! I wrote two interesting blogs this week - on two very different topics.


I have put together a crisp plus and minus summary of the farm bills - must read!

This is the article link (on the farm bills). I read everything there was to read on the issue and watched two very long videos, to put together the piece. I might not be a farmer myself but I do have some experience of the rural / agri life, from my limited …


My penultimate Myanmar Vlog is ready + some pretty cool stuff like the Contact Hypothesis, indoor plants and crazy ducks!

You can read this newsletter on my blogsite too - the videos will play directly in there (while here in the email, they will open in new tabs).


Vatsap? here's the second video from my Myanmar adventure + some more stuff around Nobel Prize, Kalpana Chawla and Cancer research at IIT Madras + a NetFlix recco

I hope you enjoyed part 1 that I shared last week. Here is the second part of my four part BTS series. You will see me travel to an island in a crazy ferry ride and chase some stories. Feb was fun!


I finally edited one of my Vlogs from Myanmar work-trip!

I was in the country for two weeks on a film-making assignment. When I was not shooting the actual stories, I was Vlogging.If you have never been to Myanmar, the above fast-paced BTS Vlog will give you a short and sweet peekaboo. What were the stories that I …