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Readalog #19 | No Excuses

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Readalog by Neha

February 23 · Issue #19 · View online

I collect words the way some people collect coins or butterfly specimens.
And this is where I share some of them with you.


Sometimes, excuses just don’t cut it. So, I won’t even go there. But an apology is due. I’m sorry for the silence of last week. It should have been the 20th issue today, not 19th, had things gone smooth.
To make up, I’m going to start a ‘Read of the Week’ recommendation, which you MUST read. (Well, it’s not exactly to make up, I’d have done that regardless!)
Anyway, hope you enjoy reading today’s issue; and if you do, please share it with your friends and acquaintances who might like it too. Thank you! :)

From Around the Web
*Read of the Week* Opening the Heart’s Floodgates, With a Paw
1. Why Is Snap Calling Itself a Camera Company?
2. A Glimpse into the World of India's Ham Radio Operators
3. North Indian Media – Going South In More Ways Than One
4. I Accidentally Bought a Giant Pig
5. Luck Is a Skill Set You Can Refine
Book of the Week
The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret Atwood.
The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret Atwood.
Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.
In Three Words: Unsettling. Demanding. Terrifying.
Why Should You Read It: Written three decades ago, it’s a frightening foretelling of our world as it stands today, and where it seems to be headed. Read it for living the rest of your life as a thrilling déjà vu. It’s a deeply disturbing read. (But hey, won’t you rather have a deeply disturbing read than a deeply disturbing reality—at least you can dismiss the events of the book as a figment of someone’s imagination and not a reality that you have to live through!)
Beyond the Book: The book was reprinted as a part of the Vintage Future series, a collection of 9 dystopian books, published by Penguin in 2016. Each edition features striking front cover imagery that can be animated with a sheet of acetate (and is trippy af).
Buy the book here.
Word Wise
fika
(Swedish) It is not just a word, but a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. It means to “have coffee and cake”, but it’s not just that. It cannot be experienced at your desk by yourself. It is a ritual. A social institution. The food is incidental.
Usage: “Let’s go and fika!”
[The closest equivalent that comes to mind is the Bengali Adda.]
#FF
@genesiaalves. If there was just one person who I’d want to be when I grow up, I’d choose her. Her fearlessness is aspirational, empathy prudent, and solidarity enviable. She will have your back (despite you being just a Twitter handle to her), you can count on that. I’d write more, and better, if only I were not so enamoured by her. To sisterhood! (Oh, and she is HILARIOUS, if intelligent humour is your thing.)
#OnLoop
Bleeding Heart - Regina Spektor. Lead single of her album Remember Us to Life, this song is not a universal happy/ peppy song. It works on certain days, in certain moods, at certain time. But when it does, you can’t not play it on loop. Try it. 
Bonus: The official video (link above) is a collection of endearing photos of baby Regina. Watch it for the fuzzies.
Till next time…
With warmth and gratitude
Neha
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