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Readalog Issue #3 | Learning the Ropes


Readalog by Neha

October 20 · Issue #3 · 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.

#TIL, commitment is hard work. Whatever they say about it being what remains after the excitement in which you made it has long died down, is absolutely true. If it wasn’t for the promises and 29 subscribers (yes, the number is steadily increasing!), I wouldn’t be able to put this issue together, on account of having a whirlwind week. (And that’s why, you’ll find less stories from around the web this time.)
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From around the Web
  1. Most of us take an almost pride in not being able to function properly till we’ve had a shot or two of caffeine hit our bodies, regardless of which of the two camps - tea-lovers and coffee-addicts - we belong to. In this article, Annie Zaidi pens an ode to the golden brew, her words as heartwarming as a steaming hot cuppa. And for those of us who are particular about the blend and grade of our coffee, and buy our fix only from an artisan brand, here’s an explanation for why that minute hole on our coffee bag exists.
  2. In this article, meet the last generation of Haenyo, Korea’s real-life mermaids, through the lens of New-York based photographer Mijoo Kim.
  3. There are two kind of people in the world: those who run over the others, and those who get run over by others. And often, we move from one type to another, depending on the context. But if you’re the latter, you’ll identify with the protagonist in this short story ‘How Can I Help?’ by Rivka Galchen, published in New Yorker.
  4. In this must-read article, Andrew Reiner writes about his fear of raising a son in this age. “The common wisdom, as research verifies, is that most men want sons. That’s starting to shift. Some men, like me, fear becoming fathers to sons.
  5. If you like your humour raunchy, you must check out Ali Wong. In this  profile, journalist Ariel Levy shadows the artist, learning more about her radical sense of humour.
  6. Collaboration (and as are its derivatives) is a much-abused and hardly understood term in most of our workplace discussions. Here’s a longform article summarising a research about why some work groups thrive and others falter, undertaken by none other than the mighty Google.
Book of the Week
The Help. Kathryn Stockett.
The Help. Kathryn Stockett.
We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.
In three words: Intimate. Wry. Vociferous. 
Beyond the book: The book has been adapted into a movie (released in 2011) by the same name, starring Viola Davis (whose performance alone is enough to carry the whole story) and the gorgeous Emma Stone, among others.
Word Wise
n. the desire to be struck by disaster - to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall - which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.
@zaiuranjit Jai is a self-taught artist based in Bombay. He often works in the quaintest and quirkiest spaces in a city, often posting live updates. His witty take on the oddities of life is as captivating as his arty-farty tweets.
All We Know is the latest single by The Chainsmokers, feat. Phoebe Ryan. It is one of those songs which either you fall in love with instantly, or grows on you with every consequent listening.
With warmth and gratitude
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