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2021-04-13: My family loves to watch singing reality shows. It's an opportunity for me to get some focused time …

2021-04-13: I just had a wonderful power nap – even a few whole night’s sleep don’t revitalize …

2021-04-12: I had a productive writing and reading Sunday this week. Read many of the long pending posts from my …

2021-04-11: I have been reading many books from Christie recently. Every time I get into a reading lull, I pick …

2021-04-11: Unless you’re really sure the other person will get your humor, or appreciate it, it’s …

2021-04-11: The recent ad from CRED feat Rahul Dravid is an absolute masterclass. No doubt it is trending …

2021-04-10: Om Alone → I have also developed uncanny abilities—not exactly superpowers, but I am now able to …

2021-04-07: Revisiting 2020 through the /now page I updated my /now page today after a long time. I usually maintain a thought’s archive as part …

2021-04-07: The effort that the developers across collectively spent on building the “small”, …

2021-04-01: I am curious - isn’t a drone that can carry a human just a helicopter? A self-driving, may be. …

2021-03-30: If you maintain a /now page like I do, what do you write in there? What’s a good enough …

2021-03-29: Dan Lewis recently made me aware of one of the most beautiful love story, that of Long Distance Love …

2021-03-25: What Data Can’t Do → Numbers don’t lie, except when they do. They [statistics] can help remedy our …

2021-03-25: This discussion on Stack Exchange proves again that the majority, including me, understands so …

2021-03-25: It was a couple of years ago when I had ranted about how the alternatives to the popular social …

2021-03-20: I love my laptop a lot more than my smartphone and my tablet. I’m more comfortable with the …

2021-03-19: I absolutely love the Daily Mixes that Spotify serves. Every new song or album or artist that it …

2021-03-18: Does getting the vaccine lend one liberty to return to normalcy? From what I've read, the …

2021-03-18: The 2021 Oscar Nominations, and What Should Have Made the List → It seemed obvious that the absence …

2021-03-18: The first “promise” Ghost 4.0 makes is “Turn your audience into a …

2021-03-17: Meta Alert: Btw, the yesterday’s MailChimp experiment for email digest was a failure. The …

2021-03-17: I am usually good at keeping the thoughts from my work away from what I publish at my website. I …

2021-03-17: When do you consider it a productive day? When you achieve a lot from the backlog, but not much from …

2021-03-16: Another day when I think about all the meta stuff around my blog and how I swing between complete …

2021-03-16: MailChimp seems to have a good RSS-to-Email option – this should work for the simple need that …

2021-03-15: I’m warming up to the idea of providing a daily/weekly digest of my posts to be delivered via …

2021-03-14: Is Your Dog Really Your Best Friend? →

2021-03-14: I love my breakfasts a lot more than any other meals in the day. I can bear a delayed lunch or a …

2021-03-13: Stoop has to be one of the very apps that works far better on Android than on iOS. The later lags, …

2021-03-13: A few guilty pleasures 1. A bowl of hot instant noodles 2. An hour of reaction videos on YouTube 3. A pack of Lays late at …

2021-03-12: What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “India”? …

2021-03-09: I cringe when someone uses the phrase “normal people” while describing a section of a …

2021-03-08: My daughter has been reading short storybooks since she was 5. She likes to read – she would …

2021-03-06: Who is Ghost targeted at? Why is everything around this service so pricey? I understand that it …

2021-03-06: I’ve removed all the custom fonts, something that I’ve been extremely picky about, from …

2021-03-05: Wow, there has been a deluge of Hello messages written to the “world” today. The world …

2021-03-04: Me, Reading → No! How can this be?! I’ve read only fifty-two per cent of this damn book? No! How …

2021-03-01: Is there a threshold of word count that when hit, and only then, an essay or a book will be …

2021-02-28: Just a few pages in and I was excited to read Factfulness by Hans Rosling. Given the times we are …

2021-02-27: March is yet to begin and the Summer’s already here. The room coolers are out. The earthen …

2021-02-27: I finished reading Endless Night by Agatha Christie and am not at all impressed. This review might …

2021-02-26: On Personal Names... I have a pretty common first name (or given name as it is called at some places). It’s so …

2021-02-26: Why is it that it's only the Mac, iPhone, or iPad apps that work well with the Indieweb principles? …

2021-02-24: I don't like GitHub's dark theme - it's painful to my eyes. There's too much contrast between the …

2021-02-24: Sometimes I get afraid of tapping that YouTube app. It just drains too much of my time - even with …

2021-02-24: I only recently came across this wonderful Netflix show Manhunt: Unabomber. Boy, it was brilliant - …

2021-02-23: Dropbox can also store your passwords now with their password manager - and it’s built into …

2021-02-23: For all the non-iOS users, what’s the Android phone that you currently use or are planning to …

2021-02-18: Of course, there had to be a term decision fatigue - “the emotional and mental strain …

2021-02-17: I know password manager's an important service and one shouldn't hesitate to pay for it. But …

2021-02-11: Is today’s doomscrolling a severe variant of 2007’s wwilfing? I’d, for sure, …

2021-02-11: I read a headline “The science of reasoning with unreasonable people”. Why would I do …

2021-02-11: I finished (finally!) reading 4:50 from Paddington today. I was about to rate this book a lot lower …

2021-02-09: Stop Defacing Quotes With Brackets! → If the changes are not obvious, don’t use the quote; if …

2021-02-09: Has anyone used Beeper - “a single app to chat on iMessage, WhatsApp, and 13 other …

2021-02-08: This comment from Dave Winer made me pause. [Y]ou don’t make money from a blog or podcast, …

2021-02-08: Why We Fight Over Fiction → Our moral evaluations of the main big actions that influence our world …

2021-02-01: Why is it that every time I take a break from writing, for whatever reason, I find it extremely …

2020-12-31: I managed to complete my 2020 reading challenge – finished reading Fraudster by R.V. Raman. …

2020-12-17: I am just one book away to complete my 2020 reading challenge. Goodreads tells me there are still 14 …

2020-12-08: I wish Micro.blog had an option to delivery email digest of the posts - I like the way Dave Winer …

2020-12-08: Achieving simplicity is the most complex activity.

2020-12-05: Tenet is finally getting a theatrical release in India. And of the 4 reviews that I skimmed the …

2020-12-04: I was fascinated to learn about the so called town under one roof - Whittier. It has to be one of …

2020-12-03: Public speaking is a skill not all who speak publicly master - many tend to lose the …

2020-11-30: Prompts help me write - this last month has reinforced this belief of mine. It’d helped me …

2020-11-29: It was a dark lane, darkened further by a fluctuating street lamp. The pedestrian found it curious …

2020-11-28: The masks can’t mask the ugliness of one’s soul. In that sense, it is absolutely …

2020-11-27: I just watched Ocean’s Twelve - such a silly, illogical film. Absolutely disappointed again, …

2020-11-27: It’s refreshing to see some one-day cricket action back with two strong teams in India and …

2020-11-26: It’s pretty obvious that one adjusts those knobs that they control. So isn’t it better …

2020-11-26: I find it curious that I often think better clear when my mind is full of thoughts. I am edgy with …

2020-11-26: Here’s a theory, iPads and MacBooks would some day (not too far away, too) run the same …

2020-11-26: There are very few people that love their blogs, and talk about their setup with more affection than …

2020-11-26: The New York Times Sells Envy → [E]nvy and ingratitude sell, so Manjoo gets to misrepresent data, …

2020-11-25: The world would be so much simpler, calmer if the only way to communicate with others was to call …

2020-11-24: In India, there are set of stores called provision stores - they are commonly seen in every …

2020-11-24: To Let it Out → You’ve been through a lot this year and it looks like you need the perfect place to …

2020-11-23: All forms of art have potential to capture even intricate aspects of our world. A still photo can …

2020-11-23: When Computers Were Cool → [T]here isn’t, today, an equivalent of the SGI Indy, or the Sun …

2020-11-22: I read the word Border and first thing that comes to my mind is the 1997 iconic film that I’d …

2020-11-22: Why’s there still no TV show around Harry Potter universe? I would love know a lot more about …

2020-11-21: I love winters because I love sweaters. Nothing can beat the comfort that a warm, cosy sweater lends …

2020-11-20: As the day fades away into the darkness, so does my hope of ending the day with a few items from my …

2020-11-19: The statement “it’s not possible” is incomplete if not associated with either a …

2020-11-18: Apple’s dependence on Intel is about to end, I guess? Or may be not for pros? One never know …

2020-11-17: I drove to my native village today - a trip that I took a lot many times by a passenger train as a …

2020-11-16: Memories, happy & sad - something I never knew staying stuck at home would ever form. The …

2020-11-15: In a galaxy far far away, there is a beacon being launched in search of life on other planets. They …

2020-11-14: One man’s spooky is another man’s adornment. One man’s spooky is another …

2020-11-14: Continuing the theme of capturing the colors of Rangoli in the light of Diyas! Of course, the skill …

2020-11-13: I guess “I guess” is used more as a filler than an actual guess. The world can’t …

2020-11-13: Every Diwali, I capture how Diyas enliven the colors of Rangoli – oddness of this year …

2020-11-13: Google Photos Just Made the Case for Breaking Up Big Tech→ Now that Google has lured more than 1 …

2020-11-12: The chilly winds are in and around, the winter wears are out. But old ones are showing the wear, so …

2020-11-12: Apple Arcade games are too large in size. Even if there’s a game that interests me, I have to …

2020-11-12: I don’t understand the concept of maturity ratings - why is there no universal, simple system? …

2020-11-12: An updated daily front page of The New York Times as artwork on your wall → Every morning, I wake …

2020-11-11: Don’t let something knock at the walls of your heart for so long that it starts to become a …

2020-11-10: The elderly - a species that knows a lot, speaks a lot, but isn’t heard enough. An unfortunate …

2020-11-09: The force of circumstances has to be amongst the strongest forces that exists in this earthly …

2020-11-09: If Apple wishes to continue selling iPhone XR, I hope it refreshes the internals along with SE. I …

2020-11-08: In bind, we all are. Of routine. Of strange. Of situation. Of schedule. Of life. Yet we trudge …

2020-11-07: Inflating egos have caused more worriment for us humans than any technological evils we fabricated. …

2020-11-06: Feature Requests for Micro.blog Hosting I’ve got a few minor (?) feature requests for Micro.blog hosting based on my limited …

2020-11-06: I got into Star Wars pretty late – although I do vaguely remember watching The Phantom Menace …

2020-11-06: I had no clue about the size of iPhone 12 Pro Max until I looked at all of them together. This …

2020-11-05: Stoop, I often to greet someone in respect. Stoop, I never to earn from someone the …

2020-11-05: I am excited for the IPL playoffs that begin today. Even though I’ve been a staunch supporter …

2020-11-05: From whatever little I’ve learnt about the man in the last 4 years, if Trump loses the …

2020-11-04: There’s a pathway near my home that I took a stroll on today - it was so calm, and so close by …

2020-11-03: It’s not the extraordinary that astonishes me anymore but the usual. Such has been the year.

2020-11-02: One would think with the lull outside, with hardly anything to do outside, it would be easier to …

2020-11-02: Dave Winer writing on how uneasy he feels about the impending US presidential elections. Is it so …

2020-11-01: Liked a review for The Trial of the Chicago 7 – sums up my thoughts about the movie really …

2020-11-01: With the way IPL has played out this year, I’m sure the mood in many teams room is a tad …

2020-11-01: I just created an account at Letterboxd, I’ve been delaying this for no reason. I love …

2020-11-01: On Motivation and Writing Prompts → Prompts don’t “force” us to be creative: they give us an excuse …

2020-10-31: I came across this opinion from Jack Baty about static sites and I completely agree with him. …

2020-10-31: I am not too convinced with this reverse toonification experiment of Pixar characters - every …

2020-10-31: I really enjoyed Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 - it was an absorbing account of an …

2020-10-31: Through the Dark Clouds - A Short Story The lady on the microphone announced in her squeaky voice, “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to …

2020-10-30: Before there was Pixar, I had studied under this Pixar lamp. Those were the days when priorities …

2020-10-30: There was a time when I loved using Last.fm. The recommendations were brilliant; they had also …

2020-10-30: I’ve been under the weather since a last few days & felt the worst yesterday evening. I …

2020-10-29: An apt reminder from John Gruber on why leaders still matter, they instill virtues. A sense that …

2020-10-29: There are elections in US and then there are elections in India. I don’t know how it’s …

2020-10-28: My quest for simplicity wins me over again. Simple is always better. It’s a lot less friction …

2020-10-28: I have always1 wondered when is it that I write the most? What makes me active at writing? Or when …

2020-10-27: I wonder if I would be ok to post mainly from mobile, but as a regular micropub post. WordPress …

2020-10-27: I have been writing a lot less recently - I wish I knew why. I think the prime reason for that is …

2020-10-18: Yesterday marked the beginning of Navratri, a nine-day festival for us Indians. And again, as has …

2020-10-06: I hate shopping for deodorant... That sentiment is a lot stronger for me in today’s times of a pandemic that spreads by …

2020-10-04: I also binge-watched the complete final season of The Good Place. I didn’t like it at all - …

2020-10-04: I watched Moneyball today and, as someone who doesn’t fully understand baseball, I …

2020-09-29: I enjoy reading books and essays in the humour genre the most. However, I find it extremely …

2020-09-29: I read this heartfelt post at McSweeney’s by Jen Coleman, a high school English teacher, on …

2020-09-27: I finished reading the second book in The Rabbi Small Mysteries series, Saturday the Rabbi Went …

2020-09-23: Getting Back to Reading More Books If there’s one positive change that the lockdown has brought into my routine, it would be that …

2020-09-23: Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and …

2020-09-20: I asked Alexa to set a reminder for 10 PM. She did, however for the next day. Then I asked Siri to …

2020-09-20: Book Review - Friday the Rabbi Slept Late Through some wonderful recommendations from folks I have learnt to trust now, I came across this …

2020-09-19: As I read this post that I wrote exactly 12 years back, I wish I could be more like that guy. He …

2020-09-19: The online Apple Store is finally launching in India in a week. I need to be fast and block all my …

2020-09-15: One of my senior colleagues delivered a timely reminder of one truth – we don’t take any …

2020-09-12: Small Town Diaries – Waltz of the Rain I felt very close to the rain today. I don’t like to get drenched in a downpour. Or to get …

2020-09-02: When I began the little side project about ten weeks back, I hadn’t set any specific …

2020-08-31: Small Town Diaries - Shopping I went casual shopping today. I didn’t dress up as I would normally do whenever I go out in my …

2020-08-31: Ever since I travelled back to my hometown, I have not been able to keep up with my routine. I’m not …

2020-08-19: I recently took a big decision to travel across the state and temporarily settle down into my …

2020-08-17: Inspiration, Focus and Craft Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors; by trying at the …

2020-08-12: Another issue of Slanting Nib & A Keyboard newsletter is out today. It features a few essays …

2020-08-08: I need to stop treating the weekends as special. I stay up late on the night before, ergo I get up …

2020-08-08: I always wonder what drives the journalists that sit in their air-conditioned newsrooms to go on a …

2020-08-07: We never call anything that’s good ‘content’. Nobody walks out of a movie they loved and says, ‘Wow! …

2020-08-05: Another issue of Slanting Nib & A Keyboard newsletter is out today. It features a few …

2020-08-04: I came across this short little post I’d written 9 years back, ruminating on how we are so …

2020-08-03: Writing in Markdown is not always easy. If you are providing an interface, an editor of any form, …

2020-08-02: I recently watched Free Solo, 1917 and Greyhound. Here are my thoughts. Free Solo This was such a …

2020-08-02: Library Is a Space Ship, Time Machine and Much More “A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of …

2020-08-01: Perfectionism Isn't Healthy I have been closely monitoring what affects my behaviour recently. One of the aspects that I’d …

2020-07-29: The sixth issue of Slanting Nib & A Keyboard newsletter is out today. It features a few essays …

2020-07-27: I subscribed to Pocket Premium today. Recently, I have been reading a lot of articles on the web. …

2020-07-26: This, That and A Lot on Punctuation “I found a great many pieces of punctuation and typography lying around dormant when I came along - …

2020-07-25: Finished reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. I didn’t want to read another self-help book. …

2020-07-24: I don't know how to meditate I recently wanted to attempt meditation again. I have already tried getting into a habit of regular …

2020-07-23: Buying Experience with Time I spent the last weekend idling around; I did not do anything that I have always considered …

2020-07-22: Another issue of Slanting Nib & A Keyboard newsletter is out today. It features essays that …

2020-07-20: Is 20 percent project still followed at Google? One where every employee is recommended to spend 80% …

2020-07-20: Twitter is a lossy compression medium. You compress an idea into a few phrases, and people must …

2020-07-17: Slow Down. Be Present. I’m consciously slowing myself down recently while doing everything . I’ve spent too …

2020-07-15: The next issue of Slanting Nib & A Keyboard is out now and should be in your inbox if you have …

2020-07-15: Each human being has been granted two qualities: power and gift. Power drives a person to meet …

2020-07-12: I have unsubscribed from most (all?) of the daily newsletters about news. I am already bombarded …

2020-07-11: Proposed Captcha for the AI Age I recently read this brilliant comic by Zach Weinersmith at SMBC. And the first thought I had was …

2020-07-11: Don’t Let Micro-Stresses Burn You Out The problem is that most of us have come to accept micro-stresses as just a normal part of a day. We …

2020-07-09: Shuddering - A flash fiction Raghav woke up from his deep slumber; he wasn’t prone to these breaks in his sleep as long as there …

2020-07-08: The third issue of Slanting Nib & A Keyboard newsletter is out today. It features thoughts from …

2020-07-06: One of my dad’s closest friend passed away today. Understandably, my dad was very sombre for …

2020-07-06: When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents? The absence of audio recording technology makes “when” a tough question to answer. But there are …

2020-07-05: I'm not subscribing to HEY I have finally made my mind. I am not going to pay for HEY. It is a wonderful service, no doubt. I …

2020-07-04: I just watched Hamilton and am left breathless – what an experience this was. I’m so …

2020-07-04: USA! USA! USA! Give me liberty or give me death? In response, the Pandemic leans forward with a big grin full of …

2020-07-04: It’s not cute when you see a child struggling with a magazine because she thinks it’s an …

2020-07-03: What else could I do? I am making sure I stay sane, healthy. I am spending time on, for and with myself. I am taking care …

2020-07-02: I'm not going to write about... Facebook and Zuckerberg. And I think even the big publications all round, the likes of Wired and …

2020-07-02: You know, ultimately, we all have to believe things we haven’t seen. As rational as we are, as …

2020-07-02: Yesterday I managed to get all my subscriptions into a single place to check how much I was spending …

2020-07-01: The second issue of Slanting Nib & A Keyboard is out and should be in your inboxes if …

2020-07-01: I find it curious that while Apple is rolling out the support for widgets and personalization so …

2020-07-01: The second issue of my weekly newsletter Slanting Nib & A Keyboard is ready and scheduled to be …

2020-06-29: HEY has me conflicted I paused at that last word in the title. I was so close to writing “hooked”. But then I …

2020-06-29: My definition of magic in the human personality, in fiction and in poetry, is the ultimate level of …

2020-06-28: Finally, I have completed a pretty tricky exercise that I had started about a couple of weeks back. …

2020-06-28: I am planning to roll out some changes to my blog. I fear there would be many things that would be …

2020-06-27: I find it extremely interesting that I have most things going for it now. I do not know what’s …

2020-06-26: I am not yet sure how can I live without the quick draft. I need this option so bad. When I have a …

2020-06-23: I am about to start an exciting project. I plan to publish a newsletter for …

2020-06-22: Another test post, from the WordPress editor. Things look absolutely fine from here. They …

2020-06-21: Every Pixar Movie Ranked * Vox Media has an updating list of all the Pixar movies, ranked by their Culture team from worst to …

2020-06-20: I am surprised there aren’t more television sets that support Bluetooth to pair the headsets. …

2020-06-20: At times I wonder.. Why do I make things complicated for myself? Why can’t I keep it very simple? There is no …

2020-06-17: Only a child’s mind can dream up a multiplayer game of Marble Run by stitching Jenga and …

2020-06-16: The only way for you to Indiewebify your WordPress blog is to subscribe to a business plan? That …

2020-06-08: Can I reset my resolutions that I started the year 2020 with? I didn’t get my full quota of …

2020-06-07: Absolutely loved, loved Onward. Such a simple story, but told with so much affection, so much heart. …

2020-06-07: With the whole world with their faces behind masks, I’m surprised not enough energy is spent …

2020-06-07: Put a price on that "sure" There are three important rules you should live by if you want to survive in this world. First, …

2020-06-07: Rethinking stuff... It is a different sort of day today. Things are very different. I mean what’s with the …

2020-06-04: NYTimes decision to publish an opinion very clearly unfit leaves me uneasy. The publications need …

2020-06-03: The choice from The Atlantic to only provide annual subscription plans isn’t working well. As …

2020-06-01: The time capsule tells you so much about how thoughtful the little girl is. Look at all the items …

2020-05-30: This is absolutely gold — Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder …

2020-05-30: The #GeorgeFloydMurder protestors in US are just people, asking for justice. I see no arms with …

2020-05-29: What if we decide that Thrusday is the start of a week and we get two days off in middle of the work …

2020-05-23: I wonder how easy it is to write with WordPress. I know this is a brilliant platform; one that is …

2020-05-22: I received a call today from an unknown number. The lady at the other end wanted to know if I was …

2020-05-22: I have decided to actively be back on Twitter again. In a way, I never was off Twitter; I have been …

2020-05-21: Book Review: The Mystery of the Blue Train The Mystery of the Blue Train is a typical Poirot mystery, just not presented in her signature …

2020-05-20: My 6-year old casually asked me today, “When I will grow up and go to space, way beyond the …

2020-05-19: If you can write more than 2K words reviewing a small music app, it is the writing part you enjoy …

2020-05-18: For every action, there are tens of justifications. For every justification, there are hundreds of …

2020-05-18: Whipping cream without an electric beater is not easy. For that matter, any part of cooking is not …

2020-05-18: After months in lockdown, the first thing I did today, even before I brushed, was placed a few …

2020-05-17: We are living in a simulation. Some developer has messed up a property on prod and has peacefully …

2020-05-17: “Most discrimination and hatred is based on a lack of empathetic awareness of people that …

2020-05-16: Time to get back to some focused reading. There’s nothing better than a quick, nice Poirot …

2020-05-14: Something deep within made me say this today - “Chickpeas in cuisine are like potholes on the …

2020-05-12: With Stadia, Google underestimated the lack of interest amongst the pro gamers in streaming game …

2020-05-12: Musk, his tweets and predictions are irritating. I can never make up my mind if he is an unlucky …

2020-05-12: I recently came across this unique app Mubi - a curated movies streaming app. “Hand-picked …

2020-05-12: Any feedback on the Freedom app? I am into a trial period, however, feel that the trial is too …

2020-05-10: Stop quoting politicians, making what meaningless they say the headlines. Quote experts, give them …

2020-05-08: Interesting to know what makes Llamas antibodies more effective again Coronavirus. Science, respect. …

2020-05-07: Tech news, especially about new products, just don’t interest me any more. Feel so futile. …

2020-05-07: In this period of lockdown, we’re avoiding every visit outside the home as much as possible. …

2020-05-07: As much as we appreciate how effectively South Korea managed to contain the spread of the pandemic, …

2020-05-07: Even I hope work from home culture stays. But I also hope this does not. It isn’t healthy. I …

2020-05-07: There’s still so much that we still do not know about the virus and the pandemic that …

2020-05-05: I watched (finally) The Rise of Skywalker yesterday. I am surprised I managed to stay spoiler-free …

2020-05-03: The guidelines that we follow during these days - to stay clean, healthy - is affecting me in many …

2020-05-03: I am tired of listening to the same old rants about surveillance. I get it - the apps being used for …

2020-05-02: I don’t like Micro.blog’s app on iPad. The sidebar need not be sticky. It sticks out …

2020-05-02: "I just can't do this." Harried parents forgo home school I received a call from my daughter’s school today, enquiring if all was well with her online …

2020-04-30: It is only April and I already hate 2020. In times like today when the world is already engulfed …

2020-04-30: First Irrfan Khan. And now this - Rishi Kapoor hospitalised passes away, not doing well. I pray for …

2020-04-30: I am really surprised by the sheer amount of heartfelt tributes pouring in for #IrrfanKhan from his …

2020-04-29: We lost a brilliant artist very early today — this is a big, big loss to the …

2020-04-26: How am I doing right now? I recently came across this brilliant article at Quartz at Work suggesting to “move beyond …

2020-04-25: After Trump talked about medical usage of UV light exposure and injecting disinfectants in his press …

2020-04-24: I read this brilliant tweet from Evan Greer highlighting how cynical the techies have been left as …

2020-04-23: Summer is setting in — stays too hot throughout the day. And is equally bad in …

2020-04-20: I watched a few episodes of the new Netflix miniseries Hasmukh. Only because there was Vir Das …

2020-04-20: I realize that I have so much time at hand by not doing the activities that I always wanted to …

2020-04-16: “But dad, why is 14 spelt as fourteen while 40 is forty? Why can’t they keep things …

2020-04-16: I understand now why the post-apocalyptic fiction tends to focus on the aftermath of an apocalypse - …

2020-04-15: I like what I see in the new iPhone SE. First the perfect name — the …

2020-04-15: Almost all the core features of Github are free now. It’s so refreshing to see the approach …

2020-04-15: Some day, the world will be free of the effects of the current pandemic we are living. All would …

2020-04-14: One thing that Corona pandemic hasn’t managed to change - media, social or otherwise, is …

2020-04-14: I heard about another “simpler” service aimed to replace Medium - Typehut. Of course, …

2020-04-12: Apparently, Google plans to charge for using reCAPTCHA. Looks like we have trained Google’s …

2020-04-12: I cut my hair at home today with “some” help from my wife. Then I helped my dad with …

2020-04-11: I find it ironic that “the everything store” has found it extremely difficult to serve …

2020-04-11: I have been winding every day down with this playlist on Spotify — Calming …

2020-04-09: I am avoiding anything too serious in these times — searching for something to …

2020-04-07: I am getting used to this new normal Empty, lifeless streets. Calm, soundless surrounding. Few overly protected bodies strolling around. …

2020-04-06: I have realized that am not afraid to click the “Follow” link on a profile on …

2020-04-06: If you publish a newsletter, please, please include a link to your archives very close to that …

2020-04-06: I have now learnt about how to cut hair at home. To make sanitizers at home. To make masks at home. …

2020-04-06: This had to be the worst time for US to have Donald Trump as President. He comes out as indifferent …

2020-04-05: Snow-capped mountains are visible from places that have never seen them in decades. Ganga water is …

2020-04-04: I started, and stopped watching Manifest — another in the list of …

2020-04-03: With a significant majority of the world following a stay-home routine, many of the planned events …

2020-04-01: Kai Brach delivers a brilliant advise as part of this week’s newsletter of Dense Discovery. I …

2020-03-31: I am always fascinated with the idea of a book club - may be because I just haven’t got a …

2020-03-30: I have been working with David Merfield on a little side project. The idea started simple - what if …

2020-03-29: I don’t think it must be surprising to anyone — the use of that dumb, …

2020-03-29: I watched Parasite today — I didn’t like it. I believe if a movie with …

2020-03-29: I’ve been working with IndieWeb for quite some time now and I still get confused with …

2020-03-29: I am still not sure about dates of the posts! Ignore this pls.

2020-03-28: I’m getting tired of the Coronavirus coverage around. I don’t want to watch it, read …

2020-03-28: Apparently, the lockdown and stay at home orders have caused the podcast downloads to decline. I …

2020-03-27: It has been a wonderfully productive day today. There’s a dev project that had been stagnant …

2020-03-27: Dear people, we are divided by Nation. Region. Race. Religion. Launguage. Culture. Economies. And …

2020-03-26: Coronavirus looks pretty much the same, no strains more deadlier that others - and that is a good …

2020-03-25: It was exactly a year ago that I had given up on Stoop, the newsletter app. I had a smaller device, …

2020-03-25: Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide In today’s time of confusion and uncertainty, safety of the food, our essential need, is …

2020-03-24: 7.5-inch e-ink display is powered completely by NFC E-paper (or e-ink) displays have the unique property of not needing power to maintain an image. Once …

2020-03-23: I feel too stressed out these days. It is not from the pressure of work. Or from the fear of getting …

2020-03-23: I missed a final “feed is shifting” post before I consolidated all my posts at one …

2020-03-23: I watched Contagion - I still can’t believe a movie was made that so closely foretold the …

2020-03-21: Ruth Marcus has written a wonderful opinion piece at The Washington Post on how this latest global …

2020-03-21: When it is dark outside, lighten yourself from within. And there is no easier way to do so than to …

2020-03-21: I can attest to this study on how CarPlay and Android Auto can impair driver’s reaction. I …

2020-03-20: I was completely surprised and equally frustrated, to read the only NYTimes reporting of Indian …

2020-03-19: To say that the situation is not that bad yet, that it’s not scary, is a bit irresponsible at …

2020-03-18: Over the last week, I’ve added some features to Blotpub that were long in works - support for …

2020-03-18: Coronavirus has been affecting me, my immediate family and even the world at large in extreme ways. …

2020-03-18: I am toying with an idea to enable another option for the readers to comment on posts. I have always …

2020-03-17: The latest episode of Reply All was an absolute gem. It was fun and equally intriguing. The mystery …

2020-03-17: This social distancing exercise takes a toll on one’s mind, it is not very easy to undergo. …

2020-03-16: Coronavirus has completely taken over all forms of media and the discussions around me. Not an hour …

2020-03-14: I am having fun getting back into Indieweb stuff — working on adding support …

2020-03-12: Is there anyone who can easily find the one emoji that they do not use very often? How many of the …

2020-03-10: A quick question for the IndieWeb community here, how do you send the webmentions? Is it automated …

2020-03-10: With the recent exercise of changing a few things around, I have also reset my \now page. I intend …

2020-03-08: I have completed the consolidation exercise that I had planned to carry out this weekend. All the …

2020-03-07: I am going to consolidate all my online posts at single place. I currently have posts spread across …

2020-03-06: Stand-up is an extremely difficult form of comedy — it cannot be easily …

2020-03-03: What’s it with the UX of the apps on Android? They just don’t look clean, finished. Is …

2020-02-09: I recently ordered a new t-shirt and, of course, it was delivered with a pair of extra red buttons. …

2020-02-04: I recently finished reading Suspect by Robert Crais. I enjoyed this book, almost most of it. However …

2020-02-02: I do not fathom the recent craze for folding devices. Basically, we were tired earlier of the thick …

2020-01-17: I was part of a technical forum today where a question was casually floated - what is the difference …

2020-01-14: My 6-year old daughter casually said, “the roads are so bumpy now-a-days”. And left me …

2020-01-03: The decade gone by - 2010-2019 - was the most important decade of my life. This was the first full …

2019-12-26: Make YouTube Less Addictive Login to your Google account and access the activity controls. Find the “YouTube …

2019-12-23: The season finale of The Morning Show was brilliant. Extremely powerful, and so well performed. Not …

2019-12-20: I Switched From Apple Music to Spotify Spotify has one job: make a great music player. They execute. Their app has none of these problems. …

2019-12-02: I started watching a couple more shows from Apple TV+, Servant and Dickinson. I have enjoyed …

2019-11-30: I loved the position of the lone tree overlooking the valley - seemingly wondering how the life …

2019-11-30: I learn that Microblogvember runs through till 6th - I intend to complete the story I’d …

2019-11-29: I was feeling a little down in the morning today, so I stayed in the bed for a little longer. As my …

2019-11-28: I did not realise releasing Twitter handles that are not in use for long would actually be an issue. …

2019-11-27: I have slowly started realizing that I still have a use for Twitter. There are some thoughts that …

2019-11-26: The holidays have affected one aspect though - the flash fiction series has been left behind. Not …

2019-11-25: I’d a wonderful few days of getaway from the routine life — a time far …

2019-11-24: Serenity that surrounds you outside will always trump the chaos within. It makes you forget the …

2019-11-23: The best holidays are ones that make you forget about your real home, makes you wonder why you do …

2019-11-22: A frustrating end to an already terrible day. An unwanted, unplanned start to the anticipated …

2019-11-21: Was that really Mary that she saw at the window with dad? The thought was eating Gina from the …

2019-11-20: Roy paused at the window for a second. He stood there alone — it made him …

2019-11-19: Does anyone use Spotify as a podcast player? I am always torn - for me, music and podcasts just …

2019-11-18: The initial feedback from the Apple community on MacBook 16inch has been unsurprising. I still …

2019-11-17: I watched the Endgame again today. I had enjoyed that movie the first …

2019-11-16: Roy leaned in towards Mary - the stick missed his neck by a feather and shattered into pieces …

2019-11-15: Disney+ must have affected the productivity of so many nerds in the US. And many families too. The …

2019-11-14: Motorola Razr looks cool and has its unique twist on foldable screen. A regular screen folding into …

2019-11-13: Roy couldn’t believe Mary stood, in flesh, before him. But then who else was staring back at …

2019-11-12: He wished he could reach outside the window and feel the touch he dearly missed. He did stretch his …

2019-11-11: I recently was stuck with a prompt, I just couldn’t come up with a satisfying subplot. I …

2019-11-11: The Aging Spaceship Note: I was recently held back by the 10th prompt of Microblogvember. I couldn’t come up with …

2019-11-10: Roy gazed out at the nippy darkness outside. The surrounding wasn’t deserted, but he felt …

2019-11-09: Roy relished the cold weather, more so if brought on by a persistent drizzle. A gentle wind wafting …

2019-11-08: “When life clasps you in the grinds, holds you down with sheer pressure of existence, when …

2019-11-08: I have now watched 4 episodes of The Morning Show and I have to say it has grown on me with every …

2019-11-08: I finally set my data with Google to self-destruct after every 3 months - the lowest amount …

2019-11-07: She was sure she‘d be full with all sorts of expressions once the throwing stick crossed the …

2019-11-06: She looked patiently at Roy’s window. She was getting herself ready for this moment for quite …

2019-11-05: She stood at the corner of the street, closely monitoring the surroundings. She tracked Roy as he …

2019-11-04: What pisses me off the most with Google’s Fitbit acquisition is the fact that Fitbit kept the …

2019-11-04: I intend to blog on each day during the month of November — and as a challenge, …

2019-11-04: “You don’t always have to be mean to others, Roy”. It was only a couple of …

2019-11-03: “Roy’s Abode is not fancy,” he was known to assert, “but it’s …

2019-11-02: He gawked at the unshut door. Was it his fuzzy memory playing games with him again? Wasn’t it …

2019-11-01: He checked his pockets again. He was sure he’d locked the main door while leaving the home …

2019-11-01: I recently read through a few of my journal entries from a month back. The experience was …

2019-11-01: A quarter in, I had to stop reading Deep Work after another chapter trying to convince me why deep …

2019-10-31: I kind of won’t mind if flip phones made a comeback. Not that they are the best form factor …

2019-10-30: I wonder what has caused a sudden surge of Bluetooth earbuds being made available in the market. I …

2019-10-23: Logging out judiciously from social media I am on a journey to consciously reclaim focus from the shambles of the distracting digital world. …

2019-10-21: Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords By now, the privacy threats posed by Amazon Alexa and Google Home are common knowledge. Workers for …

2019-10-20: Infinite scrolling sucks. I hate that more and more websites are implementing this terrible feature. …

2019-10-20: It’s so ironic that Google names one of the colours on pixel 4 as “Oh So …

2019-10-20: 📚 Finished reading Sourcery. I usually enjoy the fantastical narration that Terry Pratchett …

2019-10-19: Early morning drive through the nature with a steady drizzle around is always rejuvenating. …

2019-10-18: Why there's no Instagram on iPad? John Gruber wonders what’s holding Instagram back from launching a Instagram for iPad. …

2019-10-17: Apparently, Google’s face unlock on Pixel 4 can allow access to a user even if he has his …

2019-10-16: I did not watch the Google event yesterday. And almost everyone is saying the actual event was a bit …

2019-10-15: Update on the no-news experiment It was exactly a year ago that I had posted an update on my then-recently undertaken no-news …

2019-10-15: No doubt, pixel 4 looks a lot better than their previous versions - especially from the back. That …

2019-10-15: With any event from Apple or Google, I made a point to catch it live. Not much for this one, as …

2019-10-15: Facebook has launched the next version of the Portal and The Verge has the review. After more than …

2019-10-15: Tik Tok, Tick Tock…Boom. Tik Tok is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on US social networks convincing US consumers, …

2019-10-13: I recently had my wisdom teeth extracted. Boy oh boy, if I had known earlier that the road to the …

2019-10-13: Get yourself a blog Nice reminder from Dave Winer (who else) on what blogs are not. You imagine that your blog is …

2019-10-12: When do I want Automation? Derek Sivers recently wrote about how he does not prefer using automation for things that he would …

2019-10-10: I had to stop reading Thinking Fast and Slow. Not sure if it was the audiobook form or my current …

2019-10-09: I love the simple paintings that my sister makes.

2019-10-06: I'm glad that Android exists On a recent busy Friday morning, I hopped into my cab on my way to the office. I was about to …

2019-10-05: I recently went through an experience that put my rational mind under a scanner. After a tiring …

2019-10-04: Every now and then, you come across people who are filled with negative vibes. There is nothing …

2019-10-01: Quick thoughts on few tech news today Duplex on Chrome? Sorry, not for me. Google wants Chrome to be a platform — but …

2019-09-30: Every now and then, I wonder about that time when I am at my creative best. It is, rather, …

2019-09-30: Apple Arcade needs instant play - similar to the instant apps on Android. It is extremely …

2019-09-26: A year ago I wrote “Woke up to find that Amazon brought a bag full of ‘things’, …

2019-09-25: I am not a gamer. I cannot play a single-person shooter. I was ok with this particular style of …

2019-09-24: I recently started watching Undone. Actual storyline aside, I am not yet sure if I like this method …

2019-09-24: I recently changed the pair of glasses I was using. I do not like to go through the pains of this …

2019-09-24: I find it fascinating that Twitter recommends me to follow someone that hasn’t been active …

2019-09-23: While cleaning up my old notes back from 2009, came across this wonderful quote by Hunter S. …

2019-09-22: I have been planning to refresh the look of my blog for quite some time now. I, finally, managed to …

2019-09-20: Recently, I have been seriously considering moving my Wordpress account to a paid plan. It hosts my …

2019-09-19: I am tired of people making fun of a feature just because they cannot think of a use for that. This …

2019-09-18: I wonder what the purists think of the recent computational photography trend. Google started it …

2019-09-17: I had no idea that there exists something called Nation Play-Doh Day. It does, and it is today. This …

2019-09-16: It's just some bottled clay.. I had no idea that there exists something called Nation Play-Doh Day. It does, and it is today. This …

2019-09-16: It was a different day today. It was a different birthday today. There was no late night, or early …

2019-09-16: There are so many of these apparently great films of the 21st century that I haven’t seen …

2019-09-15: I wonder what’s the best way to make note of the fleeting thoughts, say adding an item to a …

2019-09-15: If a website doesn’t function on a browser other than Chrome or with content blocking on, it …

2019-09-14: Recent partial failure of the Indian lunar exploration mission — communication …

2019-09-12: Apple needs to stop being so stingy with the storages they provide. I do not recall they putting …

2019-09-11: Face recognition, bad people and bad data We worry about face recognition just as we worried about databases - we worry what happens if they …

2019-09-07: Not justifying either side. But the fact that there is a possible conflict of interest with …

2019-09-06: For my 5 year old daughter who just watched another magician perform, magic is a skill that is …

2019-09-05: Reading Log for September Recently, my reading habits have been pleasantly satisfying. If not something that I can be proud …

2019-09-04: Effectiveness of Customer Service Representatives I have met two types of customer service representatives. There is a section that is trained to …

2019-09-01: A Month of Bullet Journaling It’s been around a month since I started maintaining a bullet journal (BuJo, as it is called …

2019-08-31: I believe I have finally managed to get the Micropub posts - mainly likes and notes - created via …

2019-08-29: When will the private companies selling consumer products stop assuming they continue to own the …

2019-08-28: I remember there was a discussion sometime back about using Shortcuts to make Micropub requests - …

2019-08-27: Nothing that Google does to hoard more data is surprising any more. Sigh! What happens when you …

2019-08-26: No Planning against Unplanned Too much has been happening for the last few weeks. I do not like this much happening. For one, it …

2019-08-26: Long time back, I had added The 15:17 to Paris in my watchlist, for one simple reason. Clint …

2019-08-24: Here Come the Space Tugs, Ready to Tidy Up Earth's Orbits SpaceX is teaming up with the maker of a space tugboat, which would nudge satellites around, clean …

2019-08-22: Being normal is a privilege I am stunned at how often someone calls somebody else “normal”, with a hope that it …

2019-08-22: How can Google continue to deliver the GMail app on iOS with the attachment functionality that is so …

2019-08-21: Notes, Messages, Phone and Photos. These are the apps from Apple that I use on my iPhone. All others …

2019-08-20: I am fed up of reading the long posts from men that list down all the household tasks that, as per …

2019-08-18: “BBQ is happiness!”

2019-08-17: Walking through a foggy street Making attempts to understand what the future holds is understandable, but it is pointless to think …

2019-08-17: Nature paints in so many colours - but it pays special attention when it paints in white. It is …

2019-08-16: Silence Within What is silence? Is it the lack of any sound or is it the lack of any discernible sound? What do you …

2019-08-16: Terry Pratchett's artistry with words It is the passages like these from Terry Pratchett that leave completely in awe of his imagination. …

2019-08-15: The Promise of “instant” Patience is a virtue that is rapidly getting extinct within us. Everything digital has trained us to …

2019-08-15: How ergonomical are the ergonomic mouse in reality - especially the vertical ones? I am seriously …

2019-08-14: I have decided that I will skip the iOS public betas this year. iOS 13 betas just haven’t …

2019-08-14: The concept of dreams always fascinate me. There are dreams that jerk you out of the sleep. And …

2019-08-14: Apparently, less than half of Google searches now result in a click — that …

2019-08-13: It is tiring to make decisions. Because the judgement that follows after every decision invariably …

2019-08-12: Making Decisions It is very tiring to make decisions. There appears to exist a popular perception that decision, once …

2019-08-11: Being Digital Literate towards Privacy My sister recently bought a new iPhone - her first, switching over from Android - and was happily …

2019-08-11: Natural beauty always trumps everything artificial - allows me stay connected to our roots.

2019-08-11: Stealing Hours from Sleep There is no point ignoring sleep - you can’t steal hours from what the sleep deserves. You …

2019-08-08: I went very conservative while setting the reading challenge for myself this year - I have been very …

2019-08-06: After months of neglect, I finally updated my /now page today. There have been too many updates …

2019-08-06: This is the snapshot of my daily habit tracker for August. I have started with a smaller …

2019-08-06: The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking A brilliant essay at New Yorker on A.I. and intellectual debt, output of an often employed …

2019-08-05: Black coffee or a green tea - what would sit next to me as I get started on my next project? Uhmm …

2019-08-03: I’m seriously considering buying an instant camera — thought of having …

2019-08-02: The Trouble with Emoji Written languages based on alphabets are one of the great human accomplishments. (…) when I …

2019-08-02: A couple of my colleagues have been debating on since how long the dinosaurs have been …

2019-07-29: Given a choice, would you prefer a prepaid unlimited plan for something or pay as you use? More …

2019-07-27: I came across an interesting project - rwtxt - which is now serving the ideas subdomain of my …

2019-07-27: It has been pouring down incessantly since yesterday. The sound of stillness such that cloudburst …

2019-07-25: I realized FaceId does not recognize me while am yawning. I doubt it may not even be a bug - may be …

2019-07-25: Machine learning is about to revolutionize the study of ancient games A fascinating read — instance when ML application is generally positive. The …

2019-07-25: Cursive writing is fun. Cursive writing is difficult - not everybody’s cup of tea. I was to …

2019-07-25: And the journey begins! 🤞🏽

2019-07-24: Files are fraught with peril A really great article summarizing the perils of files and writes and file systems. And also on why …

2019-07-23: Have We Hit Peak Podcast? Nope. These articles keep getting churned out every few months — and the …

2019-07-23: What if there existed a social network designed for decency? The only intelligence it would have is …

2019-07-22: There was a time when I used to diligently write a short story every week. I wanted to attempt …

2019-07-21: Book Review: Seriously... I'm Kidding I picked up this book just as a filler — something I read in between when am in …

2019-07-20: Clouds can spread gloom - but the rain that follows brings out all the colourful umbrellas. The …

2019-07-20: Every now and then, I spend some time selecting that one good wallpaper for my lock and home screen. …

2019-07-19: Apple also wants to serve exclusive podcasts now. This recent craze of everyone coming up with their …

2019-07-18: Do people use cases or covers for their smartphones? I am always split — keep …

2019-07-16: We had a nice little family dinner at a cozy, laid-back barbeque restaurant. It was evening full of …

2019-07-16: So I finally jumped the ship - upgraded to iPhone XR from SE. As much as I liked the smallwe form …

2019-07-16: The ICC World Cup deserved a better end than what played out on Sunday between England and New …

2019-07-10: India's loss in World Cup Semi-Final 🏏 So India lost to New Zealand in Semi-Final of the ICC world cup 2019. I have some thoughts. …

2019-07-10: This ICC Cricket World Cup is of One Day International (ODI) cricket — one day. …

2019-07-09: Came across this essay on how it is never too late to be successful and, hence, happy. It made me …

2019-07-05: It’s good to be back to a healthy lifestyle. For past few months, my routine had been …

2019-06-28: If you have watched or are watching the Chernobyl series, you just can’t miss the companion …

2019-06-28: I wish there was a clean Micropub client which could handle long form posts - especially saving …

2019-06-28: With Ive gone, will we see Apple embracing more colors in their designs - especially hardware? …

2019-06-21: I started watching Chernobyl this week — 3 episodes in and it has already made …

2019-06-17: A spot-on rant on twitter by @colmmacc on the bickering between Genius and Google …

2019-06-16: Ah, the hype that was created all around the cricket match of ICC World Cup - India vs Pakistan - by …

2019-06-16: With my daughter and iPad as a platform growing up together, it is becoming difficult to have a …

2019-06-16: After a long time, our whole family visited the movie theatre to watch The Secret Life of Pets 2. It …

2019-06-16: I finally watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - boy it’s such a fun movie. A fresh …

2019-06-14: It’s been around two months now that we’ve no television at home. And surprisingly I …

2019-06-14: A great overview from @viticci on iPadOS. Looks like this is the beginning of a bundle of iPad …

2019-06-11: I have read reactions to WWDC from many folks now. And almost each one of them has found a different …

2019-06-02: Watching Agents Of Shield, the series is surprisingly good. Initial few episodes were ok, but it has …

2019-05-28: It’s been crazy times recently. Times with changes abound, changes in every facet of my life. …

2019-05-20: When people declare on Twitter they would be at some place in town and are open for a meet, are they …

2019-04-30: I do not understand this narrative of folding phones being the smartphones of future. Why would you …

2019-04-28: A hot Sunday Summer afternoon is well spent with the whole family over a game of Dobble. Lots of …

2019-04-24: Are podcasts wasting our time? Chris Richards, putting his perspective through, does kick a hornet’s nest. Something even I …

2019-04-24: Managed to book tickets to Endgame — boy, the craze for the movie is off the …

2019-04-22: I am done binge-watching all the seasons of Brooklyn 99 - it was a refreshing time-out at the end of …

2019-04-22: Publishing to the open web I read this note from Dave Winer on state of publishing on the open web. The first part reads like a …

2019-04-22: Missed a great innings from MSD yesterday — boy, the man can do anything. He …

2019-04-15: I believe Indian selectors went with the safe options, calm heads over fireworks, while selecting …

2019-04-14: Do people use Anti-virus software, especially on Windows? I never used one on Mac, but since moving …

2019-04-12: I realise I have a very different taste in music than majority of the people out there (or so I am …

2019-04-12: This week’s episode of Reply All (#140) was pretty interesting. Of course, the issue being …

2019-04-11: IPL matches are running too late into the night — I just can’t stay up …

2019-04-10: “Samsung’s Galaxy A80 is an automated notchless slider with rotating triple …

2019-04-10: Castro welcomed me today with this screen. Of course, they were expecting an “Aww …

2019-04-09: If there’s a one feature on iOS that has remained in my wishlist for too long now is setting …

2019-04-09: The Golden Age of Half-Truths → I would argue that we are living in the golden age of …

2019-04-08: I am a quarter into Lethal White. Intriguing as always from Rowling, the story moves as the mystery …

2019-04-06: When I watched the first couple of episodes of Brooklyn Nine Nine, I instantly gave up. I thought it …

2019-04-03: State of Mobile Imaging There has been a lot of positive craze around Huawei P30 Pro’s cameras recently. For me it …

2019-04-03: Most people have some filler word they fall back to during public speaking/presentation. I have …

2019-04-02: Imagination and Creation I read this wonderful quote by Charlie Chaplin today - I am going to use this leniently to keep the …

2019-04-02: I see iA Writer for Windows finally supports the much needed feature, Library of posts. It’s …

2019-04-01: Joining a new place of work is always full of anticipation, hope for what the day, coming months and …

2019-03-31: A visit to a hair dresser is always a frightful experience. With each question they ask, I …

2019-03-29: Pleasing to be back to reading. Keeping my Kindle always next me has helped and I have started …

2019-03-28: The convenience of Bluetooth headphones has stifled the hatred I had for the inherent lag it brings. …

2019-03-27: I am reversing my judgement on Spotify, I just didn’t like the interface when it launched. I …

2019-03-27: It is so easy to screw up one’s YouTube experience. Just watch something you aren’t …

2019-03-27: Does anyone use the Brave browser? I always hear it is just like Chrome, without the ugly parts …

2019-03-26: Today’s Apple event was the first one where I have no opinion on. They showed many services …

2019-03-25: Discussing Social Networks, Again Another week, another discussion on the state of social networks on TWiT network. This time it took …

2019-03-25: With growing age, I have become too choosy about the type of movies/shows I watch. There was a time …

2019-03-25: When I had found Stoop, the newsletter app, I instantly became a big fan. But I have realized the …

2019-03-24: When you have a mind not too clogged with some insignificant thoughts, one can get things done. I …

2019-03-24: Selecting and Reading Books I keep mentioning every time I get a chance that I am too picky while selecting the books I read. So …

2019-03-24: I’ve been using Spotify for a couple of weeks now. I still hate the …

2019-03-24: The emojis, they are tired now of being so important for all, but always captive to the smartphones. …

2019-03-24: Decluttering my mind I am currently on a break - I do not have any official work time as such. So this is an opportunity …

2019-03-24: It’s been almost a month that I didn’t read or write anything significant, I intend to …

2019-02-24: I realized today that it was on this day a year back that I had opened Micro.threads to all. It was …

2019-02-22: The homepage design of almost all news publications look very similar these …

2019-02-20: I agree with Brad Frost’s suggestion to stay boring while desiging login forms. I have indeed …

2019-02-14: How Focus Music Hacks Your Brain → Different types of music affects your brain in different …

2019-02-13: I have been quite busy recently both at my day job and at home. Too many things to look after, …

2019-02-13: Dave Pell on Amazon buying Eero So now Amazon can run your router, your home security camera …

2019-02-12: Amazon acquiring Eero is a nice reminder of the risk of the technology players getting too big. It …

2019-02-10: Another fascinating video from CGP Grey on The Better Boarding Method Airlines Won’t Use. …

2019-02-10: It was discomforting to read Owen William’s account of his failed attempt to add his site to …

2019-02-10: Dear Internet, stop throwing more links to Eleventy at me now. It strains my resolve to not try …

2019-02-09: I tend to agree with John Gruber’s thoughts on “On Covering Webcams” The …

2019-02-09: I wonder how many people with iOS devices use any browser other than Safari. I can never convince …

2019-02-09: A fascinating story of The First Lady of the Internet A passing glance at this peculiar genealogy …

2019-02-08: In an article on how Instagram “travel influencers” are affecting homeownership around …

2019-02-08: Recently David documented the steps to expose a JSON feed on a @Blot site. I’ve been running …

2019-02-08: Every now and then I am reminded of the fact that Opera browser still …

2019-02-07: Foxcon’s entry to Wisconsin looks to have affected the town in tumultuous proportions as per …

2019-02-07: Adding On This Day feature to Blot Recently David Merfield, the developer behind Blot, documented the steps to expose a JSON feed on a …

2019-02-07: “Cleaning your room takes effort. Blurring your background on Skype does not.” This is …

2019-02-07: When someone publicises the intended motive behind their service as “to democratize audio and …

2019-02-06: I always believed Anchor was strategically working towards an acquisition. I never thought they …

2019-02-06: Has the political realm across the world always been this messy? Or is it that I read more about it …

2019-02-06: It is to capture discussions like this that I had initially built Micro.threads. I eventually added …

2019-02-05: What are the recommended, non-tech, non-news newsletters? Other than NextDraft, of course. I have …

2019-02-05: Design is not how it looks. Design is how it works. A nice reminder from Patrick Rhone …

2019-02-04: Indian Government wants to put control on Tik Tok - this is a fall-out of the fake-news debacle with …

2019-02-04: Spending a quality time with close family amidst nature is the most effective way to get …

2019-02-04: I managed to catch up on two great television series - Doc Martin and The Good Place, both highly …

2019-02-03: Why CAPTCHAs have gotten so difficult So apparently we, humans, are struggling to prove ourselves as human now - The Verge reports. …

2019-02-03: A great thread by Destin of Smarter Every Day on how crazy minds are fooling YouTube algorithms with …

2019-02-01: I attempted to watch Black Mirror: Bandersnatch today. Netflix managed to solve a lot many technical …

2019-02-01: I published my thoughts on the wonderful movie “Bhai: Vyakti Ki Valli”. It’s …

2019-01-31: Bhai: Vyakti Ki Valli - Celebration of a life I recently watched “Bhai: Vyakti Ki Valli”, a movie I was very eagerly waiting for …

2019-01-31: Introducing Codeblog - “Why isn’t the internet more fun and weird” → …

2019-01-31: I feel updates to m.b discover feed have slowed down significantly. May be @macgenie too is getting …

2019-01-31: In a year marred by media tirade for their sheer disregard for user’s privacy, Facebook …

2019-01-31: Just when I thought that I was done with theming my online presence, I’m being tempted to …

2019-01-30: Just a glance down the Twitter timeline and it fills one with rage. There’s just too much …

2019-01-30: Apple finally blocks Facebook from running its internal iOS apps. The ties between the two companies …

2019-01-29: Bluetooth headphones suck big time if used for listening to any form of music. They are good only …

2019-01-29: There’s a planned change in how DNS responds to queries from non-complaint systems and it can …

2019-01-28: Diary and Journals Derek Sivers wrote a wonderful piece on the benefits he has realized via his diaries and journals. …

2019-01-28: I intend to stop publishing the weekly digest from this week onward, at least in its current form. …

2019-01-28: Surprisingly (or not may be), I was dearly missing the system-wide emojis from Mac as I switched to …

2019-01-28: I understand the argument of this GDPR article on Verge, but, as a developer, I also believe that …

2019-01-27: What do you do with your old electronic devices? I find this decision especially tricky with laptops …

2019-01-27: I am making conscious efforts to avoid the fillers in my writing, and whenever possible in my …

2019-01-26: It’s been a year today since I became part of the micro.blog community. It was a fascinating …

2019-01-25: On this day, a year ago Around a year ago, I got enthralled by the IndieWeb principles and started experimenting with them …

2019-01-25: I see a lot of people exploring wiki, especially TiddlyWiki, as a way to capture thoughts these …

2019-01-24: Apparently, phones with foldable displays are all the rage among OEMs and tech media. I however …

2019-01-24: Reflecting on the last 10 years I recently came across the #10YearChallenge that was all the rage among the netizens. And, as is …

2019-01-23: In case you watched the “super wolf blood moon”, you also witnessed “the first …

2019-01-23: I agree with Michael Tsai - Apple needs to get their act together on hardware front. This is just …

2019-01-22: To everyone who serves RSS feeds for their blogs, subscribe to them in a feed reader of your choice. …

2019-01-22: I love email, more than ever Martin Weigert talks pretty openly about his love for emails. Over the years, one frequent type of …

2019-01-22: I haven’t read a better inspiration to write down the thoughts than this quote from Michael …

2019-01-22: To Save the Sound of a Stradivarius, a Whole City Must Keep Quiet → The museum (Museo del …

2019-01-21: I have been a 1Password user for quite some time now. But the recent switch of platforms has given …

2019-01-21: I had no idea iA Writer is already launched for Windows. This should potentially address my …

2019-01-21: After a brief holiday hiatus, Third-Person Voice is back with a new story. Introducing Tikwadi, a …

2019-01-21: The Lone Conductor [#4] Introducing Tikwadi, a town of fools; a town where the creatures that dwell are busy sucking at …

2019-01-21: Jack Baty is bang-on when he says this. I subconsciously ignore such posts. I’ve read about …

2019-01-21: Switching to Windows I have finally given up on the hope that Apple will fix their Macbook lineup and have decided to …

2019-01-21: 🗓️ The Weekly Digest [21/01] 🔗 Useful Wordpress Plugin by Tyler 🔗 …

2019-01-20: I might have unintentionally polluted the timeline for a few with a flurry of “new” …

2019-01-20: I am still not sure why would someone report the teaser of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as …

2019-01-18: A thread on Google buying Fossil’s IP on wearables triggers a discussion around watch UX and …

2019-01-18: I don’t want to be a brand → When everything becomes a performance, nothing is truly …

2019-01-17: Given that micro.blog was down most of the day today, I got a feel of how a timeline with just the …

2019-01-14: Don’t kill my app → Smartphones are turning back into dumbphones. We’ve to …

2019-01-14: Watching the sun set into the expanse of an ocean is a great time to ruminate — it’s …

2019-01-14: I am still in a vacation mood, enough that I may skip drafting the weekly digest this week. However, …

2019-01-13: A cup of evening tea as the waves come gliding along the shore - the soothing sound, the serenity.

2019-01-11: It is for reasons like this that I never keep my SmartTV connected to internet. It doesn’t …

2019-01-09: Came across this wonderful, little app MorningPages. It looks like a simple, no bells and whistles …

2019-01-08: “When you remove meaningless words, the power of your words goes up.” - Seth Godin I …

2019-01-08: New year, new GitHub → GitHub Free now includes unlimited private repositories. For the …

2019-01-07: Pingdom stops their free plan now → (Pingdom) will no longer offer our free plans as of …

2019-01-07: It’s really fascinating to me that so much of complex design on web is possible now with CSS …

2019-01-07: Ditching Medium → As you’ve probably heard, people aren’t happy with Medium at …

2019-01-07: 🗓️ The Weekly Digest [07/01] 🔗 A year of kindness by Sameer 🔗 …

2019-01-07: Humble brag alert - Micro.threads used up my free dyno hours on Heroku, for the 1st time. Plus few …

2019-01-06: 🎥 I finished watching second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - boy, such a …

2019-01-05: Social Networks won't fade away Irrespective of what the popular belief is, the need for social networks is not going away — …

2019-01-05: Apparently, Nokia is soon going to release a smartphone with five rear cameras. And two flashes. …

2019-01-05: The iOS Menu → I realised six months ago as I was using my Mac, using the menus, that I need …

2019-01-05: It is wonderful to slowly rouse from your sleep, you thinking it must be middle of the night, only …

2019-01-04: I know am a bit late to share, but I always enjoy parsing through the findings from GitHub …

2019-01-04: If you need to persuade someone to take action, you’re doing marketing. Seth Godin on …

2019-01-04: xkcd, as always, gets it bang on why I dislike the smart computers of today correcting and reminding …

2019-01-04: It is always exciting to check the Pingdom monthly report. And always see zero outages with response …

2019-01-03: Discuss on Micro.blog I have recently been thinking a lot about making it easier for people to interact on my posts. The …

2019-01-03: It’s so great to see updates to the Dialog app. It‘s a great app - very well-designed …

2019-01-03: Anticipation of any sort is the biggest sleep killer. Your mind wanders around, stitching up every …

2018-12-31: A Warm Adieu, 2018 2018, for me, was a year of many firsts. To be frank, I was uncharacteristically active …

2018-12-31: 🗓️ The Weekly Digest [31/12] - Season Special! 🖼️ Celebrations! Sameer …

2018-12-30: Every time I read or watch anything listicle, I cringe. I inattentively fall for the shady tricks …

2018-12-29: In times like these when I have to fight the winter outside and wake up early to watch a cricket …

2018-12-28: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch → we could finally see the video-streaming service roll out a new …

2018-12-28: 🎥 Finally managed to watch The Last Jedi — I thoroughly enjoyed the …

2018-12-27: Finally, managed to document the steps to enable webmentions support on one’s site. I hope it …

2018-12-27: Displaying Webmentions with Posts I have been using Blot, a simple blogging platform with no interface, for quite some time now for …

2018-12-26: Minor Micro.threads update: You can now favorite/unfavorite a post right from the thread discovery …

2018-12-26: We are all poets now → Every word counts. Every breath as well. In a world filled with empty …

2018-12-26: The joy of art is in letting one’s mind free to express itself. I need to remind my sister to …

2018-12-25: The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected Physical books today …

2018-12-25: My timeline’s full of charming, festive pictures, full of merriness. Any review post for this …

2018-12-24: It’s Christmas Eve. And isn’t it a wonderful time to marvel at the life one has? …

2018-12-24: Marvelling at Life [#3] A tale of two grumpy, old souls. And of forming of one unexpected bond, via one unlikely source. A …

2018-12-24: Stories are written so that mind stays free to wove some more stories. It works more often than not …

2018-12-24: 🗓️ The Weekly Digest [23/12] 🔗 YouTube Conundrum by Nitin 🔗 Quantum …

2018-12-24: The Fall and Rise of M. Night Shyamalan → In one of the first scenes, the nanny enters the …

2018-12-22: Fog Waves Are The Most Beautiful Thing I Captured After 8 Years Of Experimenting - Bored Panda …

2018-12-22: So Blot still seems to be down. So I have dusted my old Hugo based journal, just to see if things …

2018-12-22: Fog Waves Are The Most Beautiful Thing I Captured After 8 Years Of Experimenting - Bored Panda …

2018-12-21: Advocating for privacy in Australia → Both the bill itself, and the controversy around the …

2018-12-21: The Rise and Demise of RSS This is such fascinating write up by Sinclair Target on history behind the challenges RSS has faced …

2018-12-21: Open APIs and the Facebook Trash Fire → I’m done assuming good faith; I’m done …

2018-12-20: So we name the moons of other planets - Titan for example - but our moon is just the …

2018-12-20: It doesn’t matter what is right or wrong, true or false regarding Facebook’s behavior. …

2018-12-18: I, finally, added the links to Third-Person Voice for all the podcast players out there in the about …

2018-12-17: Another episode of Third-Person Voice is out now. For them, the walk was supposed to be about …

2018-12-17: A Walk to Remember [#2] For them, the walk was supposed to be about finding something that was lost. He, however, had a …

2018-12-17: 🗓️ The Weekly Digest [16/12] 🔗 On switching to a pixelbook via Colm 🔗 …

2018-12-16: I have been on an unplanned official travel for the last week - one full of crazy full day …

2018-12-12: I wish there was a way to ignore the limit for Screen Time on iOS at the complete device level, …

2018-12-10: I always loved this quote from Terry Pratchett and just came across this gem again today. If you …