Thinker, self-experimenter, and a newbie writer. I write about personal growth, socio-political issues, and career advice.

Productivity

Work, Sleep and Leisure

This year when my husband and I travelled to New Zealand, on our way from Christchurch to Grey mouth in the south Island, we took this scenic Alpine train journey that took us through some stunning landscapes with live commentary on the struggles of the miners who worked there. How they had to fight for their right to 8-hour work life. And all that they desired was a simple triple 8 rule — 8-hours sleep, 8-hours work, and 8-hours leisure.


On data, religion, god, money, values and technology

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I have become a fan of Yuval Noah Harari since I read his first book, Sapiens. For me (not a very avid reader), Sapiens was a page-turner and kept me hooked onto every word of what he has written.

His writing style is just impeccable. His fluency and immaculate thought process inspire me to know more about history.

His second book Homo Deus convinced me to become a vegetarian.

I have long been thinking of giving up meat, but nothing truly motivated me — not those gut-wrenching videos depicting animal cruelty and neither those PETA campaigners who try some very creative ways to turn you into vegan. …


Here’s all the history behind that catchy Sea Shanty TikTok song

A whale’s tail above the surface of the ocean.
A whale’s tail above the surface of the ocean.
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Sea Shanty TikTok has gone viral — it’s just so catchy. It touches all the right chords, and it stays on your mind long after you’ve heard it.

I kept playing it on a loop until my ears started ringing.

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Here’s all you need to know about it.

How Did Folklore From NZ Find Its Way to TikTok

A 26-year-old aspiring musician from the UK named Nathan Evans started the “ShantyTok” trend with his rendition of the Wellerman song — Soon May the Wellerman Come.

It was originally penned by a teenage sailor, or a whaler, in the 1830s who had come to New Zealand and then settled there. He passed it down within his family before it found its way into the folklore of NZ and in the newspapers. …


We have reclaimed democracy a little

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Maybe a little. The Supreme Court of India is currently hearing both sides — the government and the farmers on the three farm bills, which were hastily passed mid-last-year. There have been widespread protests in the northern agrarian states of India, namely Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan since then. The farmers think the laws would take away the government protection of minimum support pricing and leave them at the mercy of the corporates.

The Supreme court today in a landmark judgement has put a stay on all the farm bills — in layman’s words, the chief justice of India is saying — “Farmers don’t want it, so lawmakers, you can take it back and shove it in your pockets or wherever.”


You are paid less for showing increased productivity.

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One hot January afternoon, my phone wouldn’t stop buzzing. It thrilled me to see so many notifications on Medium. My story had gone viral — my excitement had touched the roof. While you are still figuring out what all that means — in my naivety, I thought I had cracked the code to make money on this platform.

I decided I have to go part-time, and guess what? In less than two months, I did.

I had this amazing boss at the time who herself was a part-timer as she is a young mother of two beautiful babies. She was fully supportive of my wanting to pursue my writing ambitions. She said to me and I remember — “Asmita, it’s a simple change that I need to make in the system to reflect your reduced work hours and that’s it — You can stop working Fridays.”


A writing advice by Alvin Ang that every novice writer must read.

He writes about creating a library of content that would keep minting you money long after you have…


Being rude has got a whole new definition

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Being the “right kind of rude” isn’t actually bad, says Rebecca Reid, the author of the newly published book “Rude”

I am guilty of apologizing even when it isn’t my mistake. I say sorry even when I don’t mean to. We all do that, women — a little more than men sometimes. We have been trained to be polite. But, there is a thin line of difference between being polite and being assertive.

Just this morning, I apologized for being a few minutes late for an appointment. I said it at least thrice in our conversation. The first apology was enough to show I value the other person’s time. The second and third apology was uncalled for. The person didn’t ask for it. Some might argue it was my mistake, and such situations demand an apology. Agreed, but only once. The second and third apologies were really my inner guilt. …


You don’t need all the keys to fit, you just need one

Success is like sitting in front of a locked door with a pile of keys. You don’t need all the keys to fit, you just need one. But you need to keep trying until you find the one that fits.

You will never find it if you stopped trying.

And what happens when you find the right key. You get inside, explore a little, and then start again. You don’t stop — you got to unlock the next door. And the next. …


Perfectionism is the enemy of consistency

I sometimes spend hours on one article — take forever to think about the headline, use the headline apps to get a perfect score, research, and read everything on that topic, edit the article multiple times, and basically take forever to publish it.

To be honest, despite all that, it is far from perfect in my eyes.

It will never be. And maybe it need not be — as long as I just get it out of my system, it should be fine.

The opportunity cost of getting everything right is too high while the benefit — too little. Consistency, on the contrary, has a big pay-off. It demands little effort in the beginning, but the algorithm, the system, and the society reward you handsomely for showing up. They know you are in it for the long term. So the little mistakes you make don’t matter as long as you keep improving. …

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