Wow, all that KFC you’ve been eating were once dinosaurs!

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My wife is probably my #1 source of ideas for stuff I write about. From profound stuff about being a stay-at-home-dad to random realizations about how we were always judging people by their LinkedIn profiles, she always has a way of sparking my next writing idea.

The other day we were getting our son ready to go out and he happened to be putting on a t-shirt with a dinosaur on it — one of his many dinosaur-themed clothes.

My wife matter-of-factly says,

“It’s quite amazing that dinosaurs ended up evolving into the modern-day chicken.”

I, ignorantly, assumed she was…


Lookism — the beauty bias that may be holding you back

Wikimedia Commons | These aren’t real women — each image is a composite of 30 images but they were rated by people from a scale of 1 to 10 on hotness

I am in the middle of reading one of the best books written by Jeffrey Archer — Only Time Will Tell. Set in the early 1900s, the book refers to incidents that you’d find outrageous in the modern world.

As one of the widowed characters in the movies sets out to look for a job, she gets rejected for a strange set of reasons including ageism.

“Yes, but you’re too young, luv. Come back in two or three years’ time.”

“Oh, you’re twenty-two? You’re too old.”

Then, there’s another incident where she applies for a job as a barmaid in…


Invoking nostalgia in nearly half a billion Indians

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For every kid in India that grew up in the 1990s, television was an integral part of their daily routine. Every evening, most Indian families would get together and enjoy one of the very few options of TV soaps, and the lengthy commercial breaks in between.

This was the perfect opportunity for companies and brands to become household names. One such brand was the Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, arguably the most well-known chocolate in India for the past 3–4 decades.

One of the most iconic ads for the chocolate bar used the perfect formula for success in India. Have a…


She’s a woman of color but doesn’t think there is a correlation

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A couple of days ago, while I was at work, one of my friends sent me a message saying she thinks she has imposter syndrome.


I was asked one question, and it all changed

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My best friend from high school recently told me about a “self-awareness” course he took online and how it helped him realize certain things about himself. As a follow-up to that course, he decided to run a similarly structured course of his own to spread the knowledge.

This wasn’t him pawning off someone else’s content as his own but this was one of those “pay it forward” types of courses where doing this was legit, if not even the natural next step.

So, I decided to sign up, as one member of the first “guinea pig” cohort — his first…


I can’t decide so I am here to ask the boss

I’ve recently been far from my prolific best in terms of writing frequency.

If you have ever followed the stuff I write, you will know i have no niche but I write very frequently on certain topics and on others I dabble when I feel like.

For a while I was publishing a bunch of true crime, both because it was fun and it got awesome readtimes. Then I stopped doing that — true crime is riveting but it is also sorta sad.

I love to write about things that matter — history, diversity, equality, current issues but also everything…


HUMOR | THIS HAPPENED TO YOU

You can’t control a fart, feigning innocence is the real art

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My friend had finally landed the first date with a girl who he’d matched with on Tinder. He’d found her attractive from the get-go, and luckily for him, she’d swiped right too.

Yet, since they started exchanging messages, it seemed she wasn’t fully into him, or so it seemed. He, on the other hand, was decidedly keen on her. After days of chatting, when he did finally got her to agree to a date, it was nothing short of an accomplishment for him.

He put on his A-game — found the set of clothes that fetched him the most compliments…


The Boeing B-29 Superfortress went on to drop nuclear bombs

The Enola Gay landing after Japan bombings | U.S. Air Force photo, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Enola Gay was the aircraft that got etched in history books, after it became the plane used to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, during World War II. The plane was named after the mother of the pilot that flew the plane for the mission Lieutenant Colonel Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr.

While the day that, unfortunately, destroyed the city of Hiroshima for generations to come was August 6, 1945, the type of plane, the B-29 Superfortress was first flown a few years earlier in 1942.

Tibbets was selected as the pilot to carry out the supercritical mission because he…


7 reasons you shouldn’t let the side-hustlers feed you white lies

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I’ve come across countless articles about how side hustles are your best bet towards financial independence, and then some. It’s like the internet is one big marketing platform for a product called side hustles.

If side hustles were all that they’re touted to be, why isn’t the world just all doing side hustles? How come these conventional jobs still exist? The whole world must be mighty stupid to not see the opportunity and pounce on it.

Or, there’s more to it all than meets the eye.

I’ve been in a regular corporate job for close to ten years now, and…


You probably know most, but don’t use them often enough

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There are certain words in the English language that to my mind just don’t seem to match the meanings they stand for. It might be in my mind alone but some words should have meant something totally different than what they actually do.

Condone for some reason always sounds like a sibling of the word condemn, just because of the very similar sound and structure, but has the complete opposite meaning. I don’t condone plagiarism but I condemn it.

Unequivocal is another one — it means unambiguous or without any doubt. Yet, to a non-native English speaker like me, until…

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