I remember the 9-year-old me, back home from school, laid back on the couch. Randomly switching TV channels in quick successions. Trying to find something interesting to get hooked on.
Every time I did that, my mom shot at me,“You need to stop switching channels so frequently. It’s a bad habit. You’ll damage your brain.”
I got annoyed. Not only because of what she said but because she blocked my view while she said that. I ignored her and kept switching channels anyway. It was no big deal, I thought. I was stupid.
Little did she know. Years down the…
“Just this one,” whispers the voice in your head. “And then I’ll get back to work.”
Do you ever catch yourself getting stuck — watching endless loops of YouTube videos? Following those alluring video recommendations? One after the other.
Notice how those hours quickly fly by? Delaying everything you’re supposed to work on. Everything that truly matters to you.
I’m sure you experience this. Almost daily. Or maybe occasionally.
You are not alone.
And here’s why this is concerning.
People upload over 500 hours of videos on YouTube every minute. That’s 720,000 hours of new content every day.
Covid-19 is turning monstrous.
It is slowly joining the list of fatal viruses such as the H1N1 influenza A—which caused the 1918 Spanish flu—and Ebola.
If you live in a city, you are among the worst hit. Unable to practice social distancing effectively. Relying on healthcare facilities that are mostly ill-equipped, let alone pandemic-ready.
Things get tougher if you have pre-existing health conditions.
On the bright side, however, if history has taught us something, it is this — pandemics change cities for good.
London’s sewer system, for instance, was built after the cholera epidemic in the mid-1800s. …
Writers are thinkers.
For me, they’re the kind of people geared up for some constructive and meaningful conversations. Conversations that are slow, and puts me in the flow. Like weaving a sweater.
Time flies when I’m in one of these. And I know, deep within, when words start to flow. Like needles moving back and forth—weaving together everything that matters between me and them.
I know something clicks, within, when I listen to them untangle their raw thoughts and feelings. Their premonitions, hopes and desires. Opening up. Making space for mine to knit together.
I connect those knots in their…
500+ followers on Instagram means nothing ‘real’.
Neither does staying ‘connected’ with your best friend living in a different time zone—every waking hour.
You get the point. Do you?
Let me explain with a story—with my story.
This one will resonate with a few out there.
I had everything a twenty-something could dream of. A new job. Stable health and finances. A small yet close-knit friend circle. Weekend parties and getaways. And long motorcycle rides.
In short, a merry-go-round.
Besides these, I still had, fresh on my mind, the soothing memories of my recent trip to the Himalayas. …
“Where we want to be cautious . . . is when the sound of a voice or a cup of coffee with a friend is replaced with ‘likes’ on a post.”
— Cal Newport
I knew I had reached my tipping point.
I behaved like a drug addict — delirious, distracted, and deeply miserable.
Even minor tasks seemed daunting and insanely overwhelming. For instance, 5-minute conversations, on the phone or in person, seemed like a table tennis match. Smashing bold statements and arguments back and forth.
I was highly sceptical and cautious about almost everything. Speaking with a…
It’s Tuesday: 7 a.m.
You wake up. After hitting snooze a few times.
Your hand instinctively reaches out to your smartphone. Your master.
You check on-screen notifications with your foggy, disoriented vision.
You then check your WhatsApp messages. Move on to Instagram. Then Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat.
You come back to Instagram and endlessly scroll through the feed. Until nothing new pops up when you pull down to refresh.
The craving isn’t gone.
You want more. So you keep switching between apps. And end up on YouTube — watching irrelevant videos that, most often, don’t add any value to your day.
A biblical narrative that emphacize hope, freedom and enduring friendships.
Andy Dufresne, a smart banker and the main protagonist, is wrongfully accused of murdering his wife and her lover. He is sentenced to life in Shawshank, a heavily guarded prison.
In his early days, Andy befriends Ellis Boyd Redding (Red), who remains his ally throughout the story.
Andy’s intentions and his mental posture remain unclear at first. Like others, he grapples through the daily hardships of prison life. …
As we move towards a digital-first economy, the lines between Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) are rapidly blurring. Today, these technologies represent an unprecedented opportunity for enterprises, startups and the public sector.
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