5 ‘Wow’ Reads with My Why

Karthik Rajan
Feb 16, 2018 · 3 min read

When aha is one step away

My why: Entertaining — food for conversation; Insightful — fertilizer for the brain; Inspiring — the positive vibe that is in short supply. All together — a morning mojo for the days ahead.

Here are my 5 from some great writers on Medium.

The lead in for each one of them is my why.

  1. I enjoy entertaining content that can be a morning coffee conversation with my wife. Surprise is what Doug Stewart has in store for us here. When I read this simple parable, I liked the sixth sense like ending.

2. When I was younger, I learned about theory of constraints. I have seen it used in manufacturing - heck even Twitter with 140 characters [earlier] limit. This is first time, I heard it used for writing blogs!

“Parkinson’s Law dictates that…..If I give you 24 hours to complete a project, the time pressure forces you to focus on execution, and you have no choice but to do only the bare essentials.”

In the world of déjà vu advice, Tom Kuegler’s content is contrarian, wise and practical. The title says it all. The icing is his warm writing style.

3. I like to play games with my young daughters. Many a time, gems of learning tumble out organically without even trying. Barry Davret had a similar experience with an interesting experiment. He has his young son walk backward for five minutes.

4. When I first read this title, I was “so what?” Then, when I thought about it — “Why not? I really don’t know the difference between imagination and creativity” When I read it, I was glad I did. This topic can be dry. Jack Preston King makes it his own by leading it with his personal stories. In the nuances between words, you have a chance to stand out. In that sense, this is good stuff — to use Jack’s words.

5. I have to thank Medium Staff, Lindsey Weber for leading me to this blog. I grew up in South India. Hair care was taken seriously on Saturdays — both by men and women. But I didn’t know “The word “shampoo” is derived from a Hindi word meaning “to knead.” Until I read this blog.

More than history, it never occured to me that you could write with so much depth on an esoteric topic like hair. It is good conversation material.

Hanna Brooks Olsen wrote this, “for centuries, life without shampoo wasn’t a movement — it was just life.” And I chuckled.

In all this, if you are wondering why I do what I do- here is my context.

Karthik Rajan

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