A brief look into venomous revenge

Alexei Navalny, 2017, Source: Evgeny Feldman / CC BY-SA

Alexei flopped down onto the bed in his hotel. It had been a tiring day and he still had a flight to Moscow to catch. ‘Smart Vote’ was his idea — the reasons he had gone to Novosibirsk, the third-largest city in Russia, and the reason he was now in Tomsk. He had built quite a following over the years on YouTube and Twitter for his Anti-Corruption expositions of the government. He was now trying to use that influence to support candidates in local elections who had a chance of defeating the pro-government puppets. Damn Putin puppets. …


The Chinese Nation is complicated but not unfathomable

Photo of Tiananmen Square in China
Photo of Tiananmen Square in China
Photo of Tiananmen Square by Ling Tang on Unsplash

China often comes across as an enigma. Due to its authoritarian regime, we have little insight into how life in China looks. China makes the news for international incidents, and for many of us, China evokes suspicion and distrust. We find it hard to understand the random border skirmishes, the astute geopolitical moves, and how China has come to dominate the world in the blink of an eye. We explain it away with metaphors of Chinese Checkers and quotes from Sun Tzu’s Art of war, but to understand a nation, we need to understand the ideas that formed it. As…


Picture of a cow in a field
Picture of a cow in a field
Photo by Angelina Litvin on Unsplash

If you’re from India, Amul is a very recognizable brand. Amul is synonymous with Dairy in India and we consume many of their products from plain milk to cheese to chocolates. Amul is almost as old as Independent India and its story is a fascinating insight into the growth of the country since Independence in 1947.

Agriculture has been and is a major occupation in India. For a majority of Indians in rural India, it’s their main source of income. Agriculture in India is seasonal and is very dependent on the Indian monsoon rains. A bad year in post-independence India…


Cherry Blossoms in Shillong

I am writing this series to give Solo Backpackers information to travel the North East of India. I have divided this series into three parts — Part 1 will cover my travel in Arunachal Pradesh, Part 2 will cover Assam and Part 3 will cover Meghalaya and other places. There are other states in the North East but you’ll have to look elsewhere for information on them. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, make sure you go read them.

Meghalaya

My initial plan was to make my way to Cherrapunji and Nongriat in Meghalaya after I was done with…


Ygdrasill Bamboo Cottage in Majuli, Assam.

I am writing this series to give Solo Backpackers information to travel the North East of India. I have divided this series into three parts — Part 1 will cover my travel in Arunachal Pradesh, Part 2 will cover Assam and Part 3 will cover Meghalaya. There are other states in the North East but you’ll have to look elsewhere for information on them. If you missed Part 1, make sure you go read it here.

Kaziranga National Park

I had started my trip by entering the North East through Guwahati in Assam. I made my way to Tawang in Arunachal and then…


Road to Bum La Pass, Arunachal Pradesh
Road to Bum La Pass, Arunachal Pradesh
Enroute to Bum La Pass

In October of 2018, I was fortunate to land a new job. As I put down my papers at my existing job, I wanted a break between jobs to get ready for my new journey. I have always wanted to visit the North East of India but never found the required time. It had always seemed mystical and isolated to me. So, I quickly planned a trip and spent 14 days in November, exploring the North East of India.

I am writing this series because I found it relatively difficult to find information for my trip. I also realised that…


The Dharavi Slums in Mumbai overshadowed by the residences of more affluent people who work at the National Stock Exchange and other large companies in India. Source: dailymail.co.uk

In my last post, I talked about the Pareto Principle — the 80/20 rule, which can help us prioritise tasks on a daily basis. However, one of the troubling areas where the Pareto principle is observed is in the distribution of income and wealth across the world.

The current income distribution looks like this,


Do you ever spend hours on UberEats wondering what to order? I do. On a day off or on a weekend, I start worrying about dinner at 4 pm. Then I spend the next 3–4 hours trying to figure out what I want to eat. I hope I’m not the only crazy one who does this.

My weekly dilemma illustrates quite well the Paradox of Choice we face in today’s world. Psychologist Barry Schwartz did a great TED talk on this. He starts by stating, as we all know, that freedom of choice is the central dogma of our society…


Entropy is a measure of the randomness of a system. There are various ways that you can mix together butter, sugar, flour and eggs in a bowl. These are high entropy states since the randomness is high. However, heating them at the right temperature in the right quantities in an oven creates a cookie. That’s a low entropy state since the randomness is low.

Image source: Tasty

The natural progress of Entropy is fundamental to our universe… and you defy it every day.

The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of a closed system always increases. The universe at its beginning…

Jerry Thomas

Marketing @ Salesforce | Reads, Cooks, Treks | Follow me on goodreads.com/jertom

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