It’s always a pleasure to read Michael Pollan’s writings. His books primarily talk about our relationship with food, and how it has dramatically changed with industrialization. Through his most popular work, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, he followed the 3 food chains that sustain a modern American diet (increasingly, spreading around the…

Geographer, naturalist, explorer and philosopher. Alexander Von Humboldt was a true polymath and through his wonderful writings, he inspired a new generation of naturalists.

In Views of Nature, Humboldt showed how nature could have an influence on people’s imagination. Nature, he wrote, was in a mysterious communication with our ‘inner…

In medicine, figuring out “whats’s wrong” is essential for demarcating the limits of “what’s right”.

Medicine, the sociologist Everett Hughes once observed wryly, perceives the world through “mirror writing.” Illness is used to define wellness. Abnormalcy marks the boundaries of normalcy. Deviance demarcates the limits of conformity. This mirror writing…

Life flourishes by reading between the lines.

The universe seeks equilibriums; it prefers to disperse energy, disrupt organization, and maximize chaos. Life is designed to combat these forces. We slow down reactions, concentrate matter, and organize chemicals into compartments; we sort laundry on Wednesdays. “It sometimes seems as if curbing…

Tushar Sharma

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