Category Archives: human behaviour

Rude, the new normal

Every day, I look around, astonished, at the amplitude of rudeness around me. An auto rickshaw comes towards me, at me, on the wrong side of the road, and stares sullenly, audaciously. Voices rise at dissenting views, affronted by the … Continue reading

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The desire to be liked

For all the assertions of individuality and uniqueness, we humans have a primal desire to be liked. Millennia after we stopped being primates, we still haven’t let go of the instinct to be accepted, adored and worshipped by our peers … Continue reading

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Is “woman” an adjective?

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Freakonomics, today, which featured the Harvard University president, Drew Gilpin Faust (what an awesome name). She talked about how, soon after she was appointed, someone asked her how she felt to … Continue reading

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In praise of procrastination

Sometimes, you have to sink in order to rise. There must be some physics law to this effect. It certainly is the case in life. You hear about it quite a bit – rising from the ashes, soaring stars after … Continue reading

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I’m easily manipulated

This weekend, I learned something about myself as a shopper. I’m quite dumb, it turns out. It seems I am perfectly okay to pay for an overpriced lip balm when the manufacturers declare, in just one line, that they will … Continue reading

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Getting started on those lofty resolutions

As the year draws to an end, I like to reflect on how the year went and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming new year. Last weekend, I wrote down that I wanted to write more, with more … Continue reading

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People are messy

One time, a long time ago, I was in an inconsolable state. Someone I liked must have done or said something mean, and my rational mind couldn’t grasp why. After patiently trying out some theories as explanations, my friend, in … Continue reading

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