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Archive for April, 2014

The Lunchbox

I enjoy the movie. The message seems to be that it’s never too late to start living life, and an important element is to be able to connect with someone. Sometimes a simple change in environment and some good food are all we need to cheer us up. Taking time to reflect and paying more attention to people around us might also help change our perspectives. 

From the protagonist Saajan Fernandes:

Life is strange…I think we forget things if we have no one to tell them to…

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I don’t know when I became old…Maybe it was that morning...maybe it was many many mornings ago...and maybe if I had forgotten something in the bath room before I would have found out sooner…

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Life kept on going and lulled me with its motions, I kept rocking back and forth as it threw me left and then it threw me right…and then before I knew it…

From the Dabbawallah:

Harvard people came and did a study on us…we always deliver right they said and you say we deliver wrong?
The king of England has also come, he has seen our delivery system, invited us to his wedding…
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The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy. Here‘s a good panel discussion on the book.

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant TechnologiesDidn’t learn as much as I thought, perhaps because my expectation was too high. Here‘s a critical review by Robin Hanson, and here‘s a podcast interview on EconTalk.

Work saves a man from three great evils: boredom, vice, and need. –Voltaire

A History of Future Cities. Good historical background on how four interesting cities – St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai – have evolved and influenced by the West.

Transforming India. The more I read about Indian politics, the more complicated it seems. The rise of regionalism is a major trend that’d continue to shape India’s future, which suggests even a Modi-led government might not be a game changer as many expect.

The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Good for the West. The title sums it all.

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I was in Tokyo for a short trip and had some free time to wander around this highly walkable city during the cherry blossom season. Beautiful yet transient, Sakura reminds people of the ephemeral nature of life and impermanence of things. Mono no aware is a beautiful concept. And Tokyo remains one of my favorite cities.

PS: here‘s someone walking backward in Tokyo.

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