Monday, March 25, 2019

UBI announcement by INC

Today INC announced plan for their version of UBI. Regardless of my personal opinion on such things, I was pleasantly surprised to read this interview in Caravan which gives some background to the announcement. It is an interview with Abhijeet Banerjee and suggests that there was some discussion with people who have been involved with such thing earlier. Now that such an announcement has been made, it will be interesting to see how things shape and if this proposal sees light of the day. 
Long time back, I used to wish there was some scheme/entrance test where you will get some pre defined small amount which is not sufficient to make you rich but let you not worry much about day to day life so that you can focus on doing things you enjoy. My thinking has evolved changed - not sure for better or worse - and no longer wish for such option but when I think about it, I think I was thinking about something similar to UBI. Interesting times ahead.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cedric Villani in French Parliament

From MR, I went to this page where some of the newly elected French parliamentarians are listed. I was able to recognize Cedric Villani, whose book (also mentioned in the article) I read some years back. Book was engaging and provided a view into the way mathematicians work and collaborate. Here is wishing a successful legislative career to Cedric. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Started Reading

I decided to continue my reading this month with spy fiction and zeroed on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I have seen the movie but luckily I forgot who was the mole. I remember the actor who played the mole but I don't remember name of his character. So it is still a mystery novel to me. But more than plain spy fiction, I have so far really enjoyed the novel for its detailing of back office process. While the reading is still progressing, I came across this review in my rss feeds of LitHub. As if universe was conspiring for me to read this (and if it was, couldn't it find a worthier aim to conspire for !!).

Friday, May 05, 2017

Goodluck Longreads

Story or information is not everything. its presentation matters a lot. A well written piece can make an otherwise mundane news read worthy whereas a badly written piece can convert an interesting news into trash. I first noticed in Readers Digest many years back the style of giving all the background information, projecting the personality of main characters, and other such quirks which would bring alive  the story being depicted in front of reader. I have had the god fortune of reading many more such stories in past few years and they are a joy to read. lately, one source of such stories has been weekly newsletter I receive from Longreads and therefore I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they are also into funding original pieces. More can be read here. I really liked the idea that readers contribute but they do not decide what gets funded. I fully support this. Not just because, as the article reports, that it is not yet known how the report will turn out to be. Rather, I have come to see division of labor as a very important and useful idea and therefore in today's world of information overload, we should let professional editors take decisions about what gets funded and what gets curated. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week two of 2017: In Cold Blood

My reading in second week of 2017 was of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It is reporting of a crime incident which took place in Kansas in late 1950s. I am currently incompetent to comment on writing and content. I liked the book and enjoyed reading the description of scenes and events.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Book Review: Beyond the lines by Kuldeep Nayyar

Kuldeep Nayyar (KN henceforth) was an information officer with Government of India and a journalist/columnist who had a front row seats to many important events in independent India. He wrote many books and columns in his life time. I am currently reading his autobiographical memoir titled: 'Beyond the lines: An Autobiography'. 

Book starts with brief description of his days in Sialkot in Pakistan where his father was a physician and describe the changes in environment as partition day approaches. After the partition, KN had a chance to meet and work closely with many people who were responsible to take many decisions concerning partition and he very skilfully explains the situation as he observed and then justification which people gave at some later day behind their decision which led to those situations. This reflects badly on my lack of knowledge but I was not aware that there were many variables and possibilities considered before partition and although I don't have any deeper understanding of Kashmir issue, at least now I know that I don't know much about Kashmir issue.