Last year, Monique, a French woman, came to Mumbai on an exploration. As foreigners often do, she went about the streets of Colaba Causeway and bought pashminas, jewellery, and knock-off bags. She was thrilled about the bargain she scored. Except that it wasn’t. Her Airbnb lady told her that in reality, she had paid 5 times the price. Baffled, Monique said, “but all the other vendors quoted the same last price, they wouldn’t budge.” The landlady said, “That is because they have an understanding.”

This kind of behaviour is all around us. Not the ripping-off-the-foreigner part, but the one where…


Note: This is addressed to people who are still far from understanding gender/sexual diversities. It is a cheat sheet for the ones who want to change that and learn. I am not an expert; I'm only a curious, open-minded individual.

June is celebrated as pride month. If you don’t know what pride is, this is for you. If you know what pride is and don’t know anything beyond the LGBTQ, this is for you too. And if you don’t know that is now revised to LGBTQQIAA, this is definitely for you. …


Do you notice 11:11 AM or 3:16 PM on the clock every day?

Or do you tally every car’s number plate to find it adds up to a 7?

Is there a particular advertisement you come across all the time on the radio?

Do you feel everyone is going to the same destination for a holiday?

Is everyone wearing white sneakers?

Coincidence? Universe’s conspiracy? Systematic advertising?

Well, none of the above. This strange repetitive occurrence is called the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon or frequency bias. …


Alina sprung awake just like a child wakes up on their birthday. She hastily wore her slippers and ran to the bathroom taking quick successive steps. She got ready in a record 15 minutes and went outside to open the door of her apartment. There was milk, newspaper, and fresh flowers placed neatly in a bag clung to the side of the door.

“Well well well, look who wakes up before their mother now”, she said to herself, a little more loudly hoping her mom would hear her, wake up, and come out of her room.

But that did…


When I was in school, my most favourite essay topic was ‘Computer: A Boon or A Bane’. Depending on my mood I would decide if I was for or against it. But even on the days when I would naïvely take a stance against it, I knew it was the future. A future that would make writing by hand less prevalent, if not obsolete.

I stumbled upon my mother’s to-do list the other day and saw how beautiful her handwriting was. Perfectly sized alphabets, spaced words, and consistency in pressure. I then looked at my own notebook — the words…


A day in the life of a writer-influencer:

5:30 AM: The alarm has gone off and I have promised to not see my phone the first thing in the morning; it interferes with clarity, distracts with ideas that are not my own, and wastes precious cognitive cells one wakes up with. (Note: write a blog post on about this).

6:30 AM: I have wrapped up my light exercise and meditation (note: write a Twitter thread about the benefits) and brewed a wonderful cup of coffee (it’s amazing how coffee/tea is integral to writing — explore and write about this).

6.35…


Everyone knows about Steve Jobs’s mercurial nature. His abusive behaviour with his colleagues is as famous as his intellect. Jobs always got his way, either by persuasion or by inspiration. If a said task realistically needed 8 days, he would create a vision that made people believe that it was possible in 2. His colleagues referred to this vision as the reality distortion field.

His moods were extreme and it was impossible to know if an idea he introduced or approved of was actually good or not.

To tackle this problem, his colleagues developed a code that assessed the factors…


Small talk means making an informal conversation with an acquaintance or a stranger for a brief span of time on topics that are not functional or transactional. It has applications in the workplace, in waiting rooms, while travelling, at parties, etc. While all conversations are circumstantial, making small talk is a function of one’s nature. Some welcome the occasion while some would want to die instead.

The spectrum looks something like this:

People who can small talk are deemed approachable, warm, and friendly. Even at a macro level, small talk and its cultural context reveal the social fabric of a…


You might have heard of Ikigai. If for some reason you haven’t caught on to the eastern-culture-concept-made-popular-by-the-west, here is what it means in a nutshell:

Ikigai teaches an individual to look inward and do things that are a combination of what they love, what they are good at, what they can be paid for and what the world needs. It looks something like this -

A practical outlook would mean doing what you can be paid for first, combined with what you are good at. The ones who are lucky, also get to do what they love. Only a few…


Reading can be frustrating, satisfying, painful, joyous, a drag and a devourment, all at the same time. When it comes to reading books, it gets trickier, because it engages two distinct parts of you — the narrating self and the experiencing self. The narrating self makes you buy the books, and the experiencing self makes you read them.

The narrating self is romantic. It imagines you flipping the pages of a book while sipping coffee. The experiencing self is when you say “maybe later” and give in to the distractions. …

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I hear stories and show it as data. Sometimes, it’s the other way round. Writer/researcher/marketer | Health-tech puhsun

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