Articles by Charles Assisi
Check out a tale about Nobel laureate Max Planck and his driver, that offers lessons on faking smarts and admitting ignorance, in this week’s Life Hacks.
If Sharma had his way, this isn’t how things would have gone. But the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had enough and there was only so much it was willing to tolerate. And Sharma had pushed the boundaries so far such that it could cripple India’s financial ecosystem
Joy, self-discovery, exploration are obvious answers. In a world of readymade oblivion, endless ease, the creative act is also a necessary gesture of defiance.
There were many overlaps as well. Ram Chandra Guha’s India after Gandhi made it to all the lists along with P Sainath’s Everybody loves a good drought and Amartya Sen’s “The argumentative Indian”. There was a surprise as well—Suketu Mehta’s “This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto” that ChatGPT put out
Ram Chandra Guha’s India after Gandhi made it to all the lists along with P Sainath’s Everybody Loves a Good Drought
It can help to think of oneself as an investment being vetted by a PE firm, he says. Just don’t forget to add well-being and happiness to the profit metrics too
From a business perspective, “what defensible moat did PayTM build over the last few years?” asks Krishna Jha, an investor and technology entrepreneur. By way of examples, Naykaa caught the imagination of young people looking for beauty products
In our culture of glorified busyness, saying no can feel like a personal affront, or failure. Learn the skill anyway. You deserve the benefits of it.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has not lived up to its hype, according to a technology veteran. While IoT devices exist, they lack interoperability, making it difficult for them to work together. However, there are still opportunities for IoT in sectors such as agriculture, where smart sensors and artificial intelligence can improve efficiency and productivity.
Jency Jacob, Managing Editor of BoomLive and his team work to investigate fake news that spreads via the internet and social media
We pay scant attention to our many, little daily decisions, yet they shape our lives, our world. Start with the awareness that each choice has a moral dimension
Recency bias can make it easy to lose sight of small achievements, new passions and little victories. But they all build up to bigger change.
Life doesn’t move in straight lines; allow for each day to be a series of highs and lows. Break the day into chunks, to ride these waves with grace.
It’s ironic that smog now defines a festival of light over darkness. Fireworks, after all, are only a few centuries old, while Diwali goes back millennia.
There is a lack of nuance in the discussions underway, Assisi says. Study the data and one finds a generation with focus, searching for meaning and balance.
Those we spend time with now include attention-hungry algorithms. This has a corrosive impact. Among the fallouts: a habit called continuous partial attention.
The new programs may learn faster and better than we expected, but good prose cannot be crafted by checking off boxes, Assisi says. In this week’s Life Hacks.
The first monopoly trial of the internet era begins next week as US courts decide whether to break up Google's parent company, Alphabet. The trial will determine if the company is too big and engaged in unfair trade practices. The outcome will have implications for other technology giants and governments worldwide, including the EU and India, which are implementing legislation to regulate technology companies. India is also supporting the Beckn Protocol, a language that allows devices and services to exchange information, preventing monopolies from forming. There is divided public opinion in the US on whether Google should be broken up, with some believing it has become too big for American interests.
There is no way to ‘maximise efficiency’ when running a home. Unpredictability must be embraced. I recently experienced the crushing loss of control this causes
Vacant hours must be protected, but should they also be scheduled and planned? Try going with the flow, as we all once did, before the gadgets, apps and alerts.
The aim in taking on a challenge is not just to surmount it, but to learn what one is capable of. Doing this in youth lets one acquire skills that can be vital.
...or is it the other way around? An optimal life is ruled by a schedule, we’re told. But life hacks began as an invitation to get creative, says Charles Assisi
While the technology has its flaws, telecom companies that deliver these OTPs are at work to upgrade all networks across India to 5G
The tricks to getting good advice could also help you make better decisions. Read on for links between semantics, maths and intuition.
The idea of masculinity is getting an update to reflect the aspirations of Gen-Z males. Our roles, our goals are changing, and so are the people we look up to
Even when we know we’re doing it, we can’t seem to peel away from the trivial, to focus on what is vital. I’m now trying a new way out, Assisi says.
ASMR videos have gone beyond soft sounds to include roleplay, storytelling. I’m intrigued by the comfort and sense of community they foster among young people.
Humans have gone from being pilgrims in search of meaning to tourists in search of excitement. It is time to find a way back, a way to add depth to our days.
To future-proof India’s software technology prowess, why isn’t India thinking as a “hardware product nation” as well?