an experiment in flow

recently i had cause to read mihalyi csikzentmihalyi’s book on the psychology of flow. i was struck by the acuity of his observations as i was the previous times i had read about his concept. i have to mention right at the start this one huge aspect. while he doesn’t dwell on it in the…

the tribe of tenali raman

when i was a little girl i had an insatiable appetite (much like any other kid) for stories. it kept both my grandmothers busy. each one had a distinct repertoire, but both have told me the folk stories about tenali raman. tenali raman was the jester to a king. in the stories, the king was…

sex education in india

the minister of health provided a massive facepalm (or headdesk … depending on your preference) moment recently. you heard about it, right? i stand by this video as a response: and yes. i am back from my holiday!

ideas on learning new fields

i’ve a friend at work. she’s one of those amazingly high-energy, wildly enthusiastic people! recently, when i was telling her about a wild associative moment i had in placing malta in my web of (extremely!) random trivia, she said wistfully that she reads a lot but can’t pull up the information when she wants to.…

an ideological dimension to finding problems

i had a conversation with a friend at work, during which i had a happy accident: i ended up verbalising an issue i feel powerfully about. and now, i’m capitalising on the serendipity with this post 😀 we were talking about problems. specifically, about being daunted by seeing problems with something established or considered authoritative. i’ve encountered…

overcoming passivity in our intellectual culture

something that i work on consciously and try to think out: how to not just sit around passively and wait for things to happen to me mentally. (physically, i’m more okay with doing that because the physical realm is not where i live the most. and i have a low threshold for stimulus before it…

learning… since 2003

in my family, we all sort of believed that i wasn’t the kind of person who could stick with things. that you know, my interests and focus keep shifting. and i completely agreed with the others about it. but then one thing struck me when i was talking to my sister about something. i’ve never…