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Weekend Reads: The Top 5 Business Decisions Of All Time

1. Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions. 2. The Academy has a solid track record of playing […]


Weekend Reads: There Might Soon be a Cure for Runny Nose

This post is a part of Issue #35: Too good to be true 1. It’s unusual when a company as young as Facebook drops $19 billion on an acquisition, especially when its on a company some folks hadn’t even heard of. But the messaging juggernaut called WhatsApp is huge (in terms of users and messages) […]


Weekend Reads: Does Microwave Food Kill its Nutritional Value?

This post is part of Issue #34: Food & Beverage 1. The more we learn about sugar, the more we learn it’s a good idea to limit its intake. The more we learn to limit its intake, the more we tend to switch to other sweeteners. And the more we learn that those aren’t necessarily a better […]


Weekend Reads: Stuffy Nose and A Luxury Called Silence

This post is part of Issue#33: Pain   1. Can Technology Stop Surgeons from Leaving Sponges Inside Patients. Ouch! 2. Many of the word’s poorest countries have seen a significant rise in GDP over the past decade or two. But that hasn’t helped the hungry kids who live in those countries. It turns out that a booming economy doesn’t […]


Weekend Reads: The Side Effect of Sword Swallowing

This post is part of Issue #32: In a Lighter Vein   1. Do you want fries with that? Your answer to that question should be largely based on your genetic make-up. Researchers from Harvard found that “some people do indeed pay a higher price for indulging in French fries and Tater Tots.” 2. The end of human […]


Weekend Reads: An 11 Year Old’s Idea

This post is part of Issue #31: What’s in a Name 1. On March 14, 1930, 11-year-old Venetia Burney and her family were eating breakfast at their home in Oxford, England, discussing the biggest news of the day: The discovery of a new planet. And it was while having breakfast that an 11 year old girl named […]


Weekend Reads: Colours of Life

This post is part of Issue #30: Colours 1. The video is of the Holi celebrations at Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village, 42 kms away from Mathura, is of particular interest. Here, men from Nandgaon, the land of Krishna come to play Holi with the girls of Barsana and hope of raising their flag […]


Weekend Reads: Here Men are the Weaker Sex

This post is part of Issue#29: Equality 1. Where women of India rule the roost and men demand gender equality. 2. A simple act of defiance. 3. What’s Sheryl Sandberg doing to make photos in advertising less sexist. 4. Why has the equal pay caused a debate in this case


Weekend Reads: Where there’s a rule there’s a Loophole

This post is part of Issue#28: Loopholes 1. Charles Sobhraj got himself arrested to avoid death penalty. Confused? Read how this criminal mastermind hoodwinked justice system. 2. Economic Times explains 7 legit ways to avoid taxes in India 3. Love finding loopholes in movies? Well here are some from best known movies from Hollywood 4. What are […]


Weekend Reads: The Telephone Patent Wars

Although thought to be historically inaccurate, the legend of the Greek messenger Pheidippides running to Athens with news of the victory at Marathon became the inspiration for this athletic event. A History Channel documentary. How did one control the world’s largest empire without modern communications? With the help of a system which was part express […]


Weekend Reads: Wanderlust

This post is part of Issue#26: Globetrotters 1. Two 20-something boys, one a multimedia specialist, the other a VC, 13 countries 6 months $20,000.. 2. A definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places. Travel tips, articles, strange facts and unique events. Check it here 3. With the inclusion of USA and […]


Weekend Reads: Happy Accidents

This post is part of Issue#25: Unintended Consequences 1. Sometimes discoveries are made when we are not out discovering them. 2. Streisand Effect 3. A slap and a revolution 4. From Iron Curtain to Green Belt   


Weekend Reads: A Shy Visitor

This post is part of Issue#24: Last Seen 1. Halley’s Comet is one of it’s kind that we might see twice. 2. It once roamed the continents with humans 3. Read about some of the technologies lost through the ages. 4.  A fearsome triangle.


Weekend Reads: Oceans of Carbon

This post is part of Issue#23: Carbon 1. Carbon Dioxide affects not only our atmosphere but also Oceans 2. The New Diamond Age 3. You must have written many stories with Pencil. Now read about the story of pencil 4. How we affect the Carbon Cycle.