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A brief history of samosas

My fascination with Samosas had me go down the rabbit hole of finding their origin story and write a Twitter thread about it. Samosas originated in the middle east. Persian literature from the 10th century has a lot of mentions of early variants of the modern samosas. These samosas were filled with minced meat. In […]

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Are increasing life spans a good thing?

Last year, I read a book called Factfulness by Hans Rosling. This book has, to an extent, changed my perspective on human evolution. It has provoked thoughts in me, led me to read up more on where we as the human race are heading, and given me a number that I’m fixated on — The […]

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Too many “platforms”

About a month ago, I was in the middle of my annual website upgrade. I’ve been running this website on wordpress.com and I wanted to look for more flexible platforms. Specifically, I was looking for a place where I could also embed a newsletter sign-up form for easybuthard.substack.com The obvious choice was a self-hosted wordpress […]

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Learnings from my experiments

Why write this essay?  Since I was in college, I’ve continuously kept myself engaged with one or the other “side project.” So far, these have been writing-related projects primarily, but I hope to expand into other types too.  Though the monetary income from these projects is almost nil, the learnings have been paramount. But what […]

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Hero’s journey for Deewaar

A few months ago, Saurabh and Shreya wrote down the Hero’s journey for Munna Bhai MBBS, which was helpful to me and a lot of other aspiring filmmakers! I had heard about the Hero’s journey earlier, but this was a very interesting way to break down and analyze a story. As a writer, I often […]

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Fiction Short Stories

The social dilemma – money or followers?

This story originally appeared in my short story series – Easy But Hard. To receive similar stories every week, sign up here. “Bhai sahab!” Ajit said standing in front of the Bhaidaas chaat stall. Bhaidaas listened to him while flipping aloo tikkis on the hot tawaa, “Pay me 5000 rupees and I’ll post a good review of your stall […]

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🌿Grass on the other side

⌚ Reading time = 5 minutes This story originally appeared in my short-story series, Easy But Hard. In this series, I take a look at stories of people that are easily forgotten. Subscribe to add a small dose of fiction in your busy inbox. The other side “Howdy?” Amar asked Sadaa after opening the door […]

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🚚 One, two, three… sold!

⌚Reading time – 7 minutes This story originally appeared in my short-story series, Easy But Hard. In this series, I take a look at stories of people that are easily forgotten. Subscribe to add a small dose of fiction in your busy inbox. “Truckwaale.com, a startup founded in 2016, once valued at over $100 million, […]

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The ubiquity, problems and future of YouTube

A deep dive into the breadth of YouTube and where its headed. YouTube is the second most popular site on the internet, after Google.

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💭The cost of your dreams

A story of a dreamer who goes out of his way to achieve them.

Shubham wants to be an F-1 racer. Can he be one, without the required money?