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  • Writer's pictureHaripriya Sridharan

Weekly notes (04/2024)

This week was busy and fruitful, with most achieved.

I have been living in the same house for close to 2 years now, but never did I stay put until I started living with my partner. We found a cozy haven right on our balcony. We started to regularly feed the birds and chipmunks there. One of them is a daily visitor now, who hunts as much breakfast he/she could possibly muster. This click is one of my favourites, the moment I often wake up to: The morning munching time.

Besides work, I spent most of my time listening to Spotify, especially playing "Circles" by Ludovico Einaudi on loop during work hours.

I had also listened to a 4 hour podcast called "The Seen and The Unseen" cohosted by Amit Varma, Krish Ashok and Naren Shenoy. It was an absolute delight. The topics varied from food, culture, music, socio-economic impacts etc. Name it anything. I should admit that I had some occasional disagreements with other hosts and dull moments now and then. But I am a fan of Krish Ashok and he was my main draw. The entire episode was definitely engaging.

There were a few highlights,

  • As a species, we grew mostly in open spaces. At max we learnt to deal with thousands around. We surely did not encounter 250 billion people at the same time. We're now learning to handle such numbers through social media, a new way to instantly connect with billions of people, and it's going to take more time to get used to it.

  • We slowly evolved from "Community of Situation" to "Community of Choice". It has its own pros and cons just like any other thing.

Apart from endless podcast listening time, I also learnt some things in a hard way

  • A crash at work doesn't really mean I am bored with life or my job. It just means, I need more sleep, rest and Coffee.

  • Being productive isn't always about "feeling" it; sometimes, you just do your work because it's your job and you're paid for it.

I also watched Black mirror Season 6, Episode 1: "Joan is awful". It beautifully delved into the dark and unforeseen repercussions of our habitual acceptance of "Terms and Conditions" to almost everything without fully understanding the implications in an online medium. I will try to write about it in a separate post.

I like sci-fi and this is my next book in line. Currently slowly reading, "In the Lives of Puppets" by TJ Klune.

The week ended with good family time.


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