5 Stories to Read This Weekend – 15 Jan 2016

Two weeks into 2016 and I am trying to be selective of how I spend my time reading, both – offline & online. Here are a few interesting picks from the last 2 weeks.

How to Say No to Things You Want to Do
We all know the mantra to better productivity. Less time in front of the TV, get offline and more. Here is a very different take on how to improve productivity is when we learn how to say no to the good things.

Why freight moves so slowly on Indian roads
The frequently cited reasons for transport challenges in the country are poor highway infrastructure & administrative inefficiencies. However on a recent road trip Akshat Kaushal finds out how the poorly paid truck drivers slow down speeds to make a few extra bucks.

3 Conversations On Money That Every Parent Must Have With Their Child
As a parent I wonder about when and how to have this discussion. These 3 simple conversations should be useful.

The 12.5 things I learnt in 2015
Looking for some inspiration to kick-start the year on the right note. Read some of the lessons, which Alok Rodinhood Kejriwal shares from 2015. Simple and to the point.

Why I Stopped Helping People and You Should Too
We all grew up being taught how helping others was the true purpose of life. Its not entirely wrong. Random acts of kindness can change a person’s life in many instances. Cammi Pham shows how there is a flip side to this coin too.

Want to share an article to this list? Please do leave a comment with the link.

Weekend Reading #4


Here is the first weekend read for 2014. Hope you enjoy the collection. Love to hear your thoughts.

Ziferblat is London’s first pay-per-minute cafe, based on a Russian chain where ‘everything is free, except the time you spend there’ [The Guardian]

27 Unspoken Suit Rules Every Man Should Know – You can’t expect to look all dapper and gentlemanly without knowing Suiting 101 [Buzzfeed]

20 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids [Huffington Post]

Lessons learnt from Ogilvy. You don’t need to be an Ad guy to read this [Medium]

Excellent collection of 18 iPhone Apps you must consider [Bhatnaturally]

Weekend Reading #3


This will be the last Weekend for 2013 and I am sure most of you will be busy preparing and putting your end of year plans into action. When you sit down for a break and sip your coffee, here are some interesting pieces for you to read.

How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to doing what you love [Brain Pickings]

“Life really begins when you have discovered that you can do anything you want”

Key points from a book written almost 63 years ago but yet holds some relevance to understand what we want from our work and how it impacts our life interests.

How to Eat Curry [The Guardian]
A fun guide on how a foreigner advises readers to pick & eat curry the right way.

Misconceptions of being healthy [Medium]
The writer shares his experience on how he got himself into the gym and the fact that he regrets having not started a healthy lifestyle 3 years ago itself. Read this, might motivate you to hit the gym too. It at least got me thinking of fitting in some exercise into my schedule.

Marriage isn’t for you [Seth Adam Seth]
Don’t let the title mis-lead you. The author gives an interesting perspective on what should be your role and expectation from a marriage. Read it – No matter what your Marital Status is.

Weekend Reading #2


This is my second post in what I am trying to do every Friday. Here I put together 5 interesting articles which I read during the week and think you too should spend some time reading over the weekend.

Let me know if you’ve read something interesting and I would be happy to share it here. Better yet, wrote something yourself? Share the link.

The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself Today [Huffington Post]

If you find yourself wanting something month after month, year after year, yet nothing happens and you never come any closer to it, then maybe what you actually want is a fantasy, an idealization, an image and a false promise. Maybe you don’t actually want it at all.

10 brands that changed the world [Ad Week]
Brands which don’t merely influence our spending habits but determine who we are.

The art of letting your daughter go [Daily Mail]
A father describes the feelings he goes through as the daughter gets set for University away from home.

Sachin Tendulkar’s Farewell Speech [YouTube Link]
One of the greatest batsmen decided to bid farewell to the gentlemen’s game. If you didn’t see how humble and splendid he was even in his farewell speech, you’ve missed something big. Watch this. Lots to learn.

How to Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs [Food52]
I’ve been a big fan of scrambled eggs. Have made many attempts to perfect it and get it to taste SUPER YUM every time. Here’s a good collection of tips and tricks to get it right.

Weekend Reading #1


On Fridays I try and pick 5 articles which I have read during the week and think you should read them too.

If you read something interesting, share it with me on twitter @kapilb or leave a comment here.