We’re all consumers of a cluster of content and this section is intended to be a link to certain parts of the web that I’ve enjoyed discovering. Of varied lengths, topics and interests here’s some potpourri!

[I first saw this concept in the newsletters of my university senior, Tejas Rao and his shares have been such interesting reads. I would definitely recommend subscribing to his newsletter at https://tejasrao.net/newsletter/.]

WORDS THAT STICK

One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”

Annie Dillard, ‘Write Till You Drop’ https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/99/03/28/specials/dillard-drop.html

WHAT’S DOWN UNDER?

I tried scuba diving in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands around eight years ago. It was a big step since I had always seen myself as a person who was scared of water. But once we started going under- the biodiversity, the array of colours and an eerie sense of peace was all the distraction I needed.

This descriptive piece puts you right in the middle of all this. Through the lens of a French biologist who made the deepest dive in Antartica, click to read more and see more: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/07/under-antarctica-frozen-beauty-exotic-creatures-penguins/

GETS ME EVERYTIME.

Digging up old photographs is a part and parcel of the lockdown. This one is about what the nostalgic piece of film can and cannot do.

There are some pieces of writing that you come across and somehow keep coming back for more. This short read is highly deceptive, in that it always feels like I’m reading it for the first time, every time. : http://12rupees.blogspot.com/2014/04/black-whte-and-still.html

MORE TO FOOD THAN MEETS THE EYE.

As Samin Nosrat points out any food item is based on four simple components. Yet the combinations in which they interact are unpredictable. There’s more science and reasoning involved than we give a homecook credit for. Here’s an article about the science behind a simple marshmallow and how sugar does much more than being just sweet: https://cravingsofafoodscientist.com/2019/06/25/experiment-in-sugar-reduction-marshmallow-chemistry/

LISTEN!

Fantastic Negrito has a tumultuous life story from being in a coma to having to shut down business. He channels all this emotion driven passion into his music and I’d highly recommend listening to ‘An Honest Man’ to set the beat tonight. [Genre:Rock] https://open.spotify.com/track/01Cr7MlISmoh8gMlZBjpko?si=a5dsHT8mT-GccjXe92qibw

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