“I guess there’s something about newsletters that bugs me, and I can’t put my finger on it,” writes Robin Rendle and asks the big question: why publishing on the web is still so hard that people want to publish newsletters. You want to read it, because the presentation is fantastic! Read article on Robin Rendle Continue reading The Why of Newsletters

A few weeks ago, I wandered and wondered among the redwoods, hoping that their magnificence and their silence would allow me space to think about some things that have been on my mind. One of these has been my newsletter — specifically, its ambiguous nature and what I should do about it.  I have struggled with completing … Continue reading Some Changes

Every photo tells a story. And there is a story behind every image. As a writer, I found myself restricted by the social platforms when it came to telling that story. I believe we all deserve more than a blink of an eye for our work. The web allows me to share higher quality images … Continue reading Photos By Om Newsletter

Write like a human

Given that I have been writing three decades, including eighteen-plus years a blogger, I am hardly surprised that I am repeatedly asked: how should I write? And my answer is always the same — write like a human.  We are getting buried under freeze-dried news reports and hot takes that make supermarket baloney feel like a … Continue reading Write like a human

Some Good Reads

We often hear talk about racial bias in artificial intelligence. This week, I read an article that reinforced my belief that all technology has a bias. Take photography as an example. I have to admit, Wired UK is the Wired I want to read all the time. I mean, who else would publish a riveting … Continue reading Some Good Reads

Some Good Reads

Summer is almost here. And soon, we will be wearing the Polo Shirt. Maybe it is time you learn about the history of the Polo Shirt. Right? Did IBM Watson overpromise and underdeliver on AI healthcare? IEEE Spectrum digs into what some of us always thought was really just one big marketing push — or as … Continue reading Some Good Reads

The Golden Age of Half-Truths

Long ago, in a time before the iPad, YouTube and even the Internet, we our entertainment came from stories told to us in books or by our parents and grandparents. Some kids were lucky enough to have access to magical, technological marvels like televisions and radios, but we were not that class of people. My mother used to read me stories from Indian mythology, and nothing got me more excited than the Mahabharata. Decades later, whenever I find myself thinking a lot about the difficulty of distinguishing what is actually real in our modern news cycles, I often go back to one of the stories in that epic tale.

Here is the CliffsNotes version: Continue reading “The Golden Age of Half-Truths”

What to read this weekend

Baseball season is here. March is already done and dusted. Let’s just say it is time for some serious spring cleaning. And for me, that means clearing out all those links that had piled up in my Pocket account. I have been reading more than usual for the past few weeks, mostly due to my health has slowed me down, and I was forced to take it easy and recover properly.

As an aside, with the clock turning on March, I have been in San Francisco for sixteen years at a stretch, eighteen in total, and yet I don’t feel like it is home. I have formed many great friendships. I have become part of two partnerships. I love the weather. The food scene is fantastic. The medical system in the city is the sole reason I am alive.

And yet, somehow it doesn’t feel like home. I guess when you are born somewhere, grew up elsewhere and are living in another place; you are never sure about the location of your axis, around which your life revolves. Ten years ago, I had the same feelings about San Francisco. This is what I wrote then:

Our physical interaction with a place defines how we feel about that place. New York’s streets and corners have a story attached to them, and I guess that gives a sense of belonging, and in the process act as markers on the timeline called life. I don’t feel that same way about San Francisco, even though I have lived here for ten years. I guess it will always be a place where I live, just not home.

I don’t quite know what will be my next destination. Continue reading “What to read this weekend”

What’s Worth Reading

This selections are from weekly newsletter, that is shared with subscribers over the weekend. “It doesn’t matter how many people hate your brand as long as enough people love it.” Phil Knight, Nike. WHAT I READ THIS WEEK Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox: Lina Khan’s been reading my journal, or so it seems because I am in … Continue reading What’s Worth Reading