Showing posts from 2015

Human Senses And Economics

I wonder how life would be like if the law of diminishing marginal utility applied to our five senses.

Smartphone And Life

I bought a smartphone to gain control over my life. The smartphone turned out to be so smart that it has gained control over me. 


A writer can make you see things that images can not. 

Ideas And Society

I am spinning in my orbit while circling in someone else's orbit. 


Our health, wealth, and happiness greatly depends on our ability to control our mouths. 


Confusion causes conflict. 


"When experience becomes a remembrance, that remembrance destroys creative understanding." - Krishnamurti


Even fiction that does not fit into our worldview, bothers us. 

Education and Practice

Subjects are taught in generalities. Learned in universalities. Hence, not practiced contextually. 

Reality And Illusions

When reality becomes too difficult, we create illusions to cope with it. 

50th Year of Wisdom from Buffett and Munger

On May 2nd, 2015, I was in Omaha to participate in my annual ritual of attending the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting. I like Warren Buffett and I absolutely adore Charlie Munger. Both are my heroes. They are full of wisdom and have shaped my thinking. 40,000 people standing in line to get into a shareholder meeting!  Following are highlights from the meeting: Human Behavior 1. For some reason, no-haggling business breaks down after a while. People say that they don’t like to negotiate but they like getting a deal especially on big-ticket items. 2. “If people were not often wrong, we would not be so rich.” – Munger 3. There is no formula for buying businesses. Do business with people you trust. 4. When ego is involved people tend to do things that they are not supposed to do. 5. Jack Ringwalt, former CEO of National Indemnity, used to yell at his subordinate every time he brought the news of claims to be paid. The subordinate did not like to be yelled

Defying Gravity

A few pennies in the vase can make the flowers defy gravity. 

Apple Watch In The Eyes Of A Fashion Insider

Do you love me? With the anticipated Apple Watch launch announcement on March 9th,   I sought a fashion-insider's perspective on wearable devices and the Apple Watch in particular. With an eye to style, aesthetics and fashion, I spoke with Christine Campbell, President of Crimson Mim, an independent women's boutique located in the heart of Silicon Valley. I have known Christine for a few years and serve on the advisory board of Crimson Mim. In general, fashion industry insiders are not happy with how the Apple Watch looks. Since, Apple is trying to sell Apple Watch as a jewelry item, I thought it would be insightful to talk to someone from the fashion industry. Following is our conversation: Chander: What's your take on the state of wearable devices? Christine: The fall of 2013 seemed to be the peek of fitness wearable devices at least among women in Silicon Valley. Almost every customer who came in was wearing one. Now, I'd say, it's one in ten,