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Short read: Successful entrepreneurs don’t worry about being different

When six years ago the founders of Marcellus put their life’s savings on the line to create the firm, they realised that becoming an entrepreneur is not everyone’s cup of tea. This short piece by the broadcaster Evan Davis struck a chord with us: “In the interview series The Decisions That Made Me a Leader, […]

Jun 24 . 2 MIN READ
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Short read: For Bengalis who left their home in Bangladesh, a new tour can take them to their desher bari

Several of us in Marcellus are the children or grandchildren of those who migrated to India during the Partition. In such families, discussion regarding the ancestral home (or “desher bari” as it is known in Bangla) takes on an almost mythical dimension. An enterprising company in Kolkata has built a business around this yearning that […]

Jun 24 . 3 MIN READ
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Long read: Learning to Slow Down Time

We often complain how time flies. Implicit in this is a feeling that we are not able to make the most of what is a limited lifespan. This blog highlights research which explains why that happens and what we can do to ‘slow down’ time and make the most of our lives. The author talks […]

Jun 24 . 5 MIN READ
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Long read: The Great American Poisoning

Last month, we featured this piece about how ultra-processed foods are affecting our bodies. This piece builds on it by showing how the processed food industry is actually incentivised to cause harm. Before that, the article reiterates the gravity of the situation: “In 1990, zero states had obesity rates above 20%. As of 2018, zero states had […]

Jun 24 . 3 MIN READ
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Long read: How the West has been misreading China for years

In the ranks of experts on China, Frank Dikotter is in the premier league thanks to the insightful books he has published on Chinese politics and society over the past four decades. Mr Dikotter is the author of the “People’s Trilogy” about China under Mao Zedong and has been chair professor of humanities at the […]

Jun 24 . 4 MIN READ
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Short read: Like people, elephants call each other by name

We, human beings, might consider ourselves to be the most powerful species on the planet. But as the introduction to this article puts it, science keeps questioning that. Something that we believe is unique to us – our names for identifiers, is apparently not that unique either. The article talks about research by Michael Pardo […]

Jun 17 . 2 MIN READ
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Short read: What does coffee do to your body?

Coffee has been consumed for the past 1500 years and it is the most widely consumed psycho-active drug in the world. Its impact is so great that it is thought to have stimulated the birth of the ideas which led to the Enlightenment in the Western world. Today, 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed […]

Jun 17 . 2 MIN READ
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Short read: How Much Do Parties’ Digital Campaigns Cost?

The Wire has managed to collect data on how much India’s political parties spent on their digital campaigns for the 2024 General Elections. Whilst some of this data is on expected lines (eg. “India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party emerged as the primary spender of Google Ads, spending Rs 116 crores within the initial five months of […]

Jun 17 . 2 MIN READ
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Long read: Rules for the ruling class

We have been highlighting the rise of a new elite in India in blogs such as this one. Here’s a well researched piece in The New Yorker talking about this phenomenon of elite circulation at the global level as well as throughout history. The sub-title of the article gives you a sense of what to expect […]

Jun 17 . 6 MIN READ
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Long read: 2024 Commencement Address by Roger Federer at Dartmouth

Roger Federer is endearing to many for reasons not just restricted to his tennis. His demeanour much like his game was full of grace. And his commencement address to the students of Dartmouth last week was no different – filled with wit, grace and humility. He talks about life lessons learnt from Tennis. One of […]

Jun 17 . 2 MIN READ
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Long read: Learning to be happier

Bruce Hood is professor of developmental psychology in society at the University of Bristol in the UK. He’s also the author of ‘The Science of Happiness: Seven Lessons for Living Well’ (2024). In this insightful long essay, he explains why a lunchtime course he offered to the stressed out students at the prestigious university not only made […]

Jun 17 . 5 MIN READ
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Short read: India at Cannes: What does Payal Kapadia’s win mean for our film industry

India’s growing stature in the world is underpinned by the fact that it is the world’s fastest growing large economy. But alongside economic power comes its emergence in other fields such as in sport – whether it is its improving medals tally at the Olympics or churning out chess grandmasters, and the arts and culture […]

Jun 10 . 3 MIN READ

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