“Ideally, we lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world — in short, we become more critical and more capacious in our thinking and our acting.”

Articles, interviews, profiles and musings sourced from some of our favourite websites from India & around the world.

# 1 Sleeping Together, Harper’s magazine

The interesting and the absurd come together in this story about the newest Japanese phenomena – sleep buddies, without benefits. Japanese culture seldom ceases to surprise me.

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# 2 The Third Man, The New Yorker

A stunning profile of the third man – Novak Djokovic

“I never wanted to step away from who I am and what I do and what I want. I wanted to fully commit to this life, and, on the other hand, I needed to understand how I needed to go about things on and off the court in order to be the world’s best, and that’s where the adjustment comes.”

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# 3 10 Lessons Learned with the Heart of a Photographer, National Geographic

As a lead up to the Delhi Photo Fest 2013, we’ve been going on a photography overdrive; through this article, step into the world behind the lens, and tap into the wonderings of a photographer.

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# 4 Dappled Things: Pinkhassov on Instagram, The New Inquiry

Decoding the debate between ‘new-age’ photography, and how to adapt to the changing world. As photographer Pinkhassov expresses, the medium may change, but the skill and the keen eye remains.

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# 5 A Tale of Two Exclusives, Open – The Magazine

While making sweeping generalizations may be unfair, it is safe to say that there are very few people who take ownership for their actions today. It gets more dangerous when, like Goswami and Dutt, you’re an emissary of Indian journalism.

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# 6 Inside Law: Political Ads in India, Wall Street Journal

A factual, articulate and guileless take on the wrong-doings in our political systems, beginning with gross misuse of public funds. Makes me think – when will we wake up?

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# 7 Be All Your Selves: Joss Whedon’s 2013 Wesleyan Commencement Address on Embracing Our Inner Contradictions, Brain Pickings 

“This contradiction, and this tension… it never goes away. And if you think that achieving something, if you think that solving something, if you think a career or a relationship will quiet that voice, it will not. If you think that happiness means total peace, you will never be happy. Peace comes from the acceptance of the part of you that can never be at peace.”

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# 8 This Man Moved to a Desert Island to Disappear. Here’s What Happened, New Republic

If the world is divided into two – one which is in a perpetual existential crisis, the other that’s escaping from it – this story tells the {true} story of a man who’s stuck somewhere in between. A reflection on today’s times; chasing escape and solace; the creation of a ‘market’ that caters to the lonely.

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