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Recommendations on 5 essays, 4 newsletters, 3 podcasts, 2 poems and 1 TV series all worth your time

Hey readers!

Like I promised I am back after two weeks. NGL I am fiddling to write close to having a writer's block but I will still go ahead cause I have a lot to share.

It's the season of spring and nothing reminds me more of spring besides trees adorned with green leaves than fresh fruits. Peaches, melons, plums and mangoes as we inch towards summer. Here's your fortnightly bevy of mind bending ideas and perspectives from 5 mediums.

(If the cover fascinates you, check out Anjisdoodles for some drop-dead gorgeous illustration art)


1 TV Series

As much I procrastinate about watching movies over TV series and relish in period films/dramas Rocket Boys was a no-brainer. India’s first space programme. India’s first nuclear weapon. India’s first clutch of brilliant scientists - all in one. The series is shot beautifully and is delivered exceptionally by the cast. Behold as the journey unfolds, of two extraordinary men – Dr. Homi J. Bhabha and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.


2 Poems

Invisible Work by Alison Luterman

Because no one could ever praise me enough, because I don’t mean these poems only but the unseen

unbelievable effort it takes to live

the life that goes on between them,

I think all the time about invisible work.

...The work of my heart

is the work of the world’s heart.

There is no other art.

Achieving Perspective by Pattiann Rogers

Straight up away from this road,

Away from the fitted particles of frost

Coating the hull of each chick pea,

And the stiff archer bug making its way

In the morning dark, toe hair by toe hair,

Up the stem of the trillium,

Straight up through the sky above this road right now,

The galaxies of the Cygnus A cluster

Are colliding with each other in a massive swarm

Of interpenetrating and exploding catastrophes.

I try to remember that.


3 Podcasts

Bringing Data to Life with Information Designer Giorgia Lupi on Clever Podcast

Georgia Lupi is a true embodiment how data humanism can transform how we interpret data and the possibility of making it artistic. If you are a true nerd for infographics, Lupi's work will blowwww your mind. Check out her website for her other projects or learn more about it and her journey in this podcast.

Brené with Karen Walrond on Accessing Joy and Finding Connection in the Midst of Struggle on Unlocking Us Podcast

If you feel guilty about experiencing joy when the whole world is falling apart and wonder if it is too selfish for you then you should listen to this podcast.

Karen's exceptional explanation on the concept of ebb and flow, creating joy, establishing systems, how to get out of a slumber zone, journaling and so much more.

It's a fitting podcast for a morning run, radiating positivity.

The 'Ham Sandwich' Effect on The Modern Love Podcast

Do you fear your family when you color your hair? or when you eat something they disdain?

Ham Sandwich effect is the feeling of shame when you're breaking family tradition. The podcast deliberates on how a boy is unable to indulge in guilt free romantic relationship cause of this fear. Tune in to find out how to let go of this feeling.


4 Newsletters

Now that Substack has launched it's app you have to got to sign up for these newsletters:

Just Enough to Get Me in Trouble by Lyle Mckeany

This was probably the best read in the last week (No spoilers, read it). Lyle writes memoir-style stories with a dash of advice column.

The Imperfectionist by Oliver Burkeman

A bi-monthly email on productivity, mortality, the power of limits, and building a meaningful life in an age of bewilderment.

Affirmation Chickens by AC Shilton

Each Friday morning, a Good Spirits Farm hen will remind you that you’re doing cluckin’ awesome. Besides the affirmation, there’s usually a brief update on what’s happening on the farm, too.

The Half Marathoner by Terell Johnson

Exploring the ways running (and other pursuits!) help us find meaning — how they shape our mental and emotional health, our sense of possibility, and how they can spur us to strive for things we never thought we could.


5 Essays

Expression is Compression by David Perell

Delicious syrup is the goal, but it can be hard to know where to find sap.

On the process of how to alleviate your writing instincts, on expression and compression of thoughts/ideas.

The Osbick Bird: Edward Gorey’s Tender and Surprising Vintage Illustrated Allegory About the Meaning of True Love on The Marginalian

A vintage yet tender story on accepting the fate of sad endings and death

How to know what you really want on Psyche

"From career choices to new purchases, use René Girard’s mimetic theory to resist the herd and forge your own path in life"

In Long-Term Relationships, When Do You Find Yourself Most Drawn to Your Partner? by Esther Perel

Probably the most revered advisor on meaningful relationships talks about cultivating intimacy

Modern relationships are cauldrons of contradictory longings: safety and excitement, grounding and transcendence, the comfort of love and the heat of passion. We want it all and, in long-term monogamous relationships, we want it with one person. Reconciling the domestic and the erotic is a delicate balancing act that we achieve intermittently at best.

I am the healthiest person I know, and I got cancer by Seema

The most inspiring story I read on International Women's Day

Poignant yet inspiring journey of Seema Patil, wife of Zerodha co-founder Nithin Kamath, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in November last year. She talks about how regular health check-ups are irrefutable, the importance of insurance and so much more.


Thanks for reading. I hope you are breathing in the fresh air of spring, smelling the fragrance of blooming flowers and nibbling on fresh fruits.

As always, I appreciate your feedback (suggestions, critiques, positive reinforcement) as well ideas that inspire you, reading/podcast recommendations etc.

You can write to me on or connect with me on IG at _i__cook or use the comment section!

(I am running on crazy study schedules, so there might be a delay in response but I assure you that I will get back )

Until next time, happy reading :)


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