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The step-by-step process I used to learn 4 programming languages and clear a difficult interview.

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In college, I had to learn three programming languages. For preparing for job interviews, I learned a fourth, a completely new one. As technology evolves every year, being a techie means I have to keep updating my technical skills beyond these four languages if I want to grow in my field. Thankfully, learning a new skill is no longer daunting for me ever since I started using learning journey maps to systematize and increase the efficiency of what I learn.

Doing so has helped me top university among a batch of 400+ students, pick up four programming languages with professional…


The end of a lengthy terminal illness affects each member of the family in its own ways

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I lost my father to cancer in 2008.

His loss was the end of a year-long struggle with the disease. That year, according to WHO reports, 7.6 million people lost their lives to cancer. The number mounts still. 2018 registered 18.1 million cancer-related deaths.

It’s true when they say that unlike other diseases, cancer doesn’t just affect the patient’s body. Studies show, and the sufferer’s peers agree, that it deeply affects their family and friends too.

My experience is a testimony to this statement. …


The detailed plan that cut my food costs in half, cleared my skin, and helped me lose weight sustainably

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I remember the wintry nights of December 2019 when I used to finish a 300 ml ice-cream tub all by myself in a matter of an hour or two. Yes, the ice-cream melted. But I hardly cared.

That I’d already gobbled up a ten-inch pizza before this didn’t deter me.

I knew something was wrong with me when copious amounts of the tastiest junk foods stopped satiating my hunger. …


Pick “Sapiens,” whether you’re a reader or not

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After turning the last page on “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” yesterday, I realized I might have read the greatest non-fiction book ever written.

Think of it. A carefully curated timeline of a million events in history culminates into this singular moment: you sitting on your bed, scrolling on your phone, reading and comprehending this article. Everything you consume, think, breathe, talk about, worship, and do is an arrow pointing back in history. It goes back to when our ancestors did all this for the first time and paved the way for their descendants’ lives 700 centuries later.

In…


A four-step routine I use to clear my foggy brain and get back on track with doing things.

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Ever felt there’s a lot to do but can’t get anything done? No matter how much you try, you can’t think straight. Your brain feels like a foggy mess. Creating to-do lists have lost their power too. The day passes by in a daze, and your work has piled up.

I feel this a lot. An anxious person suffering from chronic overthinking, I often lose track of things to do. Before I know it, I have a large pile of pending work, both personal and professional. Life, however, goes on, and the deadlines remain. I know I must get going…


I tested the veracity of this strange claim

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“Umm…what?”

“It’s a well-known fact. Only food, boobs, and scenery get you relaxed,” remarked my frivolous friend. For those of you who’re wondering, yes, my friend is a sucker for food and sex, much like Joey Tribbiani from the popular American sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

“I want girls on bread.”

“Speak for yourself,” I laughed in his face and smacked him on the head.

“You don’t believe me? I’ll prove it to you.”

We had nothing better to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. As strange as this was, we got to testing the veracity of this claim on the internet.

The…


What I learned after 6 months of journaling regularly

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Something I’d never imagined in my wildest dreams is about to come true: I am nearing the end of my first journal as an adult.

Sure, I wrote daily diary entries as a teenager. It included details of what I did in school, how many times I saw my crush that day, and the secrets my best friend told me that I couldn’t share anywhere else. However, as I entered college, habits like diary writing faded into oblivion. I thought I’d never been able to maintain a journal again. …


Get out of your own head and your own way

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“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

On Day 3 of my 30-day emotional mastery assignment, my coach asked me to enlist 10 of my life’s problems in my journal. How many pages do you think I filled doing this? 1, 2, or 4?

You’d be surprised to know.

I rambled on for 6 pages back and forth about 10 problems in my life. This is funny because when he…


Why we must encourage this more

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“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers

Imagine being sick and placed under a restraining order not to discuss what you feel. You’d be choked, wouldn’t you?

Then why shy away from discussing mental health at work? The place where we spend the majority of the time?

Thanks to the tectonic changes the COVID-19 lockdown has brought, our mental health has gone for a toss over the last year.


Why they’re worth revisiting

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Do you find yourself going back to particular books? No matter how big your TBR is, you keep rereading them. These books feel like comfort. They feel like home. They reassure you, much like Grandma’s tales.

I have a few such comfort books. Despite the pile of new books waiting to be read, I keep rereading these in parts or whole, be it for a nugget of invaluable wisdom or to embrace their familiar feeling. Yes, these books that good. Oscar Wilde justifies their excellence aptly in his quote.

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again…

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