The Annihilation of Caste

Published in 1936, ‘The Annihilation of caste’ is a scathing attack on the evil roots of caste system in India by Dr. Ambedkar. More than 80 years have passed since Dr. Ambedkar originally intended to deliver this speech, we got independence and 14 different prime ministers have run their governments. Unfortunately, nothing has changed. The… Continue reading The Annihilation of Caste

World After Capital

Coming from a venture capitalist who funded companies like MongoDB and Etsy, this book is such a great revelation. You would think a VC would argue for more capital creation mechanisms and less government regulations. Wenger instead proposes to move away capital as it is abundant everywhere and embrace pursuit of knowledge. Financial capital in… Continue reading World After Capital

Taming the Sun

From the outset, one thing is clear. Varun loves going solar. Who doesn’t? It’s cheap (~now), it’s carbon free, and it’s everywhere. Well, install lot of solar panels and let the markets figure out rest of the stuff. Like all the questions in life, the answer is not so simple. Imagine having an erratic partner… Continue reading Taming the Sun

What Money Can’t Buy

Ever wondered how everything in the last decade has become increasingly commercialised? This book is a compelling and engaging account of some of the things that should not be treated as commodities, but somehow market based thinking justified putting a price on them. Putting a price on a certain thing would create a market for… Continue reading What Money Can’t Buy

Midnight in Chernobyl

Chernobyl is a terrible nuclear disaster that ultimately sealed the fate of nuclear power. Otherwise, we would be shimmering with mini-nuclear reactors in every state by now. Why would a nuclear reactor fail as it is designed with all the fail safe systems to protect it from every perceivable failure? There is no failsafe against… Continue reading Midnight in Chernobyl