December 2019 and January 2020


  • CR: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down 
  • In December, read a book that’s definitely made it onto my list of favorites: The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai
  • The House on Mango Street
  • I Wish You All The Best (similar to Autoboyography in its focus on a singular character coming to terms with their own identity; here, an nb kid thrown out by their parents)
  • The Bride Test (rom-com with interesting commentary on immigration)



The Jaipur Literature Festival notes

  • Anarchy with William Dalrymple: On the East India Company’s origins as a private joint-stock company, and its rise to power.
  • Poor Economics with Abhijit Banerjee: Quick overview of the major studies in the book. Not too insightful, but definitely so much !!! to see him live and to get my book signed!
  • Journeys, A Poet’s Diaries with Guillermo Rodriguez and Krishna Ramanujan: Deep dive into the life and mind of A.K. Ramanujan, a really interesting poet we’re studying in class. Favourite sentence: “Time seems to have held its breath on a semi-colon here, and space has a vague slow curve going round us all over.”
  • Poetry Durbar: A Marathi, Punjabi, Hindi, and Kashmiri poet
  • Winner Takes All with Anand Giridhardas: Was quite excited to see him. He’s such a great speaker and has such a presence, but I think I will have to read the book to be sold on his ideas.
  • Jaipur Journals with Shashi Tharoor and Namita Gokhale: About fiction with the backdrop of JLF. Not too hard-hitting, definitely interesting.
  • AI and Creativity with Marcus du Sautoy: I proudly inform everyone that I differentiated the real Rembrandt from the AI-made Rembrandt fake and the human art from AI art correctly!


  • John Mulaney’s specials: New in Town, Comeback Kid, The Sack Lunch Bunch
  • The Politician Season 1
  • Patriot Act Deep Cuts
  • Rewatched Queen 

November 2019

Books, poetry

  • The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan (!!!!!!! excellent.) some favourites essays/stories:
  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  • Autoboyography, by Christina Lauren
  • Sandhya Menon’s fiction: never knew how much fun it is to read Indian characters in traditional YA till now
  • The Flatshare, by Beth O’Leary (for (a) wonderful main and supporting characters, (b) the portrayal of emotional abuse)
  • Read for school and greatly enjoyed
  • Trying out DNFing books I don’t feel like reading. Among others:
    • Sick, by Porochista Kharpour (not the writing style I want right now)
    • Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit (didn’t really learn much from the essays) (titular essay: Men Explain Things to Me – Guernica)
    • On the Move, by Oliver Sacks (really liked it, will read the rest later.)
  • CR: Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou
  • TBR: When Breath Becomes Air, The House on Mango Street, The Raven Cycle

Essays, blog posts, articles, news:

Video, podcasts

College application-related things (things that made me feel better while waiting for decisions)


  • Anne with An E season 3 (really liking where the Native history arc was going, sad that show is cancelled)
  • Atypical season 3 (character development!)
  • Patriot Act, everything recent
  • The Great Gatsby (the movie)
  • More video essays on Three Billboards and other films

October 2019


Books etc.

  • The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot (reading this for school; very very very much enjoying it. a game of chess is my favorite part so far.)
  • CR: On The Move, Oliver Sacks’ autobiography.
  • Re-read Mountains Beyond Mountains. 
  • Finished Waiting for Godot, found it brilliant. Here’s a great video about it.
  • Somehow found and read 2 rom-coms with the backdrop of a US presidential election.





July – September 2019




  • The Ezra Klein Show – Contrapoints on taking the trolls seriously
  • The Weeds – Trump’s war on Medicaid
  • Radiolab – Unfit



  • loads of reading on contact theory
  • some reading on educational interventions at a primary school level
  • Sarah Pinto’s The Draupadi Strategy: Crafting Autonomy Between Marriage and Sex-work
  • reading Waiting for Godot in school, I am really really enjoying it

as if I’m on the moon listening to the air hiss
out of my spacesuit, and I can’t find the rip. I’m
the vice president of panic and the president is


June 2019

(Clearly, I’m still figuring out these categories.)

Talks and podcast episodes


  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • To Repair the World , a collection of Paul Farmer’s speeches
  • CR: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and Reimagining Global Health

Articles and blog posts


May 2019

Health and development

Articles I liked

Fun things

  • Crash Course Anatomy and Physiology (incredible animations!)
  • Ze Frank’s True Facts series on YouTube
  • My Year of Saying Yes to Everything, Shonda Rhimes
  • Nathan Pyle’s comics
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed, a podcast by John Green
  • The 2015 film The Little Prince

April 2019

Content that I valued this month.



News stories


  • A TED talk on how doctors can help low income patients (tl;dr providing services to those on Medicaid, providing walk in services rather than having appointments, reinvesting a certain amount of profits into the community) while making a profit.
  • Looking upstream in healthcare
  • Revisited an old favourite by Alain de Botton on success
  • Heard a few episodes of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text after a long, long time (it makes me feel so warm and happy!)