Beat the Blues – Week #35 – Round-up

Here is a round-up of some of the most interesting content I came across in Week #35.

What I am currently reading:-


Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

One of the comedy world’s brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

Even if you are not a big fan of Trevor Noah (like how I was), you will be, by the end of the book.

Here’s a quote from the very first chapter where Noah describes an experience from his childhood where his mother and his 9-month old brother and himself were getting a ride on their way home from the church when they realized their lives were in danger. With no choice, Trevor’s mother throws him out of the moving car and jumps along with her infant and starts to run.

“Had I lived a different life, getting thrown out of a speeding minibus might have fazed me. I’d have stood there like an idiot, going, “What’s happening, Mom? Why are my legs so sore?” But there was none of that. Mom said “run,” and I ran. Like the gazelle runs from the lion, I ran.”

Wow, what courage and resilience must it have taken to beat such extreme adversity to make it out of that life and succeed as a comedian where he can laugh about it. Respect.

It reminds of the story of a black immigrant in Europe who saved the toddler that I shared a
few months back. 

What I am listening to:


Tim Urban of Wait But Why – Y Combinator

I am a huge fan of Tim Urban and have been on a
Wait But Why binging recently and this podcast with YC was nicely complements giving a peek into how he does what he does.

If you are not familiar with his work, you’re in for a treat. Start with his
famous Ted talk on Procrastination which is the second most viewed Ted Talks of all time. 

What I’ve been upto:-

Episode #14 – Saiman Shetty – Life at Tesla, Lyft, Mistakes as a founder, Not settling for status quo. 

We released a new episode on The Takeaway Club™ where I had a thoughtful conversation with Saiman Shetty, founder of 2 startups, ex-Tesla, ex-Lyft, who shares how his time in the US as a grad student was, the mistakes he made as a founder, work culture at the companies he’s worked for among other things.

A picture that puts everything in perspective:

It is a really long picture, courtesy Tim Urban:

Time in Perspective. 

A quote I am pondering:

“Chadwick was really out here shooting all of these huge action movies while fighting stage 4 colon cancer. Man. Strong isn’t even the word.”
Matthew A Cherry

Have a fantastic week.

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