Weekend Reading

This week’s links:

  • Wilderness of Childhood: by Michael Chabon in New York Review of Books. “Art is a form of exploration, of sailing off into the unknown alone, heading for those unmarked places on the map. If children are not permitted—not taught—to be adventurers and explorers as children, what will become of the world of adventure, of stories, of literature itself?”
  • Can David Cameron Redefine Britain’s Tory Party? From the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Lessons may be applicable for India’s BJP also. “Conservatives — or Tories, as they are also called — are counting on Cameron to rescue them from the ideological confusion and public contempt that has been their lot since New Labour, behind Tony Blair, drove them from power in 1997, handing the party its worst drubbing since its founding in the 1830s.”
  • Board games are back: from Fortune. “By appealing to young, adrenalin-driven consumers, hobby games like Blokus have scrambled ahead of Scrabble and other traditional games…Unlike classic board games, these hobby games focus on quick game-play — generally, a full game can be played in less than an hour — and are designed to be different every time. They also incorporate more strategy, challenging players to earn points in multiple ways by, for instance, solving a puzzle or stealing pieces from their opponents.”
  • India’s Budget – Hopes Suspended: from The Economist. “It was inevitable that the new government’s first budget would be overwhelmed by the weight of expectations. When Mr Mukherjee gives his next budget, perhaps the reform traffic may be running more smoothly.”
  • Manage for Abundance, not Scarcity: by Chris Anderson in Wired. “We’re good at scarcity thinking — it’s the 20th-century organizational model. Now we have to get good at abundance thinking, too.”

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Rajesh Jain

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