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My name’s Mani Karthik and I’m a blogger. I’ve been one since 2005, and on this blog, I share everything that I learn in life – from tech to food, spirituality to health and finance to random thoughts. When I started in 2005, this was a humble blog. But today, about 100,000 people visit it every month. Many of them have become my friends today. Blogging is an amazing platform to share knowledge and I’m glad to have helped many people by sharing what I know. If you liked what you read here today, please let me know on Facebook. I’m originally from India but live in Los Angeles currently and visit India occasionally. If you want to say hi, do send me an email at [email protected] or follow me on Twitter (@manikarthik).

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Jose Veloso Salgado’s painting 1898 - Vasco da Gama perante o Samorim

Jose Veloso Salgado’s painting 1898 - :Vasco da Gama Perante O Samorim"

How India Discovered Vasco da Gama

In this amazing talk, Sanjay Subramanyam talks about the historic figure Vasco Da Gama and his "not so popular" perspectives and traits as mentioned in texts of that era by others. This talk will reveal how Vasco da Gama appears to be certain times, a cheat,...

Did Ancient Indians Actually Fly Aircrafts?

So, we've all heard the news - someone at a science conference in India is reported to have mentioned about aircrafts being flown in ancient India, and that too interplanetary. And there has been sharp criticism from different sectors all around including scientists...

An Open Letter To Shenaz Treasuryvala

So, I read Shenaz Treasurywallah's Open Letter. Some great points and arguments in it. Here's my two cents. Shenaz, Your letter is nothing but gender biasing bullshit. Why are you assuming that it's a battle of men and women, when it comes to abuse? You keep saying...

What makes us happy?

Jennifer Aaker, General Atlantic professor of Marketing, Stanford Business School, discusses her research into what makes us truly happy, and how our concept of happiness changes as we age.  

Here’s why your Facebook feed sucks

Seeing updates from people you don't even know? You're not alone. Facebook had several algorithm updates (stuff by which it figures out what you like and don't) over the last couple of months and apparently, things have become worse than getting better, at least for...

What happens to your online data after you’ve gone?

So, imagine you have all your data stored in GMail - your documents, bank details, accounts etc and you get into an unfortunate event like an accident where you are not able to access your account. You want to share the important information you shared with your...

Meditation can reshape your brains – Neuroscientist

In this video, Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist, explains with scientific evidence & brain scans how meditation actually changes the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress. Full...

My Favorite Productivity Hacks

1. Supporting Ambient Music I like to listen to music when I work. Well, most of the times. Especially when I'm alone or at home. At work, I don't listen to music because I'm cautious of my attention and wouldn't want to bother others. People might want to talk to you...