Money alone can’t keep you going

How do we wring dry monetary potential from every waking second?

Though cliché, “time is money” is the central mantra to twenty/thirty-something-year-old today. We are all capitalists now, whipping ourselves for greater and greater productivity for the sake of early retirement, if not wealth of Amazonian proportions. …


Fiction Friday

Cigarette smoke recalled better times. Were he a childless bachelor again, Amin could spend a lifetime at that nameless street, inhaling secondhand smoke and reminiscing about Hasan.

Hasan would smoke in the same manner: always anchored with one foot to the wall behind him. The only difference was that, unlike…


It’s all about ‘em data structures

We often automate data verification to increase efficiency and accuracy. This has been the case in my project at least, where, without more sophisticated options, I’m left coding Excel macros to do the job for me and my team, as we engage in system testing and data migration.

If you’re…


Authenticity requires more than casual cherry-picking

In the Attention Economy, the pen is mightier than the sword. We writers compete for attention, hacking away at our competitors with every piece we publish. Yes, we hack. Volume is more relevant today than quality; the days where we admired the graceful swoops of the sword are long gone…


It was when Miles Miyagi lost his virginity that he also lost all passion for classical music. He described himself to me as a cicada and that moment as his great molting. …


Do it right and you might even get a thank you

You respect your manager. They’re the hardest worker in the room; their work ethic is not only impeccable, but unfathomable to the likes of you. While you sleep cozily after your shift, your manager is out reviewing your work and generating sky-high profits for the company. …


As told by one of the only two students in the class with an A

Once the usual pleasantries of the first day of class were over, our professor lifted her eyes from the syllabus to reveal a hard truth.

“By the way — and I mean this with all seriousness — I only give out two As per semester.”

Arranged in one large, perhaps…


It’s not a non-negotiable

Restaurants are a great place to judge a person, especially if you’re vegan. Our favorite appetizer is the question: What will they choose?

“As for the entrée, I’ll have the BLT, hold the B,” I say.

“OK, one BLT, no bacon,” translates the waiter.

“Hold the M too,” I add.


Those aren’t mines going off, stupid. It’s Diwali.

Sushmita was cognizant of this when she woke up that morning, of course; but the sounds of Saving Private Ryan flung her off the couch at 6:32 P.M, leaving her discombobulated and pissed. …


The fundamentals of confident growth

I’m a superhero. When clients need code, it’s me they call.

You need to verify a spreadsheet against database records?
Done.
Automate invoice generation?
Done.
Mockup what your early-2000s website could look like with 2020 tech?
Done.

It doesn’t matter whether everyone and their poodle is out there learning to…

Rahul D. Ghosal

Japanese-speaking environmentalist and tech nerd. Essays and short stories are my thing.

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