Issue 23: The Silent Coup, Facebook Files, Schema Conf, this and that
BOOK TO-READ: Josy Joseph, one of the finest investigation journalists and author of the A Feast Of Vultures — political non-fiction that talks about Indian business, government, and the muscle-money relation in Indian Politics, has come up with his next book, The Silent Coup, that talks about political corruption, money laundering, and issues that are threats to democracy. I got the book this morning, and that’s my only next-book-to-read / currently-reading for now!
BOOKS READ: Completed reading Vishnu M C’s Kaanthamalacharitham. It’s a refreshing take on the fantasy-adventure genre, with a non-Wikipedia-model historical fiction narration. The first few chapters are not attractive (poorly written, to be fair), but later it gains attention, building tension and excitement for the reader. It’s a three-part series and the second part is also available. I read Neelachadayan by Akhil K, and that’s one of the finest short story collections in Malayalam I have read in recent times.
SOCIAL MEDIA: WSJ’s released a series of stories — Facebook Files, that talks about the ‘known mental harm’ caused by Instagram on teenagers. The internal documents [PDF 1] and [PDF 2] and other reports are examined and explained. Listen to WSJ The Journal to know more.
EVENTS: Adobe Max 2021 is here. And this time, it’s virtual and free. Also, Figma is coming with Schema Conference; a single-day free event focused entirely on Design Systems.
KANNADA: Dunzorecently created a full-page advt that provides 101 to Kannada for non-Kannadigas in Bengaluru. Thoughtful and creative.
ADPLIST: ADPListintroduced group mentoring events that anyone can register to, and topics are kidilam. Do check.