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The nation that thrived by ‘nudging’ its population

Singapore has grown from almost nothing in 50 years. And this well-regarded society has been built up, partly, thanks to the power of suggestion.<p>“Kopi lah,” says the elderly Singaporean man, leaning against the counter of the café. The stall holder hands him a bag filled with thick, creamy coffee …

Lee Kuan Yew

The Best Crime Novels of 2017

Ho, ho, ho! Let Jolly Santa hand out his boring, politically correct presents to all the good boys and girls. Here comes Bad Santa with a sack of the year’s best crime and mystery thrillers, full of psychos and sickos for the naughty kids.<p>First to crawl out of the bag is Jo Nesbo’s monstrous …

Books

17 Numbers About India That Sound Fake But Are Completely Factual

True story.

David Hare: ‘For every hour you write a screenplay, you spend 10 defending it’

The playwright and screenwriter on dilettante script editors, Bafta club bores and the simple truth about who should, and shouldn’t, be allowed to ‘improve’ your scripts<p>Every morning, Monday to Friday, I get up at 7am and make my wife breakfast in bed. She always wants something salty. I enjoy …

16 Fascinating Maps That'll Change Your Perception Of India

This includes a *real* map from NASA that shows what India looks like at night.

This Font Makes Graphics Out Of Numbers In Seconds

Inspired by Edward Tufte’s “sparklines,” the typeface turns typed numerals into inline data visualizations.<p>Data is always more accurate and informative in context. Take Hurricane Harvey, for example. Some parts of Houston had more than 50 inches of rain. But it’s hard to understand just how crazy …

The lies Brits tell themselves about how they left behind a better India

In May 2015, Shashi Tharoor, a former undersecretary general of the United Nations and a current member of India’s parliament, gave a stirring speech at a debate in the Oxford Union<b>.</b> He was speaking for the proposition that “Britain owes reparations to her former colonies.” The speech went viral, …

India

These Posters Show How Opposites Come Together To Make India A Land Of Beautiful Chaos

NBA star Kevin Durant came to India and decided to call it '20 years behind.' To many of us Indians, it did pinch a little but what he said wasn't …

Company In India Gives Women A Day Off If Their Period Is Painful

Public discussion of periods is still a taboo in many parts of the world. But this week in India, everybody's talking about the topic.<p>The reason: an announcement by a Mumbai media firm called Culture Machine: The company has announced that its 75 women employees could take the first day of their …

Menstruation

7 books every market researcher should read

In my recent post, <i>7 Habits Of Highly Successful Market Researchers</i><i>,</i> I argued that modern insight professionals should seek out fresh insights. In …

Self-improvement

10 Books From The Fantasy Genre You Probably Haven't Read (But Should)

Fantasy is one of those genres with a couple of heavy hitters. You can hate fantasy as much as you want, but you still know that Hogwarts is a school …

Books

Hyderabadi haleem: Tracing the history and hype over the city's favourite Ramzan dish - Firstpost

It’s Ramzan (or Ramadan) and the streets of Hyderabad have sprung alive with thronging crowds spreading gaiety and festivity. A major contributor to …

15 reasons why Iceland is the most fascinating country on the planet

Did you know Iceland inspired Led Zeppelin to write the Immigrant Song?<p>Yes, Robert Plant and co were so moved by the “land of ice and snow” while playing a gig in the capital Reykjavik that they decided to pay homage to the nation in verse, and wrote and finessed the track in just six days, in time …

European Travel

How Lego clicked: the brand that reinvented itself

The revival of Lego has been hailed as the greatest turnaround in corporate history, ousting Ferrari as the world’s most powerful brand. Johnny Davis reports<p>From its founding in 1932 until 1998, Lego had never posted a loss. By 2003 it was in big trouble. Sales were down 30% year-on-year and it was …

A new documentary gives a fascinating look into how Indian arranged marriages actually work

"A Suitable Girl," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week in New York City, beautifully captures this topic. The documentary — directed, produced, edited, and completely made by women of color, an impressive feat in and of itself — follows three young Indian women in their pursuit …

Tribeca Film Festival

Your Favorite Poems on People and Power

To wrap up our series for Poetry Month, we’ll begin with a poem about an ending: W.H. Auden’s “The Fall of Rome.” From reader and <i>Atlantic</i> contributor Michael LaPointe:<p>If a civilization is measured by its margins, then the Rome of Auden’s poem is instantly recognizable as in a state of decay:The …

Literature

26 Of The Most Inspirational Lines In Literature

"Not all who wander are lost." – J. R. R. Tolkien<p><b>1.</b> “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”<p>– Oscar Wilde, <i>Lady Windermere's Fan</i><p>Submitted by Gina Clark, Facebook<p><b>3.</b> "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”<p>– L.M. Montgomery, <i>Anne of</i> …

Citi returns to Saudi Arabia with a woman in charge

Citigroup is making a comeback in Saudi Arabia, this time with a woman in charge.<p>After an absence of more than 12 years, Citigroup (C) has been awarded a license by the Saudi authorities to provide a full range of investment banking services in the kingdom, the bank said in a statement.<p>Carmen …

CNN

Why Do We Have Blood Types?

The story of an amazing discovery.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in …

Every Book on Emma Watson's Reading List

Join the club.<p>Like her beloved characters Hermione Granger and Belle, Emma Watson LOVES to read. She loves it so much she started a global, monthly Goodreads book club of feminist texts. She's recruited a team to hide books for people to find all over the world. She once took a year off from acting …

Books

37 Of The Most Heartbreakingly Beautiful Lines In Literature

"Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."<p><b>2.</b> "We accept the love we think we deserve."<p>– Stephen Chbosky, <i>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</i><p>Submitted by Carly Black, Facebook<p><b>3.</b> "Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I'll drift about forever, all my atoms, till …

Watch a Neuroscientist Explain a Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty

In this <i>WIRED</i> video, neuroscientist Bobby Kasthuri explains the concept of a <i>connectome</i> to a series of people with differing levels of experience. The …

In the Space of Quiet: A Field Guide to Rebecca Solnit in 5 Books

I first “discovered” Rebecca Solnit when I picked up a copy of <i>A Field Guide to Getting Lost</i> and knew that I had found another writer, like Terry Tempest Williams and Gretel Ehrlich, whose relationship to the land mirrored my own. Of course, I learned so much from Solnit in my headlong reading of …

The Differences Between a Crime Novel, Mystery Novel and Thriller Novel

<i>Every writer’s job is to give the reader what she wants in a way she doesn’t expect.</i> [Like this quote? Click here to Tweet and share it!] (And it’s …

Creative Writing

Fertility app Natural Cycles becomes world's first certified contraception software

An app which algorithmically monitors female fertility has become the first app to be officially approved for use as contraception – and could now be …

The 25 best destinations for winter sun

Halong Bay

The Netflix ID Bible – Every Category on Netflix » What's On Netflix?

Is there ever a time where you are trying to enjoy Netflix, but Netflix is not cooperating? We may have all the easy fixes to your Netflix</b> …

iOS

The Only Three Networking Emails You Need To Know How To Write

“Hi, you may not remember me, but . . . ” is a lame way to reintroduce yourself. Try this instead.<p>I’m all about being up front when you network. It’s helpful to be honest about why you’re reaching out (for example, you’re going through a job search or moving to a new city). It can combat nerves and …