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Why do we work so hard?

Karl Marx was known to believe that being occupied by good work was living well. He was under the impression that engagement in productive, purposeful work was the means by which people could realise their full potential. While I don’t usually agree with a lot of Marx’s ideologies, I will credit him for having gotten just that right about the modern world. It’s safe to…

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What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

I’m a grumbling, breathing, walking fabrication of fears. At any one moment, I’m nurturing two very unlikely anxieties with a couple more on the back burner. There’s the fear of failure, of judgement, and of the wide mysterious chasm that is my future. Perhaps that’s true for everyone. I’m guessing everyone carries a set of their own apprehensions – everything that has ever weighed us…

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Here’s the Bhutan I know

There are two broad categories of responses I get whenever I tell someone I am from Bhutan. The first one, usually retorted by immigration officers in the US goes something like, ‘What is a Bhutan?’ ‘Is it a real country?’ and on more than one occasion, ‘Did you just say Utah?’ The second category of responses, typically accompanied by a shriek of excitement is ‘OMG,…

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What Every Woman Should Wear: A 101 Guide to Your Everyday Wardrobe

If there is one thing I am sick of reading – it’s the articles that specify what women should and should not wear by a certain age, because ‘by this age’, women should know it’s always better to leave something to the imagination [Insert Anderson Cooper eye-rolling meme] Stop telling me that I need to polish my 9-to-5 with a silky blouse and blazer, or…

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To Like, You know, speak with Authority (?)

The basis of my next revelation nests on one of the greatest mysteries and achievements of the human brain, which is its ability to organise vocal sounds into words and words into meaningful sentences. Approaches to the origin of language have been divided according to their underlying assumptions — many who have studied it have thought language as related to Darwin’s evolution theories, they believe…

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