News is depressing. Deliberately so. The happy stuff does not elicit a reaction. And in a world of instant responses, opinions, and single-click purchasing, your reactions are worth gold!

So ignore the news, the provocative headlines, and the non-issues; you’ll thank me for it. If you must, start doing this…

I’m certain you do. You see patterns everywhere. All of us do. But I bet your predictions or patterns are heavily skewed by what you saw or heard on mainstream media yesterday. Humans, for evolutionary reasons, focus on the short-term. Hong Kong dominated the news yesterday, and it likely dominates…

There is a crisis brewing. You can smell it now. May be today, may be tomorrow, maybe a bit longer; but this cauldron will overflow.

India’s top car manufacturer Suzuki, sold 40% fewer cars than last year. Tata Motors — 57.8% lower! The numbers are just as rosy for the…

Dear RaGa,

It’s not going so well? For me neither. I had your transformational journey set to be the topic of my next book. I was planning on comparing your success to what Trump achieved in 2016. Your transformation was persuasive. The change was perceptible and impactful. I know plenty…

The question shouldn’t be what’s happening to India’s millennials today, but what will become of them years hence? The rural-urban divide is jarringly stark. But scarier still, when their problems merge. What are the “Urban jobs”? They are truly of the “frying pakoras” variety. Visit any city, look around you…

You are genetically programmed to sacrifice self, for the sake of group. Darwin said, “A tribe including many members who, from possessing in a high degree the spirit of patriotism, fidelity, obedience, courage, and sympathy, were always ready to aid one another, and to sacrifice themselves for the common good…

“Shall I tell you a secret of a true scholar? It is this: every man I meet is my master in some point and in that I learn from him.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be open to learn from anyone, they say. Learning can come from surprising quarters, and I…

Cringeworthy title? Yes, but got your attention, right? Amit Shah knew it would, when he made those comparisons. This is a page from Trump’s playbook. Remember Trump’s infamous declaration that all Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and “criminals”? Trump got a lot more flak for his comments than Mr. Shah did.

If there was ever any doubt that politicians have killed discourse, then last Friday removed all vestiges of it. Rahul Gandhi’s theatric was the bugle that launched the next phase of cacophony.

From a persuasion perspective, a master stroke. But for those holding out hope for serious political discourse, a…

“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” — (Not) Mark Twain

Diapers accomplish exactly what they are designed for. We’ve designed a system, that makes politicians for who they are. We have none to blame but ourselves. …

Nish Deodhar

Agilist. Interested in using persuasion to help write better software. Lifelong student of persuasion and branding.

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