One hundred years after 1917, Netflix’s documentary ‘The Russian Revolution’ assesses the seismic event that dictated international relations for much of the 20th century. Yet the programme does not focus on the political and social causes of the October Revolution. Rather, we are instead drawn into the lives of Nicholas II, the last Romanov ruler, and middle-class university student turned revolutionary, Vladimir Ulyanov (later known by his more famous moniker Lenin). Netflix thus uniquely present the Revolution as a human story, rather than scrutinising its ideological conflict.

I found this to give the very basic information, and only that. The…


Irrfan Khan’s birthday (who passed away in 2020 aft​​er a prolonged battle with cancer) was celebrated this week by releasing Kammo Tai, the last poem recited by him. His loss was taken personally by a lot of fans and followers, his performances cured loneliness and boredom as mentioned in this beautiful obituary.


“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what…


​The story of former MD of Mckinsey and Goldman Sachs, Rajat Gupta has always fascinated me.

For nine years, Rajat Gupta led McKinsey & Co. — the first foreign-born person to head the world’s most influential management consultancy. He was also the driving force behind major initiatives such as the Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India. A globally respected figure, he sat on the boards of distinguished philanthropic institutions such as the Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and corporations, including Goldman Sachs, American Airlines, and Procter & Gamble.


I know reading books (hard copy or kindle) is becoming a bit of a chore for many. With the Covid induced lockdowns, many bookstores have shut down and those which are left open are struggling to make end meets. Book meets, author interviews, Literature festivals have moved online thereby even reducing chances of book discussions.

Nevertheless, For close to 5 years in the last decade (2010–15), i followed the habit of reading a minimum of 52 books in a year (min 1 a week). I can count number of excuses, but let’s just say the habit flow got broken and…


It was a year when there were few movies and many web-series, thanks to the lockdown in 2020. It was difficult to pick the winners as I binged more than one would in a normal year (who didn’t!). Nevertheless, here is my lists of the best i saw this year. This comes with a standard disclaimer that I have not seen many of the shows and movies across platforms, hence the universe of selecting them is limited. The list is arranged in no particular order of preference.

5 best English web-series

  1. I may destroy you (Hotstar)
  2. The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

It was a year when there were few movies and many web-series, thanks to the lockdown in 2020. Many new streaming platforms came into limelight like Voot Select, MX Player etc apart from the existing ones like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. The few apps on fringes like Sony liv and Zee5 saw solid makeovers. ALT balaji tied up with many other platforms to boost subscriptions.

It was difficult to pick the winners as I binged more than one would in a normal year (who didn’t!). Nevertheless, here is my lists of the best i saw this year. This comes…


“Well, I think you should read everything you can. I can tell you in my own case, I know by the time I was ten — I’d read every book in the Omaha Public Library that had anything to do with investing, and many of them I’d read twice. So I don’t think there’s anything like reading, and not just as limited to investing at all. But you’ve just got to fill up your mind with various competing thoughts and sort them out as to what really makes sense over time.” Warren Buffett

“My whole life I’ve been a reader…

Amit Kumar Gupta

Writes for the love of Books, Movies, Music & Cricket. He opines that best investment ideas are often cracked by being on the road.

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