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In the second issue of Weekly Insights (here), I talked about a racial justice seminar, that was one of my most meaningful experiences at Berkeley. As my newfound friends shared their first-hand accounts of systemic racism and oppression, I realized two things:

1. Meritocracy is a myth, and
2. If you’re reading this, you just got luckier than most.

I realized I was only lucky, fortunate to be a brown male, one who had never experienced or felt what my fellow black friends have gone through. …

It’s never real, until it is.

In my wildest dreams, I hadn’t imagined a tiny-little virus will disrupt everything. Yet, it has, and it will continue to. I really hope for the best for each one of us.

Now, why invest your valuable five minutes in reading one issue of a college student’s newsletter?

Well, I’m still coming to terms with the volatile uncertainty surrounding things relevant to me, and I have learned a few things I thought are valuable to share. …

Why Airlines should prioritize moral revenue over money.

There is an additional disease rapidly spreading with coronavirus. It mostly affects companies, but specifically, the airlines industry.

That disease is “moral bankruptcy.”

A company’s “moral worth” is the moral equivalent of a company’s net worth. When a business caters to its stakeholders — the customers, employees, and community — it increases its moral worth because its actions benefit all stakeholders. In contrast, when a business only serves its shareholders — prioritizing profits and shareholder returns over everything — it depletes its moral worth, and by extension its net worth, because its actions inevitably harm key stakeholders.

Today, China Airlines…

The Classic Internal Dilemma | Pleasure or Fulfillment?

Let’s talk about pleasure, fulfillment, and temptation.

Here we go.

I don’t have a Netflix account. But if I did, I am confident I would have not made good use of it. Despite it having many documentaries and informative TV shows, I would have probably spent countless hours watching the not-so-useful ones. In addition, I don’t find it useful to pay for a service I know I will not use well.

However, AppleTV+ offers a year-long free subscription, something that seemed exciting. …

Photo by Andrik Langfield on Unsplash

Allow me to wrap my 2019 and pen down my key themes, lessons, and insights. Forcing myself to think about 2019 in the below way was really hard, for I had to run through the whole year by myself, a painful exercise. However, I intend to get better at this. Reflection, documentation, and concretization of any lesson is critical for one’s long-term personal growth plan, and thus, I present to you Wrapped: Looking at 2019 with Vision 20–20.

Note: The reflections below are in raw, unedited format because I wanted to keep it that way to maintain the inherent originality…

Imagine it’s January 1st, the ideal day to set goals you won’t follow. Once again, the annual gym membership will expire unused, the utopia of tech abstinence will fade into oblivion, and the list of books will remain unfinished. By February 1st, 80% of us will not be on track to achieve our goals. Yet, the year carries on and we repeat this pattern.

Correction: I repeat this pattern, because every year, I fall through with my goals, at times even sooner than February 1st. …

Chances are that you don’t physically walk to a bank to pay your friends for dinner; instead, you Venmo them. Chances are that you also don’t carry cash; instead, you pay through a mobile app or your cards. Chances are also that you invest money or trade stocks, all through your phone. Your bank, then, is not a brick-and-mortar bank. Rather, it is in your pocket; your bank is your phone.

In essence, mobile finance has flourished and its growth rate is startling.

In the past five years, user activity on finance apps has jumped by 354%; in 2018, finance…

This summer, I am learning the guitar. Or rather, re-learning it, because back in 2017, I was also learning the guitar. But on second thoughts, I wasn’t really learning it. Rather, I was repeatedly playing a few beginner songs — think Let it Be, American Pie, and Leaving on a Jetplane — that had (falsely) made me feel as if I was a guitarist.

This summer, things are different.

Every day, irrespective of whether the sun comes out or not, I play the guitar and practice it — two fundamentally distinct things. For ‘playing’ entails practicing one song over and…

In Spring 2019, I am taking a course on lies, language, and post-truth (Rhetoric 189) at UC Berkeley. An interesting assignment was to write an email to Machiavelli, after reading The Prince. Here is my take at it.

To: Niccolo Machiavelli
From: Abhinav Kejriwal
Re: The Prince

Dear Mr Machiavelli:

When I read chapter four of The Prince, I was intrigued to learn about the two forms of principalities you mention: the prince-servants principality, and the prince-barons principality. In this email, I would like to further develop your analysis and add more nuance to it. As you so rightly comment, “he who considers both of these states will recognize great difficulties in seizing the state of the Turk, but, once it is conquered, great ease in holding it… [In France], one can easily enter there by gaining over…

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