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Friday, 28 September 2018

Weekly Reading - Some Interesting Stuff

A fascinating account of a brave journalist covering the drug lord El Chapo of the Sinaloa cartel and how he lost his life for sticking to his professional ethics.

Fitness, not body weight, is what matters.
Studies have found that anywhere from one-third to three-quarters of people classified as obese are metabolically healthy. They show no signs of elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance or high cholesterol. Meanwhile, about a quarter of non-overweight people are what epidemiologists call “the lean unhealthy.” A 2016 study that followed participants for an average of 19 years found that unfit skinny people were twice as likely to get diabetes as fit fat people. Habits, no matter your size, are what really matter. Dozens of indicators, from vegetable consumption to regular exercise to grip strength, provide a better snapshot of someone’s health than looking at her from across a room.

The Android is 10 years old. Today it is ubiquitous in the mobile world. A quick look at the journey. Also, what next? Will Android be replaced by Fuchsia?

Ultimately we will have automation in areas where it is incomprehensible today. The question remains, what then will be the role of humans?
The people who command six-figure salaries to negotiate multimillion-dollar deals with major brands are being replaced by software that predicts what shoppers want and how much to charge for it.

A nice article on Haigreve Khaitan, a man who has built one of the largest and most elite law firms in India. Today its client list includes marquee companies such as Mahindra & Mahindra, Reliance Industries, Vedanta, Aditya Birla Group, Welspun, and JSW Steel. There’s also Tesla, BMW India, Harley Davidson, Volkswagen India, and private equity firms Advent, Apax Partners, Blackstone, Arpwood Partners, and Kedara Capital. Of the top 12 bankruptcy/insolvency cases in corporate India today, Khaitan & Co is working on nine, including Essar, Electro Steel, and ABG Shipyards.

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