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An aspiring writer who loves talking about science, academia, and life. Published on The Startup and Illumination.

The Author

Whenever it comes to talking about myself, I try to crawl back into my shell. I’ve never been a big fan of promoting myself but to broadcast my writings, it’s imperative that I talk about myself. So, trying to give a glimpse of who I am and why I’m here.

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Jack of all trades, master of none, though oftentimes better than master of one.

By birth, I’m an Indian and to be more specific, a Bengali. I happen to be a chemist by…


Wigner questioned the unreasonable effectiveness of Mathematics in Science. It appears to be a human brainchild that is not ‘Unreasonably Effective’ but it has been fabricated to be ‘Reasonably Effective’.

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In Science as in everyday life, when faced by a new situation, we start out with some guess. Our first guess may fall wide of mark, but we try it & according to degree of success, we modify it more or less. Eventually, after several trials & several modifications, pushed by observations & led by analogy, we may arrive at a more satisfactory guess’

Hungerian Mathematician George Pólya (‘How To…


The partner program is only available for a handful of (developed) countries. Developing countries only receive “best wishes” and “thanks”.

I, being a guy from an undernourished nation, am frustrated for many reasons. Julien L/Unsplash

It’s never a privilege to be born in a developing (poor) country. You’re underpaid, overworked, underprivileged, and overwhelmed.

You feel little empowered after watching a ton of motivational videos or reading endless articles about “You can do it”.

I, being a guy from an undernourished nation, am frustrated for many reasons. Vanishing job counts, dwindling job security, little prospects of entrepreneurship, growing inflation, booming population, etc. etc. etc.

I’m also frustrated for another reason.

A platform promises to teach me…


Vaccine production is backed by taxpayers’ money. And Indians are paying a premium price for their shots.

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Do we pay taxes? Yes, we do. Why do we pay taxes? To develop our beloved nation and for the sake of our own prosperity. Does the money get utilized for that purpose? That’s the elephant in the country. Suddenly, our eyebrows touch the ceiling!

We, the Indians, are (mostly) honest tax payers. We, our families, and our ancestors have been paying taxes for a long time. But how that money is handled? …


Side hustle is an essential element in 21st century life. One is great, but many are not.

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Life is too unpredictable. One moment, you’ve got a high-paying job, bills paid, can splurge on expensive vacations. Another moment, you’ve been laid off, having a hard time in making ends meet, wish you had a second job.

Life may flip at any moment. It’s too unpredictable.

I wasn’t concerned about a side hustle until I turned 22. As I was climbing the ladder in academia, it kept getting clearer that a stable career is far-fetched, even when I’ll be 35+. Even that’s…


Convalescent plasma therapy hardly improves recovery rate or reduce mortality, new study suggests.

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Pandemics aren’t new to humanity. In the last couple of centuries, several pandemics and epidemics have stormed this planet and threatened the existence of human civilization. But humans have learned a lot from them. Like they’ve learned about convalescent plasma therapy that works effectively in the treatment of influenza, as well as pneumonia, Ebola, and plagues.

In 2020, when covid-19 broke out, very little was known about the disease. Neither medical science could offer any breakthrough cure that could contain its transmission. But physicians considered a lesson that was acquired in the past. …


A nutritious diet, continued working habits, and meaningful socialization is key to a long-lasting healthy life.

The modern world has a lot to learn from Okinawa and its small villages. analogicus/Pixabay

What’s the global average lifespan of human beings? According to statistics, it was around 73 years in 2019. Japan has a fairly large contribution to this number and its provinces hold records when it comes to living longer. Okinawa, a Japanese prefecture, has defied the odds and its village Ogimi has been recognized as the ‘village of longevity’.

The prefecture, known as the ‘land of immortals’, is densely populated with people who were born in the late 19th and early 20th century. …


Book Review

This book that talks about Luhmann’s note-taking system and its utility in writing.

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Niklas Luhmann, a 20th-century sociologist, isn’t the name that the world beyond sociologists much discusses. His work wasn’t about how to search alien lives, or how to dissect the DNA, or how to create new particles, or how to build long-lasting habits. His contributions aren’t as celebrated as they should be.

But people are slowly learning about this freakishly productive, geeky personality. His note-taking system, named Zettelkasten (translates to slip box in English), helped him to write nearly 400 scholastic articles and 70 books during his 40 year-long careers.

What was the X-factor in his system skyrocketed his productivity? How…


A mere 14% extra deaths shouldn’t make crematoriums run out of logs and furnaces spit smoke round the clock.

Crematoriums are reeling under pressure. Dimitris Vetsikas/Pixabay

India is facing probably the biggest humanitarian crisis after independence. Crematoriums are reeling under pressure. Hospitals are inundated with the continued flow of new patients. Bed counts are falling short and demand for oxygen is dwarfing its present supply. Death tolls are mounting day by day. The infection rate refuses to tank.

But official figures don’t tally with this terrifying glimpse of the pandemic in India. According to the figures published by the Ministry of Health, 3754 Indians lost their battle…


These suggestions should help you to make the right decision of picking the right book up.

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When I finished up ‘How To Take Smart Notes’, I was feeling an urge to try out a new self-help book. Preferably the psychology genre.

Overwhelmed by a lot of projects, I was overthinking everything back then. Making mountains out of molehills was getting accomplished within a snap of a finger. Literally, I was thinking trash about everything. So, I thought what if I dedicate a few weeks to reading a text that addresses the problems of overthinking.

Googling for ‘toxic thought books’ retrieved…

Sumon Basak

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