A Year Nobody will Forget, For a Long Time: 2020

Where do I start? 2020 has been a turbulent year. Pandemic has not been too kind to the world. Death toll was high. Those who are alive are struggling to meet basic needs. On personal level, the pandemic has taken a serious toll on my mental health. But life goes on and here we are…

What I liked

The Best Books I Read in 2020

The best way to start is to list my favorite books in 2019. Disclosure – by 2019, I mean I read in 2019. The books were not necessarily published in 2019. The books are listed in no particular order.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

Professor Thaler and Professor Sunstein wrote a great book that changed the way I see certain things. Human decision making is a complex subject. Who knew that there are patterns inside the complexity and the patterns can be exploited. This should be a must read book if you’re into non-fictions of any kind.

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

I was expecting a lot from the book because the author is one of my favorite. Safe to say, I was not disappointed. I am unable to apply the principles to practice though. The nature of my job requires me to stay connected through chatting apps and Email 24/7. I am not sure how reading a book helps if I don’t follow through it.

The Best Films I saw in 2020

Tenet

I am a Christopher Nolan fan. So, I was expecting big things from Tenet. It’s a bit different but I liked it. I wouldn’t necessarily call the film complex. This is a film, not a documentary. So the goal is to enjoy it, not to over analyze it through the lens of physics. For me, Tenet is the best film in 2020, best among the 15 or so films I watched throughout the year.

Others

I enjoyed Tickets to My Downfall, the latest album by Machine Gun Kelly. He might be controversial but the album is pure fun. A great combination of punk, pop, hip hop and rock took me to my high school days. Meanwhile Porter Robinson has been releasing some great songs. Looking forward to his next album.

What I did not like

Welp, I will skip it.

What about me?

  • I sat for CFA level 1 exam in December. The result is still not out yet. Expecting to pass the exam.
  • I have been trying to practice Stoicism. Ironically, I was thrown off guard by the pandemic. Here I was hoping that Stoicism would help me tackle the pandemic.
  • I got a new PC, to play Cyberpunk 2077 and also my old PC died. The Specs is basically, Ryzen 5 3600 coupled with GTX 1660 Super and 32 gigs of RAM. Cyberpunk has let everyone down and my PC is now a overpowered Reddit and NYT machine.
  • I have moved to new apartment near my office. This single move reduced my commuting time to 40 minutes from 2 hours in a regular day. Makes me realize how many hours are we wasting on roads.