Fueled by Randomness

Fueled by Randomness

Ruling out randomness has its price. A look back at the evolution of organisms and ideas shows us the value of a little deviation from the algorithm. Some, not all, 'mistakes' result in great discoveries and more successful entities. The odds of success are very low, but without randomness, the chances that the status quo will eventually doom us are a hundred percent. So find out how to be fueled by randomness!

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How to get inspired by the 2018 Choose To Thinq Calendar in 12 easy steps

How to get inspired by the 2018 Choose To Thinq Calendar in 12 easy steps

Innovator? Change-maker? Beater of the Status Quo? Get inspired by 12 real-life stories of putting a ding in the universe by hanging up this calendar on your wall. Our webcomic-style calendar helps you live, learn, and uplevel in 2018. Available in Desk and Wall formats.

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The Curious Case of... Dharmendra

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Name Dharmendra

Location Bangalore

What I do Running Coach

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Books Movies

Number of books and movies I get through in a year 25-35 books. Perhaps less than half that no. in movies.

One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague: Thinking Fast Thinking Slow

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: Friends

One movie / show I've loved that hardly anyone else has watchedThe Man from Earth

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Kenya

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:www.letsrun.com

One topic I am super-opinionated about: The older I get, the less attached I am to any particular viewpoint.

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Running, General Fitness

The strangest food item I have eaten Wasabi Sauce

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Sammy Wanjiru on the day he won the Chicago Marathon in 2010.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: It isn't uncommon for elite rowers to pass out during competition!

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Visiting running related websites almost daily and reading almost daily.

One interesting/fun fact about myself I started running only at the age of 22 and it is now the basis for my living.

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Trying out new stuff often. I am a sucker for novelty.

The one thing I am very interested in Personal Improvement

A habit or skill I'd love to acquire: Rowing

A movie or TV show that taught me something new Chariots of Fire

If there was one mystery I'd like to solve, it would be What exactly happened on Capt. Mallory's expedition to Everest in 1924?

I would love to do this at least once Row along the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race route.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Arun Simha

Curiosity is important to my work because... There are so many different ways to get better as a runner. I started out training the old school way (and continue to do so, till date). But I have learnt with time, that not every one responds to the same stimulus in the same way. So it important to be aware of alternatives.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions My nephew

My curiosity tip "Try and read everyday."

Where you can be found online dhammo.blogspot.comwww.drava.in

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The Curious Case of... Ajay Bhat

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Name Ajay Bhat

Location Hyderabad

What I do I work on cloud and mobility-related software at Kony.

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Plain Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): In terms of frequency, Twitter! But I like reading books, both physical and on the Kindle. I consume a lot of online media (news, longform articles). I skim the newspaper most days, and listen to 3-4 podcasts regularly.

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books - ~15. Movies, probably 30.

One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague:Haroun and The Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: For books and movies, it's a combination of Amazon recommendations, newspaper/magazine reviews along with word of mouth. For websites, it's Twitter, plus the Longform app on my phone/tablet.

One movie / show I've loved that hardly anyone else has watchedOnce, a modern-day musical set in Dublin.

I am currently reading:The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Iceland.

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: I learnt a lot of tax and money stuff on Value Research, especially after moving back to India. For business/current news on the LiveMint website. For tech news and information I rely on TechCrunch, Recode and The Verge

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Grammar. If you use incorrect grammar or spellings, I'm likely to be very judgmental about it.

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Books, music, technology. A lot of people also ask me about life after moving back to India from the US. It's great! Different though.

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Twitter > Facebook > LinkedIn. I'm not really big on Quora, though I browse it occasionally.

The strangest food item I have eaten I had a seaweed dish in a Korean kimchi place in the US once. I'm vegetarian so there are less 'out there' options for this.

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Neil Gaiman. He writes the strangest, most wonderful stories. I'd love to know how he thinks them up.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: NDA graduates get degrees from JNU.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... I get most of my news updates from Twitter.

One interesting/fun fact about myself When I lived in the US, I used to host a radio show focused on music from South Asia on the Seattle-area community radio station, KBCS (www.kbcs.fm).

I express my curiosity by doing these things: I read, a lot! I find reading general purpose magazines or listening to podcasts on general topics help you learn a lot about things you didn't know much about before.

The one thing I am very interested in Sleep. Seriously though, books and music have been abiding passions my whole life. I'm also curious about how the world works, which may explain my (amateur) enthusiasm for economics and things like user interface design.

A habit or skill I'd love to acquire: Procrastinate less.

A movie or TV show that taught me something newHouse of Cards - the details of American politics: getting bills passed, the give and take involved etc.

If there was one mystery I'd like to solve, it would be Why did Ram Gopal Varma's filmmaking fall off a cliff?

I would love to do this at least once Road trip, Kashmir to Kanyakumari or Gujarat through Arunachal Pradesh.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Rahul Dravid.

Curiosity is important to my work because... It's important to understand how the world works, and where it's going, especially with the rapid evolution of technology. My work involves building the technologies that enable this transition, so curiosity is definitely important to my work.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions My wife, Ketaki.

My curiosity tip "There's no time for hatred. Only questions."

Where you can be found online @ajayvb on Twitter. I used to blog frequently at some point, but I'm now more curious about learning than sharing my opinions.

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The Curious Case of... Dr Bhooshan Shukla

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Name Dr Bhooshan Shukla

Location Pune, India

What I do Child and Adolescent psychiatrist

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Newspaper (electronic) > Books > TV shows > Social Media > Movies (less than 10 per year)

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books about 20, movies: 10 or less

One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague:Thinking Fast and Slow

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: Friends

I am currently reading:Asterix

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Great Rift Valley in Africa

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: Stumbleupon

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Religion

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Psychology, Medicine, Hypnosis, Evolution, Public Speaking

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Facebook > Twitter > Quora

The strangest food item I have eatenFish eyes

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...David Attenborough

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: Trigonometry has practical uses.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Surfing net for information and reading stuff written by people who believe in things that I don't - understanding counterpoint

One interesting/fun fact about myself I believe that I had a past life in Ireland (though I don't believe in past life stuff)

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Read, read, read

The one thing I am very interested in Evolution

A habit or skill I'd love to acquire:Calligraphy

A movie or TV show that taught me something newThe Big Bang Theory - it taught me that earning money is important, you can always appear nicer if you are rich.

If there was one mystery I'd like to solve, it would be What women want?

I would love to do this at least onceCave Diving in Mexico

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: All women

Curiosity is important to my work because... It helps me understand people better and protects me from being opinionated and biased

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions My 9-yr old daughter

My curiosity tip Don't believe anything that you see, hear or read.

Where you can be found online @docbhooshan Blog - www.childpsychiatrypune.com

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The Curious Case of... Shom Biswas

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Name Shom Biswas

Location Bangalore, India

What I do I read, I write, I do math, I collect Wisdens, I waste time fussing over my fantasy football team, I heckle quizmasters at pub quizzes, I live in hope that this year, THIS YEAR, shall be Arsenal's year.

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Plain Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Audio (podcasts rule!) > Newspapers (thank you Flipboard) > Books (here's to audible.com) > ... eh, and some social media. Some movies and TV shows, but I go mostly by recommendation with those.

Number of books and movies I get through in a year ~25 books. ~10-15 odd movies.

One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague: 'India Discovered' by John Keay.

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:goodreads.com, the Flipboard app

One movie / show I've loved that hardly anyone else has watchedK-Pax.

I am currently reading:The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (on kindle). Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World' by Jack Weatherford (on audio)

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: India. I have seen very little of my country. And that's a shame. Big cities and tourist spots add up to ... not much.

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: Will a podcast channel do? Backstory. Totally worth your time.

One topic I am super-opinionated about: I am not very opinionated. I love a good debate, but I surely know less than you about many things. So teach me.

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Detective fiction, sports literature, outsourcing, pubs in Bangalore

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Facebook > LinkedIn > Quora > Twitter

The strangest food item I have eaten Deep fried ice cream. Pretty good actually

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Arsene Wenger.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: L Frank Baum of the Wizard of Oz fame was extremely influential in the development of shopping malls / departmental stores in the US. He even launched the country's first trade journals on shop window design.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Reading or listening to stuff on my phone.

One interesting/fun fact about myself I have been playing the premier league fantasy football game for the last ten odd years. This year is my sabbatical.

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Listening.

The one thing I am very interested in Antique books. Preservation, binding, valuation, auctioning, the lot.

A habit or skill I'd love to acquire: Sleeping on time.

A movie or TV show that taught me something newESPN 30 for 30

I would love to do this at least once Write a novel.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Quite a few of my quizzing and literary friends, I guess, because they are rather knowledgeable, interesting people, and I'd like to read their answers.

Curiosity is important to my work because... ... when I am curious, I understand quickly, and I understand better.

My curiosity tip Ask for directions, even if you don't follow them.

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The Curious Case of Sumana Mukherjee

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Name Sumana Mukherjee

Location Bangalore

What I do Read, write, eat and edit.

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): books>social media>newspapers>TV shows>movies

Number of books and movies I get through in a year 34 books last year. Probably an equal number of movies.

One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague: Depends on the kind of person, really. I certainly wouldn't recommend everything I read to everyone.

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: Twitter and reviews.

One movie / show I've loved that hardly anyone else has watchedRocket Singh, Salesman of the Year

I am currently reading:Book 2 of The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Oh, so many! Food is a huge curiosity trigger, so Morocco definitely tops the list.

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: If it's strictly info, then recipe websites!

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Books and reading

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Food, books, careers, relationships, in no particular order.

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Facebook for the personal stuff, Twitter for everything else

The strangest food item I have eaten Ants. And goat brain. Ants were crunchy and too small for squeamishness, but couldn't abide the texture of brain.

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be... The mind of Michael Pollan. I'll stick to my own body and shoes, please!

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: There are communities in India that put up billboards to announce a child's puberty.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Scrolling through Twitter.

One interesting/fun fact about myself I can wiggle my ears! Apparently, only 10-20 percent of people can ;)

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Asking questions. Reading. Connecting dots.

The one thing I am very interested in Society and people

A habit or skill I'd love to acquire: Dancing.

A movie or TV show that taught me something newNewsroom -- that I can like a show about people who'd drive me up the wall at work.

If there was one mystery I'd like to solve, it would be Why recipes say "brown onions for 10 minutes" when it takes at least three times the time.

I would love to do this at least once Read all the books I have :)

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Veena Venugopal. Gautam John. Poonam Bir Kasturi. Supriya Nair. Nisha Susan.

Curiosity is important to my work because... We are always looking for answers.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions The desk at Mint Lounge, where I work.

My curiosity tip Trust your instinct.

Where you can be found online@SumanaMukherjee on Twitter

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The Curious Case Of... Chandrakant Nair

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Name Chandrakant Nair

Location Calicut

What I do Doctor/Soldier/Quizzer/Roadie

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Off The Scale Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Books > Audio > Newspapers > Social Media > Movies > TV Shows

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books - 35-40, Movies - 100+

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:The Guardian

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watchedIncendies

I am currently reading:Hang Time by Bob Greene

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Russia, especially the Trans-Siberian Railway

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: The Guardian, The New York Times, The Hindu, Twitter

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Football

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Football (Sports in General, actually), The Indian Armed Forces, Quizzing

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Twitter > Facebook > Quora

The strangest food item I have eaten Snakes!

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Sir Alex Ferguson

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: The Avermectin drug trials that led to the 2015 Nobel Prize took place in Kerala!

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Keeping Twitter running 24x7

One interesting/fun fact about myself While I was in Class VI, I once went off to play a cricket match after school, without informing my parents. By the time I got home late in the evening, I had already become a 'missing person' with the police looking for me! :D

I express my curiosity by doing these things: 1. By attending quizzes whenever/wherever I can

2. By basing most of the questions I ask (in quizzes) on HOW? or WHY?, rather than WHAT/WHO? There are different types of curiosity as well, I guess :)

3. By reading up about stuff I come across on a daily basis

The one thing I am very interested in The Indian Armed Forces

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Learn to play drums

A movie or TV show that taught me something newHouse, M.D.

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would beWhat was really inside the suitcase in Pulp Fiction?

I would love to do this at least once Climb Mount Everest! Seriously!

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Hrishikesh Varma, Praveen VR, Jithin Jacob, Arun Hiregange, Kiran Vijayakumar

Curiosity is important to my work because... I find a lot of useless information that makes me immensely happy!

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions Hrishikesh Varma

My curiosity tip Always keep your eyes and ears open, make a note of the things that you don't understand, and try and find answers to these the same day

Where you can be found online https://www.facebook.com/chandrakant

https://twitter.com/reduvid

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