What Elon Musk can teach us earthlings

By Nivriti Butalia

The thing I like second best about the CEO of Tesla is that he laughs easily and doesn’t hesitate to say incredible, spontaneous, even silly things in board meetings and interviews (some of which you can catch on YouTube). The best thing is that he’s quick to own his mistakes. Very earnest in that department. Overall, I like the guy. I don’t know what a cyborg dragon is (ref: his latest tweet), and I have zero interest in rockets, galaxies, even cars for that matter. But Elon Musk strikes me as efficient, also as someone who doesn’t sleep much, and a guy who wants fun F&B outlets on Mars. Besides the fun stuff, I don’t know much about his SpaceX shenanigans and his rocket trials. However, I have once taken a ride in a Tesla (what a swanky door, I thought), and to my mind, that qualifies me to have an opinion.

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Writing a will is basic life admin. There’s no legal drama here

By Harveena Herr

Sean Hird got me thinking. The director of DIFC Wills service centre is pleasant, approachable and has a background in venture capital-backed SMEs for most of his working life. “Historically though,” he is also a lawyer. “Signing off on life insurance forms is just seen as an employment benefit,” he reminds me. “Why isn’t writing a will seen in the same light?” The whole process doesn’t have to be difficult — you could try seeing it as empowerment or “basic life administration” in Hird’s words. It’s true: haven’t we all dashed off signatures on some group insurance form that is seen as a perk of the job?

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Keeping up the ancient art form of leaf drawings

By Janice Rodrigues

One could say that talent — and a love for art — run in Sandesh S. Rangnekar’s family. But it’s not love for just any kind of art either; it’s for the kind found in the most unusual places. Sandesh’s father, artist Sadashiv G Rangnekar, was skilled in carving patterns into cuttlefish bone and creating rangolis on water. He was also well-versed in everything from oil painting to sculpture-making to embroidery. So, when Sandesh was younger, he took every opportunity he got to, forgive the pun, take a leaf out of his father’s book. Continue reading Keeping up the ancient art form of leaf drawings