Ah! the Weekend is almost here. A time to unwind from whatever kind of week you had with Weekend #ShortReads.

So how exactly was your week? Exhilarating/Boring/Stressful/Exhausting. I for one had a tough one getting stuff done while trying to engage a pretty ill child. (Enough puke marks on my favourite pair of jeans to remind me of the multi-tasking wars) .

But I am not the only one – globally people struggle with jobs that seem more stressful than fulfilling and added demands of lost time in traffic jams, family, health leave little time for oneself. The short reads for this week all revolve around the topic of how people manage a balance (if there is such a thing anymore) and what companies and people are doing to get back the ‘mojo’.

Ikigai: A Japanese concept of Work-Life Balance:

For Japanese workers in big cities, a typical work day begins with a state called sushi-zume, a term which likens commuters squeezed into a crowded train car to tightly packed grains of rice in sushi.The stress doesn’t stop there. The country’s notorious work culture ensures most people put in long hours at the office, governed by strict hierarchical rules.

How do they manage?

The secret may have to do with what Japanese call ikigai. (BBC)

Why are India’s startups bringing Steve Jobs, Coco Chanel, and Shakespeare to the office?

It’s not just people. A company’s culture can be discerned from even inanimate elements like the office halls, walls, pillars, walkways, and boardrooms. Indian internet companies, too, take nomenclature quite seriously. Be it e-commerce major Flipkart or e-payments firm Paytm or space startup Team Indus, they all thoughtfully choose in-house themes, ensuring that these reflect the company’s values and aspirations. (QZ)

The 2 Hour Rule: The Genius of Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche Applied

Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity. He was a daydreamer. The pioneering theory that lead him to establish the foundation of modern physics was actually envisioned in one of his many famous thought experiments. Throughout history, luminaries ranging from Charles Darwin to Friedrich Nietzsche have attributed much of their genius to the many hours they spent lost in their mind. (Medium)

And speaking of all the lost hours driving on the roads here is the video of the Week:

Would you buy a car made by Apple or Google?


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