Blog Pongal – Best links of 2013


Happy Pongal/Sankranti/Lohri/Bihu/Uttarayan to those that celebrate it.  We have been celebrating the Pongal festival on the same day, after adjusting for precession, since the days of the  Indus Valley Civilization (according to my research) making it a 4,500+ year old tradition. On this blog, we have been celebrating it with a  harvest festival of our own – the annual Blog Pongal – a harvest of the best posts on this blog. Here are the previous editions – 2004-5 , 20062007, 2008 and 2009 .  I decided to resume this feature this year. A comment or two of encouragement would really help 🙂  

Best links of 2013 from my FTOTW curation project

1. /Via @smartbrief paradox of skill ~ brilliant – Original Tweet

2. /Via @S_Sivakumar The legacy of Biologist Bob Paine – mentors & how scientific ideas spread ~ brilliant – Original Tweet

3. RT @ericries: Scientific method > patten recognition – kudos @cdixon ~ brilliant –Original Tweet

4. The best interface is no interface 30 min talk by @goldenkrishna ~ brilliant /Via@janupapu – Original Tweet

5. The power of constraints & the aravind eye hospital story ~ brilliant /Via @ViswaRK –Original Tweet

6. RT @ksrikrishna: A Simple Way to Create Suspense – Lee Child shares his technique ~ brilliant –Original Tweet

7. RT @m_meenaks: Brilliant and hard-hitting! BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice ~ brilliant indeed – Original Tweet

8. Miserable & Magical, a speech by Nipun Mehta of servicespace ~ brilliant & inspiring /Via @veenatamvada-email – Original Tweet

9. RT @yarapavan: Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure! ~ brilliant – Original Tweet

10. /Via @DanielCoyle @DanielPeterson A Character Coach helps Bedford High football team from Zero to Hero ~ brilliant – Original Tweet

11. /Via @gvaidees Physiological basis of placebo effect.. Via a woman’s journey from Utah to Ghana ~ brilliant, moving – Original Tweet

12. RT @pascalvenier @rossdawson: Neuroscience of innovation serotonin through food, exercise, sleep ~ brilliant – Original Tweet


Hope you liked the list. What was the best article you read in 2013? Please share in the comments section.


  1. Quote
    Sibu (subscribed) said January 15, 2014, 4:36 am:

    Thanks for re-starting the pongal tradition. To be honest didn’t notice missing it earlier – catching up with the daily streams was too much.. surrounded by so much information for immediate attention. Just like the long form, it is much more meaningful to review the year – Am sure the process was rewarding for you as is the post for us – Truly scrumptious. Guess every now & then, we have to re-invent methods to consume information, but the yearly review does has its place – so keep this going. Very timely & motivation enough for me to get back on this list again this year 🙂

    One of the best article I personally read is from farnamstreet blog
    ( You must follow this blog if not already – he has a best of 2013 as well, each one a gem! )

  2. Quote
    Sukumar (subscribed) said January 15, 2014, 7:13 am:

    Thanks Sibu for the encouragement. Yes I really enjoyed picking the tweets to feature. It was made easier by the FTOTW River page where I could first subset links based on high ratings and then select within that.

    Glad you liked it.

  3. Quote

    Very nice collection , I have read more than half of them during the course of the year, It is really kind of you to share the best of year. I am trying to recollect what was the best article that I read.
    Scott adams was good,

    The book which I liked was Jaya and specially the ending chapter which explains how pursuit of wisdom is the ultimate victory.
    Kindly do continue sharing FTOTW during the coming weeks.

  4. Quote

    Hi Sukumar,

    Thanks for sharing your links. Liked all of them.

  5. Quote
    Sukumar (subscribed) said January 16, 2014, 7:03 am:

    Thanks for the encouragement Veena. Yes I will be continuing the FTOTW feature for the foreseeable future.

  6. Quote
    Sukumar (subscribed) said January 16, 2014, 7:03 am:

    Thanks for the encouragement Ananth. Glad you liked the list.

  7. Quote

    Interesting and most useful Harvest Indeed Sukumar…Food for the mind…Thanks for sharing…Also great to see how you learn and also apply the lessons in every walk of life profession or personal…

  8. Quote
    Sukumar (subscribed) said January 19, 2014, 9:16 pm:

    Thanks for the encouragement and the kind words Kavitha. Glad you liked the harvest 🙂

  9. Quote

    Good collection. Nipun Metha’s is inspiring. Especially the final quote by Martin Luther King.

  10. Quote
    Sukumar (subscribed) said January 26, 2014, 3:58 pm:

    Thanks Kumaran. Glad you liked the collection. Yes, the Nipun Mehta one is inspiring indeed.

Leave a Comment



Formatting Your Comment

The following XHTML tags are available for use:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

URLs are automatically converted to hyperlinks.