A New Hope for the New Year: How to Thain Thain Your Way into 2019

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A New Hope for the New Year: How to Thain Thain Your Way into 2019

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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f you watch Republic TV for a couple of hours every day, you’d think everyone hates everyone else and World War III is inevitable. The newspaper is not a harbinger of good news either: It is full of reports of theft, murder, corporate frauds, lynchings, celebrity divorces, and what Taimur did the previous day. You might still be able to consciously avoid the two mediums, but what about that WhatsApp forward from mum about how Pepsi has been contaminated with the Ebola virus and you should avoid it? Or that link from your news-obsessed friend about yet another train accident in North India or a deadly earthquake in Indonesia that has killed hundreds?

You’d think we are living in the worst time in human history, in ghor kalyug. And you are not to blame. Because the information you are being fed, stories that might not necessarily concern you, are largely toxic.

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