January 2020 Collated

Maybe you have noticed, and maybe you haven’t, but I’ve been trying to make my writing on EFE just that little bit more systematic.

Towards that end, this post is simply links to all of what I posted in the month of January 2020, separated out by category.


We started with a set of five articles about India in 2020, and then learnt about Makar Sankranti in the next set of weekly links about India. The next set of links is my favorite post of January 2020 – writing it helped me learn more about the Indian Constitution, and I hope this turns out to be an exercise I can come back to twelve times this year. A hat tip, once again, to Murali Neelakantan, for helping out with the links, so much so that I may well end up posting a bonus set of links! The last in the India series was about expectations from the Union Budget for 2020.


As in India’s case, we started with expectations from tech in the decade to come (although the last article in the set was quite interesting: predictions made in 2010 about the decade ahead). The next set of links, on the 14th of January, was about CES, and its evolution over time. We then took a look at the evolution of mainframes, and finished Tuesdays in January 2020 with a look at the evolution of personal computing.


For at least the first half of the year in 2020, we’ll be taking a look at countries in Europe, and trying to learn more about them. That, fingers crossed, will result in series of 20 free-to-read articles about each country by the end of June 2020.

But to begin with, keeping with the themes for India and Technology, we learnt about where the global economy might be headed this year.

We began the country series with Poland. We learnt about Poland’s modern historyimmigration and emigration in Poland in recent times, and her geopolitics in modern times. What next for Poland rounded off our set of articles about Poland in January 2020.


Incentives, sunk costs, opportunity costs, choices and horizons. To me, these four things taken together are the very foundations of economics. Everything else comes after. There is in fact an earlier post about Choices, Horizons, Incentives and Costs as well on the blog – which only serves to reiterate how important I hold these four concepts to be.

The Rest

Click on the relevant links in the right sidebar to take a look at the Etc series, which comes out every Friday, as well as the selection of tweets on Saturday and the videos on Sunday for the month of January, 2020.


Thanks for reading!

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