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Hello peeps. This has been a terrible week. I got nothing done. My motivation is lying dead in a festering trough. So what did I do about it? Nothing. I watched trash on Netflix all day, every day. Which is precisely why I recommend you do the same (Check out this week's Netflix reco below 👇).

Take a break, do nothing of value.
And read some short fiction.📖

How was last week's story? Here's what one reader had to say about Death By The River - shoutout to our author!🧙
"Death by the River was amazing. The story was damn engrossing."

If you're new to this newsletter - check out the past editions here. 🎈

There's more short fiction for you this week. Curated pieces from Murakami and Jhumpa Lahiri. Old, but gold. There's also - for UX enthusiasts - a quirky, fantastic article by one of our readers.

Do drop a reply on my personal email (mohanadas.dsi@gmail.com) if you liked these reads. Or if you have suggestions. Or if you want to share your content through this channel. 🛶 Anyway.. adios, for now.

Gogol

Jhumpa Lahiri

Before Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Namesake' became a novel, it was first published in The New Yorker. Read 'Gogol' to get a glimpse of Lahiri's literary brilliance - and if you like it, pick up The Namesake for your next fiction read.

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A Shinagawa Monkey

Haruki Murakami
She sometimes had trouble remembering her own name. Usually this happened when someone unexpectedly asked what it was. She’d be at a boutique, getting the sleeves of a dress altered, and the saleswoman would say, “Your name, Ma’am?,” and her mind would go blank. The only way she could remember it was to pull out her driver’s license, which was bound to seem weird to the person she was talking to. Even if she was on the phone when it happened, the awkward silence as she rummaged through her purse inevitably made the person at the other end wonder what was going on.
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Designing persuasive banners that don’t ruin your UX

Isha Beniwal
Banners get their roots from advertising. They are inspired by real-life banners and are translated into the world of UX to land users to desired end goals.
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Think of the way extroverts seek attention all the time 💁‍♀️. Being one myself, I can totally imagine multiple banners popping up and fighting for attention on a page. Sometimes there are just so many of them screaming for clicks, that it becomes confusing and chaotic for the users who are left wondering which ones they really need in their lives.
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Netflix Recommendation🎥 

Netflix is back with Season 2 of this sad, sad show called 'Never Have I Ever; the protagonist is probably the most unlikeable teenager I've ever seen. Perfect for when you're feeling like shit and don't have the motivation to do anything meaningful.

That's all for now!

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