Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ and ‘Narcos Mexico’ shines a light on the ingenuity of narconomics

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Since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have often found myself filling my evenings with a few good Netflix marathons. Recently, I have blitzed through all three seasons of “Narcos” and both seasons of “Narcos: Mexico”. While I have been expressing my disgust at the misdemeanours of the Medellín, Cali and Guadalajara Cartels, I have also felt the traitorous threads of admiration for their clever business strategies. Gross as it feels and sounds, “Narcos” and “Narcos: Mexico” shines a light on how drug cartels, both past and present, utilize the tried-and-tested business strategies of Fortune 500 companies and manipulates them to fit around the seedy underbellies of organized microcosms of narco-crime. Televised or not, the cartels manage to transform regulated legitimacy into instruments of chaos, displaying the versatility of clever corporate strategies. …


How the need for inclusivity triggered the stratospheric rise of Fenty Beauty

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From sweet and baby-faced, to unapologetic and confident, to edgy and cool. Throughout her music career of nearly 17 years, Rihanna is no stranger to the cycle of renaissance that plagues the career of most music artists. Born from the need to maintain relevance within a fickle industry, the idea of re-invention has been entrenched within the entertainment industry for decades.

However, in 2017, Rihanna subverted the trope by establishing a product, within an alternate but equally fickle industry, that needs no reinvention, renaissance, or update.

Since 2017, Fenty Beauty has shifted the beauty landscape and created a disruptive bang in the industry. Highlighting (pun intended) the importance of inclusive marketing, Fenty Beauty has established a new tone for diversity within the beauty industry, setting a blueprint for other large beauty brands with a pioneering range of 50 shades of foundation for ‘every woman’ and the launch of universally flattering make-up products. …


Perfectionism and entrepreneurship rarely go hand in hand

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During a recent job search, I was asked what my favorite brand or business was based on its image, product, or service. Instantly popping in my mind, Apple was a clear favorite. Its clean, sleek designs, innovative operating systems, and two trillion-dollar valuation have established itself as a company that brands itself on its continuous quest for commercial perfection.

Of course, this pathological need for complete excellence has stemmed from the conduct of the late father of Apple, Mr. Steve Jobs. Within his company culture, Jobs ingrained the need for Apple to deliver each released product with clear-cut distinction. Every released iPad, iPhone, and MacBook has to be bigger, sexier, and better than the last. …


In the times of COVID-19, having more arrows in your quiver is the key to the future

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In a dank London office, a young recruitment officer talks to the BBC about the recent influx of job-seeking clients she was now having to guide in finding a new occupation. In her interview, she recalls one of her clients who sought her help:

“I had a particular gentleman who was a stockbroker before the pandemic. Now, he works as a night porter in a hotel.”

From struggling families to six-figure earners, everyone has been financially impacted by the global pandemic. The once well-off is now having to count their pennies, and the numbers of those claiming Universal Credit has risen exponentially. However, with the emergence of failing economies and broken industries, the Renaissance man — and woman — is now making more of a comeback than ever before. Although the polymath may seem like a relic of the past, initially established by Leonardo da Vinci, the COVID-19 crisis has taught us that expecting security in one sector or industry is now a pipe dream and learning a new skill is no longer a hobby — but a necessity. …


Gryffindor or Slytherin. Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. Your house allegiance can inform your words as well…

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For many of us, Harry Potter is a strong fixture firmly set within our childhoods. Even to this day, J.K. Rowling’s beloved masterpiece of the adventures of the eponymous boy wizard and his friends has managed to “slytherin” in our adult hearts through the books, movies, amusement parks, and much more. All around the world, Harry Potter enthusiasts have dreamt of receiving the lucky Hogwarts acceptance letter (even after turning 11!) and there is no greater debate amongst friends and families than arguing in which Hogwarts house you truly belong. Young readers believe that Gryffindors are the reckless and Hufflepuff is where the nice kids belong. Their young minds believe that book nerds may find their place in Ravenclaw, and Slytherin is where the future dictators of the world may realize their potential. However, as time has gone on and child readers of Harry Potter grow up to realize that the world is a lot less black and white than one might think, the interpretation of the Hogwarts houses have extended to be a lot more open-ended. …


Unlearn what you have learnt about learning…

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In life, I have always thought of myself as a car on an endless road. On this road, potholes and bumps can steer my vehicle off track, and unseen bends and curves can make a journey a whole lot less straightforward. However, there are some off-the-track routes that rise onwards and upwards where we can drive up and marvel at the panoramic view that may await us. In the recent lockdown, I have driven up these routes more than I ever have before. The journey of learning is an uphill climb where our cars may stall or even roll back. …


From legal to literary, how lawyers operate can help you with writing more effectively.

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After 3 arduous years of late-night trips to the library and pouring over case law until I went cross-eyed, I graduated from law school in 2019. Despite the immense pride that I have of my socially admired law degree, the year that I have spent as a freelance writer since graduation has brought me more personal and professional accomplishment than I could have ever predicted. After many formulated theories of why this is, I have now concluded that the legal skills of learning how to isolate issues effectively, scrutinize in-depth and predict problems before they crop up have also benefitted me greatly as a writer. Law schools across the world possess a gleaming list of alumni who are world-famous for their success, influence, and prosperity. From U.S. Presidents to CEOs, many successful individuals from across the board have all come from a legal background. However, it’s not just captains of industry and bankers that benefit from a law-school education. …


From BC to AC — life post-pandemic has its fair share of surprises.

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Since the beginning of 2020, the meaning of the historical term, “BC,” has completely changed. Once referred to the times before Jesus Christ made his arrival into the world, the reference to “BC” has now completely revolutionized in the times of COVID-19 and now calls attention to the times “before coronavirus.” Over the last four months, life has completely flipped and spun on its head. A world that once seemed to be the setting of dystopian works is now a common reality. Entire economies are crumbling. Death rates climb every day. Social upheaval is now the news of the day. Every day comes varied predictions on how life will change after we, as a human race, get over this monumental time in human history. …

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Shivani Kumar

Trainee lawyer, freelance writer and future tech kid.

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