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Greetings dear reader! A warm welcome to my blog.

You may have stumbled here by mistake so let me take this opportunity to introduce to you to who I am and what I do.

My name is Sanjith Rao and this blog was started by me almost ten years ago. I am a 19 year old who is interested in politics, sustainable living through modern-tech and many other things (that you can read about on my blog). I urge you to take a look at my featured post, that keeps changing from time to time or just go through my archive (click on the 3 parallel lines - the sidebar on the top-right corner) to see what I have to offer.

My interests (in no particular order) include debating (a lot of which I do on my blog), grass roots level governance, cycling, micro-mobility, public policy, article writing, stock market investing and Electric Vehicle Tech.

You will find articles on politics (I focus a lot on Indian politics), my life in general, reviews on places and things, experiences and thoughts. Feel free to follow my blog via signing up for its mailing list or leave me a message (both can be done via the sidebar) and I will gladly get in touch with you! 

Quick facts:


Who am I? Sanjith Rao
What do I do? Study, blog, invest, cycle, travel
Where do I study? Sciences Po (2020 - present)
Where have I studied? Mallya Aditi International School (2018-2020), Sishu Griha Montessori and High School (2004-2018)
Where do I live? Bangalore, India/ Le Havre, France
Languages I speak: English, Kannada, Hindi, French, Mandarin (just the basics)

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