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My friend who is an exercise enthusiast and who ran a marathon was awed of women who ran much faster than she did. My father speaks of fellow African students during his NDA years who would be far ahead of the rest of the physically fit and equally young Indian cadets while running on plains or hills. So what are secrets behind fast marathoners? Magic genes or endurance or both?


Earlier there were managers who would doggedly supervise their subordinates to make work and processes more efficient – less time-consuming and more optimal. With gadgets and apps to maximise one’s personal productivity, “life-hacking” is the latest entrant in our “selfie-world” dictionary.

The article charts the process of supervision from times when it was external to today – when life has become an endless series of tasks which need to be optimized using life hacks!