Whats worth reading

My friend Sroyon, who writes a funny, gentle and very thoughtful blog asked on his FB page if there were websites that people learnt useful / interesting stuff from:

(“Are there any websites which you’ve learnt a lot from (apart from the obvious ones like Wikipedia)? It can be about anything – general knowledge, or knowledge on some specific subject which interests you. This is not a survey, I’m just asking out of personal interest.”).

Some of the responses surprised me and made me smile! As with any such combination of the two, I felt this was a question worth taking to Twitter as well.

As of today, here are the responses that Sroyon and I have received (tagged FB and Twitter respectively). Are there more such places on the interwebs? Tell!


  1. http://www.britannica.com/
  2. http://www.sahapedia.org/
  3. http://jezebel.com/
  4. http://waitbutwhy.com/
  5. http://www.activistpost.com/ Discretion advised though
  6. ZenPencils
  7. http://mindingourway.com/
  8. John Green’s Crash Course series. Start off with the Crash Course series on World History
  9. https://www.marxists.org/
  10. https://www.youtube.com/user/Kabirproject
  11. http://www.chapatimystery.com
  12. http://plato.stanford.edu/
  13. Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
  14. The school of life on YouTube



  1. How Stuff Works
  2. Newyorker (+ archives)
  3. NY/London Review of Books
  4. Kevin Kelly’s 50 greatest magazine articles
  5. Top rated posts on various subreddits such as ELI5, AskReddit, etc.
  6. Postsecret for life lessons
  7. for annotated lyrics. Especially for rap.
  8. Goodreads for books and IMDB for movies.
  9. FirstTimeInvestor.in
  10. centauri-dreams.org
  11. gohighbrow and datamonkey
  12. xojane
  13. khan academy and MIT for technical subjects, w3schools for coding, and Google ofc
  14. stackoverflow is google for developers
  15. http://longform.org
  16. alistapart.com/topics

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