My name is Sahil Handa. I was born in North London to Indian parents — one was born in Kenya, and the other in India. I spent three years living in India (2006 - 2009) before returning to London for high school at this grammar school. I then took a gap year to run around the world backpacking, skydiving, and dancing with strangers. I'm currently taking indefinite leave from Harvard, where I am doing a joint major in Social Studies & Philosophy and a minor in English. I also spent two terms at Jesus College, Cambridge in the Spring of 2020, where I finished my Junior year.
I am currently working on a startup called ByLines (more soon.) Before that, I was on the founding team at Persuasion, a publication dedicated to defending the values of a free society. I like to read, write, listen, and dance (literally and metaphoritcally.) In a past life, I had extremely long hair and played the guitar. Topics I’ve been thinking about recently: digital identity, decentralization, polarization, the future of religion, time travel, the future of education, generational divides, and myth-making. I am commisioned to write a book about the campus comformity crisis, and the project is ongoing, albeit slower than I intended.
Here’s a selection of some recent writing:
- What the Old Don’t Get About the Woke (January 25, 2021)
- Why I Refuse to "Educate Myself" (Aug 30, 2020)
- How to Tame Tiktok (July 27, 2020)
- Boris Johnson’s Victory and the Political Realignment Shaking Western Democracies (January 2, 2020)
- Dominic Cummings and the Populist Surge (August 10, 2019)
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