All stories by Ashish Sharma
Real Life, a game like none before: Sri Sri, JaggiRediff.com29 Nov 2017
'A small number of players like Sadhguru and Ravi Shankar claims to possess high wisdom attributes, allowing them to unplug from the game, like in The Matrix,' says Ashish Sharma.
Rahul, Marx, Dhinchak PoojaRediff.com15 Nov 2017
In a landscape dominated by social media, everything begins to matter less for what it is than for how many likes or re-tweets it can generate.
Ever celebrated a Virtual Diwali?Rediff.com4 Nov 2017
'I sat in the grass with avatars or 3D digital bodies controlled by others, reminiscing about phuljharis and chakhris, gazing up at fireworks programmed earlier in the day,' says Ashish Sharma.
Jobless? Here's how you can still make moneyRediff.com4 Oct 2017
Ashish Sharma wonders what kind of services low skill people provide to high-skill people who increasingly spend more time in virtual worlds, thanks to ongoing wealth gains at the top.
Bringing down Blue Whale won't be easyRediff.com8 Sep 2017
'Its 'curators' invite you through peer-to-peer networks (social media sites), and peer-to-peer networks mean there's no centralised authority to destroy,' says Ashish Sharma.
What we need: A toxin-free work cultureRediff.com24 Jul 2017
'What's the point in lamenting widespread toxic work culture, and the capitalist system that gives rise to it if there is no alternative?' 'Actually, there is,' says Ashish Sharma.
Want to date online? You may want to read thisRediff.com31 May 2017
'These online dynamics stem from offline India, where pressure to get married by a certain age is generally greater on girls than on boys,' says Ashish Sharma.
The crushing loneliness of holiday seasonsRediff.com30 Dec 2016
Worn down by the prospect of filling up a month-long holiday season with forced cheer and parties, Ashish Sharma stumbled upon a self-harm site. There he found community and comfort.
7.4 billion human avatars play this gameRediff.com20 Sep 2016
Have you ever heard of/or played this longest-running virtual game?
Feeling lonely? Talk to a chatbotRediff.com11 Jul 2016
Laugh out loud, have fun and while away time talking to chatbots. They are all yours!
Web monkeysRediff.com18 Jun 2016
Ashish Sharma remembers a time when he set up the Web Monkeys to save the still new internet from doom.
Thinspired? Beware!Rediff.com7 Jun 2016
In the warped world of anorexia social networks, fans cheer and boo and urge anorexics to extremes.
The perils of online loveRediff.com5 Apr 2016
'I felt sorry the handsome woman had to spend her birthday in a war zone, away from her eight-year-old kid and her drifting husband, both in the US.'
Do you know these bitcoin billionaires?Rediff.com22 Feb 2016
Bitcoin billionaires are well-known in the avenue of criminality.
When tuition classes were like social networkingRediff.com11 May 2015
Then, the young would avoid parents at home by joining tuition classes. Today, they avoid their parents on Facebook by joining WhatsApp.