Keeping pace with Karthik Muralidharan, the 'Shinkansen' economist

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Meeting Karthik Muralidharan over Zoom is like running into the Japanese Shinkansen (bullet train) at full throttle. I have in the past come across a few others like him: People whose brain works at a pace the rest of their faculties fail to match, but most jumble up some thoughts in the process. Muralidharan is an exception.   After a few niceties, he plunges straight into his life story, taking me on so many roller coasters that I struggle to remain steady. I am relieved to see he does occasionally pause to catch his breath as I worry he will choke on his thoughts, which are .....

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