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The second interview of the season is here!
[Photo Courtesy – Amit (Instagram)]
The second interview of the season is here!
Many of my friends are strong women which include not only the women who have gone against the wind and in many ways have conquered whatever field they have gone to, but also the women who stay at home and make a house – home. Both kinds of women do different things but they are strong in their own respective ways.
While talking to these women, frequently (knowingly or unknowingly) the word Feminism comes up every now and then. In earlier times when I didn’t know what this word actually meant, whenever I would hear the word feminism or feminist, an image used to come up of women who were always protesting over gender inequality. Which is true in its literary sense but honestly, it didn’t always excite me. At that time It used to feel like femme was a different race altogether. But after a decade of staying away from my home in an old little town, reading 100s of books and articles and talking and debating to these strong women in my life, the persona of feminism word has changed in its entirety.
Welcome to the first interview of the Lifestyle Architecture Lab podcast.
Introducing my audio interview podcast show – Lifestyle Architecture Lab.
In this show, I sit down and interview personalities who have designed a lifestyle of freedom for themselves. These guests range from artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, lifestyle coaches, investors, professional athletes etc. These conversations dig deep into their stories to find out their thought process, tools, strategies and tricks that makes them tick.
I’m really excited to take you along the journey of creating this podcast show with all these interesting guests. Thanks for listening and I’ll Talk to you in the first episode.
She just entered in the big white room.
It was lit like cool day light. White! But one could tell where the walls met in this white room.
She was standing in the center of the floor. She closed her eyes.
The room drifted into darkness, it wasn’t white anymore.
After a few minutes she gasped and took a deep breathe while opening her eyes. hhhhhhh!
She had experienced the same kind of feeling before, while getting up from sleep after a bad dream in the middle of the night in the old house of her Grandpa in childhood.
She used to visit them in the summer vacations. But she was always scared of the nights, because she couldn’t sleep easy anywhere apart from her own bed at her parents house. When the night came she would kiss her granny good night and go to the bed. She was given the left most corner bed of the big bedroom of her grandpa and granny. She always pretended to be the brave kid, but there was one thing she was afraid of. Her dreams in the night, when she was sleeping in a new bed.
It was that same feeling now, when she opened her eyes in this white room which now was pitch black.
Even though her eyes started adjusting to the darkness, but there was nothing she could see. Because there was nothing in the room but the walls. She just turned around and saw if she could go back, but the door from where she entered wasn’t there any more. Or may be she couldn’t see it in the darkness.
Her heart was beating fast and her breathe was faster.
She was starting to regret the decision of entering this room.
Exactly on this moment the room was filled with strange light, she couldn’t understand.
She thought probably the light is coming back. But No. It was a light coming from the room walls. A light you could see on a drive-in theatre’s projected screen where a movie casts through this projection. It was very real.
She started to gather her conscious and see that it was like an imagery playing over the room walls. It was her!
It was her in those images, sitting on a tree branch very high that she could look over this dreamy forest. She doesn’t feel good on heights, then what she was doing on this tree, sitting so high. Then she hears a fade growl and she looks down. There is a pride of lions sitting on the bottom of the tree! The lioness was growling slowly. As she sees the lions, she starts breathing so fast that she can’t hear her heartbeat anymore.
haaaa! haaaaaa! haaaaaaa! haaaaaaaaaaaa!
Suddenly the branch she was sitting, creaks and then breaks! She starts falling and screams!
That’s when she wakes up gasping, like she used to in her granny’s bedroom. hhhhhhhh!
What? how is that possible, she thinks puzzled. This was my dream, how can I see it now on this room walls.
What is this room? She thought!
Even before she could understand, the room was black again.
Hello! Somebody please get me out of here! She said.
But there seemed to be no one hearing her.
After struggling with the overwhelming thoughts of macabre. She was coming back to her wits.
Then again the room starts shimmering with the light.
It was another one!
She was now watching it more carefully.
She was at the playing area in the backyard of her school. Then one of her friends calls her out and says “Your mom is here and she is calling you, go inside she is upstairs.” It was late evening and she enters the school building again, it’s dark inside with not even a single light. She hears a screeching and before she can understand a thing, a cloud of bats fly over from her head and through the school door. She is terrified and her legs are shaking. She can’t move. Her mom calls from upstairs “Shiva, come up beta!”. But she is just crying silently. From a playful mood suddenly turned into a terrified statue.
Tears roll down her eyes as the room turns dark again.
She pinches herself to see if it is real. With a sweet pain in her arm she knows, it is real.
“What is this place?” She is not thinking it anymore, she is shouting. “What is this place!”
But after some struggle with her thoughts, she calms down again.
Ready for the next one!
Who is GenerationZ?
GenerationZ consists of those born in 1995 or later. As per a 2017 media research report, the GenerationZ is 26% of the total audience overall and the Millennials are now trailing behind at 22% of the total audience.
Just so it’s clear:
A “Millennial” is a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000.
Generation Z also known as Post-Millennials is the demographic cohort following the Millennials.
Here is a graph from that report –
Source – THE NIELSEN TOTAL AUDIENCE REPORT: Q1 2017
A few weeks back when I went for one of my long morning walks, I was passing by a bunch of kids in the joggers’ park. Kids who were in the age spectrum of 7-9 year old. One of those kids were having a cell phone, which looked like a good 10000 bucks phone to me, was talking to someone. I didn’t mean eavesdropping. But I could hear that small boy asking her girlfriend, “Hey baby, where are you? I’ve been waiting for you for half an hour, are you coming or should I go with my boys for a ride.”
My reaction to this was, “WTF” in my mind. I was standing there for a while before I could continue my walk.
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From past four years, I’m doing an annual review of my life. It’s the time when every year I take a pause and reflect back on my successes and failures in the past year. I publish it here in this Blog which keeps me publicly accountable for the goals for the coming year. Here is it for this year –
Hope it will be insightful and interesting for some of you. Lets cut to the chase.
Making new year resolutions has now become a habit, which I want to keep on cultivating because it helps me move in the right direction throughout the year. I tend to go back each month to this resolution list and see my progress. It is an interesting and forward-moving process.
2017 is over and a new year (2018) is here. For this year’s new year resolutions list, I’m putting in a few fresh resolutions and keeping a few from the last year. Why carry on with the old ones you say? It is because now I’ve started to know myself better than before and what keeps me happy and content.
For some people, new year resolutions are some things from which they want to break out, like a bad habit. For some, it is something new which they want to learn or do. For me it has all three, break out of something which I don’t actually like, learn something new and do something which I’m carrying forward from last year’s resolution list and haven’t yet completed.
Here you go.
As Ludwig famously said –
Less is More.
We are always running behind something and someone. When we don’t really know the meaning of this philosophy, we may want everything we see.
In the past 10 years of my life, I’ve slowly started to comprehend this fact. That less is more and this eventually became a fundamental value of whatever I do.
There are many other learnings like this which shaped me as a person in past 10 years. I thought to share these with you, as some of you might be in your twenties and find them helpful. So I jotted down these 26 learnings from past 10 years of my life as A to Z below.
How did I learn them you ask? I have learned these from various books, people and experiences.
I wish I had known these 26 things when I was 20 years old but here they are for you. The 26 reminders –
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From past three years, I’m doing an annual review of my life. Cause I want to pause and reflect back on my successes and failures of the previous year and publishing it here in this Blog keeps me accountable for the next year.
So this is gonna sound cliché but I’m the man of making resolutions and working on them, every year. So this year also I created a list of new year resolutions like last year. Coincidently I’m posting this annual review almost at the end of second quarter of the year like last year.
I think I’m liking this schedule as it gives me some more visibility on the new year’s resolutions and I can add some more context to the happenings of the year. If that doesn’t make sense, just read it as I was feeling lazy!
After the successful year of 2015, last year was not that successful overall but it was no less satisfying. I also experienced various sort of serendipities.
serendipity sɛr(ə)nˈdɪpɪti noun the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
Ok! That was not an editorial mistake I knowingly put that word definition above. Why? Because I’ve fallen in love with this word “Serendipity”.
Serendipity in my own definition is a state when we fall in love with the universe and start accepting and loving the present moment, then the universe starts loving you back in the strangest of ways.
There happened many serendipitous events in the year of 2016. Through which I felt strange new feelings derived from wandering, wondering and affection.
I’m keeping this post as a single post, unlike last year’s 3 part post which took so much time and complexity to get published. Hope it will be insightful and interesting for some of you.
Lets cut to the chase.