Saturday-Pentacle – Week 52 – 2016

Can’t really believe 2016 is gone and this is the last update of this amazing year. I made this one a little special. Please enjoy.


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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 52 – 2016

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Post of the week – Top 10 most loved posts of 2016

This is the comprehensive list of top 10 most loved posts of 2016 from my blog. Please enjoy.

My most popular Instagram post recentlyThe little guy – This Buddha face statue gives me so much peace.

Article I’m enjoying (and pondering) — City in a Suitcase: Designer Daisuke Kitagawa Offers Insight into Tokyo’s Culture

What I’m reading/watching/listening to

  • YouTube – Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace – I really loved this interview of Simon Sinek onMillennials.
  • YouTube – Brain Food (Instrumental) Playlist for focus and thinking.
  • Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday – Have heard a lot of good reviews about this book. This book is from Ryan Holiday about whom I was introduced through Tim Ferriss’s podcasts. Just started reading this and so many good things from the page 1. Looking forward to finishing this books.

    P.S.: A lot of Stoic philosophy inside.

A Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition.”

– Steve Jobs

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

– Himanshu


As this is the new year eve. Wishing you all a very Happy New year – 2017.

Let’s create some magic in 2017.

I celebrated the New year’s eve at NMMC Belapur office with New year Fireworks and amazing laser show, it was spectacular, here is a picture of it from a few hours back.


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Top 10 most loved posts of 2016

2016 was one of the amazing years of my life. I accomplished better than ever and wrote more than 50 posts (over 60,000 words) in the entire year.

I thought it would be awesome to compile a list of my top 10 most loved posts of 2016. For one reason or another, the posts below are the ones that generated the most views, shares, comments, and emails.

Hope you enjoy and find something useful inside like I did while writing them.

Top 10 most loved posts of 2016

  1. Benares Travelogue (Day 1, Day – 1 Cont., Day 2, Day 2 Cont., Day 3, Day 4)
    I thought this travelogue is the one which will steal the show and it did. This is the most loved post of the year 2016 (in overall reader engagement). This travelogue is really close to my heart and the one where I put a lot of efforts.
  2. How this amazing medium helped me read more than 9 hours a week?
    This one is a post about audio books and podcasts. The second most viewed and shared posts of my blog in the year 2016.
  3. Story of my first Half Marathon
    This post literally shares the story of my first half marathon, ever. The story, learnings and the experience. This one stands 3rd in the overall engagement ranking.
  4. Why you should not give a shit about voices which don’t matter!
    This is the second podcast episode of my show – ‘Experiments of The Lifestyle Architecture Lab’. It really boomed my iTunes rank in past 2-3 months. Stands with 300+ downloads overall (iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and SoundCloud). I’m really excited for this. 2017 gonna be a year of audio (and maybe video too).
  5. Looking back (An annual review – 2015) – (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
    This post is my last year’s annual review. I’m looking forward to this year’s Annual review too. 2016 review gonna be published on 1st Jan 2017 (tomorrow).
  6. Resistance
    This post was a challenge post by a publication called ‘The Coffeelicious‘ on Medium. We were given the challenge to write a post after seeing a particular picture. I really enjoyed writing this post. It was loved on Medium too, though it didn’t make the cut in the challenge podium.
  7. Rosetta stone!
    This one is an old post but this one was loved by my readers this year as well. This is actually a poem. A critical one. On love! the hard part of love.
  8. Product Review – Puma ignite Running Shoes
    This post is my first ever video review of anything. This one is particularly on the Puma ignite shoe. If you are into running and running shoes fascinate you, you’ll cherish it.
  9. New year resolutions – 2016
    This one is my last year’s new year resolution list. I’m really excited about the resolution list of 2017 as well. I’ll share it in the new year itself (1st Jan 2017 which is tomorrow).
  10. Gratefulness, motivation and running stories!
    This is a post on running and my conversation with a stranger. It’s part fiction and part reality. This one is the 10th of the top 10 posts of the year 2016.

P.S.:

  • Benares Travelogue post (No. 2) and the Looking back post (No. 5) both consist of multiple posts in one. But I kept them together to provide more context.
  • This list contains a few posts from late 2015 as well, but they are one of the most read posts from 2016.

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 51 – 2016

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 51 – 2016

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Post of the weekBenares! Day – 4

This is the day 4 from my Benares travelogue post. This one is special. Cause it’s all about the most special thing of Benares. Subha-e-Benares! (The morning of Benares) and the Sunrise. Some spectacular shots to treat your senses.

My most popular Instagram post recently — The snake boy! Even though this is neither the ‘most’ popular post nor from ‘past week’ but it’s relevant because of this week’s post of the week above, which is Benares! Day – 4 travelogue post.

Article I’m enjoying (and pondering) — I love the works of James Clear, here is another gem from his fact-based writing – The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do and What to Do About It.

What I’m reading/watching/listening to

A Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“On a moment-to-moment basis, being in the middle of doing the work is usually less painful than being in the middle of procrastinating.”

-Eliezer Yudkowsky

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

– Himanshu


As we approach the end of this amazing year 2016 and the festivity begins, this is Christmas eve.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!


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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 50 – 2016

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 50 – 2016

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Post of the weekHow this amazing medium helped me read more than 9 hours a week?

This is a post from last year which got some traction recently, as people in India have also started moving towards this awesome medium of content consumption. Hope you enjoy the post and it’s helpful to you in a great way.

My most popular Instagram post recently — 3 Monks! This is one of the most popular posts on my instagram. I took this shot in Sarnath (Uttar-Pradesh, India) in March 2016.

Article I’m enjoying (and pondering) — Recently i’ve been really keen towards the shopify platform due to the value it creates for the e-commerce clients. This article inspired me a lot – The Story of Ugmonk: From Side Project to Lifestyle Product Empire.

Another awesome article i’m pondering over again – 5 Things to Do Before Bed That Will Jump Start Tomorrow.

What I’m Watching/listening to — From past few weeks i’m listen to this amazing Audio Book – We Learn Nothing: Essays by Tim Kreider. This book is like comedy wrapped in dark sarcasm. I love the narrative style of Tim. Go for this (UNABRIDGED) audio book if you want a great non-fiction listen. You may get some “Holy! Shit, i didn’t even think about it that way” type of life lessons in this book. Click the link of the book to get this audiobook, plus any one other audiobook out of the millions of audiobooks for free*.

A Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Big, undreamed-of things—the people on the edge see them first.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

– Himanshu


I’m in love with Hyperlapse (from Instagram). Here is one of the good hyperlapes i shot while on my way to Vasai Virar Marathon 2016. Enjoy


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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 49 – 2016

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 49 – 2016

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Post of the weekUnboxing | MI Fitness Band – Version- 1 – As teased in the earlier posts, finally i did the unboxing and out of the box review of MI Fitness Band. Click the link and enjoy the review.

Please let me know your feedback. Any gadgets you would like to be reviewed? Please reply to this email and let me know.

My most popular Instagram post recentlyMoon hovering above my hand!

Article I’m enjoying (and pondering) — Who doesn’t loves road trips? Yes, we all secretly or openly do. So here is a NewYork Times article you must read – before you take a road trip, do this.

Another article which i really enjoyed was about relationships, it’s deep, it can shake your conscious a little hard. But you have got to read this – The biggest mistakes people make when choosing a life partner.

I know 2 articles are enough but can’t resist myself from sharing this one. It’s hilarious.  You’ll definitely laugh.

What I’m Watching/listening toAmsterdam travelogue, by FunForLouis. It’s so cinematic, that you feel it’s a hollywood movie scene. But it’s not. Kudos to Louis.

A Quote I’m pondering on lately – You gotta go through all the possible failures, so when the success comes, it tastes delicious. So here is a quote from Albert Einstein.

“Failure is success in progress”

-Albert Einstein

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

– Himanshu


Here is a picture i took in Madh island from this past weekend. It was beautiful. (And the reason of this saturday post coming on a tuesday.)


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Unboxing | MI Fitness Band – Version- 1

As you might already know, I’m a fitness enthusiast and a runner. So I like to track my fitness levels and activities like walking, running and sleep.

In this post I’m doing the unboxing and out of the box review of this MI Fitness band – Version – 1.

This particular MI Fitness band is a great starting point for anyone getting into fitness monitoring.

This band costed me Indian rupees – 999/-. I bought it from a MI.com online store. You can buy it online from Amazon.in. Just go here.

Detailed review to follow up later.

So here it is.

Unboxing | MI Fitness Band – Version- 1

This video covers unboxing, closer look at the band and brief over view of the product from design and esthetic point of view.

Please enjoy.


Let me know, which other fitness bands or products you would like to get reviewed. Please mention in the comments section below.

P.S.: This is not a paid endorsement of any kind. This is just a genuine review of the MI fitness band (version – 1). I bought it few months back from MI.com. However the link above is an amazon affiliate link which helps me keep this blog running.

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 48 – 2016

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 48 – 2016

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P.S.: Something exciting coming up. Read past the cool 5 things to know more.

Enjoy! 


Post of the week – WHY YOU SHOULD NOT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT VOICES WHICH DON’T MATTER! – This is the second episode of my podcast series – ‘Experiments of Lifestyle Architecture Lab’ podcast. I had a blast making it. I hope you enjoy it too. Just go to the end of the post and play the audio.

Please let me know your feedback. Tip – If you have an iPhone you can subscribe to my Podcast on Podcast app.

My most popular Instagram post recentlyThe Bombay Art Society

Article I’m enjoying (and pondering) — I love Meteors! These Are the Best Photos of the 2016 Perseids Meteor Shower

What I’m Watching/listening toVlogs of Sara Dietschy, i love her work. Check it out here. Enjoy!

A Quote I’m pondering on lately – How i adore greek philosophy! It’s the basis of my life structure. Another gem.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

– Socrates.

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

– Himanshu


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