Saturday-Pentacle – Week 34 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 34 Issue


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Saturday-Pentacle - Week 21 - 2017


Post of the week –

Vlog – Koparkhairane Ghansoli Run

Vlog – Koparkhairane Ghansoli Run – I made this 5 minutes vlog last week, about our group run at Koparkhairane Ghansoli Route.

Hope you like it. Please give it a thumbs up or share your feedback in the YouTube comments.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Trains crossing over!

Sometimes there are moments, when suddenly a guy ghosts away from the waiting bench between two trains.

And you say what the f**k!?

Look for it in the middle of the video.


Article(s) I’m enjoying (and pondering)

How to Brake While Towing – Came across this how to article this week and found it very useful. As we all (who drive) come across a situation where you have to tow a car (punctured or broken), so we must know, how to brake while there is a vehicle on our tow. You might find it handy.

Summary of the article This article advises speed is the key. More than even the technique of your braking, the speed of your primary vehicle which is carrying the tow. You should take a good long way to slow down and brake. First, down shift if you have a manual transmission on your vehicle and then according to the distance between your primary vehicle and the towed vehicle, make slow brakes. Being conscious about it shall make you avoid any sudden and panic brake while having a tow on your tail. Not a good spot to be in.


I’m reading/watching/listening to

Why humans run the world – When I heard about the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari from various intellectual sources like Tim Ferriss, Kevin Rose and few other blogs, it intrigued me a lot and I put it on my reading list for this year.

Then last week I came across this TED Talk by Yuval on why humans run the world and not the Chimpanzees and how the Machine learning and artificial intelligence might be putting the final nail in the coffin of the current classes of people. Probably a new class of people might just be emerging which is the useless people class, who are made redundant by machines.

Really interesting theory by Yuval, have a listen.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – Today’s quote is inspired by Vishal Sikka’s exit as a CEO from Infosys. He was a misfit from the cultural perspective. Hence, as Mr Peter Drucker once said.

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast everyday.”

— Peter Drucker


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 33 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 33 Issue


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Post of the week –

Q&A Tuesday

Q&A Tuesday – In the last week, on the Independence day eve (15th Aug), I did a Q&A Tuesday post, which was published later in the week. In this Q&A, I answered an interesting question sent by Ankita from Mumbai.

Question. Being workaholic is not always being effective at the workplace, so how do I make myself more effective and keep my work more sorted?

Check out my answer and details in the podcast.

Listen to it –

  • iPhone users – click here.
  • Android users – click here.

My most popular Instagram post recently

The Beatles

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life.

When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.

Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

― John Lennon


Article(s) I’m enjoying (and pondering)

Coconut Oil Tea – Today it’s not an article what I’m sharing but a recipe. I recently learned about this one and oh boy it made my Green Tea taste so good.

Summary of the article Make your green tea in the normal fashion and add one tablespoon of Raw Coconut Oil. Stir it well for 5 minutes until the goodness of the oil melts in your Tea and Tada!! I recommend reading the article for more in-depth details like double antioxidant properties etc.


I’m reading/watching/listening to

Bridge of Spies – If you love historical thrillers spy movies! You are in for a treat!

This Steven Spielberg movie starring  Tom Hanks as  James Donovan who was a lawyer in Brooklyn is turned into a negotiator by situations and does the job so amazingly is thrilling in itself.

The best part of the historical war or spy movies is that you get to experience the era long before you, which is untouched or unseen by you and now can never be seen again. That fascinates me.

This particular movie is about a specific scene when James Donovan is made the defender of a Soviet Spy Rudolf Abel. The whole country feels against the defending of this Soviet spy but James predicts that he might be useful in exchange of our soldier/spy in the time of the cold war with Russia. It turns out to be true, the prediction. Gary Powers who was a pilot of experimental super high altitude aircraft U2 is attacked over the clouds. He and his aircraft go down in Soviet Territory and eventually, James’s prediction comes true. US government then sends James himself for the negotiation of this exchange. Where instead of just getting Gary Powers the pilot, he also retrieves another hostage  Frederic L. Pryor who was an American PhD student at the time in Germany and was held by the Germans in the time of cold war.

Some scenes in the movie will feel spine shivering if you are a war movie fanatic.

Here is a trailer to get you curious –


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight”

— Sun Tzu (The art of war)


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Q&A Tuesday – 3

Q&A Tuesday – 3

Question is the new answer! Please enjoy and don’t forget to ask questions!

Transcript from the podcast –

It’s Q&A Tuesday! and I have a new question for this week, sent by Ankita from Mumbai.

Question. Being workaholic is not always being effective at the workplace, so how do I make myself more effective and keep my work more sorted?

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 32 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 32 Issue


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Saturday-Pentacle - Week 21 - 2017


Product of the week –

Fast&Up Reload

Reload is an amazing product from Fast&Up. Designed specifically as an ‘in workout’ hydration drink. It comes as tablets in a tube bottle. 2 tabs for 500 ml of water, which can provide sufficient hydration for a 10k run (as per my experience).

Just in case if I got you curious, you can go check out this Amazon link (affiliate link) – Fast&Up Reload


My most popular Instagram post recently

Remember me.

Nick was watching through the barbed wire window, from the other side wall of the graveyard.⠀

After that day he couldn’t confront her, even when she was dead.⠀

They both were standing near the highway 8, car parked off the road, gates were open.⠀

It was a very pitty thing on which they started arguing. They were frustrated and hence got into this meaningless fight.⠀

Without her knowing she had moved to the edge of the road.⠀

A guy in a blue porche, was talking over phone and he too was arguing with someone over the phone. Probably another case of boyfriend girlfriend trouble.⠀

Bang!⠀

Porche hit the girl and ran over her.⠀

While Nick just froze in his feet.⠀

“Carla!!!!”, he shouted after a few seconds as he unfroze.⠀

She was not moving much, her head was smashed under the front left wheel of the porche. Blood stream came down from her head and spread covered a big part of the road.⠀

Porche guy was frozen too. But before anyone could do anything, he speed up and ran from the scene.⠀

Nick came running to Carla. He was crying like a baby saying, “Baby, get up! Don’t leave me, Don’t go!”⠀

She just said, “Remember me” as she slowly drifted into deathly darkness.

Today Nick was looking at her grave from outside, as he couldn’t gather the courage to get past the gate of the graveyard. A voice came back to his head, “Remember me”.⠀

Tears rolled down his cheeks and he swayed away from the wall.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXwBEPJhkRb


Article(s) I’m enjoying (and pondering)

The Neuroscience of Seeing an Ex – An interesting scientific dissection of the phenomenon of meeting an ex after long. The end of this article seems to be inspired by one short article written by yours truly.

Summary of the article The people in our life either the ones who are there right now or an ex, play an important part in shaping and making who you are today. You are nothing but a pile of experiences.


I’m reading/watching/listening to

Hicksaw Ridge – I saw this World War II movie this week and usually I don’t break a tear, but the performance of Andrew Garfield as the WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss broke my resistance of a heart felt cry. Desmond Doss who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refused to kill people and became the first Conscientious Objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

This movie is directed by Mel Gibson, the legendary actor and director, who is known for producing movies of this grit. But Andrew Garfield just nailed this one with his epic performance. His accent felt very close to real life Desmond Doss, the emotion he carried, the perseverance he showed in this performance and the historical dialogue ‘Please Lord! Help me get one more, help me get one more’. It was Faith, Grit and Glory.

Desmond Doss carried 70+ injured soldiers alone from that ridge on that day of War. That is why he got the biggest military award of America.

This movie is worth the time spent. Here is the trailer to give you some chills.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“It is impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows”

— Epictetus (Greek Stoic philosopher from AD 50 – 135)


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 31 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 31 Issue


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App of the week –

TunnelBear

This app will make you teleported to another country, any country you want!

Just kidding, if not teleport YOU, at least it will teleport your IP address to look like one from UK or USA or NZ any country you want.

How is it helpful you ask?

Because there are many apps and services which are available to certain countries for example – Spotify, which is not available in many countries including India. But with a private VPN app like TunnelBear, you can temporarily change your device IP to not only download this app, but it will keep your Spotify app running until next reboot of the device or 14 days, whichever is earlier. But that’s just Spotify app, there are many more services, like Hulu, Netflix (I know Netflix launched in India, but the catalogue of shows in US and India are very much different). So this app magically changes your IP through VPN tunnelling and helps you use any services available in another country.

Plus its totally legal service and free till 500MB use per month. To change your IP just start it and stop this app after some time and your IP will remain changed to the logged in apps. So that won’t let you consume 500MB of the VPN service. Just in case you do, you can upgrade to the paid plan where you get unlimited data of VPN tunnelling.

Just in case if I got you curious, you can go check out this app –


My most popular Instagram post recently

Sailing on my shoes!

It was a long day, we were so tired that our feet were killing us, somehow we reached the end of the world. We stood there for few moments then sat on the edge of the world. In front of us was the endless ocean. Our tiredness, our failures of the day everything fell away. Then I stretched my legs and before even I knew, I was sailing, sailing on my shoes.

I hold her hand and whistled like a happy lad.


Article(s) I’m enjoying (and pondering)

THE CANVAS STRATEGY – This is a gem of an article from one of my favourite authors Ryan Holiday. Originally I read about this strategy in his book ‘Ego is the enemy‘. A very interesting article for anyone who is just starting up their career or a job.

Summary of the article “Find canvases for other people to paint on.” One way of looking at this quoted statement is – Make other people look good, which may mean a lot of ass kissing (working) and giving up credit for your ideas. But the other way of looking at this approach is finding the direction someone already intended to head and help them pack, freeing them up to focus on their strengths. Ryan points us to a very important word from the Roman history in this article which is – anteambulo and it meant a person who clears the path in front of their patron. But the indirect point Ryan making is – The person who clears the path, ultimately controls its direction, just as the canvas dictates the painting.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Billy Graham: On technology and faith – This is a video from 1998 of Reverend Billy Graham’s legendary talk at TED 1998. In this talk, he marvels at technology’s power to improve lives and change the world.

He puts up a very interesting question which is till date to be solved through technology. The question was “How do we solve the evil inside the humans?”

Even though I tend to keep religion and related things away from my writing and articles. But I found this particular talk very interesting when one of the most important clergymen talked about technology and took everyone through the historical times of David.

P.S.: This is a YouTube link below if you want to go to the original TED talk link go here.

 


Quote I’m pondering on lately – Today’s quote is one of the quotes mentioned by Billy Graham in the Ted talk above.

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of… We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart.”

— Blaise Pascal (French mathematician, physicist, inventor of calculator, writer and Catholic theologian)


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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