Saturday-Pentacle – Week 8 – 2018

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Product I’ve been enjoying

Coffee for Athletes by Unived – I’ve always loved coffee but due to the jitters, the normal coffee gives (the instant coffee or the normal roast coffee), I slowly started going away from coffee and became more of a tea lover. But when I learned about this coffee from Unived (a vegan Indian Brand), thought to give it a try. This particular coffee didn’t give me any jitters post having it. Neither I felt any sudden peaks and drops in the energy. It was more like slow energy increase and a very slow drop.

I’m still experimenting with it, as of now I’ve tried a south Indian style filter coffee with this technique. I also tried a power black coffee recipe which includes the coffee decoction created by the south Indian style filter coffee technique mentioned earlier but instead of sugar, I used organic jaggery and one teaspoon of raw coconut oil and I loved it more than the filter coffee.

If you want to buy it, here is the link.


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Article I’ve been pondering upon —

26 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known When I Was 20 Years Old – Last year one of my articles was published in ‘Youth Ki Awaaz’ which was a proud moment for me. When I stumbled upon it again recently, It felt amazing to go through it once again and to think in retrospect how my life experiences have moulded me as who I am today. Resharing it in the hope that it inspires you in some ways.


What am I watching —

Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport – If you have been following me for some time, you may know I love the work of Dr. Cal Newport mainly Deep Work. In this video, Dr. Cal explains why quitting social media won’t make any negative change in your life but may help you lean towards a state of deep work. Where you can connect with yourself more and bring out the work of your life with more ease. Interesting arguments. A good listen.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“You are still young, free.. Do yourself a favor. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 7 – 2018

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Post of the week –

Looking back (An annual review – 2017) – This is the time of the year again, a yearly life review of my last year. Last year I did it almost in the second quarter. This year I’m a bit early even though still late.

So here it is, as usual consisting of three questions – 1) What went well? 2) What didn’t go so well? 3) What am I working towards?

This is an intentional public post to keep myself accountable for the targets I set for the year 2018. If it inspires you, you can use this template and write your own life review. I’m sure it will impact your life in a positive way.


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Amber Fort
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Photo no. 8 . Amber Fort . We reached right before the dusk time at the Amber Fort and as we entered, before we climbing up the stairs to enter the central area of the fort, we just went to the big right alley by passing through the tourist counter area and there it was the beautiful sunset. . As you can see in this photo there is another palace like structure visible under the beautiful flare of sun. . After researching a little bit about it, I think it's the older palace (even though I may be wrong), known as Kadimi Mahal (Persian for ancient), which is known to be the oldest surviving palace in India. This ancient palace sits in the valley behind the Amber Fort. . Even though we could just see a silhouette of it. But to me, it looked like a dark place and conspired fear even just to look at it. . However, the sunset brightened up this dark place too. . Well, that gave me hope. . . #projectrajasthan #amberfort #kadimi

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Article I’ve been pondering upon —

Why I decided to shave my head – Well, isn’t the title a little surprising? More so, if you are an Indian girl doing it without any religious intent or due to a disease.

This article from one of my recent acquaintances and who also happens to be a blogger/journalist – Priyamvada Mangal, was surprisingly liberating. She tells her story of how she broke the taboo not just for the sake of breaking it but to liberate herself and then went on this solo journey to McLeod Ganj. A Good Read.


What am I watching — (SPOILER ALERT)

The Big Sick – I saw this movie this weekend, which is based on a real-life romance of the Karachi born American comedian Kumail Nanjiani and (his now wife) Emily Gordon. Film’s romantic plot between a Muslim guy and a white American girl leads to Emily getting almost terminally I’ll but then coming back (ok that was the spoiler).

Here is the official Trailer for the movie. It’s available on Amazon Prime (just in case you have Prime membership).


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Looking back (An annual review – 2017)

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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 –

Photo by Tim Bogdanov on Unsplash

This is my fifth annual review, you can access my previous reviews for 2016, 2015 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), 2014 and 2013. This year also I’ll answer three questions, same as past 3 years:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well year?
  3. What’s am I working toward?

Hope it will be insightful and interesting for some of you. Lets cut to the chase.

Looking back (An annual review – 2017)

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Throwback Post of the week –

I was going through my photo archives recently and it inspired me to share my old Benares posts. So here are my Benares Posts which are like a visual diary of my solo to Benares (Varanasi) in 2016. Even though it was almost a 5 days trip and 2 days are missing from these posts (even though I intend to recall those memories and write down about those 2 days), but still, it has most of the essence of what I went through on this journey.

Here is one of the first-day photos from that trip, when I immediately got exposed to an overwhelming ‘Antim Sanskar’ (last rituals) going on the Benares Ghats that evening, there is more of it in the above posts if you want to get the flavour of Benares.

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Albert Hall
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Photo no. 7 . Albert Hall . It's also called Central Museum of Jaipur. . This museum is situated almost in the city center. But a little outside of the city hustle and bustle (which you could see near Hawamahal). . We wanted to get inside but due to short schedule we couldn't. . But we spent 15-20 minutes to check this amazing Building from outside and I could get a few shots. (one of them is this). . It had an amazing empty space right in front of it where floaks of peagons were coming in for their morning meals. People of Rajasthan are very generous to feed these peagons everyday with Bajra or any other eatables grains. . . #alberthall #jaipur #projectrajasthan #doubleexposure #experimentalphotography

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Book I’m looking forward to reading —

Jasoda – Honestly, I had no idea about this book and the author Kiran Nagarkar, until last Saturday, when I was in Kala Ghoda Art Festival’s (2018) Literature Event, which is usually held in David Sasson Library gardens every year.

I had put this event on my festival day calendar (yes, you have to make a calendar schedule for this festival, because there is a lot which goes on in this festival and frankly you have to choose your time wisely) which was the book reading by Author for his new book ‘Jasoda’. I hadn’t heard either about this book or about the author earlier. But turned out that this was one of the mesmerizing events of the day. The author turned out to be pretty good with humour and sarcasm. He read a few excerpts from his upcoming book including the starting scene, which is too terrifying to describe. But it goes something like this (P.S.: it’s my words with the understanding from the conversation and not the actual excerpt from the book) –

Jasoda (the protagonist) is lying under a tree. Her kid is alongside her. Her water had just broke and she is delivering her baby just by herself. She pushes through with so much pain and soon the head of the baby is out. Then she pushes again and baby’s torso and the down body area comes out but legs are still stuck inside the vagina. As soon as she knows that it’s a girl. She didn’t let her out completely and gets the baby’s head in her thighs and chokes her to death.

Well, if that’s less horrendous then you must read the book. Kiran told us in the conversation that this event is from real life and actually happened some decades ago. It was so casual to kill a baby girl in that era that after killing the baby, Jasoda just went on with her usual routine like nothing happened. Phew!! (Taking a deep breath…)


What am I watching —

How to Wake Up at 4am Everyday: 4 Practical, Non-Hacky Ways – If you are fighting the need to wake up early, this video has some practical tips to help wake up pretty early in the morning without getting too cranky. (and yes I mean like “4 or 5 AM in the morning” early.)

By waking up early you get 2 potential advantages –

  1. You get 3-4 hours of ME time or the time you can just devote to yourself and your personal activities without actually having much of distractions, cause most of the world is still sleeping at that time.
  2. Secondly out of this ME time you can actually devote some time to working out and that sets a great tone for the rest of the day.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – Today’s quote is taken from one of the Kiran Nagarkar books ‘Cuckold’.

“There is no truer meditation than music and no journey of discovery greater than that of looking within.”

— Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 5 – 2018

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A cause I’m supporting and want you to join hands 

Talawe Wetlands

Through my cycling group, I recently came to know about a devastating plan of the govt in Navi Mumbai. They want to build a golf course where there is a huge wetland (Talawe Wetland in Seawoods area).

A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. It saves us in many capacities from the floods as well. As Mangrove trees play a major part in regulating the flooding.

In this particular wetland, many birds arrive through their yearly migrations. More than 80 types of birds have been seen in this wetland and around including Flamingoes, Kingfisher, Swift, Purple Sunbird, Jungle Crow, Bulbul, Coel and many more.

When I visited it recently while the Save Talawe Wetland movement, I myself saw this amazing trail which is right beside this wetland. I could see bio-diversified life and an amazing natural habitat for these birds.

Destroying the wetland to make a golf course seems like a very absurd idea when there is already a golf course in Kharghar which is less than 10kms away from this place and I think not many golfers are there to ask for two golf courses in a small area.

So we did protest by spreading awareness through running/cycling events and making a human chain. The main team who started this movement has started a Change.org petition for this movement and asking govt. to change there minds and also providing permanent protection to this area by marking it protected natural site.

Please support this movement and save our Talawe wetland. Follow the Facebook page for more updates.

Here is a video compilation of our 4th Feb wetland day event –


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The bustling street of Jaipur.

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Article I’m pondering —

The Principles Of Life That Everyone Knows, But Only A Few Follow – A great read from Darius Foroux. If anytime in your life you have felt existential crisis. This post may be helpful and if you are going through that crisis right now, may help you in navigating through it as well.

So open your mind and read this post.


What am I watching —

The last days of Osama Bin Laden – I recently watched this documentary on National Geographic where acclaimed journalist Peter Bergen, who is one of a small handful people to have met Osama, heads to Pakistan for answers on the ground. This multifaceted investigation reconstructs The Last Days of Osama Bin Laden.

This US operation to get Osama alive or dead was called the Operation Neptune Spear and was executed by a special Ops team made up of US Navy SEALs.

Click the title link for official page of Nat Geo and here is the unofficial YouTube link to this documentary –


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“You need life to save you from what you want sometimes to give you what you really need.”

— Tim Ferriss (10th Anniversary review of The Four Hour Work Week Book)


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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