Craving of The Yellow Diary

First video log (vlog) of 2017.

I shot this video in October of 2016. It depicts my small expedition to South Bombay to see my friend Stuart and his Band’s live performance at The Experimental Theatre in NCPA.

Please enjoy and let me know your feedback in comments.

Credits –

  • Live performance – Euphony Official & The yellow diary
  • Background Music – Andrew Applepie (Germany) – Check out Andrew’s page here – It may just peace you out.

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New year resolutions – 2017

Last year I first published a list of my top 10 new year resolutions for the year of 2016. So I’m continuing the tradition, cause it helped me move in the right direction in the last year throughout. I would go back each month to this resolution list and see my progress. It was a fun and productive process.

It’s the new year day today. New hopes, New resolutions and a report of last year’s resolutions. Here you go.

New year resolutions – 2017

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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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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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Benares! Day – 3

This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue posts (Day 1Day 1 ContinuedDay 2 and Day 2 Continued) on Benares trip earlier this year, Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – Day 3

In the day 2 post where i mentioned i met a few photographers and travelers while i was having my late lunch at the Cafe Zoe near Assi Ghat. We discussed a lot on traveling, photography and life in general, among other things. Life in their countries and life here in india. It was then that i started loving my travels more, cause they made me meet people from across the world who thought like i did.

We met in the evening again on the same day. While bidding goodbyes for the night they invited me to their place for breakfast the next morning. I was so psyched to meet them again. The best part! we didn’t exchange our numbers, they just gave me their address and told me to be their in the morning.

The next morning, i was up at 7 o’clock. Got my shower and ready to go in the next half hour. Then, I started for their hotel where few of them had been living from the past few days.

It was a Welcome Heritage hotel on the far north side of the Main ghat. As i walked towards this hotel, i had to go through two really scary and shocking spots, which i didn’t know were there on my way. First was the living area of the Aghori Babas.

Oh boy! That place scared the living shit out of me. But as i digested all that was going around while crossing that spot, i made peace with it. These Aghori monks are said to be an mysterious ancient tribe who feast on human flesh as part of their rituals, as well as drinking from human skulls, chewing the heads off live animals and meditating on top of cadavers in search of spiritual enlightenment.

Here a picture of an Aghori Baba taken by an Italian photographer Cristiano Ostinelli who spent time with the tribe to discover more about their way of life. Here’s the complete article.

Aghori Baba | Photo credits – Italian photographer Cristiano Ostinelli

I wasn’t even back to my wits yet, then came the scariest moment of my Benares Trip. It was a heavy feeling of weird kind of energy when i passed by the “Manikarnika Ghat”*. I’m getting goosebumps even right now, as i’m writing this. I couldn’t even take my camera out, when i was crossing this place.

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Benares! Day – 2 Continued…

This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue posts (Day 1Day 1 Continued and Day 2) on Benares trip, Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – Day 2 Continued…

Once i crossed the Flower boat, i started heading towards north again. Then as i was just crossing an area where a pundit was doing a ceremony, just after a family arrived back to the Ghats from a boat which had gone to immerse ashes of their deceased beloved in holy Ganges. It looked like a rural south Indian family, I tried to capture a few portraits of them.

I was expecting intense emotion of grief, but most of them were having happy faces except for the wife of the deceased. I tried to talk to them and found out the deceased was in pain and suffering due to a long hold malady. So the whole family was having a relief that at least now their beloved will not have to suffer through that pain which he was experiencing from a long time. Here are a few portraits:

I call these photographs collectively – “The Faces”.

The Couple!

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Benares! Day – 2

This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue posts (Day 1 and Day 1 Continued) on Benares trip, Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – Day 2

Subah-e-Banaras” is the local term (originated from Urdu) used for Benares Sunrise! Which is one of the many exciting charms of Benares. I didn’t know what to expect. But regardless, i had set my alarm at 4:30AM to wake up early in the morning, to get up, shower and make it in time till the Ghats.

The eve before i had asked a boatman if he could take me to the Ganges banks on the other side of the Ghats. He agreed and was to be found at 5AM on the main ghat as promised. When i reached there, neither i could find him nor his boat. The first disappointed of the evening.

Then i started walking north from the Main Ghat into the early twilight of the morning while sun was still below the Horizon. Here is the picture of the particular moment.

Photo - Himanshu Sachdeva

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Benares! Day – 1 Continued…

This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue post on Benares trip, Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – Day 1 Continued…

The sun just set. I started walking back!

While walking back i came across an old man¹, he had a magical smile.

As i was crossing him, looking at me he stopped me and said ‘Son! You don’t look from around here! Where have you come from?’

If a total stranger would ask you something like this, you’ll just ignore and walk away. But this old man just didn’t seem like one! That’s the magic of Benares! This old man seemed like an indistinguishable part of Benares! So i couldn’t help myself but reply with a gentle smile.

‘Uncle! I’ve come from Bombay. Indeed not around from here.’ ‘Are you a local?’ I asked.

‘Yes, Here from past 18 years almost. I was in Kolkata² for a long period of time, then destiny took me here and i never left.’ He replied.

All of his more than 50 years of life experiences were reflecting in his talks. We kept on talking for 15 minutes almost. Then i thought to take a picture with him. I asked a passing by foreign lady to take it for me. Luckily she knew, how to operate the camera. In fact more than i did.

Here is our picture and this dog never left –

Photo – Himanshu Sachdeva

Photo – Himanshu Sachdeva

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Resistance

'Resistance' - Picture courtesy — The coffeelicious post — http://bitly.com/2bvtCVt

‘Resistance’ – Picture courtesy — The coffeelicious post — http://bitly.com/2bvtCVt

 

She was standing on the edge of the cliff.

The gray blind still on her eyes, covering the blind of her hair on her face. She was ready to give in. But why?

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Why you should not give a shit about voices which don’t matter!

My second podcast episode is live!

Photo Courtsey: Patrick Pilz – Unsplash

Transcript:

I went on my morning run today!
Solid 8 miles with a 10 min/mile pace!
As soon as I’m past 2 miles, all the great ideas and thoughts start coming to my mind.
From few days, i was feeling low and unmotivated as many of the paths which I’m pursuing reached to a crossroads. I was not able to decide which way to go. Then a few voices in my head started talking.

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