Benares – The beginning

The next few posts will be a continued progression of my experiences¹ in the mysterious city of Benares²! Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – The beginning

 
I’m thinking, How do i even start telling you about this mysterious city of Benares!
 
How about death?
 
 
First day of my Benares visit. It’s Dusk time!
 
I crossed the Main Ghat and was walking towards the eastern  ghats. There it was.
 
Harishchandra Ghat!
 
Harishchandra Ghat, Benares

Photo – Himanshu Sachdeva

Product Review – Puma ignite Running Shoes

As you might already know, I’ve been training and running marathon‘s from more than a year now. So i recently got myself more technical running shoes.

Puma ignite.

This pair costed me Rupees – 9999, i bought it from a local Puma store. You can buy it online as well, from here at Amazon: http://goo.gl/qrJ6eJ

As i was searching for these shoes but couldn’t find much of video reviews at that time. So I thought why not make a detailed review of these shoes and post it on YouTube.

So here it is.

Part – 1 of the Puma ignite review

This part covers out of the box review and design aspects of these shoes.

In part – 2, I will cover the performance aspect. I’ll be posting that review shortly, as i have to put these shoes to test before i can give a comprehensive performance review.

So till then, please enjoy the part – 1.


What do you think? Let me know in the comments section below.

P.S.: This is not a paid endorsement of any kind. This is just a genuine review of the shoes i recently bought by paying cash. However the link above is an amazon affiliate link which helps me keep this blog running. 

Looking back (An annual review – 2015)

From past two years I’m doing an annual review of my life. Cause I want to pause and reflect back on my successes and failures of previous year and publishing it here in this Blog keeps me accountable for the next year.

Looking back (An annual review - 2015)

Picture Courtesy – Michal Parzuchowski [Stocksnap.io]

This is my third annual review, you can access my previous reviews here (2014) and here (2013). This year also I’ll answer three questions, same as last 2 years:
  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well year?
  3. What’s am I working toward?
Keeping yourself accountable is a great thing I’ve learned from several people in the last year’s timespan. Many famous Bloggers/Vloggers and authors have mentioned it, they’ve mentioned one more thing which is – “In-order to make yourself accountable, you have to let someone else be the judge”. I couldn’t do that as of yet, but it’s in my resolution list for year 2016. [I’ve compiled a new year’s resolution list as well, will be tagging that here shortly] This year I want to remove a few not so good habits from lifestyle as well. So making myself accountable for the actions i take will be a good start, so I’m gonna let some of my close friends who can be as ruthless as this task will require to punish me if I don’t do well in this task. So that’s gonna be interesting, only time will tell.
2015 has been the greatest year of my life till yet. After the last 2 Annual Reviews, this year when I kept record my doings and held myself accountable for things I was doing for myself I felt more control over my life, far far better than in any other year of my life. It was like in some way I knew where i was heading. From the learnings of the last year 2015, I’m finding acquainted with more knowledge about areas of life which were untouched earlier which eventually led me to be in a self aware mode. I was completely in the zone of doing things in the last whole year.
I’m keeping this post in 3 parts to avoid it becoming a really really long post (longer than my target of 3000 words per post). First part will be – ‘What went well this year?’ I’ll just keep the next two parts as to be continued. In-fact i just don’t want this post to read like desperately moving towards closure but want to make it really in-depth and insightful.
Lets cut to the chase. I hope you find it interesting.

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Story of my first Half Marathon.

Some people are born to be Athletes. Well, I’m definitely not one of them.
 
In my childhood, I was always game for sports. All kind of sports. I played badminton, cricket, basketball etc. I always wanted to take part in sports but I was more of jack of all rather then being a specialist. I never focused on one single sport, I was little there in each of the sport.
 
But as I came out of college and started working on my first job in Mumbai. I realized that I needed to get back into sports. I was now too skinny and a long way from fit. Then it started getting worse. I became under weight.
 
The picture below is from 2010 (5 years back). Yes, that’s me. Some of you might not even believe it (Even though its all smiles but still). You had to see me to believe it.

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Episode 01 – Flowers for Algernon

 

FlowersForAlgernonThis is pretty long time since my last post.

Today I’m gonna introduce you to my new experiment. Experiments of Lifestyle Architecture Lab (Podcast).

I’ve done an overview of the classic science fiction book – ‘Flowers for Algernon’. Please check it out and let me know, how you like it.

If its good, bad or whatever it may be, your feedback will help me get better.

Here you go. My first podcast episode.

 

Foot Notes:

Wiki Link on the book – Flowers for Algernon

Buy it from Amazon here – Flowers for Algernon

Gratefulness, motivation and running stories!

Earlier I’ve written about my daily rituals and how I keep myself going. If you have read my earlier post, you may remember the importance I give to gratefulness in my life.

Everyday I wake up, I see the sun rise, I go for my morning run, while running the breeze comes on my face, I get to see beautiful scenes of nature – trees, stray dogs, fallen leaves, the sea flowing. All these things make me feel alive. At that time, I tell myself how grateful I am to the creator, who shows me the real beauty in everyday life.

Each day in my daily prayer I pause for a moment to think about the world we live in right now. Where we can breathe fresh air, walk and run freely, eat whatever we like, wear whatever we feel good in, go where ever we want. I feel grateful for this abundance of nature, this freedom. This habit of being grateful keeps me motivated.

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Looking through the tiny keyhole

We all see the world through our own tiny keyhole.

Today we are living in a comparatively peaceful world then the last couple of centuries. We should be grateful for that. Days of literal war are a talk of the past. But everyone fights a different kind of war today. We fight it everyday. A beggar fights for a meal, a rich fight to stay rich, an artist fights the block, an athlete fights to reach their optimum performance.

It doesn’t matter how hard you fight, what matters the most is if you are consistently putting efforts. Its not about how furious you are its about how consistent you are.

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