Saturday-Pentacle – Week 16 – 2018

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Post of the week –

New episode on “The Himanshu Sachdeva Show” today –

#8 – Why traveling is great for creativity?

Today’s episode is about traveling and how it can help you be a better creative.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Remembering the day I stood on the tower looking over to this spectacular panorama of Ganges.

The Orange Sky
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Person I found interesting  —

Tim Kennedy – He is an American badass. Period.

I found him through Tim Ferriss and I can’t get over his personality. He is an American patriot who is on active duty with special forces. An MMA fighter and an entrepreneur. Go check him out, he is violent.


What am I watching —

The Strange Ones – Found this creepy short film on Vimeo. Amazing sound design and atmosphere in this short.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“The most useful insights are often found at the intersection of ideas.”

— James Clear


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 15 – 2018

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Post of the week –

New episode on “The Himanshu Sachdeva Show” today –
This episode is about productivity and how you can maximise your everyday output.

My most popular Instagram post recently

Revisiting one of my famous Insta posts –

Quintessence of life
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Article I’ve been pondering upon —

My Powerful 1-Hour Routine For Quick Success On Medium – If you are a writer, this is a great article to start working on the Medium platform and how you can succeed there. Real legit article with actual insight from someone who actually has achieved success. In this article, the author refers to Parkinson’s law which is often mentioned by Tim Ferriss (one of my favourite persons) –

“Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. If I give you 24 hours to complete a project, the time pressure forces you to focus on execution, and you have no choice but to do only the bare essentials.”


What am I watching —

Denali – I almost cried after watching this short movie. It’s the story of the dog Denali and Ben.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“When student is ready, the teacher appears.”

— Old proverb


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 14 – 2018

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Post of the week –

 

 

New episode on “The Himanshu Sachdeva Show” today –
In this episode, I talk about the process of creating meaningful ideas from the unstructured thoughts.

My most popular Instagram post recently

One Tree Hill
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One tree hill! . The magnificence of this point came to us accidently. While doing a round of Matheran on feet. (yes, we did the whole loop of matheran on feet in 2.5-3 hours). It was amazing. . When we were half way done and none of us had slightest idea of where one tree hill was and neither were we actually looking for it. . Call it destiny or the butterfly magic of just doing something and going for it. We saw the board of one tree hill. As we stepped the downhill stairs, in my heart i felt, we were going to see something amazing. . Then there it was, one tree hill it was right in front of us. On the slight right where the two rocks (the one we were standing upon and the one tree hill rock) met. It was a view you cannot forget. Wind was just cutting through us. We couldn't speak for few moments, delighted by the magnificence of nature we stood there. Apart from the wind, everything became still. . . P. S.: Its literally called one tree hill because there is one tree on top of the rock as you can see in the picture. . . #onetreehill #story #life #travel #matheran

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Person I’ve been pondering upon —

People Who Have “Too Many Interests” Are More Likely To Be Successful According To Research – Even though many of our cultures say that ‘jack of all and master of none’ is being a generalist. However it’s not perceived to be good. Like chinese people say – “Equipped with knives all over, yet none is sharp,”. But still the most impactful individuals , both contemporary and historical, have been generalists: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Richard Feynman, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison. But i think in modern world, it’s not about jack of all and master of none. It’s almost reaching to the point of virtual master of all. This is an interesting read Michael Simmons. Check it out.


What am I watching —

MOVE – Can’t believe this super short film is from 7 years ago. So much creativity in this world.

P.S.: Your head might hurt after watching it.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.”

— Napolean Hill


Until Next Saturday!

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Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 13 – 2018

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Post of the week –

In order to keep my podcast content simple I decided to split my main podcast into two shows –
  1. Experiments of Lifestyle Architecture Lab” – This is my main show, the place where you’ll find my formal podcasts on lifestyle design and interviews with creatives.
  2. **NEW** “The Himanshu Sachdeva Show” – This is my side show, the place where you’ll find more intimate conversations with personal stories and a little casual podcast.
So here is the latest episode from “The Himanshu Sachdeva Show” –

#5 – Step back to move forward – In this episode i tell a real life story and how to take a step back to move forward.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Throw Back to Pawna Lake Trip earlier this year.
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Book I’ve been reading this week —

Futurist in the Present: a Book About Art, Design & Life – Got the reference of this book from Darius Foroux (one of my favourite writers), this book is from Dani Foroux (Darius’s brother), it’s an interesting book as Dani designed a Shoe called ‘Sofia’ and this book is like the booklet of the whole process of Shoe design and the way he approached it and his design philosophy etc. I can say it’s interesting to read what goes on in a designer’s head while creating or designing. A good read.


What am I watching —

Saṃsāra – A short film that blew my mind cause it’s shot in one of my favourite places on this planet – ‘Benares’ and it brought back the whole feeling of being in ‘Benares’. Beautifully shot, specially the time lapses and the amazing transformation shots of Taj Mahal and other monuments.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Don’t let life harden your heart.”

— Pema Chödrön


Until Next Saturday!

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Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 12 – 2018

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Post of the week –

Leave The Office On Time and Don’t Take Your Work Home – Rightly said by the author, these two lessons are true for every person who wants a long, happy, and satisfying career. Good Read.


My most popular Instagram post recently

The Lady Bird
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Person I’ve been pondering upon —

Ken Burns – I knew this name when I started making short movies in Apple iMovie on my iPhone. Ken Burns is an effect, where you can put life into still images by slowly zooming into them and panning. However I didn’t know it’s actually dedicated name to an actual person. Ken Burns, who is a renowned Filmmaker. He often used this effect to make still images of historical values, alive. His documentary movies even won Academy Award Nominations. Really fascinating guy.

You can connect with him on Twitter.


What am I listening to —

Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka – This song was introduced to me by a colleague. I didn’t like it as much first. But it slowly grew on me.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”

— Pierre-Marc-Gaston


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 11 – 2018

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App of the week –


Runtastic Push-Ups Trainer

Recently when I was trying to get back into strength training mode, I wanted to start with Push-ups, but I got rusty due to not doing pushups from a very long time (almost more than a year). Hence when I wanted to get back to doing 10 to 20 pushups at a time, I downloaded this training app again on my phone, which helped me earlier in doing pushups regularly and reaching 20+ pushups goal in a single go.

This app basically relies on the proximity sensor of your phone and when you do a pushup you have to start the app and keep it under your face or nose and then do the pushup. When you come closer to the screen or even touch it both counts as a pushup. The exciting thing about it is that it has a challenge mode also where you can compete against hundreds of other real people doing the reps.

If I got you curious, you can download it here – Android | iOS.

 


My most popular Instagram post recently

Photo No. 11.

Hall of Mirrors!
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BhTTetYlFUs


Article I’ve been pondering upon —

Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons – A really interesting article on relationships. A long but good read with more than a few practical nuggets on relationships. Get a cuppa coffee and read on.


What am I watching — This one is a keeper. Loved this interview of Karlie Kloss with Tim Ferriss. Karlie is amazing and not just with her beauty but with brains too. She runs a programme for 13-18-year-old girls who want to learn how to code. It’s called Kode with Klossy.

I was fascinated with the fact that being a supermodel and a super successful woman at the age of just 25 how amazing her thought process is. She jots down her thoughts on a notebook, churns them into ideas and then executes them one by one. That’s what a do-er do.

A great listen guys. Give it a go.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“If you change what you believe is possible, you change what becomes possible.”

— Unknown


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 10 – 2018

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Update of the week –

As I usually share these articles on whatsapp broadcast channel and also via email and social media. I think whatsapp currently have limited set of options in terms of engaging with you (my readers). So with that perspective, I want to get you onboarded on my new Telegram group which eventually be your one stop shop for all my articles, podcast episodes and much more.

Join my Telegram broadcast channel today and start exploring my article catalogue.

If you don’t have Telegram app and don’t know about it, it is a messaging app like Whatsapp but much more secure as per my experience and also it has advance features like cloud based (you can access all your message accross all your devices), super secure encryption (they challenge you to break their security in a challenge), secret chats, better statistics of the messages and awesome stickers to chat with (I bet you’ll never reture to whatsapp once you started using telegram) is available on all major platforms like Android, iOS, Web, Windows, Mac etc.

You can download it on any of your device by going here.

 


My most popular Instagram post recently

Photo No. 10 from #projectrajasthan

The Garden
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Article I’ve been pondering upon —

Mental Models: How to Train Your Brain to Think in New Ways – This article from James Clear is so though provoking. This small article took me almost two days to read and go through the concept. But it was more than worth it. Once you read this article, It will force you to think about the new mental models which you don’t see through right now. Eventually forcing you to change the way you think literally.

This type of though process can stimulate your brain to see the world with a new perspective and look at any problem from a brain area which was earlier untouched, hence you sometimes are able to visualize the solution which you could never see before. A must read.


What am I watching —

Land Of Maybe – I’ve loved this short film by The North Face. 3 famed mountain climbers go on the adventure of riding a highly technical climb of a straight mountain wall in The Land of Maybe (Faroe Islands). I was amazed to know how one man can own an entire mountain in this part of the world.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – Today’s quote is from the James Clear’s article I mentioned above.

“The chief enemy of good decisions is a lack of sufficient perspectives on a problem.”

— Alain de Botton


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 9 – 2018

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App of the week –

TSF 3D Launcher

TSF 3D Launcher for Android – This android launcher app is amazing, it can really blow your mind with the UI and user experience it provides. It’s been my daily driver on my android from some time now.

It provides an amazing navigation technique with which you can navigate the home screens with a single flick of a finger. The animation and the transition effects are smooth as butter.

This is purely for android and you can download it for free from play store here.


An Interesting Instagram account I’ve been pondering lately

Rahul Vangani

A sample shot from that account –


Article I’ve been pondering upon —

How a 26 years old reached his financial freedom so fast – Interesting article on real estate investing and how a 26-year-old made it to his financial freedom by investing in Real Estate with almost no money. It’s hard but not impossible.


What am I watching —

How to Stay Focused (Unusual Biohacking Tips That Work) – Some interesting new techniques on “How to stay focused?”. Some cool prototype gadgets at the end of the video, to help you gain focus.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.”

― Bodhidharma, The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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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.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Darkness in the mirror
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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!

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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.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Photo no. 8
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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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