Saturday-Pentacle – Week 42 – 2018

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 42 – 2018


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Book I’m reading –

THINK STRAIGHT: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life – This is the book from one of the new age non-fiction writers I look up to – Darius Foroux. As it feels from the title, it’s kind of a self-help book about thinking. This subject is very close to my heart as well, as at the core I find myself as a student and a teacher at the same time. You can only become both of these if you learn and then know how to think! A good read.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Scaled Down!
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A band I’m fascinated with  —

The Yellow Diary – This band has a special place in my heart, as the bassist of this band is my friend Stuart DaCosta and I’ve seen this band from the time of its formation and them growing up into this phenomenal team. Now they are signed by Sony India.

If you want to start listening to them I’ll recommend two songs – Sada and Kashmir.


A song I’m loving —

Kashmir – This song is from the Yellow Diary and I’m fascinated with it from the past week.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Music is like coffee for the soul. Dark, hot and maybe bitter. But for some reason we all still go to it.”

— Source


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 42 – 2018

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 13 – 2018

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 13 Issue


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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!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 40 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 40 Issue


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App of the week –

MyFitnessPal

This week I’m re-featuring one of my favorite Lifestyle App and it’s MyFitnessPal.

If you are on a weight loss journey and feeling it’s not working, chances are you’re doing the diet wrong.

Diet tracking isn’t a very entertaining task. But if you are really serious about making your diet and exercise plans work. Then diet tracking has to be one of the top most priorities for you.

MyFitnessPal is my personal favourite for this purpose. I’ve been using this app even before it was acquired by Under Armour back in 2015. What makes this app useful is the fact that they have a website complimenting their mobile apps and that’s a huge plus. When you are in office having a few moments, you can log your diet from the website there or when you are commuting you can log your diet from mobile app. It’s really easy.

Secondly, they have a large collection of foods and meals, which even includes Indian dishes or meals. So logging a meal is a buttery smooth experience.

In my experience of diet tracking, this app has been really useful and just even the idea of having a look at what you are eating at the end of the day makes sense. It makes you conscious towards your eating choices.

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


My most popular Instagram post recently

Today’s short story is dedicated to a dear friend and colleague who passed away young, couple of weeks back.⠀
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His last message – “Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too.”⠀
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Story – ⠀
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Endings can be beautiful too!
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6PM.⠀
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“I think we’ll miss the sunset. But that’s ok. There is another one tomorrow.” I said.⠀
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“No! I don’t want to miss. Let’s try. Uncle, please drive fast!” She said, pushing the cabbie.⠀
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We were 5 mins late from the perfect sunset. But still, it was not down under, we caught it right before it was going to be engulfed by the sea.⠀
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We sat on a crack on that lighthouse wall and just waited for the dying orange sky to be dark.⠀
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Who thought the endings could be beautiful too?⠀

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Today's short story is dedicated to a dear friend and colleague who passed away young, couple of weeks back.⠀ .⠀ His last message – "Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too."⠀ .⠀ Story – ⠀ .⠀ Endings can be beautiful too! .⠀ 6PM.⠀ .⠀ "I think we'll miss the sunset. But that's ok. There is another one tomorrow." I said.⠀ .⠀ "No! I don't want to miss. Let's try. Uncle, please drive fast!" She said, pushing the cabbie.⠀ .⠀ We were 5 mins late from the perfect sunset. But still, it was not down under, we caught it right before it was going to be engulfed by the sea.⠀ .⠀ We sat on a crack on that lighthouse wall and just waited for the dying orange sky to be dark.⠀ .⠀ Who thought the endings could be beautiful too?⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #RIP⠀ #memory⠀ #sea⠀ #lighthouse⠀ #sunset⠀ #sadness⠀ #life

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

Why You Need Emotional Intelligence To Succeed In Business – Yet another good article from Darius Foroux. This article talks about EI (Emotional Intelligence), why it matters more than IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and also shares the process of how to improve your EI. Good Read.


I’m reading/watching/listening to

Why our screens make us less happy | Adam Alter – This small (under 10 minutes) TED talk by Adam Alter is quickly becomes an eye opener as soon as you are done watching this talk. His psychological analysis of how people use screens and how addictive these screens are, is fascinating.

Adam is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“In a sense, people are our proper occupation. Our job is to do them good and put up with them.”

― Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor from 161 til 180)


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 35 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 35 Issue


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Post of the week –

26 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known When I Was 20 Years Old – In this post, I share 26 things I wish I had known when I was 20 years old. Of course I don’t know everything, but hopefully, these 26 things will help you become a better person.

Please enjoy and don’t forget to leave a comment on the post.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Coffee and shelter!

It was raining. Hard. We were all drenched.

Everything was on a halt. The city, the transport and the life itself. We were thinking what place we can go to, to be safe and get away from the heavy down pour. After thinking for a while I said, lets check if our cafe (the usual place) is open.

In the hope of finding shelter we waded through the water and crossed a few streets. To our lucky surprise the cafe was the only place which was open.

We were relieved. I looked at her and we both smiled.

We entered the cafe all dripping water from our clothes.

Just two customers were there, few servers and then some.

We were happy that we were safe, we went to the end, the couch setting. It was not the usual place we sat at. But we could recharge our phones to let people know that we were safe and then the coffee came.

Good things happen in most unthinkable circumstances. Sometime back we were worried about survival and now we were having this comforting cuppa joe.

I clutched her hand tight and our hearts smiled as we sipped the coffee.

Life is such, a cup of coffee after a rain storm.

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Coffee and shelter! . It was raining. Hard. We were all drenched. . Everything was on a halt. The city, the transport and the life itself. . We were thinking what place we can go to, to be safe and get away from the heavy down pour. . After thinking for a while I said, lets check if our cafe (the usual place) is open. . In the hope of finding shelter we waded through the water and crossed a few streets. . To our lucky surprise the cafe was the only place which was open. We were relieved. I looked at her and we both smiled. . We entered the cafe all dripping water from our clothes. . Just two customers were there, few servers and then some. . We were happy that we were safe, we went to the end, the couch setting. It was not the usual place we sat at. But we could recharge our phones to let people know that we were safe and then the coffee came. . Good things happen in most unthinkable circumstances. Sometime back we were worried about survival and now we were having this comforting cuppa joe. . I clutched her hand tight and our hearts smiled as we sipped the coffee. . Life is such, a cup of coffee ☕️ after a rain storm. . . #coffee #story #rain #mumbai #love

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

Sheryl Sandberg Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice – Sheryl Sandberg who is the COO of Facebook was interviewed by Inc and she gave a brilliant piece of advice on career and the best part is it will work for someone new at the job or someone as experienced as Sheryl herself. Read on by clicking the above link. It’s a good one.

Summary of the article Two words – Ruthless Prioritization. Quit wasting your time on the mediocre things or even just the ‘good’ ones. Choose great ones and then put in the work and energy.


I’m reading/watching/listening to

Amazing Podcast Episode – The Darius Foroux Show – Ryan Holiday: How To Create A Perennial Seller– Ryan Holiday inspires me a lot. So when I recently stumbled upon this new podcast and found Ryan as a guest. I couldn’t stop myself listening to it immediately and as expected it was a treat. So much to learn from this podcast. If you are a writer or a content creator. Get a pen and paper out for making notes.

Podcast links – Sound Cloud | iTunes


Quote I’m pondering on lately – Today’s quote is inspired from the fundamental point of my venture Lifestyle Architecture Lab, which is minimalism.

“It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. ”

—WILLIAM OF OCCAM (1300–1350), originator of “Occam’s Razor”


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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26 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known When I Was 20 Years Old

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As Ludwig famously said –

Less is More.

We are always running behind something and someone. When we don’t really know the meaning of this philosophy, we may want everything we see.

In the past 10 years of my life, I’ve slowly started to comprehend this fact. That less is more and this eventually became a fundamental value of whatever I do.

There are many other learnings like this which shaped me as a person in past 10 years. I thought to share these with you, as some of you might be in your twenties and find them helpful. So I jotted down these 26 learnings from past 10 years of my life as A to Z below.

How did I learn them you ask? I have learned these from various books, people and experiences.

I wish I had known these 26 things when I was 20 years old but here they are for you. The 26 reminders –

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