Saturday-Pentacle – Week 16 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 16 – 2019

First of all an Announcement —

This year I’m trying to make my blog and my podcast self sustainable as there is a lot which goes on monetarily apart from the human efforts I put out myself. For this purpose, I’ve integrated with Patreon. Patreon is a service/site which helps creators like me be supported by their readers or Fans. So you can support my work every month by becoming my supporter at Patreon. You can support me with as low as Rs. 70 (or $1) per month.

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Post of the week

Lifestyle Arhchitecture Lab Podcast – Bijay Nair

#7 – Bijay Nair (#TheyINSpire) – Active War Deployments, Becoming a Leader and balancing your life and passions – In this episode, I’m talking to the Bijay Nair, who is a former Lt.Cdr of Navy. He also a blogger and author. He has written a book named #TheyInspire. He’s also an endurance runner and a corporate professional post his retirement from defence services.
In this episode, we talk about his story. How he got into defence services despite all the financial and other difficulties. His naval academy day and some stories from his active service deployment times. At some places in this conversation, I literally got goosebumps listening about the armed forces and the sacrifices they make for the nation.

Please enjoy!


My most popular Instagram post recently

Intercom!
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…Click the photo below to read the entire story.


A video I found helpful —

As I and my family are working on the organization of our home a lot more now. So for upcoming kitchen work, during my research, I found this video for Indian Kitchen Organization very helpful.

Go check it out on YouTube.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.

Michael Pollan

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 16 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 15 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 15 – 2019

A Camera lens I’m intrigued towards

50mm Prime Lens – I love the pictures and video which has a great depth of field. So while researching and discussing with other photographers and filmmakers. I found that 50mm prime lens for almost every brand with f stops of less than 2 is a great lens to get that sweet bokeh effect. I’m very much inclined towards buying this lens. But I shall try it out by renting it before I put in the real chips.

In case you are interested, here is a great video explaining this lens.

If you own a DSLR here are a couple of links for buying one – Nikon | Canon


My most popular Instagram post recently

Did the drinks just start to shrink?
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…Click the photo below to read the entire story.


A Person I’m fascinated with —

Gopi Vadsak – This visual artist/photographer has really stunned me with her each piece of work. New perspectives and techniques used in photographing the subjects. Her work is just amazing.

Go check her out – Instagram


A song I’m loving —

Sunflower by Post Malone, Swae Lee – I recently watched the animated movie – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The movie was amazing but the song by Post Malone got stuck in my head. For a few days.

Go check it out – Spotify | YouTube


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

The best camera isn’t the one you have. It’s the one you master.

Matt D’Avella (Filmmaker and YouTuber)

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 15 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 14 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 14 – 2019

Post of the week

In this episode, I’m talking to the Pawanpreet Budwal, who is a former competitive gymnast and now a gymnastics coach. She has the vision to make gymnastics a more accessible sport to Indian youth. Hence she started her own venture Gymnastics For Kids in New Bombay.

In this episode, we talk about her story and how she got introduced to gymnastics, struggles she had to go through to chase the gymnastics dream and how she determinedly followed her passion for gymnastics and topped her game by being consistent. We also talk about her transition from being an athlete herself to becoming a gymnastics coach. If you are a parent of a 1-2 years old kid and want your kid to be active. Then listen up this episode as Pawan makes a strong case to why your kid should learn gymnastics and also why every school should focus on their gymnastics routines. In this conversation, we also talk about her high-performance daily routine, diet and exercise regime.

You can listen to the podcast on one of your favourite apps –
Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS


My most popular Instagram post recently

Vada Pav
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A course I found really helpful — This course by Pat Flynn – “Build Your Own Brand” is one of the great courses available for free for the beginner online entrepreneurs. How to choose your business’s name? How to start off with a website? How to design your personal brand? It’s all in here in this course. Plus it’s available for free. Click the link above to check it out.


An article I found really helpful

How to make Tall Dry Erase Boards for $50 – This article from Sara Dietschy was really helpful, as I was looking out for some white boards. But damn they are super expensive. So thought if I can do some DIY stuff. Stumbled upon this insightful article on the exact same topic. Sara You rock!


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.
Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 14 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 13 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 13 – 2019

Post of the week

In this episode, I’m talking to the Trishita Bhattacharya, popularly known on Instagram as The Overrated Outcast. She is a traveller, photographer and social media influencer.

In this episode, we talk about her story, her initial struggles and how she followed her passion for photography and travel despite being from a science and pharmacy background.  We also talk about her journey to become an Instagram Influencer, her creative process and tools, cameras, lenses and apps she uses to produce her work, how to attract brand partnerships and how to generate a sustainable income as an Influencer. This episode has some real insights and advice for many youngsters who want to take this path but in the right way. There are a couple of interesting travel stories as well in this episode.

You can listen to the podcast on one of your favourite apps –
 Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS


My most popular Instagram post recently

Rubix Cube!
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A Person I’m fascinated with —

Stanislav Grof – He is a Czech psychiatrist, one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a researcher into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for purposes of exploring, healing, and obtaining growth and insights into the human psyche.

I found him via The Tim Ferriss Show podcast. He is a pioneer in his field and he has orchestrated 4000+ sessions of LSD on patients (as part of the medical treatment and research) including himself. You should check the podcast episode.

Go check him out – Wiki | Website


A YouTube Channel I’m enjoying —

Max and Lee – This couple has been living full time in a van with their dog (occy) since Sept 2017. They sometime back started a YouTube Channel and a website to showcase their life and get support from the online community and the response was overwhelming.

They are really sharing their raw life with the audience and so many insights about travelling. Especially travelling through different countries in a van. I just love their story and content.

Go check them out – YouTube


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

” Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Confucius

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.
Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 13 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 12 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 12 – 2019


App of the week

Canva – I’m in love with this app. This is not just an app, it’s basically a cloud-based service for graphic design. The best you can get.

You can make all type of creative work with it – Instagram post designs, story designs, your company’s branding like logo, banners and everything in between. It has all the basic tools as well as advanced tools for graphic design.

Available on – Web | Google Play Store | Apple App Store


My most popular Instagram post recently

Bombay corner!
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…Click the photo below to read the entire story.


A Person I’m fascinated with —

Matt D’Avella – He is a filmmaker and a podcaster. Basically created the life what I dream of. He put out not just quality content visually but the depth of the stories and topics is just awe inspiring.

Go check him out – Instagram | YouTube


A song I’m loving —

The Ride by Amanda Palmer – I got introduced to Amanda through The Tim Ferriss Show podcast. She just blew my mind with that episode. She is a renowned singer and wife of one of my favourite writers Neil Gaiman. A little later, I discovered her new album – There will be no intermissions. To be honest this album is a little sad and can make someone cry. But at the same time so powerful that it can actually take you for a ride (into another world).

Go check it out – Spotify | YouTube


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“There is only one question that matters. What are you unwilling to feel?”

— Amanda Palmer (From The Tim Ferriss Show)


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 12 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 11 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 11 – 2019


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App of the week

Spark Mail Logo

Spark Mail App – I love this email app from my iPhone and Mac both. But as I have an android which I use daily, I had no choice but to use outlook mail app. Which was not providing my an aggregated smart email experience for all my email accounts on my android device. But as Spark team had promised some time ago that they’ll soon come up with Android app as too. Well, it’s here. You can download it here.

Few great points to make you jump right away to download it –

  • Smart Email Grouping (awesome if you have multiple email accounts)
  • Snooze email to get back later (keeps everything in check)
  • Schedule emails for sending at a defined time (very time saving)
  • Smart Replies – like facebook reactions

It’s so good that I didn’t go back to any other app even after so long.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Dusk sky!
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…Click the photo below to read the entire story.


A video I loved —

This is Water by David Foster Wallace — This is one of the great commencement speeches I’ve heard. David Foster Wallace gave this speech in 2005 and he died in 2008. But he lived the life he speaks about in this speech. A must listen.


A song I’m loving —

Will You Be By Me – I just stumbled upon this song from a movie I watched a couple of years ago – Stuck in love. That movie was a delight for people who are in authors or writers. The characters were so tasteful. Ok, now go listen to the song – Spotify | YouTube


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“When the mind goes beyond the thought of ‘the me,’ the experiencer, the observer, the thinker, then there is a possibility of a happiness that is incorruptible.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 11 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 10 – 2019

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App of the week

TickTick – I’ve been a long time fan of to-do lists or checklists for higher daily productivity. I’ve been using Todoist from a very long time (5 years or so). But I got introduced to this new app called TickTick and I’m loving it.

Two main features –

  • Strong reminder feature – This app has a very good reminder feature for each and every task, this reminder comes as a half a screen covered reminder on your phone so which makes it hard to swipe and get away. Plus you can press the play button to start capturing the actual time on a specific task.
  • Pomo Timer – The Time capturing feature mentioned above is called Pomo timer which is amazingly implemented. So now one can actually get to know how much time was literally spent on that specific task.

This app is available on all major platforms, click the app logo above to download the app if want to try it out.

P.S.: You can also import your Todoist task into this app directly. Look for the import feature in the app.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Breaking dawn!
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Oh Delhi!
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Got of the train at Old Delhi! Walked up this rusty Bridge. Looked left to this scene.
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Breaking dawn! . Oh Delhi! . Got of the train at Old Delhi! Walked up this rusty Bridge. Looked left to this scene. . The dawn just broke. City started to move. Bridge far away (in the picture) started feeling the foot falls already. . Trains were slowling coming to halt into this massive junction. . The sky was filled with strange clouds dancing with the sun light! . Light shafted through a few clouds. It found its way down. It always do. . . #lightshafts #clouds #olddelhi #trains #instagood #instaphoto #photographersofig #slowgram . #railway #train #locomotive #transportationsystem #travel #sky #traffic #track #noperson #station #long #road #subwaysystem #logistics #perspective #shipment #guidance #urban #trip(journey) #sunset #railway #train #locomotive #transportationsystem #travel #sky #traffic #track #noperson #station #long #road #subwaysystem #logistics #perspective #shipment #guidance #urban #trip(journey) #sunset #hashtaggerandroid

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A short film I loved —

La Dura Complete: The Hardest Rock Climb In The World – After watching the behind the scenes of the Oscar-winning documentary “Free solo“, I’ve been itching to watch more and more of the climbing world. Then last week I found this short film. It shows the efforts put in to do the first ascent of the world’s hardest rock climbing route.


A playlist I’m loving —

Lo-Fi Beats on Spotify – I’ve been loving this playlist and using it as background music while reading and writing. Now that Spotify is officially launched in India, readers from India can also listen to this awesomeness. Check it out.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.”

― Yoko Ono


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 10 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 9 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 9 – 2019


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Post of the week (New episode of my podcast)

Episode #4 – URMI KOTHARI AKA COACH URMI – LIVING THE KINETIC LIFE – My guest for this episode is Urmi Kothari otherwise known as Coach Urmi. She is the founder of Kinetic Living which is a fitness and wellness boutique in Mumbai. She has a lot of medallions on her jacket. She is IFAA master trainer, Nike Training coach and a certified trainer in STOTT Pilates, Kettlebells and Animal Flow techniques.

In this conversation, we talk about her story, her daily routine, lifestyle choices, her experience while staying away from city life for 3 years. Tackling PCOD and a lot-lot more.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Kala Ghoda!
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This is the 4th year I’d been to Kala Ghoda Art Festival.
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A podcast (not mine) I am loving —

New Perceptions by Ben Brown – I’m following Ben Brown from past 3+ years on YouTube as he is one of the initial day Vloggers on YouTube. Even before Casey Neistat (who shot up to fame with his Vlogs). But Ben’s journey has been really different than Casey. Ben is kind of a creative who is really conscious about what work he puts out and where he needs to stop. After his successful time on YouTube, he kind of struggled with uploading daily videos and that’s when all hell broke loose. People started calling him out for not putting out daily videos. That’s when he really struggled, then last year he got into a motorcycle accident and broke his elbow. That’s when he got some downtime, he could finally stop and reflect on everything going on around him. He unfriended many so-called friends, even got out of a relationship which was not working, got away from being a YouTuber. When this podcast came out a while ago I immediately subscribed to it as I respect his work and his creative process. You should go and check out this podcast, it’s not a very structured one, but if you are a creative and like to listen to stories of other creatives and their process. This is a good one. Don’t get annoyed for the low volume levels in initial episodes, as he was trying podcasting for the first time and I can relate to it as it’s a good amount of work to put out a podcast. Click the link above (or here) to listen to it.


A Movie I Loved —

Gully Boy – Last weekend I watched this amazing movie directed by ace bollywood director Zoya Akhtar (who is also credited with Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara). It’s mainly the story of the ghetto hip-hop and Rap scene in Mumbai. How the protagist (played by Ranveer Singh) finds his passion and pursues it against all odds and how the universe comes together to make everything fall in place. (not everything exactly). Many super awesome desi Rap songs in this movie.

Here is the trailer of the movie –


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“Give yourself permission to slow down. You can speed up by slowing down.”

― Gabby Bernstein


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 9 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 8 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 8 – 2019


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A useful article –

The 100 greatest films of the 21st Century – This BBC article is nothing else but a list of top 100 films of 21st Century. The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world. Go ahead, add some of these gems in your watchlist. I’m sure there are many you or even I haven’t watched yet.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Lavasa!
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A song I’m frequenting again —

O (Fly On) by Coldplay – I think I heard this track in late 2016. As soon as I heard it, I had a connection. This song is about love and how it appears in your life and then before even you know, it may be gone. But with the hope that love will always fly with you. Just like a flock of a bird hovering above. You just need to look up to the sky. Smile. Listen to it when you are alone with yourself it will make sense.


An interesting video —

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Debunks Space Myths – In this video a retired Astronaut debunks some of the myths about space. Amazing things to learn from this video including – How does space smell like and why? A great watch.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”

― Lao Tzu


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 8 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 7 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 7 – 2019


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Saturday-Pentacle - Week 21 - 2017


An eye-opening annual letter from Bill and Melinda Gates – Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft) and his wife Melinda Gates have devoted their lives from past many years in philanthropy. Mainly working on the very broad impacting issues like reducing the death ratio of kids in developing countries like Africa. Working on diseases like Malaria and HIV. They publish their Annual Letter Every year. I was not aware of these letters until last week I got introduced to it from a YouTube Video. This year’s annual letter talks about 9 surprising facts and situations they found out in the world through their own going philanthropy work. It was eye-opening for me and I’m sure I’ll be putting my mind this year to work out on ideas for the solution of the said problems in the letter. You can read the letter by clicking below image –

Photo – GatesNotes.com


My most popular Instagram post recently

Gobhi ka phool!
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A short film I liked –

A date in 2015 — This short film is a hilarious but a bit disturbing take on the not so far off future. Don’t go on the cover of this video (btw which may look like an ad for a condom). The concept and the AI showed in the video is what our current age scientists are targeting.


A new app I’m excited about –

Vine is coming back! What we know about “Byte” – You remember the Vine app right? Where users could share six-second-long looping video clips. It went viral and many Vine creators also went viral leading to success stories. But then on Oct 27 2016, they discontinued the service. But now the founder of Vine Dom Hofmann is launching this spring, 2019. This may break the current viral app TikTok’s market share.

Here is a detailed video from Sam Sheffer of upcoming service –


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

― Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 7 – 2019