Saturday-Pentacle – Week 21 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 21 – 2019

An audiobook I listened and loved

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer – I listened to this book and it felt like I listened to this book too fast and should have at least listened to it with a very slow pace as Author Parker put out the fact of “what you can be” instead of “who you are” with such ease that it’s almost like a piece of cake. For some people, this book is the advise that they were waiting to listen from someone (anyone).

But when the book is over in almost a couple of sittings and then you wonder why it got over and then you relisten to it twice more.

Link – Audiobook at Audible | Book at Amazon.in


My most popular Instagram post recently

MirrorCube!
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A Person I’m fascinated with —

Aditya Shroff – He is a young author (26) and recently published a book named “The Best Life Ever”. I know him through running, as he’s almost always in the top 3-4 runners in any race he runs.

He lives in a farm in the Gujarat state of India. To me, he’s indeed living the best life ever.

Check out his profile to get inspired – Instagram


A song I’m re-listening —

Oceans by Seafret – I listened to this song almost 3 years back for the first time and it took me on a ride. A world where I found myself to be anything I want. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from GoT) blew my mind with her expressions in this video.

Check it out – Spotify | YouTube


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

If it’s humanly possible, you can do it.

Marcus Aurelias

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 21 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 20 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 20 – 2019

A product I’m excited about

SmartHalo 2 – This minimal bicycle computer is beyond amazing. It looks to fit so well on the bike that it looks like an integral part of the bike itself.

It automatically starts tracking your bike rides and also can sync them directly to Strava, Apple Health and Google Fit. The cherry on top is it also turns into a headlight with 250 lumens light intensity. Which is huge to have in a bike computer.

Check out this film by SmartHalo guys. I’m so inclined to buy this, maybe I will soon.

Links – KickStarter | Indigogo


My most popular Instagram post recently

Mahamanav (superman)!
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A product I’m fascinated with —

Vegan Bags by Broke Mate – A few weeks back when I was researching for one of my podcast guests, I found out that in fact there are many Vegan companies in India and number of these companies are growing like anything now.

One of these companies which stood out to me was – BrokeMate

Even though (right now) they just have a women’s line up as of now and I checked with them if they gonna come up with Men’s line up of bags and wallets sometime soon? The response was positive and I’m excited about that.

The materials used in making these women bags and wallets are all vegan and Peta approved in fact. So If you care about the environment and would like to switch your normal leather bags or even other material bags. These bags from BrokeMate look classy and chic, aesthetic wise.

You can check out their website for these bags or check out their Instagram Page.


A song I’m loving —

Con Altura – First – This is a Spanish song, so you may not very well understand the lyrics. But..but…but…Once you listen to this song, it will do rounds in your head, I can quite assure you that.

This is by Spanish artist Rosalia. Even though you may find the music video a bit sassy. But she’s very thoughtful of the songs and videos she does, check out her other videos as well on YouTube. I can recommend another one which is Bagdad. A different level of music video creativity.

Go check it out – Spotify | YouTube


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

The secret to your success is found in your daily routine.

John C. Maxwell

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 20 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 19 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 19 – 2019

A tool I found useful

CloudFlare – I recently got introduced to this CDN service and to my wonders it just reduced a lot of issues my website was facing – performance, security and weird 501 (service down) errors. This service is like a proxy server plus a content delivery network (CDN). So if you have a site – blog or podcast or any other person or a brand website. I recommend using CloudFlare as your CDN system. It will make your life much easy. I literally brought down my site’s loading time from 10+ seconds to under 1 second. Go check it out.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Asiatic!
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A Person I’m learning more about —

Sonam Wangchuk – Oh yeah he’s the one who inspired the Aamir Khan’s 3 idiot movie’s character Phunsukh Wangdu. However, he says that he is not Phunsukh Wangdu. I really wish to get him on the podcast someday.

He is an Indian engineer from Ladakh and also an innovator and education reformist.

He has also been conferred a Doctorate of Literature. Here is a video of his speech from that day in the presence of The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind –


A song I’m loving —

Don’t Worry Bout Me – This song by Zara Larsson has been running in loops. It has that tempo beat which keeps you going and focused. Loving it.

Go check it out – Spotify | YouTube


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you decided to look beyond the imperfections.

Unknown

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 19 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 18 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 18 – 2019

A Conversation I really loved

Neil Gaiman — The Interview I’ve Waited 20 Years To Do – This conversation on The Tim Ferriss show with Neil Gaiman (one of my favourite fiction Authors), just took me to another world’s ride. It even got me intrigued again towards fountain pens.

Don’t miss this one –


My most popular Instagram post recently

Bottled horse!
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A YouTube channel I found really helpful —

MrAlexTech YouTube Channel – If you are a video editor or a YouTuber who is attracted to an amazing of video editor – DaVinci Resolve. You’ll find this channel really helpful. The nitty gritty and the tricks which actually make wonder to your videos. This channel has almost like 5-10 mins how to video on different things about DaVinci resolve and related stuff. I actually made my first MultiCam video for my podcast learning from his YouTube video.

Check out his channel he’s really good.


A song I’m loving —

Tere Jeya Hor Disda by The Yellow Diary – This song from one of my favourite band (I’m a little biased because one of my friends is in the band – Stu, but you’ll know when you hear this if you haven’t yet) just takes me away from all the worldly sufferings.

Check it out.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

The meaning of life is to find your gift
and the purpose of life is to give it away.

William Shakespeare / Pablo Picasso (Quote is attributed to both)

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.
Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 18 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 17 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 17 – 2019

A book I’m loving
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – When I stumbled upon this book in the Audible Store while searching for some fresh books to add in my reading/listening list. I had very low expectations (contrary to the title) and kid you not, I took some time while breaking into this book, in the beginning. But when I got hold of the characters a bit and was comfortable with the narrator’s voice in my Audible app. This book has covered half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening on a daily basis from past some days while commuting back home from work.

Great book with a wide array of characters and I just wonder how the author (Charles Dickens could hold so many characters in his mind while writing. The plot just keeps on slowly opening up.

I would definitely recommend this book.


My most popular Instagram post recently

City that never sleeps!
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A playlist I’m loving —

Netflix n’ no chill – This spotify playlist is a mix of chill vibes and melancholic electronic beats. Awesome to just let loose and listen to it and be in the moment.


A video I found helpful —
Multicam Editing and Sync WITHOUT Audio in DaVinci Resolve – I’ve been using DaVinci Resolve as my primary Video editing tool from past 1 year. Recently when I started thinking about podcast video episodes as I’ve only been doing audio episodes for a long time, my main insecurity was how will I handle Multicamera footage from different angles, one camera on guest close up and one on the full scene and one on myself. Syncing multiple video angles and audio was a major major issue in my head. But the below YouTube video resolved it completely and I was able to learn how to do multicam with audio syncing in almost like 7 minutes. Greatly recommended if you are a video make or YouTube creator or even just an enthusiast for videos of interview format.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you.
Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.

Unknown

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 17 – 2019

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.

By doing this you not only provide your support to me but also get the benefits as per the support level you choose. Some of the benefits are –

  • Behind the scenes of my podcast
  • Exclusive posts special for the supports
  • Discounts on my upcoming Minimal Lifestyle merchandise store.

So please consider becoming a Patron to me and my work and you’ll receive the benefits and immediate access to this annual life review post and more exclusive stuff.

Go here to check me out on Patreon and support or click the Patreon button below –


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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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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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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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