Saturday-Pentacle – Week 39 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 39 – 2019

A recent episode of my Podcast

Aditya Shroff

Episode 14 – Aditya Shroff (Author of the book “The Best Life Ever”) – Taking the road less travelled, being a writer and living the best life ever! – In this episode, I’m talking to Aditya Shroff popularly known through his blog as “The 5AM Guy” who is also an author of the book “The Best Life Ever”. He is also a competitive runner and frequently gets podium positions in various running races. He leads quite a simple but interesting life at a farm in a village of Gujarat. After doing his engineering from Mumbai, he got a high paying job in Germany but eventually dropped that job and came back to India to work on his passion which is writing.

In this conversation, we cover a wide variety of topics – how he took the brave decision to drop the job and work on his passion and live on a farm, his creative process while writing the book. How he got the book published and even got a forward from a celebrity whom he didn’t directly know. How someone, who has a passion can convert it into a profession. All of this and much much more is in the episode.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Underneath the air traffic control!
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An article I’ve been pondering on —

How to Tell If You’re Talking to a Bot – A good article explaining how to tell if you are talking to a bot. MIT Technology Review writer shares – The five best ways to detect fake social media accounts. An informative Read.


Music I loved –

Hans Zimmer – Day One (Interstellar Soundtrack) – I heard this soundtrack in 2015 i think while I saw the movie Interstellar. It entirely changed the mood of the film and made it so much immersive. It reminds me that how important the audio factor is for a film. Hans Zimmer totally nailed it with this move.

Check it out.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

The only way to learn it is to do it.

Archimedes, “Sword in the Stone”

Until Next Saturday!

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Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 39 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 38 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 38 – 2019

A recent episode of my Podcast

Episode 13 – Kuntal Joisher

Episode 13 – Kuntal Joisher (First vegan to climb Mt. Everest from both the sides) – Living a life of compassion and Summiting the highest mountains!

In this episode, I’m talking to Kuntal Joisher who became the World’s first Vegan to scale Everest in 2016 and now in 2019, he has summited Everest again from the North Side becoming the only vegan on earth climb Mt. Everest from both the sides. Kuntal’s expeditions are driven by compassion as a Vegan and he also spreads awareness on Dementia. He has also been on the cover of multiple international Vegan magazines. Apart from his mountain expeditions, he works as a technology professional and also speaks at various events throughout the globe as a public speaker.

In this conversation, we talk about his story, how the early exposure to the idea that “it’s ok to do crazy things” seeded his life with the sense of adventure. How his journey as a mountaineer started and the moments when he was first awestruck with the magnificence of Mt. Everest. His training regime and advice for people who are aspiring to summit Mt. Everest. It’s all in this episode.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too.
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An article I’ve been pondering on —

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead – This article changed my perspective about goal setting to achieve success in areas you desire. Instead of goal setting, James Clear suggests a different strategy – Fall In Love With Systems.

This change the way I approach any problem or something I want to achieve. Now following the suggested purview, I started designing good systems and implementing them in my life which could take care of the goals automatically.

Great Read.


A song I loved –

Nipsey Hussle ft. Steve Jobs – Who Detached Us – This American rapper was assassinated (this year) on March 31, 2019. That’s when I first stumbled upon his music and found a somewhat weird kind of energy in his music. This particular song which has a short “stay hungry stay foolish” blurb from Steve Jobs, is filled up with lyrics of everyday life and yet is so deep.

Check it out.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 38 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 37 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 37 – 2019

A personal I’m fascinated with

Katie Bouman: The woman behind the first black hole image – Oh yes! On 10th April 2019, this 29-year-old computer scientist has created the first image ever of a black hole image!

The black hole image, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) – a network of eight linked telescopes – was rendered by Dr Bouman’s algorithm.

3 years ago she led the creation of a new algorithm to produce the first-ever image of a black hole. Which was released on 10th April.

Here is her ted talk which she did right after this achievement –


My most popular Instagram post recently

#tbt to a Jaipur Trip last year! These Airport moments with furry friends was like a happy coincident!
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An article I’m pondering on —

Why you should write By David Perell – David Perell is a prolific writer and I’ve started to love his work.

Here is one of his article which makes a strong statement on “Why you should write?” (Read you=everyone)

A quote from the article –

“Until now, the internet has connected us with people in our past. But writing online connects you with the people in your future.”

David Perell

Another good piece of writing.


A recipe I loved and recommend (plant-based) –

Vegan Avocado Smoothie – Here’s a recipe I really loved from my 4 months of an experiment of being vegan. (A blog post on that coming soon!)

This smoothie recipe really gave me some nutritional fulfilment.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Sometimes the best teacher is our most recent failure.

The Minimalists

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 37 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 36 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 36 – 2019

A product I’m loving

Rug underlay with anti-slip – You have doormats and rugs at your home and due to the glossy finish of the floor, they slip every now and then, right? This product is the solution. Put it underneath the rugs/mats and they won’t slip again.

That’s it.


My most popular Instagram post recently

#Tbt my solo Benares Trip! It was a helluva ride!
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An essay I loved and recommend —

Peter Thiel’s Religion – This long-form piece from David Perell is deep and thought-provoking. He has written this long-form essay introduction to Peter Thiel’s ideas. It’s a different take on Peter as David writes about his Christian World View instead of the usual topic – Business for which Peter is famous.

Even though it’s the study of religion from Peter’s viewpoint, but it tells much more about life in the essence of it.

Kudos to David. Thanks for writing this piece.


A playlist I loved –

Reading Playlist – Found this reading playlist right before the night reading some days ago. It was pretty clutch stumbling upon it as it could quickly put me into the zone of reading.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Do not “Tell”
the world
what you can do –
“Show” it!

Napoleon Hill

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 36 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 35 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 35 – 2019

A product which got me curious

eto

eto: a beautiful innovation in wine preservation – This product was showcased in one of the mails I received from a crowdfunding platform. It’s a wine decanter. This means you can pour your wine into this and let the wine open up the taste, but the most amazing feature of this decanter is that it has a mechanism to air seal the wine which remained from the bottle and it can be consumed after weeks as same as a fresh wine bottle.

If you are a wine connoisseur, this product might be just something you were looking for.


My most popular Instagram post recently

A story – Looking through the window of a moving train!
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A song I loved —

Walls by Kings of Leon – This song from Kings of Leon has come back to my evening playlist. This song is like a morning after the grieving night. It’s sad but it’s beautiful too at the same time. Like the realisation of good things after they have gone.

Ok. Enough said. Go listen now.


A thought which germinated while meditating to binaural beats – It might sound cliché but here it is –

If you think about it, odds of something happening; especially if it’s something you want, might be 1 in a zillion of possibilities.

They say that if you really want something, the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. But I think that’s only when you take the first step in that quest. It’s when you take the leap of faith.

What is it that you want? What would be your first step?


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Being aware of a single shortcoming within yourself is far more useful than being aware of a thousand in someone else.

Dalai Lama

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 35 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 34 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 34 – 2019

A recent episode of my Podcast

Gopi Vadsak

Episode 12 – Gopi Vadsak (Aawaari) – Breathing emotions into visual art and making it come alive! – In this episode, I’m talking to Gopi Vadsak popularly known on Instagram as Aawaari.

She is a visual designer, stylist, photographer and a creative director. Her creative photos and videos go viral every now on then on the Interwebs. Her work has been recognised by the likes of Adobe. We touch base on a variety of things in this conversation like – Her story, her struggle with anxiety and her way out of it, her creative process. How creatives like her make money in this profession and on what scale they should charge. How to work with whatever tools you have in hand to make something awesome!

All of this and much more. (Click the link above to listen to the full episode)


My most popular Instagram post recently

Aide-mémoire!
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A conversation which got me super fascinated about city recycling systems —

Brilliant Minds of Trash and Sewage – I found this podcast episode is very interesting. In this episode, Pam Elardo (Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection) and Ron Gonen (New York City’s first “Recycling Czar”) talk about how waste and Recycling systems in New York City.

New York City generates 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater every day. 16 million pounds of trash. Eight million pounds of recyclables. Think of the awesome engineering and effort behind making all of that “go away” without our thinking about it.

This conversation was fascinating and gives so many ideas which many cities should implement.


A song which has me hypnotised –

Goodbye – This song is the theme song of a Netflix series – Dark. I’m looking forward to watching the series. But when I saw the trailer of this series this song came up.

It’s from a German musician named Apparat and from Album – The Devil’s Walk

Now that I’ve listened to it, there is no going back, this song got stuck in my head and it feels hypnotic

Just mind-bending.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is,
maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.

Seth Godin

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 34 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 33 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 33 – 2019

A recent episode of my Podcast

Monica Chopra

Episode 11 – Monica Chopra (The Eco Trunk) – Living an ethical Lifestyle, contributing towards a sustainable planet and bootstrapping an online store! – In this episode I’m talking to Monica Chopra, who is an entrepreneur and has built up a company named The Eco Trunk which curates eco-friendly products on their online store, to help people live a conscious lifestyle of Veganism. She herself is a Vegan and cares a lot about the environment and the carbon footprint.

In this conversation, we talk a wide variety of things starting from her own story. Leaving a high paying career to finally go forward to her calling and building up The Eco Trunk from scratch. How our environment is getting worse and what measures we can take as individuals to reduce our carbon footprints. We also talk about challenges she faced as a young entrepreneur and go In detail about the issues like pain points of the modern online stores like package delivery system and sustaining the company.

If you wanna listen to the audio, please click the above link.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Throwback to the Delhi trip sometime ago!
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An audiobook I loved and recommend —

Sapiens – A Brief history of humankind – This book changed my world view. It literally taught my history of us humans. A great timeline of billions of years described in hours. But this is not just a history book, it contains a perspective about our existence. How empires grew, how they fell, how the current humans evolved from many human tribes.

Narration from Derek Perkins is amazing. I loved the book and I think every human being should read it.

If you want to read this book for free. Audible gives a book free for my readers. You can go here and start your free trial. In case you love it, keep going or cancel anytime.


A movie I loved –

Superbad – This is not an intellectually stimulating movie. It is funny and a little out of the lines. But this great to watch. Jonah Hill nailed it in many sequences of this movie. It’s a college drama about two friends trying to get alcohol for one of the boy’s crush’s house party. So much happens in between them getting to the alcohol. There is a character in the movie you wanna watch out for – McLovin. Plus Seth Rogen as a police officer. Damn!

Here is a trailer –


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

The originality of an idea depends on the obscurity of sources.

John Hegarty

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 33 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 32 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 32 – 2019

An article I want everyone to read and which may be helpful

How to cure mental health issues – definition, natural remedies and techniques that work – Taking the opportunity to share an in-depth article about mental health. I wrote it a few months ago. For someone who is struggling with mental health-related things like anxiety or depression, this article can be a good starting point in trying to understand what it is actually? Early signs. How to deal with it and how to break out.

P.S.: This is not medical advice and I’m not an expert. But the information shared in this article it’s gained through research, experiences and being in direct exposure of some people who struggled with it. It can be a starting point towards learning more about it but not an alternative to medicine.


My most popular Instagram post recently

#TBT to a morning in Bhubaneswar, Orissa (India)
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A Reddit post I found useful —

Tips on coming up with ideas for content – This is a concise article about generating ideas for content creation with 5 ideas.

Being a content creator, found this article really really useful. It’s a bit nerdy if you are up for it.


A song I’ve been loving —

Atlantis – Seafret – This is one of the songs that feel like the dark night right before the new start.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

A wet person does not fear the rain.

Unknown

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 32 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 31 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 31 – 2019

An innovative idea I loved – (From a Reddit thread)

Eco Friendly Packaging – I’m really pissed off whenever I buy something from Amazon and see all the plastic packaging which comes with the delivery. For them, it’s necessary to safeguard the buyer’s product. But this is impacting the climate in so bad way, we can’t even imagine entirely.

So when I saw this thread on Reddit, I was happily surprised. Even if they put packaging cost to the customer like 10-20 (INR) bucks. I would happily give it.

Great Idea!


My most popular Instagram post recently

Vienna Store
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A concept I’ve been thinking about —

What If humans had wings? (Literally) – How will the life of mankind will change, if at all we had wings?

This video talks about it on some practical points –


Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – This audiobook has come in so many podcast recommendations. So I finally started it.

Even though it’s deep in meaning and it is pure Stoicism in a nutshell: You cannot control other things and people – you can only control yourself.

I’m finding all the wisdom in the book still relevant. Even though the book is almost ancient.

Some books are timeless, this is one of them.


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 31 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 30 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 30 – 2019

A product I’m intrigued towards

Biodegradable & Compostable Corn Starch Carry Bags – Towards making myself aware of more and more ways to reduce the waste we humans create, I recently stumbled on a product.

Plastic bags are one of the major things which affect me personally. So while searching for options, I found out these corn-starch carry bags which are biodegradable & even compostable.

Probably there are better options out there, but this is what I found and finding still better than a normal plastic carry.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Lavasa! (Missing it already!)
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A lens I’m finding fascinating —

Moment Anamorphic Lens – When I got to know about the anamorphic lens. It straight up blew my mind. So this is how the bigshot movie sequences with those amazing night time lens flares and super-wide shots are being created.

But these lenses are super expensive.

So while searching for an alternative. I found a company called Moment makes the lens for phones. They are the industry leaders (almost) in this area. I later learned that they too make an Anamorphic lens. The coolest thing is they make a case as well which has a standard M-series mount interface with a simple twist-and-lock design (logically similar to a standard lens mount on a DSLR camera but for mobile) and these phone mounts are accepted by many other mobile case design companies in their own designs as well.

Here is where you can buy the case and the lens – Moment Store.

The below video showcases what an anamorphic lens looks like and what it can shoot –


A travel article I enjoyed —

Bullet Climbing Mount Fuji – Mount Fuji, the perfectly spherical volcano. Many of the travellers of it on their bucket list, myself included.

There are two ways you can climb it, one is 2 days climb which has a rest in between the climb and another one is climbing through the night and making it to the summit in the early morning around 4 AM. Found this amazing article on the second way of climbing “Bullet climbing Mount Fuji”.

In case it’s in your bucket list too. Check it out, it may be useful.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

There should be no shame in admitting to a mistake; after all, we really are only admitting that we are now wiser than we once were.

Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 30 – 2019