Saturday-Pentacle // Issue 171 // Week 7 // 2020

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By Himanshu Sachdeva

Hello there!

Hope the Valentines Day went good for you. It’s the day of love. Even if you haven’t found your soulmate, you could spend this with your loved ones at home. Take them out on a date if you could. (Your mom? Your granny? or even your dad? anyone you really love).

If you have a girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/husband or soulmate I hope you gave them special time.

Even though they say, every day is a day of love. But probably if you can do something special on this day (when we get the opportunity to do something special on regular days?), just do it.

This time it was on a Friday, so most of us were working the day. But the evening could be spent out. Well, I did!

Coming to the progress of this week, I released a vlog (Kala Ghoda 2020) and worked on the Podcast edits, which are coming out shortly.

Coming on book progress, I’m halfway through on Homo Deus and 65% done on the first book “A Study in Scarlet” of Sherlock Holmes series. So probably I’ll be able to finish 3 books at least this month. That will help me catch up on last month’s one less book. So far so good.

Last week I joined a special event at my workplace as well, I was selected in the final 44 people (Out of 1000 participants) for the finale of Young Leaders council. We went through 6 exams and interview panels. It was great to interact with amazing minds in the financial sector. I wasn’t selected for the final 12 people council. But reaching finals was also a great deal for me. I got the opportunity to meet even the board of directors and be interviewed by them directly and also voice my ideas. It was a unique experience.

Coming back to the Saturday-Pentacle, let’s get on with it.


Issue 171 // Week 7 // 2020


My latest article

Goals with Intention (GWI)

Goals with Intention (GWI) – 2020 – So this year, I didn’t make new year resolutions, because now I understand that this whole method is flawed. You’ll work only on those things where you actually have a real interest.

This year I’m working on Goals with intention (GWI). Check out the article to know more about my process.


A photo and story from the week

From Inside the Air India Flight which evacuated around 324 Indians from the City of Wuhan (which is the epicentre of the Corona Virus outbreak)

This story gave me chills and I remembered the movie Train to Busan.

In this article – A senior Air India pilot who led the evacuation of Indian citizens from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan describes the experience of planning the operation and flying to the ghost city.


A Person, I’m curious to know more about —

Rajat Ubhyakar – He’s a journalist and an author who wrote the book named – “Truck de India!: A Hitchhiker’s guide to Hindustan“. I got to know about him on Twitter. His book talks about a very odd topic or rather subject – The Truckers of India. The hidden tribe. People we almost tend to ignore. People who we most often think off in very sceptical ways. His book debunks a lot of myths about them. His journey for the book fascinated me. (probably a podcast hint…Psss)

Here is an introduction to him and the book from GoodReads.

In Truck De India!, journalist Rajat Ubhaykar embarks on a 10,000 km-long, 100% unplanned trip, hitchhiking with truckers all across India. On the way, he makes unexpected friendships; listens to highway ghost stories; discovers the near-fatal consequences of overloading trucks; documents the fascinating tradition of truck art in Punjab; travels alongside nomadic shepherds in Kashmir; encounters endemic corruption repeatedly; survives NH39, the insurgent-ridden highway through Nagaland and Manipur; and is unfailingly greeted by the unconditional kindness of perfect strangers.


A series I’m enjoying –

The Crossing

The Crossing – I’m watching this series lately and well it got me hooked. From its description, it looked like a time-travelling drama. (I have a thing for time-travelling movies/shows/books).

But as soon as I started watching it was not exactly like the usual ones, however people from the future come back to the past and it all gets mixed up with superhumans and normal humans trying to beat each other’s a**.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – (Got the reference of it from the last week’s podcast of Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose – The random show episode)

Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.

James Lane Allen (NOVELIST)

Before saying “see you next week”
Here is a vlog I was supposed to released last Sunday but got delayed till the mid of this past week. It’s from my recent visit to the Kala Ghoda Art Festival – 2020. Which happens in the Kala Ghoda area of Mumbai. It was my 5th visit to the fest. Hope you like it.

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu


Hey friends, I’m Himanshu, a technology professional working in Mumbai, India. I spend most of my spare time making Podcasts, YouTube videos and write on Lifestyle Design and sometimes stories. Every Saturday, I send out an email newsletter called “Saturday Pentacle”, a list of the cool stuff I explored in the past week, including quotes, photos, books, articles, movies, documentaries and so on!


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Saturday-Pentacle // Issue 171 // Week 7 // 2020

Saturday-Pentacle // Issue 170 // Week 6 // 2020

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By Himanshu Sachdeva

Hello there!

It’s the start of the weekend, hope you’re relaxing and being with your family.

So I’ve started to share a little bit of my week, in this newsletter. I feel like it keeps me a little accountable for my progress of the week.

For me, this past week was a bit relaxed from the last week. I’ve been progressing at a project at work, hopefully it will yield some good.

I’m excited about the two new podcast episodes which are coming soon. (in next few days). I’m even a little nervous about my first presentation at a local podcasting event. But that’s what happens when you are doing something you love. You are nervous in a good way. I hope it goes well.

Coming to the progress on books, as I started “Homo Deus” last week, I’ve listened to this book about 3+ hours till now and hopefully, it will be completed till mid of February. I’m listening to this one in the morning (as it’s non-fiction) and listening to the “Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection” while commuting back home in the evening. It’s sort of a balance of non-fiction and fiction throughout the day and I like it.

So without further adieu, let’s get on with the Saturday-Pentacle.


Issue 170 // Week 6 // 2020


A YouTube Video I loved

Set systems rather than goals – I discovered Rowena Tsai’s YouTube channel last year and I liked the theme of this channel. But somehow I missed the rail on her channel’s progress.

She’s grown to double the audience since I saw her videos last year. But it’s not just about her channel’s growth, it’s the genuineness of the content. Her content about living a life of meaning and designing her life really resonated with me.

Last week, when YouTube algorithm put her video back in my recommended videos, I was happily surprised and found this video insightful. Plus I loved the way the videos are shot showing her doing casual things with the voice-over narration. It’s the small routine things which seem boring, sometimes they make you feel satisfied as well. (watch the video and you’ll know what I mean)

Loved this one.


A photo I loved

via @jimcarreyhere

A person who’s work I loved —

Morag Myerscough – I stumbled upon this British architect/designer while researching for one of my posts and I started loving her work. She designs neon colour (not that I resonate with neons) walls, cafes, temples and more. But the way she merges it with the aesthetics is astonishing. Check out her Instagram and also this piece here showcasing a spectacular example of her work on a biophilic cafe pavilion.


A podcast episode I loved –

The Random Show — 2010-2019 Lessons Learned – My god! This episode was like the one you hope it won’t get over.

Tim and Kevin talk about so many things. It’s like a yearly catch-up call they have. I also would like to have this kind of conversation with one of my really close friends.

They talked about relationships, how to sail through difficult waters (in context of relationships), biohacking (Kevin’s favourite topic) and so much interesting stuff.

This is one episode I totally recommend.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Your Calendar reflects your true priorities.

The Minimalists

Before saying “see you next week”
Here is a vlog I shot couple of years back, it was essentially my first attempt on vlogging.

P.S.: This week’s vlog will be released this Sunday.

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu


Hey friends, I’m Himanshu, a technology professional working in Mumbai, India. I spend most of my spare time making Podcasts, YouTube videos and write on Lifestyle Design and sometimes stories. Every Saturday, I send out an email newsletter called “Saturday Pentacle”, a list of the cool stuff I explored in the past week, including quotes, photos, books, articles, movies, documentaries and so on!


No spam, ever. Only great stuff.

Saturday-Pentacle // Issue 169 // Week 5 // 2020

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 52 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 52 – 2019

A recent episode of my Podcast

Sharing one of my personal favourite podcast episodes which I did in 2019. – Little did I know, when Aawaari pinged me one day (after I shared a podcast episode I did with Trishita Bhattacharya. This visual artist really loved the episode and was sincerely expressed her emotions about how good the episode was), that this will lead to me recording an episode with Aawaari herself. The day I posted it online, so many good and emotional feedbacks were received. People love her and her work. This is one of my favourite episodes from my podcasts.

Check it out.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Looking back at 2019 be like!
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A video adice I loved and recommend —

How To Manage Your Time & Get More Done – In this video, Chris Do of The Futur tells how to get more done in the same time you are awake. How to better manage your time and how to supercharge your day!

Great practical advice. Highly recommend this video!


A highlight song of 2019 –

Billie Eilish – everything i wanted – Sharing this song as it has been one of my highlight songs of 2019. As Billie Eilish blew up as a pop star, this one became the best of her songs which really moved me in 2019.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – (a paradoxical quote to end 2019)

You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.

Joshua Fields Millburn

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 51 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 51 – 2019

A recent episode of my Podcast

Episode 16 – Ashish Bedekar (Chief Product Officer of picoNets and a Startup Mentor) – Predicting the future by the patterns of the past – In this episode, I’m talking to Ashish Bedekar who is the Chief Product Officer of Piconets (a company which is working on revolutionising Content Delivery Network system by working acceleration the last mile performance. To simply say he is making the Internet sites you see daily, load on lighting speeds and meanwhile decrease the cost.

He is also a productivity expert and start-up mentor. He works with many start-up incubators to nurture and support start-up companies who are focusing on clean-tech, energy, Internet of Things (or IoT).

There are a lot of small tools and apps you’ll learn in this episode about and can implement to improve your productivity.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Quinoa Salad, coffee and some Instagram Flatlays
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A short film which caught my eye —

Fragile Forests – Even thought this short film is an ad, but go and see like you didn’t know and you’ll never ever know, that it was filmed entirely on a mobile phone.

Just mind-blowing shots and mesmerising music both by Tim Kellner.


A photo gallery I loved –

Discover’s Science Images of the Year 2019 – here are the Science images of year 2019. A superb collection including the famous first photo of a black hole.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

Dalai Lama

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 50 – 2019

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A recent episode of my Podcast

Wanna know more about podcasts and podcasting? Here you go! – Here is a tweetstorm I created for anyone who wanna know what a podcast is why it is being used as a medium to communicate ideas!


My most popular Instagram post recently

vintage #volkswagen van
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An interesting video which got me curious —

How Cork Is Harvested To Make Wine Stoppers – A very interesting video showing process of harvesting the cork oak to create a wine stopper. It takes precision, years of practice, and a good axe. Here’s how cork goes from bark to bottle.


A song I loved –

Martbaan by Samar Mehdi – Found this amazing artist via Nimisha Verma and I’m mesmerized by this song. Just how stupendiously beatuiful this song is and many more of his songs.

If you are craving for some original music, check this out.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

If you have good thoughts
they will shine out of your face
like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

Roald Dahl

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 49 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 49 – 2019

A tweet thread I liked

A tweet thread with Beautiful images of San-Francisco – I loved the aerial images of San-Francisco showed in this tweet thread.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Kuch daag achhe bhi hain!
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A movie I’m excited about —

Uncut Gems – Adam Sandler’s Oscar performance! – This movie review from the New York Post is fantastic. Uncut Gems is Adam Sandler’s new movie with potential Oscar performance. Just see the trailer and judge for your self. I would definitely be going to watch it.


An article I’m pondering on –

A Brief History of Text Messaging – While researching for RCS messaging on Android, I stumbled upon this old thread about Text Messaging and how it started initially. Pretty informative.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

This is your day to shine. It is up to you in how you will like the world to see you.

Steven Cuoco

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 48 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 48 – 2019

A practice I’m excited to try

Neurodynamic Breathwork – Since I listened to the podcast episode of The Tim Ferriss Show which featured Stanislav Grof (the founder of the Holotropic Breathwork). I have been curious to try out his methodology to reach an alternate state of mind – Holotropic Breathwork.

But trying it out has been a logistical challenge. As it happens in classroom kind of environment for a longer period class in a 12-hour format.

But then through a video from Yoga Journal’s YouTube channel, I discovered Michael who is a certified facilitator of holotropic breathwork who studied directly under Stan Grof. Michael Stone developed a short version of this breathwork, which is called neurodynamic breathwork (NDB). Michael developed this shortened version as a way to make holotropic breathwork more accessible so that participants could also practice this technique on their own.

On this site – NDB can be experienced online, via an online meeting session.

I’ve got enrolled for a couple of sessions and I’m really excited to experience this in the upcoming few weeks.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Here’s to the crazy ones!
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A podcast episode I loved and recommend —

David Perell’s podcast episode with Neil De Grasse Tyson: Bringing Space to Everybody – I love David Perell’s work and it’s amazing how in a span of a year or two he has been able to approach people so higher up for his podcast.

It says how – writing emails, creating great networks and giving more than you are paid for, work out.

This episode of his North Star Podcast with Neil De Grasse Tyson was amazing.

Even Neil appreciate the homework David had done beforehand for the episode. Like actually being able to speak about his autobiography which was published much earlier.

These kinds of things create a very organic connection with your guest.

All in all a great episode.


Music I loved –

Sunday Study – playlist by Thomas Frank – Thomas Frank has slowly become one of the YouTubers I admire, who put so much thought in the intricacies of an idea he’s putting out as a video.

This playlist he made for studying has some really thoughtful song selections to study on, I listened to it and I can totally recommend this.

A good listen.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Carl Jung

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 48 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 47 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 47 – 2019

A poem I wrote half a decade ago which I’m pondering on again

Rosetta Stone – A poem! – I think I wrote this poem almost 5+ years back. It talks about life, love and everything in between.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Sepal on the sand! #tbt to beach times.
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An article I loved and recommend —

A Knowledge Processing System for Marketers, Creators, and Knowledge Workers – This long-form article a great place to look for if you are a content creator or a knowledge worker (that’s a new term I learned from this article) or a marketeer. It gives the idea of how to create a KPM or a Knowledge Processing System.

Because most of the time we are just consuming knowledge in a blink and later forget about it and then eventually lose it. a KPM can help you out in retaining the knowledge after learning and eventually make you be able to use that information in any of your future projects.

Check this out, it’s long-form but really worth reading.


A YouTube video I loved –

Ali (one of my favourite YouTuber) & his brother Taimur Abdaal – talking about life and growing up together – This conversation made me nostalgic about my childhood but it was a very open conversation between the brothers. Ali being one of my favourite YouTubers, still holds up the respect for being an executioner, even after this video. As his brother certified that.

This was my first exposure to Taimur Abdaal and his perspective on life. So far I liked his ideas. Mainly because his ideas are original. Something he’s trying to create right now is re-invent the Excel spreadsheets via a new app development.

Great conversation. Very inspiring to see siblings in this kind of exchange.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

Edward J. Stieglitz

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 47 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 46 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 46 – 2019

An archive article from my creative short pieces

Imprisoned behind the curtain of the waterfall – Sharing one more piece from my creative writing pieces. You’ll need a little bit of imagination while reading this short piece. If and when you do, you’ll see it making sense.


My most popular Instagram post recently

MasterMind Breakfast!
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A Quora answer which I found interesting and useful (about meditation) —

What is the one thing that I can start doing today that will promise a greater life for me in the future? – Here is a Quora answer to an interesting question. It talks about meditation and how it scientifically helps you lead a better life.

A good read.


A song I am loving –

ilomilo by Billie Eilish – This is kind of groove (lyrics may be too intimate for some folks, so excuse me) with which you would not only want to be work on in the late night as a background sound. But also as the foreground sound and be an a transcendent state.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

Maya Angelou

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 46 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 45 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 45 – 2019

A article I’m re-sharing from my archives

How these 3 things will change your life forever – Sharing an small article I wrote in 2015. It came out of a conversation I had with an old lady.

I try to implement these things in my life too and it’s working well.

Check out this article, it might change your life as well with these 3 things.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Detour!
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A series I loved and recommend —

Dark – I recently stumbled upon this series on Netflix and it was mind bending.

A time traveling saga, woven inside complex relationships. Season 1 was truly amazing. Season 2 was a little downer from season 1.

Nonetheless, I enjoy this series.

Here is the trailer of the series, if you are interested –


A art I’m pondering on –

Resin art! – I stumbled upon this art work sometime ago and it really intrigued me. You can even make jewelery out of this. Check it out.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

Malcolm S. Forbes

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 45 – 2019