Saturday-Pentacle – Week 28 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 28 Issue


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App of the week –

MyFitnessPal

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 there or when you are commuting you can log your diet from mobile apps. 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

Returning from our morning adventures, saw this beautiful panorama.

Sometimes sky meets the land right in the water and we never mind to notice.

Today we did and never was I in more awe, than seeing those creamy dreamy clouds, peeking themselves in the mirror of still water. And then there was this flock of birds wandering above!


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

How Quantum Suicide Works – Well! Don’t just go on the title literally, it’s not mainly about suicide. But about quantum physics.

Summary of the article – This article basically explains the Many-Worlds theory. According to the Many-Worlds theory, for each possible outcome to an action, the world splits into a copy of itself. This is an instantaneous process called decohesion. It’s kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure book, but rather than choosing between either exploring the cave or making off with the treasure, the universe splits in two so that each action is taken.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Kyle Maynard: No Arms and No Legs Climbing Mount KilimanjaroA few days back I saw this video and it instantly boosted my confidence from being in a deep pit (of confidence level) to feeling like I can do it.

Kyle Maynard who was born with a congenital condition that stunted the growth of both arms and legs. But, that did not stop him from being a wrestler, owner of a fitness gym, MMA fighter and conqueror of Mount Kilimanjaro. He is indeed a true testament of human spirit and determination.

There were a few moments in between I couldn’t stop a few tears rolling down, the tears you get from an overwhelming feeling. Feeling of perseverance.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“You can shear a sheep many times but you can skin him only once.”

— American Proverb


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 27 – 2017

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Post of the week –

Google Translate

This week I’m sharing the app which recently blew my mind. It’s a simple app but works magic!

Apart from translating text. It also translates audio recording (spoken clearly). But the part that blew my mind was live translating!

Just open the app click on the Magic  Camera button and point your phone camera towards anything with a foreign language, it’s translated in real-time. Like shown in the image below. Istn’t it magic?

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


My most popular Instagram post recently

Aide-mémoire!

I came out of that wooden door and it shut back on its own behind my back. She was sitting on the couch right in front. Her face was a little red, I couldn’t understand. As soon as I approached her, I saw tears rolling down her eyes!⠀

She didn’t even know I had come out until I sat right next to her on the left. She quietly said in her Israeli accent. “Hey….you are back.”⠀

I couldn’t say a word, I was presumably sad. But seeing her jotting down something in her handmade diary, which she bought somewhere from middle India while her explorations, I said, “What are you writing?”⠀

“I’m in love. So I’m writing about it before the moment passes by.” She replied while struggling to smile.⠀

I smiled back even though I too was feeling sadness.⠀

I waited another few minutes, for her to finish. Then I asked, “May I see it?”⠀

She said, “No, I can’t let you see, it’s personal. It’s between me and Mama India.”⠀

I giggled, listening to her kiddish response. But I respected her decision of not showing me the mémoire.⠀

Then she laughed through her tears while spilling a few of ’em (tears) on my face when she shook her face with laughter, and said, “Oh! my dear, I wrote about this entire journey I took through India and people I met, like you! It’s really difficult for me to think about the fact that I’m leaving in a few hours. I love India and every time I come back I experience something new through which I find a new piece of my soul.That’s what makes me keep coming back.”⠀

“Will you come back again next time?” I asked.⠀

“Of course, I will. To touch the surface of this great country, To touch the water of the mother Ganges! To meet you!! I pretty sure will come back!” She replied smiling while still having her eyes wet.⠀

She moved forward teary eyed and we hugged each other.⠀

“Is she an old Indian soul, who crave for her motherland while being in the body of an Israeli woman?” I thought while we hugged.⠀

After hugging I looked into her eyes and I had the answer.

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Aide-mémoire!⠀ .⠀ I came out of that wooden door and it shut back on its own behind my back. She was sitting on the couch right in front. Her face was a little red, I couldn't understand. As soon as I approached her, I saw tears rolling down her eyes!⠀ .⠀ She didn't even know I had come out until I sat right next to her on the left. She quietly said in her Israeli accent. "Hey….you are back."⠀ .⠀ I couldn't say a word, I was presumably sad. But seeing her jotting down something in her handmade diary, which she bought somewhere from middle India while her explorations, I said, "What are you writing?"⠀ .⠀ "I'm in love. So I'm writing about it before the moment passes by." She replied while struggling to smile.⠀ .⠀ I smiled back even though I too was feeling sadness.⠀ .⠀ I waited another few minutes, for her to finish. Then I asked, "May I see it?"⠀ .⠀ She said, "No, I can't let you see, it's personal. It's between me and Mama India."⠀ .⠀ I giggled, listening to her kiddish response. But I respected her decision of not showing me the mémoire.⠀ .⠀ Then she laughed through her tears while spilling a few of 'em (tears) on my face when she shook her face with laughter, and said, "Oh! my dear, I wrote about this entire journey I took through India and people I met, like you! It's really difficult for me to think about the fact that I'm leaving in a few hours. I love India and every time I come back I experience something new through which I find a new piece of my soul.That's what makes me keep coming back."⠀ .⠀ "Will you come back again next time?" I asked.⠀ .⠀ "Of course, I will. To touch the surface of this great country, To touch the water of the mother Ganges! To meet you!! I pretty sure will come back!" She replied smiling while still having her eyes wet.⠀ .⠀ She moved forward teary eyed and we hugged each other.⠀ .⠀ "Is she an old Indian soul, who crave for her motherland while being in the body of an Israeli woman?" I though while we hugged.⠀ .⠀ After hugging I looked into her eyes and I had the answer.⠀ .⠀ #story⠀ #israel⠀ #miti⠀ #woodendoor⠀ #contemplation⠀ #love⠀ #tears⠀ #sadness⠀ #hapiness

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

How to Create a Chain Reaction of Good Habits – This one is classic article by one of my favorite writer James Clear. This article explains how to ignite chain reactions toward creating a good habit chain. If you have 5 minutes, read that article, if you have just one minute, read the below summary in two sentences.

Summary of the article Any habit follows another habit in our live, for example, when you wake up, you brush your teeth and take a bath afterwards, which are interconnected activities to get clean. So If you hit one domino it will automatically strike and let the next domino fall, creating the domino effect.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Jobs (2013)

I had been contemplating to watch this movie from a long time now and this week I did.

I’ll rate it 9/10. One point off for that Ashton Kutcher smile, which I couldn’t relate to Steve Jobs. But apart from that Ashton did justice to the Jobs and Portrayed the character very well. This movie is motivational but in a strange way. It provoked the emotions it should have and also did well in most of the parts to provide the vision and spirit Jobs had.

2hrs 8min well spent.

Here is a YouTube link which is working and I think Apple might as well let it be working as they would want it to spread to as large an audiance as it could, afterall it’s a movie on their crazy Superhero!

If you don’t wanna watch the free version hers is a paid version (It’s just Rs. 25) – Jobs (2013).


Quote I’m pondering on lately – Today I’m going to give you two quotes.

1. Which is inspired by the movie – Jobs (2013)

“When you grow up, you tend to get told that the World is the way that it is. Your life is just a live your life inside the world and try not to bash against the walls too much but that’s a very limited life.

Life can be much broader. Once you discover one simple fact and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is just there and you’re just gonna live in it vs embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it and once you learn that you’ll never be the same again.”

– Steve Paul Jobs [ ‘Jobs’ The 2013 Movie – seek to 1:55:00 – 1:56:00 ]

 

2. Which is from the book – The Dip by Seth Godin

The opportunity cost of investing your life in something that’s not going to get better is just too high.


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 26 – 2017

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Post of the week –

Looking back an annual Review – 2016

Finally, I could finish up my long overdue Annual Review post for last year – 2016. Coincidentally last year also I posted it in the middle of the year and this year too.

But interestingly that delay gave me the leverage of putting a few learnings from past year into the new year 2017’s resolution list and work on them till this Annual Review was published (meaning now).

I would encourage you to check out my post for interesting insights, patterns and stats. Click here or just click on the picture above to access the article. 


My most popular Instagram post recently

Looking through the window of a moving train!

It was a long day. Glad we made out alive at least for today from this black hole of a place filled with white collared labourers.

We were walking through the subway tunnel, our hands sometimes brushing each other’s.  It was a strangely good feeling. We were on the platform, awkwardly waiting for the train. Praying in our minds that train never comes. Her eyes were shyingly looking at mine. But never really making the contact.I was pretending to be looking

I was pretending to be looking inside my phone like my universe resides in there.  But I was never actually looking inside my phone but always pretending for not having the courage to look into her eyes.Then the moment of my life came. I looked up, to look right into her eyes.

Then the moment of my life came. I looked up, to look right into her eyes. Those brown coloured eyes, always shy. But they had this odd light. In that light, I saw myself. Loved.

It was a moment’s contact between her eyes and mine, why did it feel like ages. Why didn’t her talks said what I could see in the depth of her eyes? I was still trying to figure out when we heard the horn of the approaching train. It was my train. And then we heard the horn of the second train going the other way. This was her train.

I took her hand and squeezed it gently in affection. She just stood looking at my face as I entered my train. I waved her good bye and signalled to catch her train before it leaves. She smiled shyingly as usual and turned around to get into her train and she did.

Both our trains honked once again at the same time almost in sync like both our lives were now, in sync with each other.

My train was empty, I took the right side window seat and looked outside. She was standing in the gate of that train boggy. Our trains started moving.

I was looking at her through the window of the moving train. As our trains crossed, I saw her smiling at me.

I smiled back at her.

And I know now!

I know now.

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Looking through the window of a moving train! . . . It was a long day. Glad we made out alive at least for today from this black hole of a place filled with white collared labourers. . We were walking through the subway tunnel, our hands sometimes brushing each other's. . It was a strangely good feeling. . We were on the platform, awkwardly waiting for the train. . Praying in our minds that train never comes. . Her eyes were shyingly looking at mine. But never really making the contact. . I was pretending to be looking inside my phone like my universe resides in there. . But I was never actually looking inside my phone but always pretending for not having the courage to look into her eyes. . Then the moment of my life came. I looked up, to look right into her eyes. . Those brown coloured eyes, always shy. But they had this odd light. . In that light I saw myself. Loved. . It was a moment's contact between her eyes and mine, why did it feel like ages. . Why didn't her talks said what I could see in the depth of her eyes? . I was still trying to figure out when we heard the horn of the approaching train. It was my train. . And then we heard the horn of the second train going the other way. This was her train. . I took her hand and squeezed it gently in affection. . She just stood looking at my face as I entered my train. . I waved her good bye and signalled to catch her train before it leaves. . She smiled shyingly as usual and turned around to get into her train and she did. . Both our trains honked once again at the same time almost in sync like both our lives were now, in sync with each other. . My train was empty, I took the right side window seat and looked outside. . She was standing in the gate of that train boggy. . Our train started moving. . I was looking at her through the window of the moving train. . As our trains crossed, I saw her smiling at me. . I smiled back at her. . And I know now! . I know now. . . #story #train #love #movingtrain #trainwindow #life #shy #m

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

Entropy: Why Life Always Seems to Get More Complicated – This is an article for which you should free yourself from other trivial things, go to a coffee shop order a Latte and nibble on this article. It’s about life and how we get it to be more complicated.

You’ll find a gem or two in this one. A good one from one of my favourite authors – James Clear.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Well! This is the best piece of content I stumbled upon this week. It’s a video of Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech. He told 3 Stories and not a single one of them left me without giving goosebumps.

It’s a must not miss video. Please watch and get some inspiration.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”

—MALCOLM X, Malcolm X Speaks


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 25 – 2017

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Post of the week –

Review of the Katy Parry/Neil deGrasse Tyson Talk – Witness Worldwide

As you know, I really love audio production and love creating podcasts and interviews on SoundCloud. This Anchor radio app which I featured on this Saturday-Pentacle issue of week 22 as well, really blew my mind when I first used it this week to see how much time it takes to create the similar 8 minutes podcast production, which usually takes me 2 hours to produce and publish through my blog and believe me or not the total process took 10 minutes including the 8 minutes of recording.

So this above piece is the first recording or segment (as they say in Anchor app) from yours truly. It’s a review of an interview which I heard very recently and it blew my mind. This interview was part of promotion I guess of Katy Parry’s latest album Witness and this particular interview/talk event was called ‘Witness Worldwide’.

Guess what? After this interview, I’ve started liking Katy Parry more than I usually did. Psss… I always thought her as a teenage dreamer.

Guess what one more time? She is 32! Not a teenage dreamer after all!

P.S.: If you are not able to see Anchor Player window above. Click here to listen to this review.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Underneath the air traffic control!

Go…go…go!

A piece of a vlog from a few weeks back!


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

51 Popular Books Summarized in 3 Sentences or Less – In a hurry but want some quick wisdom? This article from James Clear is a neat collection of 51 books review in 3 sentences or less. Of course, many of us don’t have time to read the number of books we should generally read as humans or some of us aren’t just readers by choice. But this collection can really help you level up your wisdom in many areas like -Intellect, Business, Productivity, Goals settings etc with the least investment of time.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Well! This talk event really blew my mind. So putting the original video in this section this week.

I was so thrilled after listening to it, that I did a review of it on my Anchor Channel.

I see Katy Perry in a new light now and hats off to Neil deGrasse Tyson!


Quote I’m pondering on lately – Pss…This week’s quote is also referred from the Neil, Katy talk.

“The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.”

— Galileo Galilei


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 24 – 2017

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App I’m enjoying using –

Life Cycle – Track Your Time Automatically

If you are a health or Lifestyle data nerd. You gotta check this app out. Basically, it tracks your every move. Like Sleep, commute, office hours, home hours, outing hours and everything else in your 24 hours. If you integrate it with your apple health kit data or Google fit data (in the case of Android devices), it provides more accurate results.

By using it for past 6 months, I’m able to see patterns like my health go down in fewer sleep months or I feel amazing if exercise hours are more. If you are not a data nerd, don’t bother. It might be overwhelming for you. But if you are! It may be worth having a look.

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

  • iTunes App Store (for iPhone users)
  • Android Play Store (for Android users) – Not yet available on Android, but probably will shortly, keep on watching.

My most popular Instagram post recently

A modern Thhela!

Carrying the plants of today, a carriage of yesteryears.


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

Michael Phelps to race a great white shark as part of Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’ – I think the title says it all. But check out this BBC article for details.

It’s gonna be The Great Gold Vs The Great White this shark week on Discovery.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

This video blew my mind. We are heading toward the future or it’s already upon us?

The 3D printed guns! Augmented reality! and now the shapeshifting food?

Excited to be alive in these times!

 


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.”

—VIKTOR FRANKL, Auschwitz survivor and founder of Logotherapy, Man’s Search for Meaning


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 23 – 2017

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App I’m enjoying using –

 

Awareness – Subtle awareness of time spent on the computer

As I adore minimalism, this desktop app is one of my favorites to make myself be aware of my computer usage. The best part is the sound of Tibetan singing bowl every hour which doesn’t stop you from doing what you are doing but makes you aware.

It senses when you take a five-minute break and then resets the one hour clock. When you start using your computer back, it starts the alarm clock. It also displays how long you’ve been using your computer without a break in windows taskbar area (in the app tooltip), which is pretty handy.

Just in case if I got you curious, you can go check out this app here (It’s free for Windows and $1.99 in the Mac App Store) or click the Tibetan singing bowl icon above to download.


My most popular Instagram post recently

When Gandhi looks right into you!

This piece of art was surreal. I was feeling like Gandhi will open his eyes anytime and will scare the bejesus out of me.


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

Inside an “Anything Goes” Sex Club – Well, the title of this article may sound a bit too much and I won’t lie this article can get too uncomfortable at many places. But it does have a happy ending. Aaa..sort of!

Neil Strauss nails this one.

Get out of your comfort zone! Read the heck out.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Attention Charlie Puth

This song is on repeat mode on my Spotify. If you have Spotify click the play button below. No Spotify? No problem here is the YouTube link.

Psss…Don’t forget to turn the volume up to loose yourself from this sane world.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“Most people can do absolutely awe-inspiring things, Sometimes they just need a little nudge.”

— Timothy Ferriss


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 22 – 2017

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App I’m enjoying using –

Anchor — Radio, reinvented

Anchor. This app might just be the next big thing in the Audio section.

This is like the radio, reinvented. Just like this app’s punch line says. As I’ve used this app for a few weeks now, I can do a small review about this one now. Important features –

  • One stop for your news, weather and general news on Audio. There is a special channel for that which is called Daily Rundown.
  • You can create your own channel like YouTube and start producing Audio content, right from your Phone. Just hit the Red Plus button. This changes everything.
  • You can also put amazing background music in your content right from the app.
  • If you are a podcast creator, you can record an Interview right from the App through a phone call. Though this feature is just available in US right now, expecting they’ll extend it to another country as well, soon.
  • Just like any other traditional radio talk show, you can get call-ins. Wait! What? I mean yes, literally listeners can call-in to a show and the creators can play that audio in their show! How convenient is that?
  • Amazingly fresh bit sized and long form content from new creators.
  • The design of the app is way too amazing. You can change channels with a flick.

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

My most popular Instagram post recently

Everything you know is picture perfect! ?

Soaked in another sunset ? today. Grateful for being alive!


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

Introducing the Virgin Orbit brand – This is not exactly an article but an introduction page to a project by the Company – Virgin. As I admire Sir Richard Branson, who is the founder of Virgin, for his ‘Screw it! Let’s do it!‘ nature.

Well, now I can safely say Sir Richard and Virgin has decided to go all in on the Space front. This particular project is a commercial project of taking a spaceship into earth’s orbit which will do rounds of earth and deliver Satellites for its clients.

Way to go Sir Richard!


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

MALDIVES – Visual Vibes – There are a few very very talented Film Makers on YouTube. Mr Ben Brown is definitely one of them.

How I admire his style of Filming/Editing. It’s so dope. He shoots Vlogs (update – he quit vlogging a few months back, may probably start doing again, but who knows!)  and Visual Vibes – a project of his which is totally mind blowing cinematography.

The below one is his latest produce, right from the Maldives. Go check it out.

Psss…Don’t forget to put your headphones on.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“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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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 21 – 2017

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App I’m enjoying using –

Werdsmith

Journaling is something which everyone should do on daily basis. As I got introduced to daily journaling through Tim Ferriss’s podcast, I was really fascinated by the morning pages routine told by Tim. Journaling usually sounded to me like a teenage girl’s thing, but as I read through Tim’s blog post, it got me converted. I started journaling from that very day (almost one year ago) and I started with a physical notebook where I will jot down the morning feelings and things happened the previous day/night.

To my surprise, it felt great to jot down the things from previous days, believe me or not I started getting great ideas which I had lost jotting down the previous day, or sometimes they came out of the blue just because I was writing my thoughts.

After a few weeks, I got introduced to Werdsmith app through another podcast or blog (i think it was Aileen Xu from lavendaire.com) but not very sure. I downloaded this app and immediately fell in love with the minimalist approach. This app is specifically designed for writers as it doesn’t have any other frills like capturing or saving photos or any other media for that matter. You can start a project and inside the project, you can write your journal entries. What extra it provides is the word count and lets you keep track of how much you have written. You can also set a daily word goal. I kept it at around 500 words then slowly graduated to 1000 and 1500 words. Oh boy, I kept up with writing for months and months on this app and still, it’s one of my favorites in the notes/writing apps.

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

  • iTunes App Store (for iPhone users).
  • Android Play Store –  This app is not yet available for Android platform.

My most popular Instagram post recently

Sepal on the sand!

In the golden hour lying on the sand, I saw this sepal, lying there in the sand and passing a mesmerizing shadow, it was eternally beautiful. ⠀

Hey, Petals! don’t be proud, the sepal is still beautiful without you.


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

How to Keep Feces Out of Your Bloodstream (or Lose 10 Pounds in 14 Days)– As I’m experimenting with different types of diets. Paleo is certainly one of them and this article by Robb Wolf on Tim Ferriss’s blog is an amazing piece of information on Paleo and a gives a head start if you want to start with a diet that’s actually the ‘The Original Human Diet’ as stated by Robb.

This diet method basically comes in an overlap with low carb diet, restricts all the processed foods (processed pasta, noodles etc), dairy (some dairy items). It actually takes you back to the stone age diet where humans hunted for their food or ate the veggies which nature provided. Ancient humans didn’t farm or made any processed foods, so this diet eliminates all of that crap. The benefits of this diet is you’ll be eating very less carbs, high protein and a good amount of Fat. Why? Well, because turns out, scientifically carbs are something, if eaten in high amount, starts supplying the energy needed for body and then Fat which should be used as energy provider, becomes idle and sits over your guts and makes into that nasty tummy.

Note for vegetarians – Paleo diet has a good amount of meats involved, but as I’m a vegeterian myself, I found out there is a superb amount of resources available online for the vegetarian options. One of them is this one. For example, you can replace one egg with one tablespoon of chia seeds in 1/4 cup of water.

What kind of diet’s you have experimented with? Please share in the comments section below.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

UNREMARKABLE – Saw this 10 minutes short film on Vimeo (Staff Pick), there was just 3-4 scenes but it blew my mind away, I was flabergasted for few moments.

Note – This is a MATURE video and contents some graphics (dead nudes and postmortem scenes) so don’t watch it if you below 21 or a weak hearted person.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.”

— Napolean Hill


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 20 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 20 Issue


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App I’m enjoying using –

Zero – Fasting Tracker

I’ve been experimenting with different kind of fasting techniques and as I follow a few biohackers, I got to know about the Zero app (named for the amount of food you eat while fasting) through Kevin Rose. This app helps people who are fasting by offering specific sunset times to sync eating with their circadian rhythm. You can also use custom intermittent fasting durations or pick two days a week for reduced caloric intake.

Why fasting you ask.

Fasting is a good way to switching back to a normal healthy eating routine after a chaos by traveling or a family event or anything disrupting your eating routine. What got me fascinated about Fasting is that some researches show that it prevents Cancer!

All the other benefits of fasting are covered in a wonderful video series by Dr. Rhonda Patrick, where she interviews scientists Dr. Valter Longo, Dr. Satchin Panda, and Dr. Ruth Patterson. I highly recommend that you watch all three of these videos if you’re new to fasting.

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

  • iTunes App Store (for iPhone users).
  • Android Play Store –  This app is not yet available for Android platform.

My most popular Instagram post recently

Tulle filament!

it is nothing, really,⠀
a mordant for the soul, a tulle filament⠀
twitching in a raincoat of lightning….

Piece of Poem taken from “The Biography of a Wish:” by Janette at hellopoetry.com⠀


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

10 Digital Workplace Trends Shaping the Future of Work – An Interesting article based on a report which was a result of a study based on various organizations and employees surveying about Digital Workplace. This article implies that the digital workplace as we know it and are adapting to, might not necessarily be taking us to a more productive direction. You’ll also learn from this article what’s in the future of the Digital workplace culture.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Once, This Island Had Just One Tree—Look at It Now – A really fascinating video about an Island which had just one tree (literally) and now has been transformed into an example of terraforming a landscape.

This transformation started in the 19th century when Joseph Dalton Hooker saw this Island as a blank canvas, ready to serve as home to an ecosystem of his own making.

Ascension Island was quite barren when Charles Darwin visited but it, and he had little good to say about the remote, rocky place. But Joseph Dalton Hooker saw the opportunity and took it.

Watch this fascinating NatGeo video to see the island yourself.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

― Theodore Roosevelt


Before you leave….Check out my latest Q&A Tuesday podcast (audio) post, where I answer a few questions sent by you guys (my readers) every week.

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 19 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 19 Issue

Hello friends!

If you are reading this for the first time, Welcome! Please get an introduction to Saturday-Pentacle by clicking here.

Recent update: As the main purpose of this exclusive mailer is to provide quality reading and content, hence after reading your feedbacks and doing my own analysis, I’ve removed a few sections and cleared out some clutter from Saturday-Pentacle. Because it’s all about mindfulness and minimalism.

I’ll keep on shuffling the current sections as and when it will feel relevant.

Be well,
Himanshu

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App I’m enjoying using –

Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor & Pulse Tracker

I’m a fitness enthusiast. Ok, I’m actually a little more than an enthusiast. I keep trying different health tracking devices or apps as they show up. ‘Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor and pulse tracker’ is an app which I’m using from past few years and I’ve seen it coming together amazingly that now it has become a benchmark app in heart rate monitoring. It uses your camera and flashlight to see the blood flow in your finger and monitor your heart beat and pulse from there. Such an innovation.

It is so helpful if you want to just casually keep track of your heartbeat or if you are having high bp or heart-related illness. However, please note this is not a medically recommended app from doctors, the heart rate monitor found in a hospital will give you exact reading legally and otherwise. But this app is helpful.

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


My most popular Instagram post recently

Look inside and you’ll see!

Cool graffiti at Shivaji Park.


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

3 Household Names That Will Disappear Because of Uber’s Self-Driving Cars – I talk about perspective all the time, but this report rather a piece of research by James Altucher is fascinating and an eye opener. It makes you think about the future which is already upon us and how we can benefit out of it. Great read!


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Make It Count – I’ve been obsessed with Casey Neistat from past few years and this is one of the videos which catapulted him on the viral media horizon. But I’m glad that it’s not a cat video but a really inspiring and motivational. Plus it’s not at all boring, in fact, it may be one of the most amazing videos you might ever see.

‘Make It Count’ video is all about going into the unknown, doing what you love and loving the hustle. So go on and make it count.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

― Helen Keller


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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