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.
So without further adieu, please enjoy this conversation with Aditya Shroff.
Links and references from the episode –
Interesting references –
Polymath – a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning.
He tried out his first writing expedition in 6th standard, inspired by the book James and the Giant Peach Novel by Roald Dahl.
He tried writing a book again in college, wrote 52 chapters and then lost interest and dropped it. He realised he didn’t like the book and the plot. So he dropped it.
One piece of advise for first time authors – Be yourself, keep writing and be patient.
Quotes mentioned –
Engineering is done so that you know, what you don’t want to do.
Being spiritual has nothing to do with being religious. It’s more related to your own spirit and being aware.
You can be spiritual even without being religious as well.
Listen to your body and don’t give in to your mind too often.
The birds’s eye view meditation practice helps you in not go down in the dumps when something goes wrong and it helps you not feel (egotistically) on top of the world when you are on top of the world. You feel balanced when you practice that. It’s a very fulfilling and liberating feeling.
When you realise that you don’t need specific material things to feel happy, that feeling is liberating.
My principal in life is – Either you win or you write.
Life is much better after a run or a bout of writing.
If you are not being your self, even if you get success, if it is not making you happy, is it even success?
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 through out 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 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 advise for people who are aspiring to summit Mt. Everest. It’s all in this episode.
So without further adieu, please enjoy this conversation with Kuntal Joisher.
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.
So without further adieu, please enjoy this conversation with Gopi Vadsak.
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 foot prints. 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.
So without further adieu, please enjoy this conversation with Monica Chopra.
Syska ABS 4 Way Power Plug – This 4-way plug from Syska is awesome and saves from Sparks and provides 4 sockets (as the name describes). The quality is top-notch. It costs around 160-200 Indian rupees. It’s a simple product but it’s durable so I can definitely recommend it.
Resharing and old Instagram post shot on Jaipur —
Hawamahal . …Click the photo below to read the entire story.
A short podcast excerpt from one of my favorite podcasts —
Addressing Pressure from Family Members – It’s a quicky from The Minimalists Podcast but a very crucial topic.
A short film which pulled strings in my guts — Specially the male actor, he poured all his emotions and felt like he was totally in character.
Quote I’m pondering on lately –
Life is about growth and contribution, not perfection.
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