Saturday-Pentacle – Week 26 – 2019

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 26 – 2019

A recent episode from my podcast

Episode 9 – Monica Becerril Ugalde – Crossing Borders, Running Mountains and being in the now.

Monica B. Ugalde

In this episode, I’m talking to Monica Becerril Ugalde, who is an ultra trail runner and Head of Marketing at Unived.in. She is a Mexican Immigrant who lived in Oregon in the United States before moving to India. She is the wife of my friend Amit who has also been on the podcast. They are a real power couple.

Monica has done multiple ultra trail races ranging between 50 to 60km of distance. She has won the podium positions for many of these races. At the core, she is a conscious human being and a vegan.

In this episode, we talk about her story. Being a Mexican immigrant in the US and eventually moving to India and now doing what she loves and building a vegan brand along with Amit with their great values. This was like a treat to hear her story.


My most popular Instagram post recently

One tree hill!
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A Conversation I really loved

How to Cram 2 Months of Learning into 1 Day – This conversation on The Tim Ferriss show really got me hooked. Josh Waitzkin, who is the author of The Art of Learning and also is an eight-time US National Chess Champion and has many more medallions under his belt, shared a lot of insights and mind-boggling stuff. Things which might sound impossible to normal humans, this guy does those things.

This episode was a roller coaster ride. Amazing listen.

Check out this conversation video –


An audiobook I absolutely loved —

11.22.63 By Stephen King and narrated by Craig Wasson – After I listened to my first audiobook “The Graveyard Book”, I was thirsty for more. Then I saw this Stephen King book on audible while exploring the gazillion books. I didn’t notice what I was going to undertake. This book is massive. In a book version, it’s a 700 pager book and the audiobook is almost 30+ hours long.

But when I started listening to it, I couldn’t stop. I consistently listened to this book for almost 20 days, in my morning commute and many times in my evening commute as well.

I got to live through the old United States era where JFK was still alive. From the mobile phone era, the protagonist is transported via time travelling to the JFK era to stop his murder.

A fascinating book which left me wanting for more. A great listen.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

Never underestimate the ability of a small group of dedicated people to
change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 26 – 2019

Saturday-Pentacle – Week 18 – 2019

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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 12 – 2019

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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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…Click the photo below to read the entire story.


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

#4 – Urmi Kothari aka Coach Urmi – Living the Kinetic Life

Urmi Kothari
[Photo Courtesy – @Coach.Urmi]

The fourth interview is here!

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My guest for this episode is Urmi Kothari otherwise known as Coach Urmi. She is the founder of Kinetic Living which is a fitness and wellness boutique in Mumbai. She has a lot of medallions on her jacket. She is IFAA master trainer, Nike Training coach and a certified trainer in STOTT Pilates, Kettlebells and Animal Flow techniques.

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Looking back (An annual review – 2018)

Reading Time: 13 minutes

From the past five years, I’m doing an annual review of my life. It’s the time when every year I take a pause and reflect back on my successes and failures in the past year. I publish it here in this Blog which keeps me publicly accountable for the goals for the coming year. Here is it for this year –

Photo by Michael Skok on Unsplash

This is my sixth annual review, you can access my previous reviews for 2017, 2016, 2015 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), 2014 and 2013. This year also I’ll answer three questions, the same as the past 5 years:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well this year?
  3. What’s am I working toward?

Hope it will be insightful and interesting for some of you. Lets cut to the chase.

Looking back (An annual review – 2018)

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 47 – 2017

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Book of the week –

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

I’m really excited for this book which will be releasing in Dec Month of 2017, because it’s written by none other than my favourite person – Tim Ferriss.

This book is basically a concentrated written version of his podcast (The Tim Ferriss Show) format interviews with the top players of any skill. Billionaires, Athletes,  Artists or Army, you name it.

As I’m yet to read it myself, but I’ve heard about it that every interview has around 11 questions and their answers. Really excited to read it in the Christmas month.

Book your copy here – Amazon.in | Amazon.com


My most popular Instagram post recently

Tall.
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A little drama of light In the game of shadows.


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

How to Pack Light: The Complete Guide to Ultralight, Minimalist Travel – This great travel packing article from James Clear is amazing. He covers a lot about how to travel light (rather ultralight). If you are a frequent traveller, this article is for you. It has all the gadgets, backpack and clothing related details.

Bonus thing about following people, who are growth hackers, is the tips and tricks you get to learn which otherwise you won’t.

A good read, hope you’ll find it useful too.


I’m reading/watching/listening to

Tesla Semi truck and Roadster event in 9 minutes – I love Tesla and admire Elon Musk as an innovator and problem solver.

Recently Elon and Tesla launched two new product in the vehicle lineup –

  1. A Semi Truck – Amazing security features, faster than diesel trucks and autopilot facility integrated.
  2. A Roadster Car – 0-100 kmph (0-60 mph) in 1.9 seconds. I think that says it all. Period.

Here is a quick overview video of that event, watch it and get your mind blown away –


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“Do everything you were going to do, but with less angst, less suffering, less emotion. Everything takes time.”

― Naval Ravikant


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 43 – 2017

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Product of the week –

Backblaze

After an accident with my laptop in past year, I was looking for a backup service which is professional quality and can continuously backup my data to a secure cloud instead of a physical drive. Why?

Two important factors –

  1. Scalability – If you buy a physical backup hard drive, it has a limit and post that you need to buy a new physical hard drive.
  2. Maintenance – If you buy a physical backup hard drive, you have to take care of it pretty much all the time and if you are travelling, it’s more pain in the neck.

With Backblaze’s professional level backup service you can forget to worry about the above two points. Now comes the price point which sold me in. It’s 5$ (320-350 Indian Rupees) per month and there is no limit to your data backup size. But the pricing is per computer. For example – If you have 1 windows pc it will be charged 5$ a month for unlimited data backup storage. However, if you also have a Mac, it will be charged a separate 5$ a month fee for unlimited data backup for this separate machine.

Just in case if I got you curious, you can go check out by clicking here or the Backblaze logo above.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Basilica of BOM Jesus!
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There is a BOM Jesus Church in Panjim, Goa’s as well but this Church in Daman has a strange attraction to it which makes me always going back to it, whenever I’m in Daman.
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Sitting in a corner of Nani Daman, this enormous church appear to fit in a seemingly small area.
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This time it was closed but we still prayed outside before heading back.


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

Why I Can’t Post On Time – This is funny that I can totally relate to this post, even though I’m not a perfectionist. But when I try to publish quality content I tend to lean towards perfection. Which eventually leads to your work/post never getting published.

Tim Urban’s writing on his ‘Wait But Why’ Blog always fascinates me. He is a perfectionist and in this post, he confesses his perfection and why his posts don’t come on time. Even if you are not a blogger but a creator or a normal human, still there are gems in this post to learn from.

It takes courage to talk about your vulnerabilities, but Tim totally kills with this piece. A Good read.


I’m reading/watching/listening to

The Storytellers: All You Who Sleep Tonight – Roshan Abbas – This one is a heart-wrenching one. There are storytellers and then there are magical storytellers.

Roshan Abbas is a Theatre Director/RJ/TV Host/Filmmaker/EventManager he is a slasher by profession! Here he talks about a life-changing incident from his radio days.


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

― Heraclitus


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 36 – 2017

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App of the week –

Doodle: Easy Scheduling

As days pass, we are always caught in the illusion of being busy. But the reality is not being able to manage our time effectively.

Usually, when we are doing a full-time job or building a business, we have to get through multiple meetings every day. When you have a team of multiple people working together on something or probably multiple clients. It sometimes gets overwhelming to schedule a meeting where everybody’s time fits in properly.

I had heard about the Doodle app from the Tim Ferriss4 Hour work week book. However, I recently discovered that they have a mobile app as well now. Both for iOS and Android. Which makes it super easy now to schedule a meeting.

What you need to do is just open this app and create an event with multiple times slots showing your availability and then that’s it. A URL is created having meeting details and your open time slots. Forward this URL to People and they can just book any time slot available as per their schedule which matches everyone’s open time slots.

Otherwise, this kind of scheduling might involve calling all the invitees individually and asking for their time slots and then putting a meeting invite. Doodle solves that problem with 3-4 taps on this app.

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


My most popular Instagram post recently

Rustic mystery!
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It was a grey day rather evening should I say.
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My body was drained out of the juice and I wanted to sit somewhere immediately.
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That was when I heard a scratching sound which came from an old abandoned house from the left side of the street.
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In this tiring condition I would never have turned my head towards this house which was rustic and strangely terrifying.
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I saw there was a spiral staircase going up to first floor and then second floor subsequently.
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There was something strange towards these stairs which was inviting, in a weird way….Read more

 

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Rustic mystery! . It was a grey day rather evening should I say. . My body was drained out of the juice and I wanted to sit somewhere immediately. . That was when I heard a scratching sound which came from an old abandoned house from the left side of the street. . In this tiring condition I would never have turned my head towards this house which was rustic and strangely terrifying. . I saw there was a spiral staircase going up to first floor and then second floor subsequently. . There was something strange towards these stairs which was inviting, in a weird way. . Outer gate was open. Due to the rush of curiosity my tiredness was gone and I forgot about my body for sometime. . I couldn’t resist and went inside the outer boundary of this house. As I drew closer, the feeling of this strange pull was increasing in intensity. . I was hypnotised?I don’t know. But I was definitely not going inside on my own. . I moved closer towards the spiral staircase. As I clutched the old and rusty railing, my mind lit up and I felt like I was in a parallel universe. It was completely vivid. . The scene felt like 60s. I saw a few english chaps in front of the house and the house wasn’t rustic anymore. It was well painted and maintained house of an english colony. Then I saw a lady was standing at the gate of the 1st floor door, while I was at the start of the spiral staircase. . The lady was beautiful, but her face was expression less. In fact she seemed like a person from whom the life has been sucked out. . She pointed her finger towards me and signalled me to come up. . I felt so strong of an urge to go up immediately. . ‘Hey Boy, what the hell are you doing here? How did you get in?’, I heard this and I was back to reality. Standing just half way of the stairs between ground and first floor, i said, ‘Huh?’ As I got my wits together. . I realized I had a hard grip on the stairs rail and it was rustic and scary again. . ‘This house is spirited boy. Get out and never go back in ever again.’ He shouted again and went back in. I suddenly realised I was inside the house and outer gate was shut with a lock. . ‘How did I get in?’ I asked my terrified self as I jumped over the wall.

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

Drinking Coffee May Help You Live Longer – What? How can coffee enhance your longevity? Well, this article answers that, scientifically (well…sort of).

Summary of the article Coffee is associated with longevity in this said research in the article, however before you up your coffee consumption in celebration. You may want to consider choosing the less jittery route, probably, a decaf Coffee? (Less caffeine = Less Jittery feeling). Well, that’s worth giving a shot. More on decaf coffee and how it affects you – click here. This is the one I’ve used earlier.


I’m reading/watching/listening to

Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are – A deep and a meaningful Ted Talk by Human rights activist Chetan Bhatt, which will force you to rethink about your whole existence. He strikes a chord when he talks about why religion and other origin/identity myths might not a have a place in future.

Get a double espresso and listen to this amazing 22 minutes intense Ted talk.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way. But intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.”

— Albert Einstein


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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