Saturday-Pentacle – Week 48 – 2017

Saturday-Pentacle, Week 48 Issue


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Website of the week –

Medium.com

I’ve been reading on Medium.com since after a couple of years (around 2014) it’s launch back in August 2012. I’ve seen it grow from few thousands of readers to millions of readers now.

Lately, they changed the branding of Medium.com from a green theme to a classic black and white with above Monogram logo. Even though I felt comfortable with the green theme and logo but this classic update to the site is welcoming. Nonetheless, the reading experience is the same and better.

I found very deep and moving articles on Medium.com and I would recommend my readers at Lifestyle Architecture Lab to make reading on Medium.com a habit. Because it’s really good and will help you grow intellectually than quora/Facebook/Twitter etc.

It’s a long-form reading experience made awesome. You won’t even notice when you finish 1500-2000 words long article in a jiffy.

Here is the link for you. or you can just click the logo and go to Medium.com.


My most popular Instagram post recently

Just met this amazing @furballstory crew at the airport.
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When I talked to them. They said they were helping people out, who were in stress due to delayed or missed flights with the help of these therapy dogs.
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Met cuckoo (who my sister is holding and Angel (who im holding). They were amazing and indeed our stress was relieved after meeting these amazing people and these super furry trained dogs.
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They are based out of Delhi but were visiting Bombay for the first time.
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Bombay! We need some more of the @furballstory


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

The Girl at the Bar – After a long time I felt connected to written words. I story which moved me. Poked me somewhere deep inside. I can’t say it’s a love story or a tragedy, it’s woven with love, tragedy and nostalgia. That’s what make it beautiful.

A quote from the article to give you the intensity of it –

“People say whiskey is a complicated drink,” Toshiko said. “But for me, it’s a very simple drink — it just happens to be mixed with a lot of complicated feelings.”

― Toshiko


I’m reading/watching/listening to

Songs of Experience

U2 released their next Studio Album yesterday (1st Dec 2017). When I found it on Apple Music I felt extremely excited, because their 2014 album ‘Songs of Innocence’ has powered my long running workouts since then and I found a connection with this old band which I couldn’t find with the latest rock bands.

I’d recommend you start with the below playlist on YouTube, which starts with the song ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’.

I don’t know there is something about U2…


Quote I’m pondering on lately –

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

― George Eliot


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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SCMM – 2017 | Expo Vlog

8th Jan 2017. Vlog no. 2. SCMM 2017 Expo.

Marathon Expo’s are always fun. I enjoyed this small expedition to Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017 – Mirchi Expo. Hope you enjoy it too!

Don’t forget to let me know your feedback in comments.

Race Day Vlog coming this weekend.

Credits – Background Music – Andrew Applepie (Germany) – Check out Andrew’s page here – It may just peace you out.

 

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Benares! Day – 3

This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue posts (Day 1Day 1 ContinuedDay 2 and Day 2 Continued) on Benares trip earlier this year, Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – Day 3

In the day 2 post where i mentioned i met a few photographers and travelers while i was having my late lunch at the Cafe Zoe near Assi Ghat. We discussed a lot on traveling, photography and life in general, among other things. Life in their countries and life here in india. It was then that i started loving my travels more, cause they made me meet people from across the world who thought like i did.

We met in the evening again on the same day. While bidding goodbyes for the night they invited me to their place for breakfast the next morning. I was so psyched to meet them again. The best part! we didn’t exchange our numbers, they just gave me their address and told me to be their in the morning.

The next morning, i was up at 7 o’clock. Got my shower and ready to go in the next half hour. Then, I started for their hotel where few of them had been living from the past few days.

It was a Welcome Heritage hotel on the far north side of the Main ghat. As i walked towards this hotel, i had to go through two really scary and shocking spots, which i didn’t know were there on my way. First was the living area of the Aghori Babas.

Oh boy! That place scared the living shit out of me. But as i digested all that was going around while crossing that spot, i made peace with it. These Aghori monks are said to be an mysterious ancient tribe who feast on human flesh as part of their rituals, as well as drinking from human skulls, chewing the heads off live animals and meditating on top of cadavers in search of spiritual enlightenment.

Here a picture of an Aghori Baba taken by an Italian photographer Cristiano Ostinelli who spent time with the tribe to discover more about their way of life. Here’s the complete article.

Aghori Baba | Photo credits – Italian photographer Cristiano Ostinelli

I wasn’t even back to my wits yet, then came the scariest moment of my Benares Trip. It was a heavy feeling of weird kind of energy when i passed by the “Manikarnika Ghat”*. I’m getting goosebumps even right now, as i’m writing this. I couldn’t even take my camera out, when i was crossing this place.

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Benares! Day – 2 Continued…

This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue posts (Day 1Day 1 Continued and Day 2) on Benares trip, Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – Day 2 Continued…

Once i crossed the Flower boat, i started heading towards north again. Then as i was just crossing an area where a pundit was doing a ceremony, just after a family arrived back to the Ghats from a boat which had gone to immerse ashes of their deceased beloved in holy Ganges. It looked like a rural south Indian family, I tried to capture a few portraits of them.

I was expecting intense emotion of grief, but most of them were having happy faces except for the wife of the deceased. I tried to talk to them and found out the deceased was in pain and suffering due to a long hold malady. So the whole family was having a relief that at least now their beloved will not have to suffer through that pain which he was experiencing from a long time. Here are a few portraits:

I call these photographs collectively – “The Faces”.

The Couple!

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Benares! Day – 2

This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue posts (Day 1 and Day 1 Continued) on Benares trip, Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – Day 2

Subah-e-Banaras” is the local term (originated from Urdu) used for Benares Sunrise! Which is one of the many exciting charms of Benares. I didn’t know what to expect. But regardless, i had set my alarm at 4:30AM to wake up early in the morning, to get up, shower and make it in time till the Ghats.

The eve before i had asked a boatman if he could take me to the Ganges banks on the other side of the Ghats. He agreed and was to be found at 5AM on the main ghat as promised. When i reached there, neither i could find him nor his boat. The first disappointed of the evening.

Then i started walking north from the Main Ghat into the early twilight of the morning while sun was still below the Horizon. Here is the picture of the particular moment.

Photo - Himanshu Sachdeva

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Benares! Day – 1 Continued…

This post is the progression of my earlier travelogue post on Benares trip, Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – Day 1 Continued…

The sun just set. I started walking back!

While walking back i came across an old man¹, he had a magical smile.

As i was crossing him, looking at me he stopped me and said ‘Son! You don’t look from around here! Where have you come from?’

If a total stranger would ask you something like this, you’ll just ignore and walk away. But this old man just didn’t seem like one! That’s the magic of Benares! This old man seemed like an indistinguishable part of Benares! So i couldn’t help myself but reply with a gentle smile.

‘Uncle! I’ve come from Bombay. Indeed not around from here.’ ‘Are you a local?’ I asked.

‘Yes, Here from past 18 years almost. I was in Kolkata² for a long period of time, then destiny took me here and i never left.’ He replied.

All of his more than 50 years of life experiences were reflecting in his talks. We kept on talking for 15 minutes almost. Then i thought to take a picture with him. I asked a passing by foreign lady to take it for me. Luckily she knew, how to operate the camera. In fact more than i did.

Here is our picture and this dog never left –

Photo – Himanshu Sachdeva

Photo – Himanshu Sachdeva

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Benares – The beginning

The next few posts will be a continued progression of my experiences¹ in the mysterious city of Benares²! Hope you enjoy it.

Benares – The beginning

 
I’m thinking, How do i even start telling you about this mysterious city of Benares!
 
How about death?
 
 
First day of my Benares visit. It’s Dusk time!
 
I crossed the Main Ghat and was walking towards the eastern  ghats. There it was.
 
Harishchandra Ghat!
 
Harishchandra Ghat, Benares

Photo – Himanshu Sachdeva