#9 – Monica Becerril Ugalde – Crossing Borders, running mountains and being in the now

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Monica Becerril Ugalde (Head of Marketing at Unived)
[Photo Courtesy – Monica Becerril Ugalde (Instagram)]

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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 the United States before moving to India. She is the wife of my friend Amit who has also been on the podcast.

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. 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.

So without further adieu, please enjoy this conversation with Monica Becerril Ugalde.

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 20 – 2019

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A product I’m excited about

SmartHalo 2 – This minimal bicycle computer is beyond amazing. It looks to fit so well on the bike that it looks like an integral part of the bike itself.

It automatically starts tracking your bike rides and also can sync them directly to Strava, Apple Health and Google Fit. The cherry on top is it also turns into a headlight with 250 lumens light intensity. Which is huge to have in a bike computer.

Check out this film by SmartHalo guys. I’m so inclined to buy this, maybe I will soon.

Links – KickStarter | Indigogo


My most popular Instagram post recently

Mahamanav (superman)!
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A product I’m fascinated with —

Vegan Bags by Broke Mate – A few weeks back when I was researching for one of my podcast guests, I found out that in fact there are many Vegan companies in India and number of these companies are growing like anything now.

One of these companies which stood out to me was – BrokeMate

Even though (right now) they just have a women’s line up as of now and I checked with them if they gonna come up with Men’s line up of bags and wallets sometime soon? The response was positive and I’m excited about that.

The materials used in making these women bags and wallets are all vegan and Peta approved in fact. So If you care about the environment and would like to switch your normal leather bags or even other material bags. These bags from BrokeMate look classy and chic, aesthetic wise.

You can check out their website for these bags or check out their Instagram Page.


A song I’m loving —

Con Altura – First – This is a Spanish song, so you may not very well understand the lyrics. But..but…but…Once you listen to this song, it will do rounds in your head, I can quite assure you that.

This is by Spanish artist Rosalia. Even though you may find the music video a bit sassy. But she’s very thoughtful of the songs and videos she does, check out her other videos as well on YouTube. I can recommend another one which is Bagdad. A different level of music video creativity.

Go check it out – Spotify | YouTube


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

The secret to your success is found in your daily routine.

John C. Maxwell

Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 20 – 2019

#2 – Amit Mehta – Your biggest fear is your biggest calling!

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The second interview of the season is here!

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In this episode, I’m talking to Amit Mehta, Founder of Unived Sports. He is a trail runner, a vegan and a creative at the core. His company Unived Sports is the first Indian Vegan sports nutrition brand.

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Saturday-Pentacle – Week 29 – 2017

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App of the week –

Momentum

This week it’s not a mobile app but a chrome extension with which I’m in love from past 2+ years. It’s the best focus and productivity extension in the browser.

It has features like a big beautifully curated wallpaper which changes every day, a big sleek clock, weather, ToDo list apps integration inbuilt (this one is my favorite), so your favorite Todo list apps can be integrated with this dashboard and it can display the ToDos as well in this dashboard itself. You have to experience it to believe.

If I got you curious, you can download it for Chrome from here – Momentum

Unfortunately, it’s not available for Firefox browser, but I found a very good alternative to Momentum and it’s simpler than Momentum, it’s called Moment. It features a Big beautiful clock and a plain focused background and is highly customizable. You can download it from the Firefox Add-On Store.


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Don’t give up.

When you feel like giving up your dream, force yourself to work another day, another week, a year.

You will be amazed what happens when you don’t give up.

Doesn’t matter if you don’t have arms, doesn’t matter if you don’t have any other limb, if you have your will and your heart you will reach there…

P.S. This video contains real imagery of an artist painting live from “Indian mouth and foot painting artists” club.

Shot and narrated today by yours truly.


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

5 ways social media can help you travel – This is an interesting article pointing out a few very good tips and tools to help you with your travel via social media.

Summary of the article Before going to a place, get a visual vibe of the place from Instagram with its geolocation tagging, it hits the bullseye for getting a visual of the place you are thinking to go. Don’t hesitate to ask your friends on Facebook about the place you are about to visit, you may get some good info. If you are brave enough to ask strangers, twitter is your place to go. Remember, Facebook is friends and Twitter is the world.

Lastly, If you’re willing to take some risks in the form of advice from strangers, talk to locals once you are there physically, you could end up with a memorable experience. Just make sure to be specific in your requests.


What I’m reading/watching/listening to

Infinity And BackThis documentary released on 8th July on YouTube and Facebook and I’m proud to say that the protagonist of this docu film is my friend Kuntal Joisher.

He is a vegan and a mountaineer (how awesome a combo) and he climbed the Mount Everest last year (2016) on May 19. I found him very down to earth but a determined guy. So in 2015 when I was first introduced to him he was working hard towards his goal (climbing the highest peak in the world) and as his journey unfolded and finally he stepped on to the top of Everest last year. It was nothing short of the proudest feeling towards a friend.

Put on your headphones and watch this short film, as Kuntal and the editors of this movie take you to Kuntal’s journey of climbing the Everest. I promise you it’s Epic and the 21:59 minutes of your life will be worth it.


Quote I’m pondering on lately – 

“If someone is slipping up, kindly correct them and point out what they missed. But if you can’t, blame yourself—or no one.”

— Marcus Aurelius


Until Next Saturday!

Thanks for reading.

Himanshu

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