#3 of The Last 7 Days (23.03-29.03)

#3 of The Last 7 Days (23.03-29.03)

With another Sunday, here’s the third edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

It’s a weekly series where I talk about what I read, what I listened to, and what I saw in the last seven days.

I’ve been told my choices are pretty good to consume and I should share them with everyone, so you don’t have to just browse through.

If any of the below-mentioned topics interest you, let’s chat – @rth24 on Instagram.


What To Read:

1. Why Singapore isn’t in a coronavirus lockdown — as told by a doctor of the country.

Read here.

2. 29 Movies on Netflix With Complex, Strong Women Leads That You Can Watch Tonight

Check it out here.

3. Read a report on ‘Social Media To Help Indian Digital Ads Market Reach INR 59K Cr By 2025’.


What To Listen:

1. 11 Indoor Activities to reduce stress, beat boredom and boost Positivity by Jay Shetty.

Listen here.

2. Listen to this episode of Today, Explained – a podcast by Vox Media where they talk about Asia’s second wave of COVID-19.

3. Manchester United have their own podcast, yep, you read that right. In their latest episode, they interview Juan Mata and talk about his journey as a footballer.

You can listen to it here.

4. Salil Acharya has a new podcast on Spotify, Off Script with Salil and he interviews Taapsee Pannu on her life beyond movies.

Listen to it here.

5. Akimbo – a podcast by Seth Godin, if you don’t know who he is, Google him. In one of his recent episodes, he talks about the curation of information on the internet and its quite interesting.

Do check it out here.


What To Watch:

1. Rajeev Masand has a new series on YouTube, Catching Up during Self-Isolation and he interviews Pankaj Tripathi in one of the episodes. What’s special about this episode is Pankaj Tripathi’s point of view on life and isolation and what can we learn from it.

Watch it here.

2. Director Rian Johnson breaks down a scene from ‘Knives Out‘ and explains the process behind shooting that scene.

Watch it here.

3. The Internet Said So, a podcast by Varun Thakur, Aadar Malik, Neville Shah and Kautuk Srivastava where they discuss random, absurd, interesting stuff from the internet.

In one of their recent episodes ft Biswa Kalyan Rath, they discuss Conspiracy Theories and well, its comically interesting to watch.

Here.

4. Dann Mace, a YouTuber with some fascinating and gripping content has a new video titled, ‘getting old with Casey Neistat‘ and Casey makes a super interesting point on the perspective of turning 30.

You should definitely give it a watch here.


There is a lot of insightful, engaging and entertaining content mixed in all of this.

If any of these topics interest you, then your time will be well-spent.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.

Talking to Children.

Talking to Children.

Have you noticed how people need to be spoken to, like children – constantly saying the same thing again and again. I can’t seem to recollect how many times, the news channels, health organizations, the national leaders must have repeated, over and over again, to stay inside your homes, to maintain social distancing, to isolate yourself from people.

And just like children, these people kept defying the orders and are the same people who then still roam around, break curfew and are the ones because of whom the isolation days goes on increasing.

It’s a global thing, I’ve been seeing this on Twitter, Facebook everywhere, on media outlets.

What I am thinking about is, why do people behave this way? They know the repercussions and yet choose to do so. Do they have no control?

This is something that affects life, and there’s just one message being delivered through every medium of communication – stay at home.

This is just one instance, because self-isolation is being followed in a lot of countries, and everywhere the one rule is being defied by people.

However, there have been multiple times, over the years too, when people have to be spoken to like children, because they just aren’t able to grasp the severity of the situation.

They just want to do the opposite of what’s being said – it couldn’t be about thrill, because some situations, like the current coronavirus crisis affects life of that person’s and everyone else around them too.

Today’s blog topic is one of those rare ones, where I’m stuck with the question and would definitely like to understand the psychology behind this.

A common level of Humanity!

A common level of Humanity!

How majority of humans used to behave, almost until a month back to now everyone being the same – more or less, and hopefully we make these changes a part of our life, instead of it just being a temporary phase of life.

Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons, don’t you think so?

No more materialistic comparisons,

no more competition,

no more ego,

doesn’t matter who you are,

doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are,

Life has brought everyone to a common level of humanity, where everyone wants to just stay alive.

Everyone is fighting together and wants to come out of this together.

This level of humanity should be appreciated and should be taken forward as well, because when we walk together, we grow together and we can tackle our problems together!

Do you over-think?

Do you over-think?

We’re all victims of overthinking, aren’t we?

Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts, there’s no stopping it.

We love thinking, we assume it’s productive, which it is but then we to drop down to a layer of theories and imagination that takes up too much of our time.

The problem could be a ‘Level 1’ issue, but our overthinking will take it to ‘Level 20’ in our mind.

However, is there a way to stop it?

Not entirely, there’s no easy way out.

What can we do?
– You need to train your mind, day in day out; it’s a long process to reach a point where you consciously become aware of your thought/s and when to divert from it. This comes in the form of meditation.

– Start by rethinking what you just thought and whether it was worth it or not, that process will start making you aware of your thoughts.

– Have a specific time allotted for the deep thought process when you think about your future plans/ tasks/ actions/ current problems etc (time wise/ work wise/ action wise) and not to proceed down that path at any different time.

– Apart from what you can do internally, what helps externally is execution. Execute at a level where you don’t have the time to think. Planning and scheduling, yes, but with execution a time will come when there won’t be enough time to overthink anything.

– Also, what helps the best is music, another form of mediation. Music has the power to sway our minds from any situation and not let it distract us. What are the occasions when you start over thinking? Substitute those occasions with music and see the difference.

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It’s a gradual move; neither of these methods bring you immediate results, but you always start with step 1 and build it from there.

Perspective has changed, hasn’t it?

Perspective has changed, hasn’t it?

With everyone that is happening around us, the social distancing, the home isolation, the panic and the chaos, everyone’s perspective towards life has changed, hasn’t it?

We had a different perspective of looking at life earlier, when everything was normal. It was all relax and chill, focused on short-term planning and long-term planning. But, revolved around planning and planning.

Now, with this pandemic, hitting masses on such a scale, now when it comes upon yourself, then everything changes. Now it becomes, why was I focusing on this, does that even matter, and that perspective changes. Do you agree?

Sure, work is important, goals and ambitions are important, still are, but things like this make you question that you cannot leave things for the future. You cannot postpone something for tomorrow, because is there a tomorrow?

You got to do what you want right now. That is the perspective that I take away from this. You need to express your feelings, instead of keeping them bottled up. You need to pursue your dreams right now, because when else. You need to be with the ones you want to, right now, not in the future when there will be more time in your hands.

Who knows what happens 5 years later? You have to take that step right now and just take the leap, in whatever sector of life you were hesitating with.

Life is important, life is precious, life is about now. Living now, living in the present, not the past, not the future.

This should always have been the perspective, but even if it changes now, why not, better late than never.

Health, First.

Health, First.

There is nothing, literally nothing in life that comes ahead of your health.

There can never be anything important for which you could risk your health.

You have to take care of it and also, the health of everyone else around you (not to forget, your actions shouldn’t lead to others’ health getting affected in the first place)

If your health isn’t right, then what is even the point of anything else for which you were risking it.

Do you understand what I’m saying?

The time of Self-Improvement!

The time of Self-Improvement!

Have you ever focused on
– your thoughts?
– your habits?
– your ideas?
– your goals?
– your food habits?
– your hobbies?
– the content you consume?
– your mental and physical exercise?
– practicing gratitude?
– the skills you want to learn?

One would usually say, they are busy with the hustle and bustle of their life, i.e. work, that they don’t have time for all these things.

Ain’t that the truth?

Well, with the time of social distancing and self-isolation, also came the time of

Self-Improvement

Yes, you read that right, this is a better time than ever, to improve yourself.

In your day-to-day life, along with work, you’re also surrounded with stress, worries, deadlines and over-thinking.

Guess what? Poof, none of that is following for the most of you. Agreed?

Why not use this time then to answer those questions above and more that you’d have on your mind?

Why not make a list of items that you’ve always wanted to do to work on your inner self?

This is a time you have, where can work on these things and not get distracted by anything else.

It might only change you for the better, and create a better life path for you, you never know!

#SelfImprovement