But my problems aren’t that bad…

But my problems aren’t that bad…

Have you ever had a problem that made you feel you stressed or anxious along with a wonder as to how would you solve it?

At such a time, the mind boggles down into spiraling thoughts and provides us with imaginations of different scenarios making us feel more panicky.

Sometimes, people then realize that these problems aren’t that bad when they compare to someone else’s larger problem at hand which is much graver than theirs.

Now, that isn’t bad at all. That’s a good way to think, it helps you get rid of the stress and anxiousness of that smaller problem (in hindsight) of yours and helps you regain focus of your life.

However, this thought that my problem isn’t bad can be troublesome too.

How and why?

Well, not that it isn’t good to scale down your problem with that other larger problem, but at the end of it, that problem, whatever it is, still is one for you, no matter what.

Only you have temporarily gotten rid of its effects by altering your thinking.

What can you do differently then?

Well, getting to its roots and understanding why it is a problem for you is a really good scenario from a micro and a macro perspective of life.

Once you solve one issue of yours, you then become capable of handing the other issues as well, those that affect you, and on top of that, you then come into a situation wherein those kinds of problems won’t have that kind of an effect on you anymore. Because now your mind knows that you’re capable of handling it, rather than getting rid of it temporarily.

Another counter point here could be that, it’s so easier to say to get to the bottom of it, but how easy it is when the moment arises. That may be true, but it doesn’t change the equation that if the problem is a solvable one, then you just need to get a practice of that calmness and patience to understand it and to deal with it.

Having both types of thought processes is good for you, one will get you the perspective and the other will solve it for you. The balance of both will come with practice and perspective and will give you a skill you may have not had before, or rather improved you at it.

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I have a daily podcast too, Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast – daily digestible episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

You can listen to it at –
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Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast

Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast

Presenting my podcast to you —

Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast

What is it about?

Daily digestible podcast episodes on mindset, marketing and movies.

If you want to improve your life, if you want to change your mindset, if you want to build your brand, if you’re interested in cinema, this podcast is for you. Tips/ Observations/ Thoughts and more.

Where can you find it?

Across all podcasting platforms.

Here’s the main link where you can find the link to all the available platforms – https://anchor.fm/rth24

Specifically speaking,

Here’s the link to the podcast on

Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/6v3EStgKGLsT4AcZ2SosjG

Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/mindset-marketing-movies-an-rth24-podcast

JioSaavnhttps://www.saavn.com/s/show/mindset-marketing-movies—an-rth24-podcast/1/oBCe-Hcd3rk_

*As soon as the podcast is approved on the other platforms, I’ll update the links here.

I’d love for you to check out this podcast, subscribe to it and even share some feedback with me.

P. S. Here’s a preview of the first episode below and at the time of posting this blog post, the second episode is up on the podcast.

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#17 of The Last 7 Days (29.06 – 05.07)

With another Sunday, here’s the seventeenth 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 (some) copycat products are more successful than the original?
    Read here.
  2. Loneliness Rewires How the Human Brain Perceives Relationships

    Read it here.
  3. Are you one of those who have too many browser tabs open? Check out this article here.
  4. Ayushmann Khurrana on how films can bring India together.

    Check it out here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Can India really afford to boycott Chinese goods? It’s quite an interesting episode on The Quint’s podcast The Big Story.

    Listen here.
  2. Buzzfeed’s CEO, Jonah Peretti shares how his company is making hard decisions to build long-term stability for the company, on the podcast, Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman.

    Listen to it here.
  3. Hypnosis legend Paul McKenna, on the ‘Your Wellbeing Podcast‘, discusses the power of hypnosis, his tips on how to find fulfilling relationships in a disconnected world and how to attain true happiness.

    Check it out here.
  4. Sailing legend Tracy Edwards on how to stop being a bystander in your own life, on the TED Talks Daily podcast.

    Listen here.
  5. Jaya Row tells us how we can learn from the Gita to cope with our pain, through patience and inner strength, on this new podcast, ‘Gita for the Young and Restless.’

    Check here.

What To Watch:

  1. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant talks about the surprising habits of original thinkers.

    Check it out here.
  2. Journey of a Joke‘ is a series where Abish Matthew breaks down one comedy bit at a time and in this ep, he breaks down the viral sketch ‘Cheating‘ with Anubhav Singh Bassi.

    Watch it here.
  3. Paul Rudd and Chris Evans join Variety’s Actors on Actors series where the two Marvel alum discuss their time as superheroes on the billion-dollar franchise and transitioning from the big screen for TV.

    Watch here.
  4. Why real saffron is so expensive?
    Check it out here.
  5. Physicist Rhett Allain breaks down superhero physics from movies and tv.

    Watch it 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.

The journey of self-improvement is long

The journey of self-improvement is long

Can there be a timeline on self-improvement? Can there be a goal set for self-improvement?

In the shortest answer, I don’t think so.

Hear me out!

When you walk the path of improving yourself, firstly its the realization that comes too late, and then understanding the issues at hand and then improving at them.

Of course, it’s easy to write this than execute because the process is a long one.

However, once you start walking on this path of self-improvement, you might wonder how much time you should give to it and if there’s a specific goal that you should attach to the process, which once achieved, means you have achieved the process of self-improvement.

Well, not to burst the bubble, but it is one.

The journey of self-improvement is long, lifetime long. There is no specific target to achieve and there cannot be any time limit to it.

The more you improve, the more you change and the more you grow. The more you grow, the more you want to improve and the more you want to learn.

The process is a cyclical one and ultimately, the vision becomes to become better than yesterday, to become a better version of yourself.

You improve at one thing, then you want to pick up another aspect of your life to improve at, you work on it, but there are levels attached to it, so basically you’re levelling up time after time.

This is not meant to scare you at all, no that’s not the case. The intention is to make you aware of this so you don’t have the wrong expectations of the process.

It takes efforts, it takes time, and yet its the best thing that you could do with your life.

What if you already know it?

What if you already know it?

Do you think you know about something or multiple things and don’t need to know anything more about it?

When you hear something about it, the first thought that comes to your mind is that you already know it.

Is that a good sign?

That you already know it.

You don’t have to learn more about it then, is that right?

Well, if you look at it from a higher perspective, it comes down to this… When you know about something, either you’re the best at that certain something, you’re the go-to person for that.

If not, then you still have more to learn.

This thought that I already know it limits you from learning more, it limits you from improving yourself on that certain something, it limits you from exploring more and it limits your imagination.

What would be better, to learn more or to be stuck at a middle point where you feel you already know it?

Curiosity is good, exploration is good and to have a Mindset of constant learning is extremely beneficial for you and your mind as well.

You don’t have to tell you’re happy!

You don’t have to tell you’re happy!

Happiness has become such a huge debate in today’s times, and more than usual, because we have been programmed to think about it in a certain way and on top of that, there are so many out there with their own definitions about it.

In the midst of this, a lot of people feel to share that they’re happy.

Whether in conversations or social media, someone will tell they are happy.

See, that is not wrong at all.

My point behind this post is this, of course we should share our happiness with others, we should put more optimism and positivity out there.

My question is are you genuinely feeling happy or are you feeling the pressure to say that you’re happy too!?

Someone who is happy can share that they are, but it also shows in the way they talk or in their actions.

Another point that I’d like to add here is this… I’m talking about macro happy, the overall happiness of life, feeling happy, not the micro successes or accomplishments of personal and professional that we would like to share and which also makes us ecstatic at that time.

When you’re truly happy, you should feel it and that is something that is shared automatically, not something that you have to convince other people about.

Changing your morning narrative!

Changing your morning narrative!

There are two things that happen every morning!

Either you are in your control or your narrative.

When you let the narrative control you, then you are not in control.

And vice versa.

What do I mean by that?

How often does it happen that you wake up and you immediately had to rush for work, or with the current times, immediately log in to work?

How often does it happen that you wake up and you’ve missed the workout time or your meditation time or even your breakfast time?

This is when the narrative controls you.

This is what happens when there is no regular sleep and wake up timings and the irregular scheduling hurts all the activities throughout the day.

One after the other, everything is rescheduled and then something fits in another time or it has to be dropped.

On the contrary, when your circadian rhythm is in check, when you have a regular sleep and wake up pattern, you’re in control of your life.

You control when to workout, you control when to have breakfast, you control how calmly and with ease can you start your work.

This is how you change your morning narrative.

And it changes when you control your decisions, rather than letting these tasks controlling your decisions.

Change your morning narrative.

What happens when you write daily?

What happens when you write daily?

Something changes in you when you do this daily!

No matter how good or the opposite you’re at it.

Of course, what I’m talking about is writing.

Writing on a daily basis.

You can write anything.

Your thoughts,

Your goals,

Your plans for life, or for the day,

What went wrong,

What went right,

Your gratitude list.

You can write anything.

But, what happens when you write on a daily basis?

Well, simply put, the best thing that happens is you get more clarity.

Such clarity doesn’t come just by thinking about it or by conversing about it.

When you write, when you form the words, the sentences, the paragraphs, what is also happening is you’re opening up more than you had thought you would.

In this process, you get more clarity, a more wider viewpoint of what you actually think, it gives you the opportunity to take a deeper dive into it. It also gives a third person perspective and allows to rectify your wrongdoings, whether in terms of your thoughts, actions or opinions.

The more you write, the more ideas you get, the more your mind opens up, new opportunities start opening up, you’ll write things you don’t think about. Because that’s what happens when you write a few words and then think about what you’d like to add to it.

And the best part is you don’t have to be a professional at it.

It can be personal to you as well, or you could do what I do, write a daily blog.

Open up, with your thoughts, ideas, share it with everyone and help them grow too, whilst giving your perspective on things you write about.

From my personal experience, what I’ve noticed is this, along with everything that I’ve mentioned above, writing everyday also gives me the chance to better my thoughts, improve my vocabulary, my sentence formation, that helps me converse better, whether verbally or in writing, on my blog or on social media.

Writing everyday, whether online or in your diary, the bottom line is its the best thing that you could do to your advantage.

Small Things!

Small Things!

We always wonder it’s the big steps that we take that have the biggest impact in our life.

However, it’s actually the opposite.

It’s a curious one and we never stopped to wonder why.

In reality, it’s the small things that make the biggest impact in life.

Let’s map out three different scenarios that would explain this in the best possible way.

Scenario A –
A person wants to become fit and they say in order to so, they’d have to do intense workouts, go on a diet and probably do ‘x’ to reach that goal. A month later, nothing has changed.
However, if that person changes the perspective from the big changes to the small changes, then they would proceed by making a schedule, fitting in the workout time, readying the clothes beforehand and actually starting from day one to begin this process.

Scenario B –
A person, with quite some difficulties in their life, now thinks that they should turn to the path of positivity and leave out the toxicity behind. They wonder that this path would change their life and solve the issues.
However, in order to so, it’s the small things like thinking positive thoughts, having a positive self-talk, not undermining themselves or others are the micro ways to do so, for the bigger impact to happen.

Scenario C –
A person has an idea, that if scaled quickly can become a game-changer and even change people’s lives. Even if the efforts are appreciated, it’s the small things like arranging a team, plotting/ executing the initial work, showing the initial sales that would change things around.

No matter the situation, no matter how personal or professional, it’s always the small things, either in terms of planning, living, executing, it’s the small things that make the biggest impact in our lives. Always!

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#16 of The Last 7 Days (22.06-28.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the sixteenth 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. 7 bad daily habits that can damage your brain health and cognitive function, and how to break them

    Read here.
  2. Why we can’t stop waving at the end of video calls?

    Read it here.
  3. How software will reshape our world in the next decade?

    Check out here.
  4. How 5G’s rapid growth sparked a conspiracy theory?

    Read here.
  5. Where are all the robots?

    Read it here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. The story of Ferrari vs Lamborghini, by Business Wars, a podcast by Wondery, a four-episode series.

    Listen here.
  2. OYO Founder Ritesh Agarwal on COVID-19, Future of Startups and Inspirations, on The Ranveer Show.

    Check out here.
  3. Craig Federighi talks WWDC and Apple’s big design ideas with MKBHD on his podcast, Waveform.

    Listen to it here.
  4. 3 reasons you feel inferior to others and how to see yourself as someone who matters by Jay Shetty on his podcast.

    Check it here.
  5. On Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People, he interviews Gary Vaynerchuk about his journey, his insights on social media, entrepreneurship, communication and more.

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Ryan Holiday on how to remain calm when others panic and practice stillness under high stressful situations, on Jay Shetty’s podcast On Purpose with Jay Shetty.

    Watch here.
  2. Not a Masterclass ft Shakun Batra, where Neville Shah discusses the craft of filmmaking and takes a deep-dive into Kapoor and Sons.

    Watch it here.
  3. Terribly Tiny Tales’ short film, Banana Bread, starring Rasika Dugal and Mukul Chadda.

    Check it out here.
  4. What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness by the psychiatrist, Robert Waldinger.

    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.

Adapt Yourself!

Adapt Yourself!

Things never go according to plan!

There’s known and unforeseen circumstances that can change the trajectory of your plan!

The key is to adapt yourself to these situations!

Of course there’s no right way, but there’s no wrong way either!

You learn, you practice, you make mistakes, you evolve and eventually learn how to adapt yourself according to the circumstance at hand.

The bottom line is to adapt yourself!

The mind can be a Wall or a Door

The mind can be a Wall or a Door

Believe it or not, your mind is powerful enough to either be a wall to you or a door. What sounds better?

Here’s how you can understand that statement.

Either the mind controls you and everything about you OR you control your mind and you mould it into how you want to run your life.

When the mind controls you, when you are not in control of your thoughts, your actions and everything else, the mind can become a wall to you.

It can stop you from doing things you’d like to do, it can become a hindrance where you feel you’re not capable of doing something or those times when you leave things to chance.

Whereas, how your mind can be a door to you is exactly in the opposite manner.

Here, when you’re in control, you’re the master of your mind, you control your thoughts, your emotions and your actions, what happens is when you want things to happen, instead of being the hindrance, your mind is rather the supporter, or a doorway to helping you out in your journey, your endeavours.

When it’s time, when it happens, maybe you realise to see the wall or the doorway, maybe then you understand this better, or maybe you choose to take the control right now itself and not let the wall appear at all, or even if it appears, you know that it’s disguised in the form of a doorway.

Want vs Should

Want vs Should

The biggest battle that every individual goes through, without even realising it is this…

The battle of Want vs Should.

What you want vs What you should.

What it also means is what’s right for you vs what you would like to happen irrespective of it being right or wrong for you.

For example, you should exercise, but at this moment, you want to continue scrolling on your phone or go out and socialise or watch something on your laptop.

You should eat right and not have the unhealthy processed stuff that doesn’t benefit the body, however at this time, you want to have the packet of chips or have some cookies because you feel hungry right now.

Another example is, based on what’s right for you, you should schedule an hour or so everyday to read or learn something new, but because of whatever reason, you want to use that time to consume something entertaining and push the should to later.

As you’d notice with these micro examples of life, what usually happens is our wants take over our shoulds, and every time we push the should, we basically postpone what’s right for you and what you should actually do for yourself, in order to be better, in order to grow, in order to improve yourself.

The ‘what we want’ basically becomes a quicker, lazier way of making decisions which temporarily makes you satisfied vs taking the efforts and doing ‘what you should’ because that would take more out of you.

There are hundreds of examples of ‘want vs should’ which, if one reads, would be like a pin to the heart because that would make you realise the things that you do wrong, irrespective of knowing the outcome of it.

Every time, anything is put under this perspective, it’s an eye-opener for someone who would then probably understand what they should do vs what they want to do.

This applies to micro as well as macro situations in life, it’s only up to you to choose when you’d like to apply it and whether you choose to be on that path or not.

The voice leads to conclusion!

The voice leads to conclusion!

Most of the times, with most of our situations in life, we often jump to conclusions without even trying.

The conclusions that doing something would result in a certain way.

The conclusions that choosing another path has an outcome of a certain kind.

Now, you, personally haven’t tried and experimented with any of this!

Then, where do these conclusions come from?

There’s a voice within you that speaks of these conclusions!

That constantly speaks that why try this when you can avoid that unnecessary outcome.

Whose voice is that though?

Here’s what happens… usually…

One, we never know about the unnecessary outcome because its just one side of the coin and you never know until you try. You cannot avoid every situation because of the outcome.

Secondly, and more importantly, that voice we think is ours, isn’t actually ours.

Let me explain!

The voice inside your head is an amalgamation of everything you’ve been taught, every conversation you’ve had and every person you’ve met.

Quite often, what people do themselves and what they tell you forms into this voice in your head.

So, when this voice speaks to you, it isn’t truly yours or what you want, but people’s opinions and what they’d think when you do something is what’s embedded into this voice in your head.

Now this voice is what ultimately and unfortunately, leads you to these conclusions.

Are you carrying a heavy backpack?

Are you carrying a heavy backpack?

I have two questions for you.

Are you carrying a backpack?

And

How heavy is it?

How about two more questions?

Do you have past memories, past worries, opinions and judgments troubling you?

Is that causing the heaviness?

Anything of the past that we are holding on to forms into this backpack that we have to carry throughout.

Two things happen here…

A. The more you hold on to, the heavier it becomes. That results into you slowing down and not being able to move forward as you’d want.

B. Until you don’t realise you’re carrying this backpack, you won’t be able to get rid of it.

Before you move on, ask yourself these questions, just wonder about them for a minute because this one minute could be changing your life.

One Plus One equals

One Plus One equals

The sooner we learn this as a society, the better we’ll be able to perform, the better we’ll be able to build relationships and the better we’ll be able to grow together.

When you ask someone,

What does one plus one equal to?

What do you think the answer is?

Someone might say, the answer is 2.

Someone might say, the answer is 3.

Someone might say, 11. They might.

Someone could answer something else, I’m not even sure of the options now.

The bottom line being, everyone has a different understanding of things, and their answers will be different too.

Not everyone will answer the same together.

That’s what we need to understand.

That and one more thing…

Not everyone wants to know the correct answer nor your explanation of it.

They’re happy with their answer irrespective of it being right or wrong.

Being right is subjective and for them, they are right.

The problem arises when two parties say we are right at the same time and then try to explain why they are.

Things escalate when they say the other is wrong.

I don’t want to say what is right or wrong here, only the understanding of it.

#15 of The Last 7 Days (15.06 – 21.06)

#15 of The Last 7 Days (15.06 – 21.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the fifteenth 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 do celebrity deaths affect us so much?
    Read it here.
  2. The balance of fasting
    Read here.
  3. Is it okay to switch off when news gets overwhelming?
    Check it out here.
  4. Online and independent: The future of journalism is already here
    Read here.
  5. Wild hummingbirds see a broad range of colors humans can only imagine

    Check here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Ben Horowitz on ‘What you do is who you are‘ and how to create your company culture and more on The Jordan Harbinger Show.

    Listen here.
  2. Nick (@beyounick) discusses creating relatable content, about his process and how it has evolved over time and more on Advertising is Dead, with Varun Duggirala.

    Check it out here.
  3. Prajakta Koli (@mostlysane) discusses cracking the YouTube fame, the journey and more on Off Script with Salil.

    Listen to it here.
  4. The Real Reason you Procrastinate on WorkLife with Adam Grant

    Listen here.
  5. Rajeev Masand discusses the Making of Dil Chahta Hai with Farhan Akhtar on ‘Picture ke Peechhe‘ – An Audible Suno original.

    Check it out here.

What To Watch:

  1. Jay Shetty on building healthy relationships and finding your calling, on Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham.

    Watch here.
  2. Gulabo Sitabo’s Begum, Farrukh Jaffer’s interview with Anupama Chopra at Film Companion. Her character was just amazing in the film as she is in this interview too.

    Watch it here.
  3. Dr. Joe Dispenza on the most powerful way to start healing your past and building your future, on Jay Shetty’s podcast, On Purpose with Jay Shetty.

    Check it out here.
  4. Why oil prices can turn negative?

    Watch here.
  5. Has our quest for convenience created an irreversible health crisis? Watch this episode of series History 101, ‘Fast Food’ on Netflix 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.

Empathy is the answer!

Empathy is the answer!

When you’re able to empathise with another person,
their perspective,
their situation,
their problems

you not only broaden your relationship with the people around you;

But you also open your mind to more possibilities and more opportunities.

And that helps you win not only in your personal life but your professional life as well.

Empathy is always the answer.

“Empathy has got me so much more, so much farther in not only my life, but in my career.” – Ryan Reynolds

You chose this!

You chose this!

Whenever you are in doubt or if something feels out of sorts and you wonder why…

Know that you chose the path you’re currently on.

Know that you chose to be the person you are.

Know that you chose to have the emotions and feelings you have right now.

Know that you chose all of this.

It all starts with being accountable of your own choices and own doings.

When you accept accountability of your decisions, then you realize it is you who has the power to also change something if you don’t like it.

You also realize that you’re in control of your life and it is you who chooses everything and anything about yourself, past, present and future.

Let your light shine!

Let your light shine!

All of us, yes all of us, have a light within us.

A light that shines around us, spreading the rays on to people around us.

The brighter the light, the more people it impacts!

However, there’s a catch too.

How dimmer or brighter the light is also depends on you, your mind, body and soul.

Nonetheless, the bottom line is, everyone has a light within them.

You only have to allow it to shine and let it impact others.

In a good way.

When you do so, you will try to make sure that the light shines brighter than usual.

And in that path, you will ensure how to make that light shine brighter and ultimately, make yourself better too.

What works?

What works?

What works for someone else might not work for me.

What works for me might not work for you.

The problem lies where we do something just because it worked for someone else.

What we fail to realize is that everyone’s paths are different, journeys are different, patterns are different.

Here in comes self-awareness.

When you become aware about yourself, you realize what truly works for you and what doesn’t too.

Then comes experimentations. Experiment with everything and know what works for you and what doesn’t.

It is then when you have tried everything and now know what works for you.

If I can change, anyone can.

If I can change, anyone can.

What I say or share may seem difficult or confusing or even impossible,

however what I want you to know is this…

I was in that same place

having those same thoughts

that this kind of a change is beyond me.

What did I do then?

Well…

I knew I wanted to take that first step to taste that new experience.

I had seen the results, so even though the start was difficult, I knew what the process looked like.

Once I took that first step, it was just a whole new world for me.

Walking upon this path of self growth and self improvement.

What I want you to know is this…

If I can change, anyone can and I’ll try my best to make you aware of this path!

The choice to walk upon it will always be yours though!

Then vs Now – What’s changed over time?

Then vs Now – What’s changed over time?

In this quest of understanding and becoming self aware about who I am, what my voice is, what my strengths and weaknesses are, how my thoughts amd actions affect me and others around me, how my habits affect me, I was in a retrospective mode thinking about all of these things.

Not just that, but who I was before, who I am now, the old me, the new me, how I have been able to pin point certain areas of my life that needed a change and then worked on it and yet, there’s so much more to work on.

This is the journey of self-improvement and everyday I’m grateful that I get to improve myself or at least become aware of what I need to improve one bit at a time.

However, doing just that made me create this list of my THEN vs NOW and what’s changed me over time.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Well, the more I learn, the more I want to share.

Not just my personal growth. But, how you can grow too, how you can improve too, how you can change your life too.

A list of such kind helps in showing that if I can change, then you can change too and if this can inspire you to take a step in that direction, then why not?

Link

#14 of The Last 7 Days (8.06-14.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the fourteenth 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. A fully-connected future means you’ll never be alone.

    Read here.
  2. Ben Casnocha writes about 16 lessons to learn from LinkedIn founder, Reid Hoffman after spending 10,000 hours. This is the best thing you’ll read.

    Check it here.
  3. Starbucks Sees $3.2 Billion Virus Hit, Plans New Cafe Format
    Read it here.
  4. Neuroscience can explain why you’re having trouble concentrating on work or school during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Read here.
  5. Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna’s mission to feed millions in India through his Feed India drive – this is such an inspiring read.

    Check it here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Neurologist Amy Milton on editing memories and eliminating the triggers that unearth the destructive emotional responses.

    Listen here.
  2. Seth Godin speaks on ‘Everybody is Irrational‘ on his podcast, Akimbo.

    Check it out here.
  3. Have you been listening to the Harry Potter at Home: Readings podcast? The eighth episode was read by Alia Bhatt, which was quite brilliant.

    Check it out here.
  4. Do you remember the Highway on my Plate podcast, I had mentioned in the earlier editions? Well, in this episode, they discuss the tales of their Maharashtra journey, in particular Pune, Mumbai and more so I had to share it.

    Listen to it here.
  5. Dhruv Rathee has a Spotify original podcast, ‘Maha Bharat with Dhruv Rathee‘ and this episode is based on ‘Why is India a Republic?

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Vishen Lakhiani on how to live from intuition and accessing information outside the human brain, on Jay Shetty’s podcast ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty‘ – this episode was legit mind-blowing and so much to learn from.

    Watch here.
  2. Liv Boeree, the poker champion gives a TED Talk on 3 decison-making lessons to learn from Poker.

    Watch it here.
  3. How 5G works – the pros and cons.

    Check it out here.
  4. If you are into cars and/or love Ferrari, you’ll like this one – The Rise of Ferrari. Watch here.
  5. Kartik Aaryan interviews Barkha Dutt on his series, Koki Poochega and she talks about the change in journalism, the current on-ground reality and more.

    Watch it here.

    P. S. Bonus: Don’t miss out Gulabo Sitabo on Amazon Prime, I’ve done a small review HERE and I’ll recommend it for sure.

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.

Self!

Self!

Self-growth, Self-improvement, Self-care, why is the word ‘Self’ added here?

What is the point that is being tried to communicate to you?

Until you don’t care about yourself, how will you take care of others around you?

Until you don’t improve yourself, how will you improve the life of others around you?

Until you don’t grow yourself, how will that growth happen outside and around you?

It all starts with you!

SELF.

The starting point is the only point where you have to become selfish in order to become selfless.

In order to serve others.

In order to have an impact on others.

In order to create change.

Self – that’s where it begins.

The biggest armory of yours!

The biggest armory of yours!

Who you are, what is your real voice, what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are, what your habits are, what your thoughts are, how your words and actions affect you and others, what pushes you, what brings you down – all of such things come under self awareness.

When you become aware of everything you are and everything you do.

It tells you what you need to change, what you need to overcome, what you need to double down on.

It’s the single biggest armory of yours that you single-handedly have the power over, the knowledge of which is a strength that not everyone has.

It costs zero!

It costs zero!

It costs zero?

But what though?

The biggest values in the world

That create the most impact!

Things like kindness, empathy, gratitude and optimism cost you nothing,
it doesn’t take anything away from you,
but it helps you to live a happy and positive life.


Not only that, but you also get to spread this word around, spread some love and not to forget, when you’re optimistic, good things just happen in your life.

Write the invoice of your own life!
5 Tips to improve your Work from Home experience

5 Tips to improve your Work from Home experience

If you’re working from home, you’d agree that the hours are not fixed anymore, sometimes it gets tiring, the exhaustion gets to you at the end of the day and if there’s anything you’d do to change the mood, you would.

Thinking of that, one of the things that occurred to me is that when you’re on your laptop all day long, whether you’re on your bed or on your desk, or even switching between them, what’s also happening is that you’re hooked onto the screen until you get that break.

However, there are a few tidbits here and there that can help you to take care of your mind and body whilst putting in the work that can help you at the end of the day, and doing them every day will only benefit you on a macro level too.

Not to forget, work from home will be a norm for now and for the future, so it’d be better to pick up some beneficial habits for a better outcome.

So here they are –

  • Stand Up & Stretch

Whenever you can, as many times as you can, stand up for a minute or two at least, to open up your body and to allow the blood to circulate.

When you sit for a long amount of time, due to zero movement of the body, the muscles get rigid, which further leads to body restlessness and fatigue.


  • Hydrate Yourself

Even though you might have kept a bottle of water alongside you, in the flow of work, you might become unaware of drinking water in periods of time.

That further leads to dehydration in the body, ultimately resulting in lower energy levels in the body, more irritability, also causes lethargy, weight gain and headaches.


  • Eat Nuts/ Fruits

Instead of binge eating stuff that does not benefit the body, keep a small box of nuts beside you, on the table.

You can then have a nut or two in a while or even a fruit when you feel like eating, and that is the best form of nutrients that you could put in your body.

This, of course, is during the day and is not a substitute for your meals.


  • Maintain A Schedule

You’d think that the day is already running loose with abnormal work timings and not having a relaxation time, why would I want to make a schedule and make the day more rigid?

Well, that’s exactly why!

Because having a schedule would ensure that you get to do the other activities of your day as well, including your workout, your meals, your relaxation time as well as balancing work.


  • Practice Well-being

At this time, when you’re home and also working constantly, it is extremely important to practice your well-being, both mentally and physically.

From taking a few minute breaks here and there to practising mediation to doing workouts to taking a few walks whenever possible, everything constitutes as a part of well-being which keeps you in check.


Hope these help you better your days, ultimately making your weeks and months better as well.

It’s always the small changes which make a huge impact and change things around.

Lockdown Learnings

Lockdown Learnings

Over the past year or so, one of my main intentions has been to work on my habits, to introduce new ones, to evolve them over time and to get rid of the ones that don’t serve me any purpose.

Amongst many that literally changed me, this lock-down period allowed me to work on a few more that have been on my mind for a while or some that I didn’t think would be essential to me.

Here are some that I’ve been working on and constantly trying to improve them:

1. Daily Meditations

It allowed me to align my mind and my body, it made me more calmer, more peaceful, to let go of things, every time it’s a different experience.


2. Gadget-free Meals

To have meals without having the phone or laptop around you, without having to watch anything while eating. It first started with lunch and now dinner too, teaching me to be more mindful during meals.


3. Yoga

Whether its the suryanamaskars or some other asanas, the lockdown taught me that you can do so much without even going out. The daily growing experience and the impact on the body is immense.


4. Breath-work

The breathing exercises helps me in releasing more energy in the body, influences the blood circulation, thereby increasing the alkalinity and reducing the acidity in the body, plus changing various physiological responses


5. Cleanliness

Whether its the brooming and wiping, or the sanitisation of the items brought from outside, or the occasional cleaning of utensils and dusting, this time has made me more aware of cleanliness than ever.

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Answer me this question

For I don’t know the answer myself

I want to change

But I don’t know who will bring this change

The mirror says

Look within me

For I always showed you the answer

It is you alone

Who can bring change

For no one else has the power to do so

#13 of The Last 7 Days (01.06-07.06)

#13 of The Last 7 Days (01.06-07.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the thirteenth 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. The untold story of Google’s $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube, from those who lived it, read here.
  2. The fire Zuck started won’t stop at Facebook
    Check it out here.
  3. Where, exactly, is the edge of space? This was such an interesting read.

    Read it here.
  4. National Geographic has done a coverage on ‘Is it safe to travel now?’, covering all points from air travel to road trips and hotel stays and more.

    Read here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Simon Sinek on how to play the infinite game, on the Jordan Harbinger Show.

    Listen here.
  2. Varun Duggirala, the host of Advertising is Dead, has started a new podcast ‘Useless Information with Varun Duggirala‘. The podcast is relatable, interesting and the fact that he speaks to people who are shaped by this “useless information” is inspiring. I heard the first episode with Rohan Joshi and this one is recommended.

    Go listen to it here.
  3. Pawan Rochwani, founder of Platform for Artists, speaks about ‘The Creative Burnout Problem & How to get Rid of it?‘ – it’s a relatable one and every creator should give this a listen.

    Check it out here.
  4. Chris Evans talks about his acting journey, turning down Captain America and more on The Hollywood Reporter’s Podcast, Awards Chatter.

    Check it out here.
  5. I came across a new podcast by Wondery, ‘The Daily Smile‘ and the name says it all, a podcast with a daily story filled with some goodness and happiness feels. The first episode was a good listen, ‘Drone Love‘.

    Listen to it here.

What To Watch:

  1. Jerry Seinfeld’s new standup, ‘Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill‘ is freaking hilarious, one hour of non-stop laughter.

    Give it a watch here. (P.S. Streaming on Netflix)
  2. Should we boycott Chinese products? Entrepreneur/ content creator Farheen Ahmad explains the Chinese strategies; Chinese economic machinations and geo-politics in this video.

    Watch here.
  3. Luke Coutinho on gut health, diseases and prevention.

    Watch it here.
  4. Do Reviews Matter? (ft Rajeev Masand, Sucharita Tyagi and Ankur Pathak) If you’re into movies, and read/ write reviews, give this a watch.

    Check it out here.
  5. Casey Neistat speaks on ‘What Black Lives Matter protests are really about?’ This video gives you a really good perspective on the whole situation.

    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.

Beyond the Clouds!

Beyond the Clouds!

Sometimes clouds, dark clouds take over the sky, making it dark and dense.

At such moments, the sky isn’t visible, the rays of the sun aren’t visible.

It seems dark even in the lightest moments of the day.

However, what we should know is this…

Beyond the clouds, the bright, beautiful and the blue sky is still there and the sun is still shining out there.

It’s just that we can’t see any of it beyond the clouds, but it’s there.

It is so beautifully connected with life as well.

Where sometimes life is overshadowed by such dense clouds, even though temporary, that we lose our perspective of it being temporary and knowing that the beautiful life full of colours is still out there.

We just need to have a perspective of knowing what’s beyond the clouds even if we cannot see it.

How are you not curious?

How are you not curious?

How are you not curious anymore?

That’s what I would like to ask you today!

How are you not curious enough to question everything that you do?

How are you not curious enough to question everything that your life is conditioned to?

How are you not curious enough to question what the brands and marketers are selling you and you end up buying them?

How are you not curious enough to go beyond all of this and think of taking that step forward of questioning everything?

How are you not curious enough to ask how does life function?

Everything there is to know is out there.

All that is required is a tiny bit of curiosity from you.

That’s it.

Some curiosity, some questions, some research and you’ll have a well-garnished outcome of results that will change the way you think, the way you communicate, and the way life is.

This will change how you view content.

This will change how you view content.

This will change how you view content…

Do you know what I’m talking about?

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CLICKBAIT

and what does it mean?

They are misleading titles used to attract your attention and then encourage you to click on that particular link and spend some more time on their website.

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The question I want to focus on is this, why do marketers still focus on this technique?

Well, the easiest way to explain is this…

Because the audience still falls for it every time.

And that gets them more views.

Which also means more ad views.

You understand the story here, right?

How can we change that?

We, as the AUDIENCE, need to be more smarter with what we consume.

To also make sure that we don’t fall for headlines.

What that also means is, to be more interested in the content than the headline.

And lastly, follow the authentic kind of publishers who post the right kind of information.

We aim for a world of authenticity and value.

As the creator/ publisher, providing value and not deception should be the focus.

Provide more value/ extra content than what you have already posted initially, when it comes to redirecting to your websites.

And more importantly, do it the right way.

When you do it right, the audience will fall in love with you and not a particular piece of content.

How to use an umbrella?

How to use an umbrella?

Well, we all know how to use an umbrella and why do we use it too.

But of course, this is more than that.

I’m thinking if an umbrella can also be used, not just to protect us from the rain drops, but also from people’s unnecessary opinions and judgements.

We can agree that we aren’t strong enough to block them or let them not affect us.

Then why not use an external object to do so?

Those opinions and judgements usually create more problems to our mind and body than what the rains would have done.

In countless ways.

The moment we would notice a judgemental opinion, we would’ve opened that umbrella and let it shield us from that.

Only if there was an umbrella for that though.

Things could’ve been so much easier.

Nonetheless, since there isn’t, well, we have to become stronger and become more aware to do that umbrella work ourselves.

Create that shield to not get affected by those things, so we can live a carefree and a peaceful life.

Likes are a Vanity Metric

Likes are a Vanity Metric

It’s 2020 and either for themselves or for their brands, people are still hunting for likes.

In a constantly evolving world, where creators are on the lookout for what works and what doesn’t, ‘social media likes’ are clearly not the way to decide the outcome of that.

They are a vanity metric which is still used to check the success of a particular creative.

Whereas we need to move beyond that and focus on what attracts the audience’s attention, what makes them comment, what makes them share something, what makes them save something.

A creative needs to be really valuable for someone to save them for later viewing. For someone to share it with others. Those are metrics to measure against. That creates a long-term bond with the brand which then continues with other avenues.

Which direction are you aligning towards? Likes or Shares and Saves?

3 Questions to ask yourself before you post anything!

3 Questions to ask yourself before you post anything!

Whenever anyone is wanting to create content for any social media platform, one of the questions that arise in their mind is, ‘Will this post work?’
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There’s a constant worry around this question and sometimes it stops people from posting what they truly want to share. In a constant dilemma of engagement, what gets affected is the content.

To solve that issue in the easiest manner I could think of, here are 3 questions you should ask yourself before you post anything –

1. Is this genuine to me or am I posting just for the sake of it?

2. Does this provide value to my audience?

3. Would I consume this if it came on my feed?

Simple questions to which if you could answer truthfully, you’ll find out that any and all types of content is post-worthy and there are no selection criteria to it.

#12 of The Last 7 Days (25.05 – 31.05)

#12 of The Last 7 Days (25.05 – 31.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the twelfth 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. 7 red flags to be on the lookout for when restaurants open

    Read here.
  2. The real threat to Facebook and Twitter isn’t a pandemic or a president.

    Read here.
  3. The types of live-streams we’ve seen so far

    Read here.
  4. How to control your emotions during a difficult conversation?

    Read about it here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Wheelchair athlete Dean Furness gave a TED Talk on overcoming challenges by not comparing yourself to others.

    Listen to it here.
  2. How Herd Immunity works on ‘Stuff You Should Know‘ podcast.

    Check it out here.
  3. Sundar Pichai on managing Google through the pandemic on The Vergecast.

    Listen to it here.
  4. Kunal Shah talks about his entrepreneurial journey, his philosophical thoughts and lots more on the Cyrus Says Podcast.

    Listen here.
  5. Ray Dalio on resetting for the future, on the podcast This is Working with Daniel Roth

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. This was such a good watch, a good investment of time – Kevin Hart on the Joe Rogan podcast.

    Watch here.
  2. How Richard Branson is trying to save his Virgin empire?

    Watch it here.
  3. A Paatal Lok post-mortem with the cast and creators on Film Companion.

    Check it out here.
  4. Sonu Sood’s interview on Film Companion and talks about the marvelous work he has been doing at this time, what made him start and more.

    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.

I’ve been meditating daily for 60 days now!

I’ve been meditating daily for 60 days now!

Meditation was something that was on my mind for a while, but I could just never start doing it then.

In the last year or so, I may have done a couple of them, including a sound healing meditation (which was quite impactful), but it didn’t get implemented as a part of my lifestyle.

I always knew its advantages, I had heard people’s stories of how it had changed them but sometimes things happen according to their own timings and you can never force them.

Then the lock-down happened.

That was the time when things within me changed, my perspective changed on a lot of things, and as things aligned together, it was as if the universe wanted me to start meditating at this time.

On the 30th of March, 2020 was the first day of this streak – and I must say that the first day was groundbreaking in itself.

What I experienced was something I had never thought of.

And then, day after day, different kinds of meditation happened and I explored more and more, and different things ticked off.

I experienced moments in my life which aren’t a part of my conscious thinking, I experienced my life from a different perspective, I started looking at things differently, I visualized different chapters of my life, different settings that changed the behavior in me.

To share in detail, what it does to you, here’s how I see it –

Simply put, it helps you to align your mind and your body and be still.

It allows you to silence your thoughts and just be, not thinking about the next task, not thinking about your worries etc

It allows you to focus on your breathing patterns – which thus helps in relaxation, more energy, more calmness, more peace.

It brings inner peace within you.

It allows you to let go of things that hold you back.

It also helps in visualization of memories, goals, conversations, nature – whatever you want it to be.

There’s a lot that can be done.

Meditation then and now, is a whole different experience for me, such an essential part of life that is again never taught to us in the way we live.

To experience this, you have to take that leap and change your life is how I see it.

And there’s just advantages to it.

Today will be Day 63, to be technically right and I look forward to my meditation time now, more than anything.

3 Life Lessons to learn from the game ‘Ludo’

3 Life Lessons to learn from the game ‘Ludo’

If there was one thing apart from livestreaming and video conferencing that got popular (again) was playing Ludo.

Whether it’s the board game or the mobile game, whether its playing with family or with friends, Ludo has become that bonding game for many during this lockdown.

Said that, I’ve had my share of games with the family, and playing these many times with some wins and some really bad losses got me thinking…

There are quite a few Life Lessons too that the game teaches us!

  • You can’t give up until the game is over

How many times has it happened that the other player/s are way ahead and about to win, and there are times when, because you didn’t give up, because you were a worthy competitor playing until the end, you actually won too.

Same applies to life as well, when you’ve set your mind to something, you shouldn’t and you probably wouldn’t give up until you can’t do it anymore, but until then you won’t give up.

You will keep going, no matter what the circumstances are and no matter how much life wants to test you.


  • Just because you’re ahead doesn’t mean you’ve won

In the above scenario, you’re on the other side of the equation where you are the underdog. Here, you’re the one who’s boasting that you’re about to win.

How many times has it happened that you were leading, just the last piece remaining about to enter the final segment of the journey and someone gets you out. And that becomes the turning point of the game.

When it comes to life, doesn’t the same happen? When you’re ahead, when you’re winning, you feel there is no other and it’s just you, going forward with overconfidence – but then life gets in the way and says that you haven’t won yet.

It shows that one needs to be careful and smart until the end, know what’s going around and not to celebrate until it’s happened.


  • You need to be strategic with your moves

Another important thing that the game teaches us is how to be strategic in the game and in life.

In the game, you need to know when to play the different pieces, whether you should take the chance to cut someone else or save the other piece about to enter the save zone, but is currently in danger.

Just like in life, where you need to be strategic with your moves. You need to be aware of your surroundings and play your moves accordingly. Know which move is aggressive, which one needs to be monitored and move forward accordingly.


I’m sure if you break down the game, there could be some other things to learn too, some smaller in impact maybe. However, these are those life-changing lessons that I could think of, while playing of course.

Ready to ‘Zazz Your Life?’

Ready to ‘Zazz Your Life?’

We are now @zazzyourlife on Instagram, previously Live The Zazz Life.

What’s the mission?

We want you to take the control of your life in your hands, instead of being dependent on anyone else to provide the answers.

We want you to ZAZZ your life on your own!

What do we mean by zazz?
Well, it’s making your life more unique and awesome than before.

How do we do that?
By changing how we think, how we communicate, how we react, our habits, our goals, our purpose, how to upgrade yourself to a better version, what to eat, what to drink, what not to do and the why behind everything.

Once we learn this and once we learn to rewire our brain, we upgrade ourselves to a better and improved version of ourselves than before. That is adding the zazz to our life.

Not to forget, only you can do it. Nobody else. Not us, surely. We are just the medium in this equation.

So, are you ready to zazz your life?
Embark on this new journey with us.

It’d be deeply appreciated if you would also share our page with your loved ones so all of us can then grow together in this journey.

Here’s the link – https://www.instagram.com/zazzyourlife

Staying In with Choice

Staying In with Choice

Even though the lockdown is relaxed at a few places, it continues at many more.

The anxiousness continues for many who look at the four walls around them everyday and it is natural to feel that way too.

At the same time, there are some (I’ll include myself in this) who have come up with various activities filling the day and don’t feel that way like many others do.

Nonetheless, here’s a quick suggestion for them – how about you change the perspective for yourself?


How about you think you’re staying in with choice, and not because of the current crisis? How about you devote your staying in with a reason and then continue to pursue that?

The perspective matters and a small step like this can change your emotions, your behavior and your following days.

Stealing your Inner Peace!

Stealing your Inner Peace!

Let’s start with what steals our inner peace?

What are those elements of our life that have the ability to steal our inner peace?

Well, your anger towards someone else, ego, jealousy, competition, other people’s opinions towards you or your opinions towards them, same goes for judgements as well, failure (if you let it affect you) – these are some of the top things that affect the majority.

The question is, how can you let anyone else steal your inner peace?

The above-mentioned elements come into power when someone else is involved in that equation.

That means, you, yes you, are giving someone else the power to steal your inner peace.

Once you understand this, once you understand what inner peace means, what is in your control, what isn’t, what elements have the power to change that, then you can start practising towards controlling them.

You can start working on your traits, what pinches you, what doesn’t, what sparks your emotions, what doesn’t and ultimately, be in control of your inner peace.

In such a way, that you have the power over it and no one else can steal it.

Later.

Later.

When you tell yourself, that I’ll do this ‘later’, what are you actually telling yourself?

In simple terms, it means that you don’t want to do that something right now and you’ll do it at a later point of time.

Although, if you break it down, it means, that certain something isn’t a priority for you to take care of it right now.

Well, in that terms, what is the priority of that thing on a scale of 1 – 5? 1 being the highest and 5 being the lowest.

Well, if its anything beyond a 3, then the probability of you taking on that thing at a later point of time seems unlikely.

A simple reason is because, one, its not that important to you, second, on a day-to-day basis or a weekly basis, there will be something that is going to replace things on the priority scale of 1 and 2.

On the basis of which, things beyond 3 aren’t going to be taken care of at all.

What’s the alternative?

Either take on only one or two things at a time, so there’s no point of pushing something to ‘later’.

Or being well-organized to a point that you complete that entire list of 1 – 5, irrespective of how many other tasks or things come on to your plate.

#11 of The Last 7 Days (18.05-24.05)

#11 of The Last 7 Days (18.05-24.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the eleventh 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. Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and mental strength coach talks about the biggest mental health problems caused by the quarantine and what can be done to prevent them.

    Read more here.
  2. 70% of Indian startups will run out of money in less than 3 months.
    Read about it here.
  3. How marketers can balance privacy and personalization?

    Read here.
  4. 7 Ways Mental Strength Will Make You Succeed

    Check it out here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Roshan Abbas now has a podcast – So What Do We Do Now. That’s news in itself. In this episode, ‘No Reservations’ he talks to Riyaaz Amlani, Bhakti Mehta and Rupesh Indulkar about the current restaurant industry and what does the future hold.

    Listen to it here.
  2. ER doctor Darria Long talks about triaging your “crazy busy” life
    Listen here.
  3. AirBnb CEO Brian Chesky on managing the company during this situation and the future of travel and hospitality on the Recode Decode Podcast.

    Check it out here.
  4. On ‘Off Script with Salil‘, Salil chats with Saransh Goila, founder of Goila Butter Chicken, on his journey in the food world.

    Listen here.
  5. Amit Trivedi talks about his beliefs, his approach towards making music and his creative discipline as an artist on the 9XM Soundcast Podcast.

    Listen to it here.

What To Watch:

  1. The Verge has done a video on ‘Why Spotify bought Joe Rogan’s podcast‘.

    Watch it here.
  2. Amazon Warehouse Workers speak out during coronavirus – what’s going on inside the warehouse, their safety and the steps taken by the company.

    Watch here.
  3. How Teslas upgrade over time?
    Check it out here.
  4. On FC Time Machine, Sucharita Tyagi of Film Companion goes back to the year 1994, rediscovering the film that achieved cult status over the years, Andaz Apna Apna

    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.

Every human is different

Every human is different

Every human being, irrespective of their caste, creed, age, sex and DNA, are different.

In terms of what?

Their journeys.

Their goals.

Their thoughts.

Their emotions.

Their problems.

Their accomplishments.

Literally, everything is different for everyone.

Then why is it that one compares them with someone else, one aspires to be like someone else, one says I’m just not like the other person.

How are these things even possible when every human on this planet is different from each other.

Each unique in their own way.

The system doesn’t work that way because the system won’t be able to operate if everyone started thinking that way and that’s the problem we don’t realize.

However, if there’s one takeaway from this, that we should take for the rest of our lives is this…

Every human is different.

Between the lines

Between the lines

Either you know this already or reading this might change a lot of perspectives for you.

We look for answers everywhere.

For everything.

If someone could solve everything and just tell us the answers to it all.

And sometimes even while listening/ reading them, you still think this is what everyone says but how’s this different?

Well, the answer lies in between the lines.

To everything.

This is a game of really listening and then understanding between the lines and finally understanding what the answer actually was.

Stumbling upon

Stumbling upon

Until you don’t stumble upon the path of self-improvement, you never know you needed to improve.

Until you don’t stumble upon the path of positivity, you never know you needed it.

Until you don’t stumble upon the path of growth, you never know you wanted to grow.

This is such an interesting game of choice and chance.

Sometimes you stumble upon something by chance, and sometimes by choice.

Either ways, if you get the chance to stumble upon it, appreciate it.

It’s a path that you always wanted to walk on, but never knew you wanted to.

It’s all connected.

It’s all connected.

What We Think
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What We Say
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How we Act
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What we Eat
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What we consume
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What type of people do you attract around you
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What goals do you want to pursue
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Why do opinions bother me
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Why do people compare
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Why do people have egos
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Why are people happy with materialistic things
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Where does the real happiness lie
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Why can’t you be happy right now
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What is my purpose in life
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What is life all about

It’s all connected.

Hold On or Let Go

Hold On or Let Go

Everything in life

Thoughts

Emotions

Words

Opinions

People

Purpose

Service

Passion

Everything is something that you either hold on to or you let go of it.

It’s more of understanding whether that certain something is adding to your life or taking away something.

If it’s adding, then it’s a definite hold.

However, if its the other way round, if its taking away something – anything – energy, peace, calmness, then its time to let go it.

It could be easy, it could also be difficult, but that choice needs to be taken so you could be more balanced, more peaceful, instead of holding onto things that weigh you down.

There’s always eyes on you

There’s always eyes on you

You know what?

Whatever you do,

However you do it,

Whether you succeed or fail,

Whether you know the answers or not,

There’s always eyes on you.

Someone or everyone is watching you.

So, will you let that bother you or will you do what you want and enjoy those eyes on you?

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#10 of The Last 7 Days (11.05 – 17.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the tenth 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. How the pandemic will change our relationship to time forever?
    This was an interesting read – check it out here.
  2. What must India do to be a 21st century world power?

    Read more here.
  3. Why Global Theatrical Windows May Emerge Stronger After COVID-19?

    Read here.
  4. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky predicts a wildly different future of travel and living

    Read about it here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Mark Cuban talks on his relationship to wealth and risk on The Twenty Minute VC Podcast.

    Listen here.
  2. Think you’ve been having exceptionally strange dreams lately? Listen to ‘Quarantine Dreams‘ on the Today, Explained Podcast here.
  3. Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani, speaks on the anti-CEO Playbook on Ted Talks Daily.

    Listen to it here.
  4. It’s the captain’s episode on the Manchester United Podcast. The current captain, Harry Maguire and ‘Captain Marvel’ Bryan Robson together.

    If you follow Manchester United too, listen to this here.

What To Watch:

  1. Can AirBnb survive? Watch this video here.
  2. There is now an unofficial version of Some Good News India edition, by MissMalini – covering the good news of our country.

    Watch it here.
  3. How airlines park thousands of planes?

    Watch here.
  4. How a shoe company makes 100,000 masks a week to fight the coronavirus?

    Check it out 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.

The Dice

The Dice

Have you ever rolled the dice?

The probability is, you have.

A dice, in the form of a cube, has six numbers, from 1-6, one on each side of it.

You try rolling for a number that you wish for.

You try harder.

You try different styles.

However, when it leaves your hand and falls on the board, you never know what number is going to come up until its on the board.

You might appreciate the outcome or you might get disappointed by it.

Either or.

That dice has such a metaphorical meaning though.

To life.

Every step we take in our life, has a different outcome.

We don’t know that outcome.

Until it happens.

We roll with life, wishing for something to happen, but sometimes it ain’t in our hands.

Again, whether we appreciate that outcome or be disappointed by it is up to us.

But at least, we tried, right?

Not just outward, inward too.

Not just outward, inward too.

What we think

What we feel

What we eat

What we drink

What exercise we do

It not only has an effect on our exterior actions, that is the words we speak, the work we do, the things we experience,

But, it has an effect on our inner body too.

Did you know that?

Every emotion we feel releases an energy of that sort in the body too.

Every thing we eat and drink is how our body processes it, and whether it is good for the body or not, then has an outcome accordingly.

Whether we exercise or not, not just has an effect on how “slim” we become, but it has an effect on our body processes too.

Everything we do has an effect, not just on the outward, but inward too.

We usually don’t think about how it affects our body, our mind and our soul.

If we become a tiny bit more mindful than usual, then we can start taking care of our mind, body and soul, at least from now on, if not before.

Running a race

Running a race

When you plan on running a race, usually there’s two scenarios as to how everyone looks at it – either you win the race or you lose.

No one really wants to notice the constant efforts and practice that was taking place behind-the-scenes and the mentality it needed to prepare for that race.

No one really wants to acknowledge those who finished that race, but not just first.

No one really gives a pat on the back to those who couldn’t finish the race. A pat on the back for trying!

This world we live in wants everyone to win.

Is that possible though?

If 5 people participate and they do their best, yet only one wins, how are we, as a society, reacting to the other four?

Do they stop running then?

Observe

Observe

That’s my super power.

Observing patterns, behaviors, reactions and everything else.

Everything around me!

When you observe, you’re able to learn a lot more, in more detail than usual.

The power of an observation allows you to perceive who people are, what the system is all about, reading between the lines, seeing beyond the black and white of the usual.

I’m not sure if it’s something that can be learned or it comes naturally, but I do know this, if you start observing a tiny bit more than usual, you’ll start noticing things a whole lot differently and eventually, your perspective could surely change.

The feeling of nothingness

The feeling of nothingness

Do you know the feeling when you feel like doing nothing at all?

Nothing as in literally nothing.

No distractions, no tasks, no smartphones, no thoughts, no focusing on yourself.

Just nothing.

It’s a feeling where you feel calm, you feel peaceful, silently sitting there – and no, I’m not talking about meditations either.

Just the feeling of doing nothing, at that time.

You don’t feel it too often, but when you feel it, you got to respect it and spend that time accordingly.

There’s always good.

There’s always good.

No matter how much bad there is in the world, there’s always some good too.

No matter how many bad situations occur, good situations occur too.

No matter how many negative people are out there, there are positive people too.

The balance is maintained throughout.

It’s only what do you want to notice that shows who you are.

But, remember.

There’s always good out there.

#9 of The Last 7 Days (04.05 – 10.05)

#9 of The Last 7 Days (04.05 – 10.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the ninth 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. If you feel like time has been passing weirdly during quarantine, you’re not alone. There’s a scientific reason why.

    Read here.
  2. Decoded: The End of Aging

    Read about it here.
  3. TikTok Boom! How the Exploding Social Media App Is Going Hollywood!

    Check it out here.
  4. What Gotham City’s Joker can teach us about entrepreneurship

    Read more here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. There’s a new podcast, Harry Potter at Home Readings, starting with the first book of the series and the first episode is narrated by Daniel Radcliffe – hands down, too good.

    Listen to it here.
  2. Naval Ravikant makes a rare podcast appearance on Save Planet, Get Rich Podcast and when it’s Naval, you know how brilliant the episode already is.

    Give it a listen here.
  3. Why Sweden stayed open during this crisis time, on the Today, Explained Podcast.

    Check it here.
  4. On the Recode Decode Podcast, Sarah Frier talks about the inside story of Instagram and how it has changed since the founders left.

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Elon Musk talks NeuraLink, COVID, Tesla and more on the Joe Rogan Podcast.
    (You can also listen to this on his podcast)

    Watch it here.
  2. Nico Rosberg talks to Sadhguru on the surprising link between F1 cars and human minds.

    Check it out here.
  3. Why unemployment sites crash but Netflix doesn’t

    Watch it here.
  4. Why you’re always tired between 1 pm – 4 pm

    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.

What you Say is within You!

What you Say is within You!

When something is personal to you, or if it interests you, or if you’re passionate about it, then you may have realised that you can speak freely about it.

It’s like the constant flow of water in a waterfall.

Words come out of your mouth, like a melody.

That shows how authentic you are, about what you speak.

It also shows when you have to form words in your mind, because you just want to say something and it’s not authentic to you.

See the difference?

That’s why I say, what you say is within you.

Opinions Change!

Opinions Change!

Every time, there’s an ounce of shock and astonishment when a person says or does something contrary to what they did or said a while back!

The usual response is, weren’t you doing it the other way before.

Well, as a matter of fact, every day, every week, every year, with the amount of information we consume and the more we learn, the more we experiment and the more we grow,

Also results into our habits changing, our lifestyle changing and not to forget, our opinions changing as well.

It is very likely for anyone’s opinion to change from A to G or H to P based on whatever they’ve learnt in that time.

A change in opinion usually means the person has evolved then before, they’ve grown.

So instead of tearing up apart the person for the change, appreciate that they’ve had more knowledge about something and then took that plunge to change.

Constant Learning

Constant Learning

Our learning doesn’t end at schools and colleges, on the contrary, its never-ending.

Whether it’s a conscious choice or not, one is constantly learning, in some form or the other, everyday.

Consciously, the learning could be in the form of audio, video or text consumption or through conversations or when you walk on uncharted territory.

Subconsciously, learning happens through mistakes or through experiences – in your personal and professional lives.

Nonetheless, the bottom line is one is constantly learning everyday.

Whether by choice or not.

P. S. By choice is always better because you get to control and upgrade yourself on your own terms, rather through things happening in your life which aren’t in your control at all.

This learning, of all kinds, leads to growth in your life. The growth which leads to a different version of yours than before.

Whether a better version or not, depends on your perspective.

Is your phone charged?

Is your phone charged?

If I asked you, is your phone charged right now?

You’d know the answer.

What is the phone battery percentage right now?

You’d know the answer.

Be it your phone, or your headphones, your laptop, the point is that you’re aware when it comes to these items that you use on a daily basis?

However, what about you? What is your battery percentage right now? How long will you last before charging yourself again?

Do you know the answers to these questions?

We often focus on external items that control our lives, but forget to take a inner look that we actually have the control over.

Do I need to upgrade my battery power?

That can be done.

Do I need to recharge myself now?

That can be done too.

Is the battery getting low?

You can be aware of that too.

When you’re self-aware about yourself, the perspective towards looking at yourself and the outside world changes.

You now want to use that battery efficiently, you don’t want to drain it out, right?

You can then smartly utilise that power on things that matter or the things that interest you, just like your smartphone.

Share the Love

Share the Love

There’s a lot of negativity out there, not just social media (that’s just a medium), but everywhere else too!

You might have noticed this.

But, speaking particularly of social media, whether its comments, stories, DMs, tweets – there’s all kinds of negative stuff out there.

How can one, just one positive loving person play their part in this process?

Share the Love!

Share the Love, the Positivity, the Kindness if you have it within you!

Why?

Well, its contagious.

Another person feels that love and positivity and shares it further.

And this way, one person at a time, the world can be conquered with love and positivity.

Say ‘Today is going to be a great day’

Say ‘Today is going to be a great day’

How often does it happen that we look back at our day when it’s almost over and based on what happened do we then decide whether it was a good day or not?

How about we take the control about what happens?

How about we control the day and not let the day control us?

How do we do that?

Before you sleep at night, let that last thought be ‘Tomorrow is going to be a great day.’

When you wake up in the morning, let the first thought be and say it to yourself, ‘Today is going to be a Great Day.’

Set that precedent by yourself to yourself.

By saying this, you have set the tone for the day, you have set the pattern of your thoughts, you have set the mood for the day.

Now you won’t let the results decide the outcome of the day, but your actions will.

Say ‘Today is going to a Great Day‘ and experience the magic.

P. S. This is not a wand spell that will wave its magic at you, but it’s more of a mantra that you use to get back the control of your day.

#8 of The Last 7 Days (27.04 – 03.05)

#8 of The Last 7 Days (27.04 – 03.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the eighth 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. How Coronavirus Changed the Way We Watch, Listen and Play

    Read here.
  2. The Impact of Coronavirus on Social Media Engagement for Brands

    Check it out here.
  3. The coronavirus crisis is creating unique new types of stress and insomnia, but there’s a way to tackle them both.

    Read it here.
  4. Read here on Why Men Grow Beards When Times Get Tough
  5. What to do when you can’t sleep?

    If you face this issue, give it a read here.
  6. Bill Gates on the first modern pandemic

    Check it here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. How Boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas?

    Listen to it here.
  2. Seth Godin talks about why TV is so bad.

    Listen here.
  3. Inside the world’s biggest lockdown (India) on the Today, Explained Podcast.

    Check it out here.
  4. Dr. Michael Greger talks about energy drinks and how it affects your health, on his podcast.

    This is a must listen. Here.
  5. Lewis Howes interviews Nico Rosberg and talks about his journey on becoming a F1 World Champion, on his podcast The School of Greatness.

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Behind the Scenes of Joker with Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips

    Watch it here.
  2. Kartik Aaryan interviews Luke Coutinho on his series, Koki Poochega and discusses physical and mental health.

    Watch here.
  3. I’m a Kumud Mishra fan and won’t miss a good breakdown of his journey in this interview on ScoopWhoop Unscripted.

    Watch it 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.

The pressure we put on ourselves

The pressure we put on ourselves

I think you may have noticed this as well, and let me know if you agree with this thought!

There’s an enormous amount of pressure that we put on ourselves!

The pressure to achieve a goal, to complete the set tasks, to fulfill an obligation, to complete something within a set time, to impress someone or any other kinds of pressure one puts on themselves.

To top it off, it’s all self created, the pressure, no one is pressuring you to do so or even cares about it.

That’s the bottom line.

Because we don’t realize this, we keep feeling that pressure and live day after day and keep doing something, out of pressure and not out of enjoyment.

If we change that scenario, then there would be no pressure at all. Whatever is done, is then done out of satisfaction, fulfillment and happiness.

Too much baggage

Too much baggage

Do you feel that pressure on your shoulders?

I think its because, all of us, carry a lot of baggage along with us.

Wherever we go.

Baggage of emotions.

Baggage of opinions.

Baggage of negativity.

Everyday it gets heavier and heavier.

If that bag is not emptied bit by bit, it’ll reach a weight where it wouldn’t be possible to carry it anymore.

More than that, it would actually stop you from moving forward.

Let’s have a look at what’s inside that bag and try emptying it bit by bit.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Plans change.

Goals change.

Thoughts change.

Behaviors change.

When you walk that path of upgrading yourself, a lot of things start changing in your life.

Although, on this path, sometimes things don’t work out too.

It happens.

No one is perfect.

At such a point in life, remember to not be too hard on yourself.

Because, that makes it worse.

That will make you more negative.

Accept that sometimes things are out of your control or it was not meant to be.

That is (one of) the lesson(s) you learn when you walk upon the path of self-improvement.

The First Lesson Nature Teaches Us

The First Lesson Nature Teaches Us

Nature teaches us a lot of lessons, there’s legit so much to learn. However, do you know the first and the most important lesson that it teaches us?

Nature gives.

It gives and gives!

And asks nothing in return.

It’s purpose is to serve.

That’s the ultimate lesson to learn.

The world we live in, everyone knows how to take. Even if someone gives, there’s always some intent to take in some way or possible.

That pure intention of give, give and give is rare, extremely rare.

But, also our purpose.

Which, coincidentally also gives us happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment.

The answers lie here.

The answers lie here.

We keep searching for answers.

If we can get the answers, it’ll be a lot easier to move onto the next step.

We don’t ask questions, but that’s a different issue altogether.

Today, let’s just focus on the answers.

Where are they?

Where can we find them?

The answers lie in the

Silence.

When its silent is when you can hear the answers the loudest.

It is then when you can hear only what you needed to hear.

No inner noise.

No exterior noise.

Just you, the silence and the answers.

If you don’t love yourself…

If you don’t love yourself…

If you don’t love yourself first, then how will you love your day, your thoughts, your emotions, your actions, your results.

If you don’t love yourself first, then how will you share that love with others around you.

If you don’t love yourself, then how will you love what you do.

If you don’t love yourself, then how will you love your life.

It all starts with that.

Loving yourself.

Loving your strengths as well as your flaws.

Loving your mistakes and your failures.

It’s all a part of you.

Start with that.

#7 of The Last 7 Days (20.04-26.04)

#7 of The Last 7 Days (20.04-26.04)

With another Sunday, here’s the seventh 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. Our PM has posted this article on ‘Life in the era of COVID-19‘ which talks about the new normal, the new work culture and our adaptability towards it.

    Read about it here.
  2. Covid-19 Could Lead to the End of B-to-B Brands as We Once Knew Them

    Read here.
  3. Instagram Live usage jumped 70% last month. A psychologist says it’s because ‘people are not designed to be isolated.’

    Read about it here.
  4. The Business Case for Apple and Google’s Social Altruism

    Check it out here.
  5. I read this article about the growth of Coronavirus scams and how people will continue to lost more money throughout the rest of the pandemic.

    Read about it here.

What To Listen:

  1. Marcus Rashford and Paul Scholes, together on the Manchester United Podcast. A treat to hear.

    Check it out here.
  2. Karthik Srinivasan and Varun Duggirala talk about communicating and adapting during lockdown and beyond, on the Advertising Is Dead Podcast.

    Listen here.
  3. Mark Cuban talks to Kara Swisher on the Recode Decode Podcast, about what capitalism and entrepreneurship looks like in the post-coronavirus world and what it would take for professional sports to return.

    Listen to it here.
  4. Tim Ferriss talks about Fear Setting on his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show and how it is his most valuable exercise, which helps him in avoiding catastrophic mistakes.

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Ashley Graham talks to Casey Neistat (the king of YouTube as she describes him on the show and he is) on his journey, his success and future projects on her podcast, Pretty Big Deal.

    Watch it here.
  2. David Dobrik partners up with EA and does a ton of giveaways and it’s just a happy video to watch!

    Check it out here.
  3. I recently finished this TV show, Succession – it’s just wow, easily in my top 10 of shows. I came across this video, ‘Top 10 Reasons why Succession is the Best Show on TV‘ and found it quite apt.

    If you’ve seen the show, only then watch this video here.
  4. I love Shark Tank, just love it, there’s so much value in that show. I’m talking about its US version. I’ve heard a lot of its Australian version too, and I recently came across this video, titled ‘The Biggest Deal in Shark Tank history‘.

    If you’re into such stuff, you’ll like it. Watch it 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.

When the situation is against you

When the situation is against you

You know what’s easy?

To be positive when you’re in a relaxed, calm and peaceful state of mind.

It’s easy to think right, act right and do right in such a situation.

You’re in an empowering situation at that time.

The trick is when the situation is against you.

What happens then?

If you aren’t able to keep your cool and calm on your thoughts, on your words coming out of your mouth, on your actions…

It means you’re still not ready.

It means you still have to grow.

It means you’re not in control of your emotions.

It means you still have a lot to learn.

However, the more important part of this equation is for you to realize that.

De-clutter In and Out

De-clutter In and Out

When you actually take the time out and take a look at your surroundings (your personal space, your work space, your wardrobe, your house) and at the same time, a look within yourself too, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of clutter around.

That cluttering leads to congestion of space which hinders the space for freshness and growth.

An unarranged pile of papers or books has an effect on your thoughts and ideas and execution too.

An unarranged pile of clothes, an unfolded bedsheet, an untidy home has an effect on the positive thoughts that you’re trying to attract.

When you de-clutter your exterior surroundings, it gives you the organized space needed for your growth. The cleanliness leads to clean thoughts within you. The openness leads to more ideas within you.

Although, it doesn’t end there.

What more is needed, is a de-clutter within yourself too. Once the exterior is done, then its time to work on the interior. The negative thoughts, the toxic thoughts, the comparisons, the ego, the arrogance, the discouraging opinions is all a part of the de-clutter.

The in-and-out de-clutter leads to a positive space around you and within you – a space for more positivity, for more confidence, for more growth, for more ideas and for more execution too.

#TimeToDeclutter

You have a Recycle Bin too.

You have a Recycle Bin too.

In computing terms, a recycle bin is the place where the files you delete from your computer are temporarily transferred, until they are permanently deleted within 30 days or immediately, as per your choice.

Well, why are we talking about this?

Because there’s a lot, literally a lot of unnecessary data in your mind too, filled with a lot of outside voices and opinions and doubts and toxic emotions.

Even if that’s true, what’s that got to do with the recycle bin?

So, here it is.

You have a recycle bin within you too.

You have the option to temporarily or permanently get rid of those unwanted things in your mind, which aren’t helpful to you or rather, are a hindrance to you.

That process starts with being more mindful about your thoughts, what’s filled in your mind, what drives you, what stops you and then having the power to say to yourself, that these certain things will not affect me anymore.

*Make Use of your Recycle Bin*

Is the Earth in a better place now?

Is the Earth in a better place now?

Is the Earth in a better place now?

The skies have cleared up.

The water is cleaner than before.

The pollution levels have gone down, drastically.

The air quality has improved.

It’s not just me saying this, but the pictures, the data, the numbers, they are a proof of these statements.

The studies show that earth’s ozone layer is finally healing now.

This doesn’t mean that the planet is improved now, but at the same time, it has certainly improved than what it had become or rather, what we had made it become.

Clearly, climate change was and is still a huge issue and this is something that I believe will happen, now that we know how to unite together in times of uncertainty, maybe something similar will happen towards the topic of climate change as well, when our current crisis clears up.

Another positive impact that has recently happened is the animals’ freedom, who are roaming around freely without any fear, who are roaming around the streets.

What does this mean?

Well, there can be all types of opinions, and of course we can’t have the majority of the population on lockdown to reduce the air pollution, the water pollution, the noise pollution, and all the other kinds.

What can we do is this, become aware of the positive changes on the environment, when we humans aren’t actively available to exploit it. And when we’re back to normal, we see to it that somehow, we don’t cause the same amount of damage to the planet as before.

It’s a small step for a single person, a single community, a single nation, but huge if everyone does it.

Post that, then the next step obviously would be to repair the existing damage with steps that would protect our future.

It’s high time that, every single individual on this planet realizes the impact he or she causes to the planet.

P.S. Happy Earth Day!

A Lost Opportunity!

A Lost Opportunity!

If we don’t take away anything valuable or anything life-changing out of this current situation, isn’t this a lost opportunity then?

For everyone, of all age groups, we are all in the same situation, facing the same crisis, however, we’re facing something like this for the first time ever, in our lifetime.

In some form or another, there has to be some takeaway from this.

It could be, with regards, to your personal life, to your work, to your habits, to your mental and physical health or probably, from the entire viewpoint of life.

There is a chance here to build upon that takeaway you have taken from this situation, and see where that thought process takes you.

It could lead to something new in your life, that’s the lost opportunity you shouldn’t miss out on.

Is there another choice?

Is there another choice?

You can feel anxious, you can be stressed, you can feel bored, you can be worried, but at the end…

There is no other choice but one…

To be positive in your mind,

To be patient,

To be calm and

To stay isolated in order to keep yourself and everyone around you safe.

#6 of The Last 7 Days (13.04-19.04)

#6 of The Last 7 Days (13.04-19.04)

With another Sunday, here’s the sixth 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. The Real Reason Every Fashion Company Is Now Making Face Masks

    Read here.
  2. Wondering when the vaccines for coronavirus will come out? Johnson & Johnson will have 600-800 million coronavirus vaccines by 2021. Read more here.
  3. The Path to Happiness Hasn’t Changed. This is a good read on happiness and if you want to happy, give it a read here.
  4. Why the ‘Normal’ may not return until 2021? Read here.

What To Listen:

*The links being attached redirect to Spotify, but you can search for these episode titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Organisational psychologist Adam Grant talks on how Quarantine will transform the way we work on the Recode Decode Podcast.

    Listen here.
  2. Sleep scientist Matt Walker discusses the impact of sleep on mind and body and why sleep matters now more than ever on Ted Talks Daily Podcast.

    Listen to it here.
  3. On the Sports Wars Podcast, there is a seven episode series on the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and it’s quite interesting. I’m on the third episode now and it’s more of recollection of memories for me, because I have been following tennis almost since the start of Rafa’s career.

    Check it out here.
  4. Salil knows how to interview and ask the right questions and on this episode, he has the spiritual leader Gaur Gopal Das on his podcast, Off Script with Salil and this episode is one to listen.

    Listen here.
  5. On the podcast, 22 Yarns with Gaurav Kapur which is all about cricket, Gaurav talks to Sunil Gavaskar on this episode and discusses the days from his cricket career.

    If you’re into cricket, listen to it here.

What To Watch:

  1. How Satellite Images reveal the Global Impact of the Coronavirus
    Watch it here.
  2. Kartik Aaryan has started a new series on his YouTube channel, Koki Poochega where he is interviewing everyday superheroes. It’s fun, it’s uplifting and it’s inspirational. On the first episode, he talks to Sumiti Singh, one of the first COVID-19 survivors in India.

    Definitely give it a watch here.
  3. Rajkumar Hirani discusses his first film, Munnabhai MBBS on Film Companion.

    Check it here.
  4. Anubhav Sinha talks the craft of making films and his journey on Scoopwhoop Unscripted.

    Watch it here.
  5. Anupam Kher‘s series, Conversations with Myself on Instagram is truly motivational and every video of the series should be watched.

    Check it 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.

The RAMA Beats – my new playlist on Spotify

The RAMA Beats – my new playlist on Spotify

Guess what! 🎧

I’ve a new playlist on Spotify called ‘The RAMA Beats’

The RAMA Beats is a soothing, melodious and evergreen playlist of songs from Ranbir Kapoor (‘s films), Arijit Singh, Mohit Chauhan and Amit Trivedi.

I’ve come to this conclusion that songs of these artists and actor are perfect for any time of the day, for any mood you’re in and you can never get tired of listening to their songs.
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*You can click the link above to access the playlist

OR

Search for ‘The RAMA Beats’ on Spotify

OR

Say OK Google, play The Rama Beats on Spotify*
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P. S. Complete Transparency, I’d made this playlist back in November, but never got around to sharing it – so here it is, finally!

P. P. S. If you like this curated playlist, do share it ahead too! ❤️

Focusing on the Negative!

Focusing on the Negative!

Focusing on the Negative is easy!

Did that confuse you?

Or are you more curious now?

Focusing on the negative is easy, because negativity is everywhere!

We are surrounded by it. You don’t even have to search for it.

With thoughts, actions, conversations, habits, time, in every phase of life can we have some negativity and then we can dwell about something going wrong or rather, something not going our way.

It’s the opposite, i.e. positivity that requires efforts.

At least, initially.

It requires efforts to find some positivity around you and to then let it form your life. To let it have that positive effect on your thoughts, on your habits, on your actions, literally everywhere.

Being molded by positivity requires efforts to remove the existing negativity from your life, and at the same time, to not get absorbed by it in the future.

Let me elaborate that!

Even when you walk the path of positivity, you will still get negative thoughts, you might still dwell about something, you might still feel low, but this time, it won’t hinder your life for long and now you’ll know how to get over it.

Focusing on Negativity is easy, it’s the opposite that requires efforts.

Survival

Survival

Over the years, surrounded with the usual day-to-day problems of life, everyone thought, could we survive this or could we survive that.

Then those problems would pass and we shifted to the next set of problems, thinking them to be life-altering.

However, those could be addressed as struggles, but they never really were life-altering.

What is life-altering?

This.

What we are currently facing.

The coronavirus crisis.

This is something that the majority of the population has seen for the first time, we have never seen a lockdown like this before too.

This is all about survival now.

If we can survive this, then we can survive anything in life ahead.

Everything in the future will then be compared to this crisis, if we survived this, then is that problem even relevant to us!?

Whatsapp Forwards

Whatsapp Forwards

We have all come across a few WhatsApp forwards that turned out to be fake and in recent times, there’s a surge in such messages.

I want to understand two things here, one, what is the psyche of the person who creates these “fake” messages in the first place, and what joy does one get out of doing so?

There have been audio messages too, making the rounds which the officials then confirmed as false information.

A person who deliberately creates a false message, with the thought that it’ll be spread ahead and be considered as news is certainly not in the right state of mind.

The second thing that I want to understand is the mindset of the people who receive these messages, believing what’s written within a second and not only that, but they also seamlessly forward it ahead too.

If it seems like crucial/ important information, why not check through a official source first,

Or

Google the information you have received.

Both of those methods would help reduce the panic and the anxiety that these messages provide to the receiver and there would be no widespread misinformation too.

What’s not shut during the lock-down?

What’s not shut during the lock-down?

Today’s post is inspired from a post of Anupam Kher on Instagram, and before I write further, I’d like to share that his IGTV series, ‘Conversations with Myself’ is so amazing and a definite watch. His perspective of looking at these topics he talks about is what sets apart these videos.

This post below, is one of such where he talks about the things that aren’t a part of the lock-down and that we can enjoy at this time. It’s such a brilliant post which I’d like to have on my blog forever.

Watch it and let that sink in.

Are you alright?

Are you alright?

How are you feeling during this lock-down?

Are you feeling alright? Are you stressed out? Are you feeling anxious?

Are you sharing your feelings with anyone, at this time?

If you’re alright, then I’d like you to reach out to others and find out if they are.

Communicating more and more at this time is really helpful for anyone and everyone. The more you communicate, the better it becomes for the other person.

If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or worried, one, it’s perfectly okay to feel this way. Second, communicate and reach out to your loved ones. Once you open up and share your feelings, there’s a load off your shoulders and you start feeling better in due time.

More importantly, what I want everyone to know is, we’re all in this together.

And we’ll come out of it together too.

#5 of The Last 7 Days (05.04-12.04)

#5 of The Last 7 Days (05.04-12.04)

With another Sunday, here’s the fifth 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. Yuval Noah Harari talks about the world after coronavirus and it’s an interesting one.

    Read here.
  2. TOI has an article on ‘Small Maharashtra town shows how cluster containment works

    Check it out here.
  3. A NY restaurateur talks about laying off his entire staff and his hopes of the future on Business Insider.

    He tried to do everything right, but against natural circumstances, what can one do. Give it a read here.
  4. AdWeek writes about 18 Tips on Advertising During the Coronavirus Crisis.

    Read here.

What To Listen:

P.S. I listen to my podcasts on Spotify, thus the links attached redirect to that platform. However, you can search for the titles wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  1. Rocky & Mayur of Highway on my Plate now have a Podcast, titled Highway on my Podcast! For those who don’t know, I’m like a mad fan and I’m not missing the opportunity to listen to this.

    Check out the podcast here.
  2. The Today, Explained Podcast has a episode on ‘The Loneliness Pandemic‘ and they talk about how the coronavirus crisis is affecting elderly during this time.

    Listen here.
  3. On the Tim Ferriss Show, he discusses with Ryan Holiday on ‘How to use Stoicism to choose Alive Time over Dead Time?

    Listen to it here.
  4. Dr. Steven Gundry talks about the Healthy Foods you should never eat and boosting your immune system during COVID-19 with Lewis Howes on his podcast, The School of Greatness.

    Don’t miss it out; check here.
  5. I recently discovered this podcast, WTF with Marc Maron and his interviewing style is quite unique. I heard his episode interviewing Ashton Kutcher and it was a good one.

    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. If you read books too, you’ll love this one – ‘How Bill Gates reads Books‘ on YouTube.

    Watch here.
  2. If you’re like me who hasn’t seen Bad Boys 2, Will Smith uploaded the first 9 minutes of ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ on his channel.

    Check it out here.
  3. I saw The Platform on Netflix, and that film is wow. It’s a metaphorical take on capitalism and believe it or not, quite relatable too to the current times.

    It’s short in duration and interesting. 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.

Don’t feel guilty!

Don’t feel guilty!

This time that we have, can be used productively! It can be used for our self-growth, both personally and professionally! And with so much time in our hands, we can do a lot, literally a lot, that couldn’t be done before.

However, this is what I want you to know.

Don’t feel guilty if you wanted to have a productive day and you couldn’t.

Don’t feel guilty if you had prepared a lot of tasks for the day and you couldn’t complete them.

Don’t feel guilty if you wanted to take a day or two days or three days break and just cool off.

It’s when we started feeling worse about ourselves, is when things go wrong. It becomes negative.

Those negative thoughts tend to become a voice inside your head for everything.

I realized this and wanted to convey the same for anyone reading this and trying to make the most of the lockdown that is going on.

Don’t feel guilty!

Take it One Day at a Time!

Take it One Day at a Time!

We don’t know how long will this go on, we don’t know when the lockdown will end and we don’t know what will happen even when it ends and until we don’t get the vaccine?

However, thinking about all of this may make anyone anxious.

What every single one of us can do is,

Take it One Day at a Time!

That’s the easiest way to deal with this and not feel anxious and focus on being safe.

Fear Less, Love More

Fear Less, Love More

When you fear something, you start fearing it even more, it leads to anxiety and stress and over-thinking about it.

That is what is happening with the current situation as well.

We constantly fear of it. Not that we shouldn’t be careful, but we shouldn’t be in constant fear of it too.

Fear is a form of negativity in our mind, it brings a negative reaction in our brain, which further leads to a decrease in our immunity system as well.

On the other hand, love plays the complete opposite role of that. Loving ourselves more, loving others around us, spreading that love around has that very positive affect on our mind and body.

Thus, fear less and love more is something that is apt for us right now and should be on our minds, at all times.

This time will not come again!

This time will not come again!

I understand that this is a uncertain time, we’re facing an invisible enemy, lives are at stake.

I understand the fact that a lot of brave people from different sectors have put themselves at risk out there, in order to keep us safe.

I understand that a lot of people are working from home.

Today’s post is for those who are at home and aren’t able to work from home, due to various reasons and even for those working from home, who are able to get some extra time than usual.

This time will not come again!

Hear me out!

One, we obviously hope that such a time doesn’t come again, because technically it’s not a good time, and we all know that!

At the same time…

Never before has anyone got so much time in abundance, in their hands, ever, that they could use this to an advantage.

Advantage, how?

Well, you’ve always taken the time to work, to socialize, to relax, to watch a movie, but never for your self-care.

It was always brought down to, “I don’t have time for this”.

However, there are no excuses now.

You’ve all the time you need, to work on your inner peace, to work on your mindset, to work on your thoughts, to work on your habits, to work on your voice.

(If you want to know what do I mean by voice, hit me up on my Instagram – @rth24)

Why would you want to waste this time and not use it to your advantage?

A life-changing advantage?

People crave for this time, people are not able to get out of their day-to-day lives for this time, but you have it.

I can only bring this awareness to you, the choice is always up to you, the choice to change for the better, is always up to you. I, of course cannot force it up on you, but at least I can make you aware of it.

This time will not come again!

House Chores!

House Chores!

Everyone who’s isolated at home is playing some role when it comes to the house chores, right?

Whether you were already doing it, or are doing it now, every member of the house has taken up the mantle of doing something or the other – so there’s no pressure on any one member (whether in case of family or with friends, it applies if you’re staying with multiple people)

During these times, I’ve taken up the responsibility of cleaning the house (i.e. brooming and mopping of floors), sometimes I play the role of a sous-chef and cooked something, a couple of times.

However, here’s what I wanted to entail through today’s post!

I’m not sure if I am the only one, but since cleaning is on me, I’ve become a tad-bit more mindful when it comes to living day-by-day.

Here’s what that means?

Earlier, I knew the house will be cleaned at some point of time, during the day and even I drop/ leave something on the floor, it’ll be cleaned up after.

Now I’m more mindful that I don’t dirty the house anyhow, and that has also shifted to the other works at home, for eg. with utensils etc.

Plus, on top of that, I’ve started to enjoy the work, it feels like I’m doing something for my home, not to forget the body workout which happens, everything counts.

Have you felt this too or am I the only one?

Learn to be Still!

Learn to be Still!

When you were outside, you wanted to be inside. Now that you’re inside, you want to be outside.

Isn’t that so?

When you were constantly out for work, you were missing the time at home, you wanted to be at home, you wanted to take a break. Now that you’re at home, and it’s been just 10 or 15 days since the lock-down, you’re eager to just go out and not be at home.

Let me share something with you, this feeling of not being able to be at one place, not being able to be with yourself will continue not just now, but forever unless you learn to be still in life.

You need task after task to keep you busy, so you don’t have to be alone with your mind, so you don’t have to listen to your thoughts, so you don’t face your real emotions.

This is again, because you’re not able to stay still.

Your body and your mind are not able to stay still.

That anxiousness, that eagerness will continue within you to jump from task A to task B.

The way to learn to be still is meditation. When you meditate, you learn to align your breath in-and-out, you align your mind with your body, and you become still in that moment. It is then when you experience magic.

It is that stillness which takes you to a place where indoors or outdoors, it doesn’t matter to you, you learn to control your situation and not let the situation control you.

Learn to be Still!

#4 of The Last 7 Days (29.03-04.04)

#4 of The Last 7 Days (29.03-04.04)

With another Sunday, here’s the fourth 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. Naval Ravikant on Happiness is not Science or Math.

    Read here on his blog.
  2. I read this article on Business Insider, titled ‘The coronavirus pandemic will dramatically change advertising

    If you’re interested, read here.
  3. I’ve written a new blog this week on why this is the best time to create content.

    Check it out here.

What To Listen:

  1. Google has a new podcast, ‘Think with Google Podcast‘ and in a recent episode, ‘The Power of #WithMe‘ where they discuss the increase in video consumption and how the trends are changing to “with me” videos.

    Listen here.

    P.S. I’m a Spotify user, so I attach links for that platform, but you can choose to search the title wherever you listen to your podcasts.
  2. Kara Swisher interviews Gary Vaynerchuk on the Recode Decode Podcast and he talks on the coronavirus crisis forcing the businesses to be better.

    You can listen to it here.
  3. Varun Duggirala, the host of ‘Advertising is Dead,’ discusses Content in the time of Corona with Jay Mandel, the founder of The Collective NYC.

    Check it out here.
  4. Seth Godin on his podcast, Akimbo discusses Creative Destruction.

    Listen here.
  5. Mark Cuban talks COVID Responses from the government and the businesses’ point of view on the Business Casual Podcast. Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. I saw the best piece of content ever – interesting, insightful and just wow. Kunal Nayyar talks on how to stop obsessing about the future & programming your mind for peace on ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty.

    Do watch it here.
  2. John Krasinski started a new show on YouTube called ‘Some Good News‘ – its full of positivity, inspiration and well, John Krasinski.

    The first episode was out last week, if you haven’t watched it yet, watch here.
  3. Kunal Kamra interviews Tejasvi Surya on his podcast series, Shut Up Ya Kunal; form your own opinions after watching it, but definitely don’t miss it.

    Watch here.
  4. Tim Ferriss talks about how to use writing to sharpen your thinking. Watch it here.
  5. I saw on Maska on Netflix and I really, really loved it. It’s uplifting, it’s inspirational and it’s fun.

    I’ll recommend this. 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.

You have a Responsibility right now!

You have a Responsibility right now!

I’ve been reading on social media, I’ve been reading the news reports here and there and I have been talking to people and you know what I’m noticing – people aren’t taking the self-isolation and social distancing seriously.

There’s this thought that goes around – that even though I’m outside, I’m taking precautions and people are standing at a distance. It doesn’t work that way though! (You should only go out, unless absolutely necessary)

You don’t know who the others have met or where have they been; it is your responsibility to follow the lock-down and stay away from everyone as much as possible.

You have a responsibility to not only take care of your own health, but also the health of your family. You going out could make you a carrier, even though you might not feel any symptoms and that could have an effect on the others (family) around you!

You have a responsibility to keep everyone safe, simply by staying home, that’s it.

If you’re reading this, please stay at home, please follow the rules, please stay isolated and distance yourself from others.

You shall not Pass!

You shall not Pass!

Negativity • Bad Vibes • Haters • Drama • Problems — we are surrounded by these things, all the time, in one way or another.

We let these elements bring us down, we feel bothered by them, and our lives are affected every day because of each of these elements.

You know what?

It’s time we take a stand and say to all the negativity, bad vibes, to all the haters, to the unnecessary drama, and to all the problems -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

YOU SHALL NOT PASS

Say this to your mind, stand with positivity around you and in this process, also learn to train your mind accordingly!

You are always in control.

You are always in control.

You’re always in control of your thoughts, your actions, your behaviour, your emotions, your habits, your goals and your happiness.

There’s always an external factor in play, an external factor – at times bigger than you and your life.

Can you let it influence you or your thoughts or your emotions?

Once you set the baseline, that I’m the one in control of my thoughts, then no external factor can influence your thought process.

That same logic is then applied to your emotions, your habits, more importantly, to your happiness as well.

How do you be in control?

With practice. Understanding the difference when you are in control and when you are not.

Understanding the factors that bring the change in you.

Pushing yourself everytime you notice that change.

That requires self-awareness as well as the will power that you do want to do so.

The power to bring change comes from within.

It’s always up to you, and remember that you’re always in control.

Current ‘Distractions’

Current ‘Distractions’

During this time of self-isolation, you have a choice

You can either continue to distract yourself with activities that keep you distracted,

Continue to keep you distracted? Haven’t we always been distracted in our day-to-day lives, whether its social responsibilities, work/home responsibilities, financial responsibilities?

And now? Well, there is that eagerness to just spend time somehow, on your smartphone, on your TV, consuming content, watching movies/ shows, playing games, one activity after another just so we can be physically and mentally distracted.

OR you have another choice…

You can choose this time to explore yourself, your mind, your true needs and wants, your true goals and aspirations, learn to control your thoughts, learn to control your emotions, learn to control your mind.


It seems like a burden, but its not. Its a choice to redefine your entire life, its a choice to take the path to change your life, its a choice to get out of the program that we’re in.

Program? We are always in a program, a program to do something – a task or anything, and then shift to another one. And every program is operated in a certain way, that is done in the same manner by everyone. Wouldn’t you want to get out of it and see things differently?

When you evolve and your perspective changes, you want to see others upgrade as well, you want to see others evolve, you want to see everyone grow too, for them to realize their potential, maybe that’s the reason for my constant push of working on yourself.

Beauty in Nature!

Beauty in Nature!

I AM loving the
freshness of the trees
sound of the birds chirping
zero honks on the road
peace
quiet
time to be alone
time to grow


Now that we are isolated at home, now that there’s silence everywhere, you start noticing the small things which was taken for granted, but now you see those things differently.

There are a ton of things that we take for granted and at times like these is when we understand their value. Today, I just want to focus on nature and its beauty though.

Talking about trees, the birds, their chirping sound, the peace, when was the last time, I or anyone else focused on that. It’s always about some task at hand, some situation going on that we are tending to, and we never take that break to notice the beauty in nature.

And through that beauty, can you notice the beauty within you as well. When you are alone, just noticing the trees, the birds, the silence, you are able to feel that silence within as well. Its these times when you enjoy and love the time to be alone; you love this time that you have taken which also helps you grow.

There’s a beauty in nature which we take for granted. Today, I realized that and just admired that beauty outside my window (because we have to stay inside our homes), but I want you, as well, to take the time out and go through this process.

Enjoy the nature, enjoy the beauty, enjoy the silence outside and inside.


This is the best time to create Content!

This is the best time to create Content!

Creating content, no matter the quantity, applies to every brand and individual when it comes to connecting with their audience and building their brand base online.

Its an ongoing battle to create content constantly which connects and aligns with the brand, keeping the different social media platforms in mind.

During this time of self-isolation, as you nust have already noticed, there has been an uprise of content everywhere.

However, there are a lot of people who are a bit skeptical as to whether they should create or not and what should they create.

Let me tell you this – this is the best time to create content on the social media platforms and let me also explain why.

Everytime when it comes to creating content, in terms of the corporate brand or the personal brand, the creator will think a few times whether its up to the mark or not, and whether it can be improved.

What I am about to say, applies especially to new creators, but also to everyone else as well.

With mostly everyone being isolated at their homes, and everyone being on their smartphones, on various social media platforms consuming content and thinking how should they spend their time wisely – they also know this – the one who is creating the content is also at home.

Now is that one time when you can focus only on your content, without focusing on the production, without focusing on the background, the lighting (not that you can shoot in darkness now, but you know what I mean), you can now compromise on the equipment (whether you have it or not) and just focus on the value to be provided to the audience.

Isn’t that crazy to think about?

Sure, the other things matter too, but not more than the content which is the essential element behind that video (I’m talking video here – because it is the most consumed type of content form right now).

This is the best form of a confidence booster for the creator, who doubts their content and who doubts whether what they created is postable or not.

Thus, why I say that this is the best time to create content.

Well, if you agree with this and/or if this has given you the confidence, go for it – start creating some content.