Arpit Agarwal
Feb 9, 2018 · 89 min read

Link to this page – www.arpit.today

These notes help me be selective to the information overwhelm of the modern age and keep my momentum on!

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men and women who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” — Muhammad Ali


“This is the real secret to life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” — Alan Watts


“Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” — Mario Fernandez


“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan

  • Sweden!

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker

  • Going to Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪 today!
  • Did airport standup as Schipol! ✈️

“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela


“Go forth and make awesomeness.”


“At the end of the day, we can endure much
more than we think we can.” — Frida Kahlo


“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius


“If we did all the things we are capable of, we
would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison


“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it.” — Stephen Covey


“Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” — Michael Jordan


“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James


“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Being aware of a single shortcoming within yourself is far more useful than being aware of a thousand in someone else.” — Dalai Lama


“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” — John Quincy Adams


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde


“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.” — Dale Carnegie


“The more you think and talk about your goals, the
more positive and enthusiastic you become.” — Billy Cox


“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look
the world straight in the face.” — Helen Keller

  • Confident at the pool party ✅

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” — Oscar Wilde


“Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads you to wisdom.” —Buddha


“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.“— Matsuo Basho

SF Downtown ✅


“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” — Robert H. Schuller


“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” — Vincent van Gogh


“Choose your heroes or they will be chosen for you.” — Russell Brand


“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” — Napoleon Hill


“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” — Maya Angelou


“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”


“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” — Dalai Lama


“Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender
what you are for what you could become.” — Reinhold Niebuhr


“Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks
involved. If it is, stop worrying.” — Amelia Earhart


“Wherever you are, be all there.” — Jim Elliot


“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” — Henry Ford


“Someone who thinks the world is always cheating them is right. They are missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.” — Eric Hoffer


“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” — Saadi

  • Tenant screening
  • Schema partners

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — E. E. Cummings


“The secret to your success is found in your daily routine.” — John C. Maxwell


“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Be the one who decided to go for it.”


“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”


“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt


“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” — Jim Rohn


“Peace in the world is everybody’s business, no matter where you live or what you do.” — Betty Williams


“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” — Vincent Van Gogh


“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”


“Tough times don’t last; tough people do.” — Gregory Peck


“Self-esteem is the ability to see yourself as a flawed individual and still hold yourself in regard.” — Esther Perel


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain


“Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.”


“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington


“Look for something positive each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”


“Live the wonderful life that is in you.” — Oscar Wilde

  • Woke up at 4:30 am before all alarms. Let’s choose the top 1% choices today!
  • 1. Deeplinks
  • 2. UK Visa
  • 3. Partners

“Idealistic as it may sound, altruism should be the driving force in business, not just competition and a desire for wealth.” — Dalai Lama


“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer them with love.”—Mahatma Gandhi


“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” — Mark Twain


“The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage.” — Thucydides

Had a great morning swim in Agra!
  • Push notifications and deeplinks
  • Read about Swift 5
  • App optimisation/architecture ideas
  • Try speeding up the build time
  • Lisbon meetup ideas
  • Arcorporatebulkbuild properties
  • Feedback on the sales deck
  • Booking flow design ideas
  • Check ssl security for arpit.work
  • Do the next step for partners
  • Code usable Listix
  • Try Lightwell
  • Read about google cloud database
  • Draft a blog idea, read writing well
  • Try sample machine learning on iOS
  • Code product hunt pwa + react + firebase
  • Check about school of motion, find mouse
  • Research on travel blog. Publication if needed.
  • Idea about domains — arpit.travel, .cooking.
  • Travel plan for Americas
  • Research on photography equipment
  • Natural parks and lakes + activities
  • List for Netherlands packing
  • Plan 90 visa days
  • Travel plan for Europe
  • Get an idea of personal finances
  • SBI phone number + credit card
  • Driving license + permit
  • Chennai related plan
  • Read about Netherlands registration things
  • Get idea about parents trip
  • Make list for cooking ideas at home
  • Car rear view mirror
  • Driving license smart card
  • Read about 8 hour intermittent fasting
  • Print home architecture plan
  • JPML next steps
  • Talk to all

“Most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” — Henry Ford


“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Mahatma Gandhi


“Do small things with great love.”—Mother Teresa


“If you can dream it, you can do it.”—Walt Disney

  • Slept during the day today on Nayan’s bed.
  • Strong storm in Gurgaon today.
  • Felt unclear and wrote some pages.
  • Swimming, rain and ice cream.

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every
opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” — Bertrand Russell


“You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.” — Chris Guillebeau


“Nothing will bring you peace, you must bring yourself to it.” — Gant Laborde


“We ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but looking for potential.” — Ellen Goodman


“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” — Henry van Dyke


“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey


ज्ञानविज्ञानतृप्तात्मा
कूटस्थो विजितेन्द्रियः।
युक्त इत्युच्यते योगी
समलोष्टाश्मकाञ्चनः॥६-८॥

जो (औपनिषदिक) ज्ञान, (आत्म अनुभव रूपी) विज्ञान से तृप्त है, विकाररहित है, इन्द्रियों को जीत चुका है और जिसके लिए मिट्टी, पत्थर और स्वर्ण समान हैं, ऐसे योगी को युक्त कहा जाता है॥8॥

The Yogi who is content with knowledge (of Upanishads) and direct experience, is without defects, has conquered his senses and gives equal importance to mud, stone and gold, is said to be connected (to self).॥8॥

  • Came back from Gurgaon yesterday after 4 days. Added Stories of India and Zima Blue App.
  • Love death robots has next to perfect episodes for this age.
  • Some substances ruin your mental balance strongly.
  • Home cooked food is the best.
  • Booked a day in Damdama.
  • North India is getting Hot.
  • Zomato Orders for 4 days.
  • Cooking 🍳 eggs+cheese+butter+multi-grain-bread sandwiches is delicious!
  • Stories of India with Taxi guys is super cool. Let’s see where this goes.

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते
मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा
ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥४७॥

तुम्हारा अधिकार कर्म करने में ही है, उनकेफलों में नहीं। तुम कर्मों के फल का कारण मत बनो और तुम्हारी कर्म न करने में भी आसक्ति न हो॥47॥

Your authority(duty, control) is in actions alone and not in their results. Results of action should not be your motive and you should not get attached to inaction either.॥47॥

— Bhagvad Gita. Chapter 2


नासतो विद्यते भावो
नाभावो विद्यते सतः।
उभयोरपि दृष्टोऽन्त-
स्त्वनयोस्तत्वदर्शिभिः॥१६॥

असत्‌ वस्तु की तो सत्ता नहीं है और सत्‌ का अभाव नहीं है। इस प्रकार इन दोनों का ही तत्त्व तत्त्व ज्ञानी पुरुषों द्वारा देखा गया है॥16॥

Asat(that which is changing) has no existence whatsoever and there is no absence of Sat(that which is permanent). This essence of both these is seen by the enlightened men.॥16॥

  • Make E-Card for Bhaiya.
  • Give one final punch on the app.
  • See you at the top ebook.
  • Start Motion Design course tomorrow morning, sleep early today.
  • Bhagvad Gita, Chapter 2 —


“एको द्रष्टासि सर्वस्य
मुक्तप्रायोऽसि सर्वदा।
अयमेव हि ते बन्धो
द्रष्टारं पश्यसीतरम्॥१-७॥

आप समस्त विश्व के एकमात्र दृष्टा हैं, सदा मुक्त ही हैं, आप का बंधन केवल इतना है कि आप दृष्टा किसी और को समझते हैं॥७॥

You are the solitary witness of all that is, almost always free. Your only bondage is understanding the seer to be someone else.॥7॥

-Ashtavakra Gita, Chapter 1 “

  • Day 1 of 18 — Bhagvad Gita :

योगी को धैर्य कहाँ, विवेक कहाँ और निर्भयता भी कहाँ? उसका स्वभाव अनिर्वचनीय है और वह वस्तुतः स्वभाव रहित है॥७९॥

There is neither fortitude, prudence nor courage for the yogi whose nature is beyond description and free of individuality.


जहाँ सूर्यास्त हुआ वहां सो लिया, जहाँ इच्छा हुई वहां रह लिया, जो सामने आया उसी के अनुसार व्यवहार कर लिया। इस प्रकार धीर सर्वत्र संतुष्ट रहता है॥८५॥

Peace is everywhere for the wise man who lives on whatever happens to come to him, going to wherever he feels like, and sleeping wherever the sun happens to set.॥85॥

  • Slept all day, worked and finished the app all night.

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” — Robert H. Schuller

  • Ship it to the team before 6pm! #godspeed on

कृतं किमपि नैव स्याद्
इति संचिन्त्य तत्त्वतः।
यदा यत्कर्तुमायाति तत्
कृत्वासे यथासुखम्॥१३- ३॥

किये हुए किसी भी कार्य का वस्तुतः कोई अस्तित्व नहीं है, ऐसा तत्त्वपूर्वक विचार करके जब जो भी कर्त्तव्य है उसको करते हुए सभी स्थितियों में, मैं सुखपूर्वक विद्यमान हूँ॥३॥

No action is ever committed, in reality. Understanding thus I exist pleasantly in all situations by just doing what is to be done.॥3॥


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein

  • Will finish all functionalities of the Anyplace app this weekend!
  • Smell of new paint and and the noise of calmer conversations.

“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.” ― Criss Jami

  • Added animation to search cards! Let the Americans see some animated magic.

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Home alone for the first time in years today!
  • Let’s finish the app — great feeling to finish an app single handedly on iOS.

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. — Buddha

  • Stumbled upon this yesterday night

“When we give up on our dreams, we die while still alive.” — Robin Sharma

  • Woke up at 5:30 today, saw Nicky left with Anyplace. Woke up and cleaned desk to work now.
  • Will finish all Anyplace functionalities today! Do the best in my control, change the universe.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” — Zig Ziglar


“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.” — Bruce Lee


“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”—Earl Nightingale


“How many success stories do you need to hear before you make your own?”


“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.” — John Burroughs


“Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.” — Teresa Amabile


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci


“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” — Mandy Hale

  • Finish Calendar
  • Finish Booking Flow

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

  • Never look up to anyone, never look down on anyone. Even if it’s the concept of “Modiji”. People are so important just because you think they are.

“When you accept everything, everything is beyond dimensions. The earth is not great nor a grain of sand small. In the realm of Great Activity picking up a grain of sand is the same as taking up the whole universe. To save one sentient being is to save all sentient beings. Your efforts of this moment to save one person is the same as the eternal merit of Buddha.”

  • Manjay bhaiya fixing everything. The best carpenter I ever saw, master.

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we
somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” — William Arthur Ward


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead — his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms — this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.”

  • Played football last night at Fasta, then worked till 2:30am.

“Still your waters.” — Josh Waitzkin

  • Wrote the conversational morning pages in the reading section of kids room.
  • Deep cleaned Kids room — have a reading table, working table, and a workplace downstairs.

“Still your waters.” — Josh Waitzkin

  • Got the Eshadi Nau Upanishad book.

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” — Malcolm Forbes

  • Met Nayan, Ekansh, Akarsh, Gauri, Treta, Udit + Z People! Valentines day.
  • Had Anyplace meeting at 11pm at Nayan’s place.
  • Working now after cleaning with drinking water.

“It is a very hard thing to understand, but you will come to learn in time that nothing in the universe has power over you until you allow it to exercise such a power.”
Swami Vivekananda, Karma Yoga: The Yoga of action

  • Cleaned the colorful kids room at 5:30 am. Cleaned the table, the laptop. Sound proofed the windows.
  • Added Airtel router to boost signal at home.
  • Started working at 6:30 am.
  • Let’s leave no stone unturned today!
  • Tips: Write the first character of code in XCode.

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” — Simone de Beauvoir

  • Scared for the standup, small loud exchange with bhaiya. Let’s push the app today!
  • Sat for a long time in the accounts room downstairs. Got a small headache. Slept at 10pm though eating nice food.

“The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls
you than the way in which you take it.” — Elbert Hubbard

  • Moving WiFi to the floor downstairs.
  • Setting up home office downstairs step 1 ✅
  • Getting aligned with the 6 months letter plan and app chart sheet.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The
more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss


“Every moment you live in the past is a moment you waste in the present.” — Tony Robbins


“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” — Epictetus

  • Snowing in Amsterdam!
  • 🔥 Finish demo app things.
  • For India — Albert Heijn buy things, Pack, Delhi to Agra ticket, Charge all devices, Prepare Tickets and Passport, Single cert. things/Documents, Amsterdam Meetup Documents, Travel Insurance, Cards+Cash+Currencies+Both Phones+Wallet sort out, Communicate about plan at home.
  • Amsterdam return prep — Tickets, Travel Insurance, Calculated Schengen Days, Hotel Reservation, Company Letter. Clothes, Where to stay, Presentations and all.

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” — Suzy Kassem


“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Vondelpark, tandem biking, mini pancakes, blue skies, ducks, trees, sunshine and life planning XD


“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” — Jerry Rice

Just pelo anyplace-ios


“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” — Mandy Hale


“Love dies only when growth stops.” — Pearl S. Buck

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” — Sven Goran Eriksson

Spaces — Hackathon Booking office in Amsterdam!



“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill


Happy Magenta Game Studios in Minsk! — 165 Mbps

“The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.” — Neale Donald Walsch


“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” —
Vincent Van Gogh

Bad word in Belarus — SHOPA!

Saw this at Nadzeya’s office — Programming skills self-assessment matrix

“What weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men and women. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.” — Carlos Castaneda


“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” — Walt Disney


We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us — E. M. Forster


“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” — Amelia Earhart


“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” — Alan Kay

  • Boarding in 1 hour to Belarus!

  • Cooking Egg Curry
  • Making 3 month plan on a quarter of A4 sheet
  • Buying postcards and moroccan naan!
  • Walking to Westerpark.
  • Chocolates from Stach!
  • Packing for Belarus.

Happy New Year 2019 in Amsterdam!


“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest people.” — Roald Dahl

JOMO:Joy of missing out! — Laura


“Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery. Today is
a gift, which is why we call it the present.” — Bil Keane


“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” — Jerry West


“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” — Flavia Weedn

When you find the fastest internet at the most unexpected places!

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” — Catherine Cook


“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

Hostel Cervelo, Madrid

“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” — Robert Holden


“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.” — St. Catherine of Siena

  1. Return the Spanish mac keyboard tomorrow.
  2. Find event for Tue + Wed in Barca.

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin


“This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often.” — Holstee Manifesto

  • Complete the Anyplace app
  • Rafael + Steve meeting at 6. Rafael — Amsterdam and things, meetings, cafes, etc. Steve — moving to ams things. Catchup and planning.
  • Find workplace for tomorrow.

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and
the joy will burn out the pain.” — Joseph Campbell


“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt


“Khush raho”


“Life is always happening now, it’s never waiting to happen”

Everything is clean in the house, love in Amsterdam.


“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” — Vernon Howard

Travel Things

  • Madrid to Ams [or] Lisbon +Lisbon to Ams
  • France/Brussels on New years
  • Anyplace meeting from 27th Jan. See India flights.

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. They can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by them.” — Epictetus


“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.”—George Santayana


“The surest way to find your dream job is to create it.”

Well some good WiFi with nice coffee and pretty women works.


“Be an encourager, the world has
enough critics already.”

Met Vijay Bhaiya at Jackson today.


“Don’t let those dead rationalised images of yourself in your own head become obstacles to connect to the now of the living in you”


“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to
be accepted by others. You need to be yourself.”—Thich Nhat Hanh


“Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.” — Robert Schuller

Working from an office after 2 months — Feels great!


Let all those flowers of fear, worry, violence and all blossom, they will get soon get withered. No need to run away from them or suppress them. You are the living, the undying who can stay with them, watch them coming, and going away. When you see nothing around, you see your own creation is a nature’s biggest magic show. — Afternoon thoughts


ऊँ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो
देवस्य धीमहि धियो योनः प्रचोदयात्।

ऊँ


Live when you’re alive. Compromise when that flow of air stops.


You are the very source of life, the living, the awareness of life. Don’t let the conditioning of your past stop you from being alive. It’s a responsibility to keep your mind open, and keep your conditioning be a tiny speck of things you learnt to survive in this world. Now that you’ve survived for so many years, don’t let this learning block the unfolding of your inner godly universe into the outer reality. Be in touch with the oneness, the ever changing, ever growing speed of the universe within you that is you. Keep upgrading your perception to see things are they are. There is no future, there is no past, there is only the now. By the time you perceive it, it is already the past. The future is just a project of your past mixed with your memory and intellect. As you’re typing this, you are just watching your own brain playing in this reality. A state of flow where your memory, intellect and the consciousness connect to make your reality this that is. Does the whole world exist right now? Does anything beyond this perception exists? It may/it may not. Reality is your creation. Start looking, start seeing, stay curious and stay alive!


Man is a creature of his Kratumaya (क्रतुमयः, will, purpose). Let him therefore have for himself this will, this purpose: The intelligent, whose body is imbued with life-principle, whose form is light, whose thoughts are driven by truth, whose self is like space (invisible but ever present), from whom all works, all desires, all sensory feelings encompassing this whole world, the silent, the unconcerned, this is me, my Self, my Soul within my heart.— Chandogya Upanishad


“That reflection of you in the mirror is a thing of the past already”. Be on the ultimate extreme of growth, for the dead thoughts of the past don’t connect to the present. Leave no stone unturned, do each and every single thing in your control. To break barriers of the thought that dwells in the past, the light of life needs to be connected to the present. Battle hard if you need to the resistance to change that is bound to block. Universe means change and life means change. Cut short everything that comes in the way of life to shine. Push and pass through the destruction. The dead thoughts need to shed for the light to pass through. Let the momentum of your thought be faster than light, for it needs to be there before the life energies reach the present. Nothing comes between you and the light. Let it shine, let things burn, let discomfort be your friend at that time, let you yourself be vulnerable, for that what it takes to be with the light, be with life. For when nature turmoils, it cleans up and makes space. Don’t battle people, battle the ghost of the pasts. Let the light take it course, make that godspeed your friend. The whole intensity of the universe is needed to break through. Dead thought needs to be shattered to tiny little specs of dust to make space for the light to enter. Listen to the nature’s call, be with life, be with light. Forget moving fast, fast is the new slow. Move faster than your thought. The present is already the past. Stay ahead of your mind. Be in the present. That’s what it takes to be faster than light. Listen to the universe. For being on the extreme end of control your own energies, and the extreme end of letting go to be present in the now. It is the most intense and blissful state that is the peak of the life within you. Be here and hustling will be a dead, old age philosophy. Faster than light speed it is.


Morning musings — “What moves the ant is moving you”. You close your eyes in the morning and try to place the center of your head towards the sun. Your thoughts still talk to you, about the past, about what you felt in the bed just while waking up you are still thinking about that ghost of your past, your intellect mixes with your memory to produce emotions, to remind you why you should feel the way you feel right now. Scooters and cars honk the road, you visualise the tapping of those horns, and wonder about the pollution for no reason again, monkeys move around you and climb the towers and the banners and you feel the fear of them biting you. That fear happens in your imagination and you keep a chappal close to you in case that imagination is going to turn into reality. You anyway start doing what you were going to do. You close your eyes again slowly and try to move your focus away from the past and try to notice what’s happening right now. Slowly you see the light in the darkness and wonder whether your eyes are seeing something or not. The sunlight produces warmth and light on your forehead and everywhere else it touches your skin. You imagine your own self in your own head doing that. You slowly feel you are a living being. Am I a plant, well this is what they call vitamin D, this is why people bask in the sun. So much is going inside you just by the sun. You start wondering. You open your eyes and see the pigeons moving in circles in the sky. The ants moves on the floor everywhere and getting stressed when you go closer. A question arises, how they are connected to the sun and how they have this energy in them, why are these ants this shaped, how come they also have the life in them, the same as what I have in me. How is it even moving, does it feel the same way I feel about my life? Does it experience things in the same way that I do? The Religion in my memory starts answering — God is doing all this. The Science in my intellect starts answering — it has limbs it is an animal, its parts produce energy all that. Curiosity is still not satisfied. What about the whole thing, why is all this happening? Life is pretty magical around us, things that seem so simple things are so mysterious. You look closer at the ant, so small, so many of other ants also moving around it. The ant is carrying some food for her home. Other ants are also moving in the random directions, I am assuming they are in the search of food. Should you tell them what way is the food? Or should you not? You leave them alone, like the nature designed them. You get up and feel you just thought of getting up, your body moved, your feet performed what they had to, and you’re up now. You still wonder how is all this even happening. Was anything happening when you closed your eyes and were just seeing the light of the sun in the supposed darkness of closed eyes. You realise all this sense of wonder had been forgotten in all these growing up and money making race. You look around, monkeys are running. A kid’s mom is combing his hair in another house on another terrace. You remember you were also like that once, you remember what parents mean. You clean up and see that you’re grown up and fold your sheets now. You walk down slowly to come back to your home for breakfast, you become grateful for the morning today that reconnected to you to the childlike wonder that had been inside you all this time. Everything around you becomes an unlimited magic show, when you clean up your own head and your own eyes start to see it. You start wondering life is just so mysteriously beautiful, while drinking juice and eating your breakfast and then now you have to get back to your “daily activities” after writing down all this down on a computer.

  • Deactivated Facebook again — felt like going to a marketplace of human life, and completely unrelated random information that created new insecurities for no reason.

The air is doing it’s job to keep you alive, the sun is doing it’s job to keep you and the whole earth warm. The trees are doing their job to clean the air. All these people did their job to make life comfortable for you and they are dead now. The tomato seed did it’s job for so many hours, fought against all the conditions and produced a tomato so you can enjoy that sandwich now. The bees collected so much honey to make your juice sweet. Your legs and hands do their job to keep moving. After all this universe conspiring for you to just be alive, there is no reason to be sad in this world when your breath is still going on — Morning thoughts while drinking juice and making bits of paratha for the squirrels and monkeys on the terrace at home.


“What one fool can do, another can too”

  • Discussed ideas and came up with City Mapper with Ekansh.

“Work like a scientist, work with the environment, stop wishing for all to change. Feel, see, measure, act, and grow” — Me, morning realisations


“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” — Anne Frank


“One who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.” — Confucius


“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Joseph Campbell


“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” — Og Mandino


“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” — Bruce Lee


“The universe reveals its secrets to those who dare to follow their hearts.” — Ralph Smart


“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” — Andrew Carnegie

#tools : Sending customer services and collecting NPS scores —


“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” — Sara Blakely


“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently
that which should not be done at all.” — Peter Drucker

  • 27 rounds of Suryanamaskar today.
  • Day 1 of 100 vector days — Tinariwen video.
  • Going for Football at Cult Oreo City.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs

  • Bullet Journal ✅
  • Morning Pranayam
  • Golf at Hamoni
  • Vyapar Kendra courier

“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.” — Carl Sagan

  • Got Jiju’s phone from IGI!
  • Met iOS team at Another Fine Day!
  • Gurgaon feels great!

“Make each day your masterpiece.” — John Wooden


“You are the one that possesses the keys to your being.
You carry the passport to your own happiness.” — Diane von Furstenberg


“I’ll leave tomorrow’s problems to tomorrow’s me.” — Saitama

“You have to keep doing it. No matter how difficult it gets. It took me a full 3 years to get this strong.” — Saitama

  • Finished One Punch man series today.

“Give yourself permission to slow down. You
can speed up by slowing down.” — Gabby Bernstein

  • Noticing the honking sounds after waking up.
  • Family got a new Toyota Innova car today.
  • One Punch Man!
  • When you have an idea for a startup, ask yourself: who wants this right now? Who wants this so much that they’ll use it even when it’s a crappy version one made by a two-person startup they’ve never heard of? If you can’t answer that, the idea is probably bad.
  • It’s even better when you’re both a programmer and the target user, because then the cycle of generating new versions and testing them on users can happen inside one head.
  • So if you want to find startup ideas, don’t merely turn on the filter “What’s missing?” Also turn off every other filter, particularly “Could this be a big company?”
  • When something annoys you, it could be because you’re living in the future. Note it down, find the ‘obvious’, keep a background process running, you don’t have to sit down and force yourself to come up with ideas.
  • A good way to trick yourself into noticing ideas is to work on projects that seem like they’d be cool. If you do that, you’ll naturally tend to build things that are missing.
  • Because a good idea should seem obvious, when you have one you’ll tend to feel that you’re late. Don’t let that deter you. Worrying that you’re late is one of the signs of a good idea. Ten minutes of searching the web will usually settle the question. Even if you find someone else working on the same thing, you’re probably not too late. It’s exceptionally rare for startups to be killed by competitors — so rare that you can almost discount the possibility. So unless you discover a competitor with the sort of lock-in that would prevent users from choosing you, don’t discard the idea.

“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar


“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart


“The way you tell your story to yourself matters.” — Amy Cuddy


“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” — Robert H. Schuller


“Build a dream and the dream will build you.” — Robert H. Schuller


“The greatest universe is the one within you.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo


“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very
silent if no birds sang except the best.” — Henry Van Dyke


“If you don’t like where you are, change it. You’re not a tree.” — Jim Rohn


“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”—William James

Ookla Speedtest — Railnet — OTP — Jodhpur Railway Station, Rajasthan, India
Ookla Speedtest — Jio — Jodhpur Railway Station, Rajasthan, India

“The only way to learn it is to do it.” — Archimedes, Sword in the Stone


Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible — Francis of Assisi

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XCode 10 shortcuts

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many
short races one after another.”—Walter Elliott

Prepared Macbook for Anu, booked tickets to Jodhpur and working with Nadzeya now.


“Nothing can stop a good idea” — Saw this on someone’s t-shirt


“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have
courage to lose sight of the shore.”—William Faulkner


“Do the thing you think you cannot do.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

Eggs Benedict at DiGhent, notes on organisation and iPhone organisation. All 1–1s with anyplace team today - to show first app progress, got 1st paycheck, and learned more about the team. Great experience!


“In any profession, when you lose yourself, and then you become the art” — A.R. Rahman

Watched the Creative Indians on Netflix, setup iPhone XS with folders, Remembered


“If you focus on what you left behind, then how can you see what lies ahead?”—Chef Gusteau, “Ratatouille”


“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” — Hellen Keller

Last day of the month today. It’s review time for September ’18. #reflections

  • Me, papa and bhaiya had birthdays this month. Glad to see everyone growing up more. Zomato started in Agra and could deliver a cake for papa’s birthday!
  • Was in a room sprinting with the iOS team at Zomato for the first week of the month (and my last week at Z). Working hard and connecting with the new iOS team was amazing. Said goodbye to Zomato with a GIF and celebrated my last day together with Pranu and people at Aiswarya’s house. Glad to see Tuhina coming from Bangalore and Anu in midst of all the fun. Pranu is going to Singapore! Looking forward to see him soon.
  • Did things for the single certificate in Agra. Ah, this single certificate problems in India! Though talking like a grown up to my parents about my girlfriend and life seemed scary, but was a big personal achievement. Feels so supportive and nice :)
  • Worked on a catalogue for JPMedilife, saw the boxes that I designed in sketch, are now printed. Happy about the progress, still a long way to go. Will work more on this with Bhaiya, push this more.
  • I started working at Anyplace.com this month. We help people live in a hotel. After long work and waiting for almost a year, it’s nice to see a spark of result as a Remote job. Reading about remote work and trying to handle this is challenging and fun. Glad to spend 2 days with Koichi in Gurgaon and excited to learn more with him!
  • Got a gadget upgrade! My iPhone XS arrives in a few days and already got the latest space grey MacBook Pro. I got a gadget organizer too and have things sorted in my bag. Roaming here and there finding co-working spaces was cool, and working at Hamoni was great. Need to manage some internet problems in India, and structure all workplaces and cities somewhere.
  • Lived and chilled with Anu! Couldn’t spend a lot of time because of the transition and running around. And now she got a job in Goa. Wow :D Excited about her living there, and me going there in winters.
  • Watched Creative Indians for some quality entertainment with Neeraj today. We bought a washing machine. Udit is in Bangalore with all folks!
  • Aiswarya and me met each other’s parents. Flew to Chennai for this. Papa and Chachiji came to Gurgaon. Happy to see Chachiji feeling less in pain with her knee, and grateful to see my parents and being able to take them to a Mayur-like place.
  • Stayed in Bangalore for 5 days before going to Chennai. Tuhina took me to lunch at Google! Fun to see her dealing with the big change of city for her. Grateful about connecting to Akhil and reconnecting with Suren. A great trip living in a Nani house with awesome weather.
  • Nadzeya came to Gurgaon! Taught me Storyboards and she loves the sunshine here, thank all the gods for her help.
  • Next month starts tomorrow. Excited to build all the products and go places!

“Make your faith larger than your fears and your dreams larger than your doubts.”—Robin Sharma


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci


“Motivation comes from working on things we care about.” — Sheryl Sandburg


“You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”—Martin Luther King

7 must read books for digital nomads. #remotelife

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work”. — Nhat Hanh

Jumping between WiFis and coffee at Third wave coffee roasters, Bengaluru.
“Cold fashioned” coffee (black coffee with orange juice and jaggery) works good for me.

  • Asana is great for task management.
  • Walk to think better.
  • Plan specific list of todos for the day.

“By doing what you love you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.”—Satsuki Shibuya

Working in Bangalore with Suren and Tuhina. Had lunch at Google today!


“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”—Epictetus


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss

Working at Cafe Hamoni today since WeWork was full of people. First day of working in isolation had lying down in the grass and playing golf as a gift!


Welcome to the life of Timezones!

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

Anyplace day 1!


“Once you realize how beautiful you are, you will find it
hard to keep the company of those who do not.”


“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But
above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”—Sarah Ban Breathnach


“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” — Henry Ford

Sketch for Print —


“You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.”


“The creative adult is the child who survived.”

Last day at Zomato.


“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”—Seth Godin


“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” — Henry David Thoreau


“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”


“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine


“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” — William Shakespeare


“Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.”


“What weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men and women. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.”—Carlos Castaneda


“Whether a thought is spoken or not, it is a real thing and has powers of reality.” — Frank Herbert


“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.”—Dean Acheson


“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”


“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” — Deepak Chopra


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The
more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”—Dr. Seuss


“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” — Les Brown


“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”—Robert H. Schuller


“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”—Og Mandino


“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” — Neil Gaiman


“Listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it
presents itself and then give it your all.” — Helen Mirren


“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” — Zig Ziglar


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” — George Bernard Shaw


“The grass is greener where you water it” — Neil Barringham


“Do more of what makes you happy.”

Independence day.


“A champion is defined not by their wins, but by how
many times they recover when they fall.” — Serena Williams


“Every person is a new door to a different world.”—Six Degrees of Separation


“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” — Dalai Lama


“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” — Neil Gaiman


If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam



“If it can be solved, there’s no need to worry, and if it can’t be solved, worry is of no use.” — Dalai Lama

Decided to stay and find a focused work desk here.


“Quit worrying about how everything is going to turn out. Live one day at a time. “—Joel Osteen


“The past has no power over the present moment.” — Eckhart Tolle


“Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.” — Robert Louis Stevenson


“Opportunities to find our deeper powers come
when life seems most challenging.”—Joseph Campbell


“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very
silent if no birds sang except the best.”—Henry Van Dyke

Made a list of ideas to pursue after Z.


“If it ain’t fun, don’t do it.” — Jack Canfield

Resigned.


“Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” — Eckhart Tolle

The day I decided to get my time back. UIKit revamp 792, Just do it.


“I am strong because I’ve been weak. I am fearless because I’ve been afraid. I am wise because I’ve been foolish.”


“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”—William James


“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin
it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”—Greg McKeown


“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”—Albert Einstein


“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes.” — Wade Boggs


“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”—Benjamin Spock


“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men and women who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” — Muhammad Ali


“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”—Bruce Lee


“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”—Jim Rohn


“Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.”


“Self-esteem is the ability to see yourself as a flawed individual and still hold yourself in regard.”—Esther Perel


“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”—Socrates


“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”—Bob Marley


“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” —Marie Curie

Alternative to Intercom —


“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but
also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”—Anatole France


“Everything you want to be, you already are. You’re
simply on the path to discovering it.”—Alicia Keys


“You are stronger than your challenges and your challenges are making you stronger.”—Karen Salmansohn


“Dream big dreams. Small dreams have no magic.” — Dottie Boreyko


“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”—Jonathan Safran Foer


“Jumping from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm is the big secret to success.” — Savas Dimopoulos


“Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worry. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” — T. Harv Eker


“Low self esteem is like driving through life with your handbrake on.” — Maxwell Maltz


“Your greatest dreams are all on the other side of the wall of fear and uncertainty”


“It’s time to start living the life you’ve only imagined.”

Got invited to attend F8!

“Lead with your strengths, not your weaknesses.”


“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” — Vincent van Gogh


“How many success stories do you need to hear before you make your own?”

At 5'o clock, designing the language game.


“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”—Walter Elliott


“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” — Sonia Sotomayor


“Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.” — Naguib Mahfouz


“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and
you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”—Bruce Lee

Learning Russian through this these days —



“If you are always trying to be normal you will
never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou


“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.” —Earl Nightingale


“Most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” — Henry Ford


“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” —Henry David Thoreau


“Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.”


“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” — Jordan Belfort



“Create something today even if it sucks.”


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. One who lives life fully is prepared to die at any time.”—Mark Twain


If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. — Albert Einstein


“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, bring others along.”


“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin


“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou



“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington


“What you seek is seeking you.” — Rumi

Glad to receive see this notification today.

“Do what you love, not what you think you’re supposed to do.”


“The trouble is, you think you have time.” — Buddha

Make an animoji day. Seeing what’s out there (Dribbble shots)


“What gets measured gets managed.” — Peter Drucker


“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you
help them to become what they are capable of being.”— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” — J. K. Rowling


“Wherever you are, be all there.” — Jim Elliot


“Winning starts with beginning”

Life in pixels —with color pencils on a dot pad.

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”—Oscar Wilde


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”Mahatma Gandhi

Comic Style Fonts

10 Free fonts used by theoatmeal —

Javascript library for text effects


“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”—Oliver Wendell Holmes


“What are the most powerful words in the universe? The ones you use to talk to yourself.” — Karen Salmansohn


“It’s not who you think you are that holds you back it’s who you think you’re not.”

Wrote on some quick learnings at Gameloft Mexico


“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” —Doris Lessing

The bird and the fish — was playing around with a compass making circles on a dot pad. It took this form after a couple of hours.

“It’s up to you how far you go. If you don’t try, you’ll never know!” — Merlin, Sword in the Stone.


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

Tulips in the light breeze. Connect to nature and stay calm.

The creative personality

Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.



Drew this scene about small businesses in India. They essentially run the everyday economy of our country.

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe”


Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own
rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”—Anne Sweeney


“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect” ― Anaïs Nin


“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference
between mediocrity and accomplishment.” — Norman Vincent Peale


“Do a little more of what you want to do every day, until your idea becomes what’s real.”

Drew this for my written piece on Learnings from trying to build a startup in India. Just realised there is something really wrong with this handshake. Can you spot it? Answer — ǝʞɐɥspuɐɥ pǝpuɐɥ ʇɟǝl ɐ s,ʇI

Found this comic artist on Medium. Nice drawings

Uses colorful illustration to simplify and explain complex topics —Oliver Emberton. Popular on quora.

Japanese Illustrations


“Go ahead, let them judge you”

Ralph Ammer— Powerful storytelling with drawings and animations

Would love to learn how Ralph created this

“Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.”


“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”

Steps to showcase your work on Behance if you’ve never done it —


“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” — Marie Curie


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man

— George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists.

Preserved Music from the 1900s — Peaceful for listening to when working on creative projects

Interactive WebGl based animated music video 🎧 — great storytelling

💡[Idea] Planning to set up a community on preserving best practices on motion design. Some name suggestions : The Animated Life, The Animators, Men in Motion, Motion Symphony.

5 minute setup —

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.” — Isocrates

Grateful for getting my first blogpost published

Get started with motion design in 9 steps — UX Collective

Showed in top links on Medium → Digital Design.

Published 2 Articles

How to get started with Motion Design- 9 Easy Points


“It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” — Lou Holtz

The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them) — James Clear

  • If something is not working, smart people don’t repeat it endlessly. They revise. They adjust. They pivot. They quit.
  • How do you know when to give up and when to stick with it?
  • Stage 2 is a Failure of Strategy — WHAT mistakes. When you follow a strategy that fails to deliver the results you want.
  • Stage 3 is a Failure of Vision — WHY mistakes. When what you want to become (your why) doesn’t align with the actions you are taking.
  • Fixing Failure of Tactics (HOW Mistakes)
  1. Measure your outcomes. If something is important to your, measure it.
  2. Review and adjust your tactics. You need to be constantly reviewing and improving how you do your work.
  1. Do it cheaply. Helps you test more ideas and reduces attachment.
  2. Revise it rapidly. For millions of years, life has been adapting, evolving, revising, and iterating until it has reached the diverse and varied species. It is not the natural course of things to figure it all out on the first try.
  1. Determine your non-negotiable. Your “non-negotiable” is the one thing you are not willing to budge on, no matter what. It’s very easy to get fixated on your idea. But if you’re going to get obsessed with something, get obsessed with your vision, not your idea. Most of the mistakes that people assume are Failures of Vision are actually Failures of Strategy.
  2. Navigate criticism. Criticism can be an indicator of failed strategies and tactics, it is rarely an indicator of a failed vision. Learn how to deal with haters.

“Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.” — Bruce Lee



“Life gives to the giver and takes from the taker” — Joe Polish

Animated this for a blogpost I am writing.

4 awesome links to start drawing Isometric Illustrations

Laws of UX

Quick recap of stuff to keep in mind while designing experiences

Developing Mastery and Being Passionate

  • The most common and cliche’ advice about seeking a happy life and prosperous career is to “follow your passion.” Millennials are notorious for seeking fulfilling and passion-filled jobs, only to be left disappointed and disappointing.
  • People who want a job they are passionate about are less concerned about what they can give to the world and are more concerned about what the world can give to them. You don’t have an innate passion that you should “follow,” instead, your passion follows you.
  • Rather than selfishly seeking a life you’re passionate about, Newport recommends becoming a “craftsman,” wherein you develop rare and valuable skills. Newport calls these rare and valuable skills, “career capital.” Adopt the “Craftsman mindset” (what can you offer the world), instead of the “Passion mindset” (what can the world offer me).
  • As you develop confidence, you begin to deeply enjoy what you’re doing — and become very passionate about it. As Newport explains, “Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.”
  • You can then begin making distinct connections and projections into what has been dubbed, “The adjacent possible” which Steven Johnson described as, “a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” In other words, this is how you become an innovator and a shaper of societal and global change.
  • If you look at any person who is honestly seeking a higher level of success, they are usually waking up early, studying and learning lots, seeking advice and feedback, and creating, testing, and failing.
  • Happiness is a byproduct. You cannot pursue it directly. It comes from dedicating yourself to a cause you firmly believe. Happiness can’t come from following a self-centered and obsessive passion aimed only at making yourself feel good. Happiness comes from self-growth and using that growth to make the world a better place.

Being unstoppable with the 5-Second Rule

  • The 5-Second Rule is a bias towards action instead of overthinking and been taken over by fear. In that 5 seconds, you get the opportunity to be courageous. It’s a small window of courage that you can access for free. After 5 seconds, your days are numbered and your brain will sabotage you.
  • Made famous by Tony Robbins, the Burn the Boats Hack will give you leverage and destroy your Plan B. The story is simple. There was this army trying to take an island and they kept failing.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does — William James

You Make Or Break Your Life Between 5–7 AM

  • A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
  • How you start something is very important. Prevention is far better than rehabilitation. Starting right is much easier than correcting course. Research confirms the brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex, is most active and readily creative immediately following sleep. Your mind is clearest in the morning. Your energy is highest.
  • “I frequently say to missionaries in the field, ‘You make or break your mission every morning of your life. You tell me how those morning hours go until you are on the street in your mission, whatever time it is; you tell me how those hours go, and I will tell you how your day will go, I will tell you how your month will go, I will tell you how your year will go and how your mission and your life will go.’”
  • When you upgrade yourself intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, you’re enabled to see the world from a more elevated plane. You’re empowered to deal with the difficult and challenging emotions required for growth and evolution. You quickly learn how to work with people, solve problems, and create an amazing lifestyle where you’re making great money.
  • If you could give yourself two hours, every morning, solely dedicated to learning, thinking, planning, meditating, praying, and writing in your journal, your life would change. These are the best things you could do with your morning time.
  • Robin Sharma : Get up at the same time every single morning. Build consistency and ritual into your morning. 20–20–20 rule. Feel different in first 20 minutes — Exercise, get that dopamine and seratonin flowing. Second 20 minutes — Review your plan, daily plan/weekly plan. Third 20 minutes — Learn, read, know more and see around corners.

Automation makes otherwise pleasant activities turn into “work”. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb


The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion — Albert Einstein.

Deep Confusion As A Victory Tool

Podcast by Robin Sharma

  • One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star — Friedrich NietzscheRead.
  • 95% people and the society tend to run away and avoid confusion. They say the legendary have clarity so confusion needs to be avoided.
  • The top 5%, the legendaries, they know that a life of continuous growth has multiple cycles of death and rebirth. They know that deep confusion is a precursor to new understanding and clarity.
  • (Growth hack Robin Sharma uses at the end of the podcast — “Share this podcast with 3 more people to change their life in the next 60 minutes”)

Beasts avoid the dangers which they see, and when they have escaped them are free from care; but we men torment ourselves over that which is to come as well as over that which is past. Many of our blessings bring bane to us; for memory recalls the tortures of fear, while foresight anticipates them. The present alone can make no man wretched. — Seneca

Making weekly plans is the best way to pull your dreams closer

Weekly Planning: How to Plan Your Week | The Art of Manliness

Additions to Sketch in 2017

Top pens of 2017 — Design + UI code on Codepen

Developing an illustration style

Learnings of a professional sillicon valley blogger over 10+ years

  • An email subscriber is worth 100x twitter or LinkedIn followers or whatever other stuff is out there. An email = a real channel.
  • There’s always room for high-quality thoughts/opinions. Venn diagram of people w/ knowledge and those we can communicate is tiny.
  • Titles are 80% of the work, but you write it as the very last thing. It has to be a compelling opinion or important learning.
  • People are often obsessed with needing to write original ideas. Forget it. You’re a journalist with a day job in the tech industry. Publishing ideas, learnings, opinions, for years & years is a great way to give. And you’ll figure out how to capture value later.
  • To develop the habit, put a calendar reminder each Sunday for 2 hours. Forced myself to stare at a blank text box and put something down.
  • Focus on writing freq over anything else. Schedule it. Don’t worry about building an immediate audience. Focus on the intrinsic. Think of your writing on the same timescale as your career. Write on a multi-decade timeframe. This means, don’t just pub on Quora/Medium
  • Most of my writing comes from talking/reading deciding I strongly agree or disagree. These opinions become titles. Titles become essays.

The right and the wrong answers come from your heart.

Visualise what you want. Create a mock-up of your imagined life. The universe can refer to this and start functioning now. It really works!

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Picking books in an overwhelming book fair

Quick litmus test for selecting books

  • Check for the original date of publishing of the book. If it’s old and is still getting sold, it has stood the test of time. There should be something in this book that is helpful.
  • If you are a visual person, buy a book if you like it’s artwork. Keep some on your bedside to flip pages and get some fresh vibes on demand.
  • If you had been waiting to order that book online, pick it up and buy on the spot to get over it.
  • Set an hour timer and enter those second hand book booths. You never know what you find there, and for super cheap. Embrace serendipity.
Bought a lot of books from the World Book Fair in Delhi (2018).

You can choose to feel better or be better. In the long run, one of these is easy to do but will make life hard, the other one is hard to do but will make life easy.

Tim Ferris Podcast — How to Handle Information Overwhelm (and Social Media)

  • Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are like neighborhoods in order of the people abusing on them. Twitter is like a small crowded street where people through pots on your head for no apparent reason.
  • News — If it bleeds, it leads. Make people angry or upset, it will lead them off task, and they will engage into advertisements.
  • Don’t worry about taking in all the information. The strong and important one will stick — have faith in your mind.
  • Turn all notifications off — select time to go on social media, avoid going online if not in a clear state of mind.

Goals vs Systems — Focus on systems and fall in love with them

  1. Goals are strangely at odds with long-term progress. When all of your hard work is focused on a particular goal, what is left to push you forward after you achieve it? — Release the need for immediate results.
  2. Goals suggest that you can control things that you have no control over. You can’t predict the future — Forget about predicting the future and build a system with feedback that can signal when you need to make adjustments.

If you fear failure, you will never go anywhere

Learning something new — Links

Sacha chua — Awesome at visual notes and emacs

Don’t know where to find answers? Deeply observe nature

First artwork I did this year. Always remember how beautiful and insightful nature is, and be more curious of the environment we live in.
  • What Mother Nature does is rigorous until proven otherwise; what humans and science do is flawed until proven otherwise.
  • You can find all solutions in nature. Biomimic your life.

3 awesome films on earth, nature and wildlife

Never Tell People What You Do

  • It’s a simple question, and you’ve probably answered it hundreds of times. “What do you do?” If you’re like most people, you probably get the answer dead wrong. Your standard reply is probably a factual description of your current job.
  • The right answer is: what you WANT to do. You are probably much closer to your goals than an aspiring Hollywood actor. The main thing standing in your way is your willingness to say what you want.
  • If you met Elon Musk, I bet he wouldn’t talk much about Paypal; he would probably tell you about how he plans to make space flight routine.
  • When you are too embarrassed or cautious to say what you want, you make it impossible for others to help you.
  • Be bold. Be brave. Be honest.

Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days.

UI Trends

  • “Mondrianism” is a UI pattern drawing inspiration from the works of the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, in its compositions.

4 Awesome Interactive web stories from 2017

If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing

  • Interestingly, your mind can seduce you so much so that the idea of something becomes more satisfying than the thing itself, so you stop at the idea and never make it real. A primary obstacle to success is the idea of success.
  • The principle SEAL taught is what he calls the 40% rule — which essentially means people feel maxed-out mentally and physically, and thus stop, when they are at only 40% of their actual capacity. Going past this 40% capacity is when it becomes uncomfortable. Thus, SEAL’s mantra, “If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.”
  • The concept is: Do something and don’t stop until it’s complete, no matter how long it takes. You want to develop what Greene calls “A perverse pleasure” in experiencing internal conflict, and sitting with it.
  • Deepwork — “The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
  • People are taught to love themselves regardless of their performance. Thus, they justify mediocrity. Yet, Asian’s and other immigrant groups who often are considered to have low self-esteem consistently outperform American’s who have high self-esteem.
  • True confidence is earned. It’s earned by succeeding. Not by wishing for success. Meta-analytic research confirms this. True confidence emerges when you consistently push-through things that suck. The longer you sit with the boredom, pain, and discomfort — and actually create something meaningful, the more confident and successful you will be.
  • There is a joy and pride that come from pushing yourself to another level or across a new frontier. A life devoted only to the present — to feeling good in the now — is unlikely to deliver real fulfillment. The present moment by itself it too small, too hollow.

Most applauded Articles on Medium

Storytelling that hooks.

Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days — Patience

The crossroads of Should and Must

  • Should is how others want us to show up in the world — how we’re supposed to think, what we ought to say, what we should or shouldn’t do.
  • Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. The intuition that swells up from somewhere deep inside of us. Choosing Must creates the kind of work that puts ripples through the universe.
  • Grab a piece of paper and write the numbers one through ten on the left side of the page. At the top, title it “What am I so afraid of?” This is your Worst Case Scenario list. This is your list of things that make you think “They’re all going to laugh at me.” These are your largest fears, and you’ve got ten minutes to write them down.

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” — William Faulkner

Protect your mornings — Start Journaling

  • Start with gratitude and appreciation for everything happening. Take plenty of time to reflect on and write about all the details of your life and relationships. All the people who matter to you — how far you’ve come — specifics about what is happening — what has happened, since the last time you had a recovery session. Recording your history is a crucial component of journal writing. It provides context to your ideas, goals, and plans.
  • Be radically honest — gratitude and appreciation for the brilliance — honest with yourself about where you’re not showing up — need to commit to making specific changes. Write down the key changes you need to make to achieve your dreams and ideals.
  • Journaling is a powerful therapeutic and healing tool. While writing about the things you need to change, openly write about the frustrations and difficulties that have led you to where you are. Be very honest and vulnerable with yourself. The purpose of this writing is for you to get clarity, and to re-establish your priorities and focus. If you can’t be honest in your own journal, how can you expect to be honest in the rest of your life?
  • Write about your big picture dreams. A key component of writing big-picture is that it reconnects you with your “why.” It’s very easy to lose sight of your why during your daily routine and busyness. The end is what really matters, and you can save a lot of trouble by beginning and continuing with the end in mind. There is a huge difference between “means” goals and “ends” goals.
  • Your vision (your WHY) = 10–25 years’ out
  • Your long-term goals (AKA your wild guess) = 36 months’ out
  • Your actual goals (AKA your realistic game plan) = the next 90 days
  • Weekly Planning
  • What you did well (your “wins”)
  • What didn’t go well (what you didn’t do, who you didn’t reach out to, where you fell short)
  • Record any significant events (like great moments with a friend, family, or a breakthrough in your work)
  • What your plans are for the following week
  • Learnings from your previous week
  • Short bullet-point list as a reminder of your “why” and “end” goals
  • Things you’re working toward over the next 1–6 months
  • Specific must do’s the following week — including plans regarding your morning routine, learning, relationships, work, fitness, etc.

Psychology of Shapes

  • Squares and Rectangles — Straight lines and right angles of these two shapes give a sense of reliability and security. People strongly associate squares and rectangles with buildings the reason why they bring the feeling of trust and authority.
  • Triangles — The lines are placed that way so our eyes automatically move to the top of a triangle or in the direction it is placed. An upright triangle brings the feelings of stability and balance but the reversed one looks risky and ready to fall giving people a sense of tense.
  • Circles, ovals, and ellipses — Round shapes may give the feeling of magic and mystery. In addition, unlike the previous shapes circles don’t have angles so it makes them softer and milder
  • Spirals — It’s often associated with the circle of life and growth. Also, in some cultures, spirals may represent the knowledge or information. In modern society, they are seen as a sign of creativity and a fresh mind.
  • Natural shapes — Natural shapes have clear meanings of the plants and animals which they symbolize. A rose is a flower of love and passion, while a lion is a symbol of pride and bravery but this is another topic to discuss.
  • Abstract shapes — They are usually visual symbols of abstract ideas or simplified versions of natural shapes.

6 Key apps in 2017

  • Coinbase — Cryptocurrencies.
  • Twitter — Twitter has played an enormous part in amplifying political messages this year, most notably those of President Donald Trump.
  • Amazon Key — In a nutshell, for $250 Amazon will sell a kit that includes an Internet-connected camera, a smart lock for your front door, and a Key app. The delivery person can still get into your house via the smart lock and leave your order if you aren’t there.
  • Messenger Kids — Facebook unveiled Messenger Kids in December, making a bold play for the next generation of social-network users with a free app that lets those too young to use Facebook proper (the under-13 crowd) text and video-chat with parent-approved contacts.
  • Messages with Animoji — When Apple introduced the $999 iPhone X in September, the tech giant also trotted out its own take on facial-recognition technology, Face ID. With Animoji, you can create all kinds of animated characters — a unicorn, a panda, a pile of poop — that talk with your voice.
  • Facebook — We still don’t know exactly how much of an influence Russian meddling had on the 2016 presidential election, but this year we learned that it did happen on several social networks, including the biggest one of all: Facebook.

The Sticky Truth about Modern Written Language

  • Now, linguists may object to the classification of emoji as a logographic writing system. That’s because emojis are actually ideographic — that means that each emoji represents an idea, rather than a specific word.
  • It’s important to take a moment and note that no logographic writing system uses pure logograms (a word = an image). Mandarin includes syllabic elements to help describe newly encountered words, while Egyptian Hieroglyphics allow for consonants for the same reason.
  • Cuneiform script — Oldest written language. Invented around 3,400 B.C., cuneiform isn’t a spoken language, but rather a writing system. Cuneiform applies the same symbols across multiple languages, most notably Sumerian and Akkadian.
  • Emoji are popular because they’re faster and more expressive of human emotion, and that has historically been even more true for Chinese users, which explains why it’s China (and Japan) who are blazing the trails in terms of sticker adoption.
  • With a sticker I can say in a single tap what would otherwise take me a sentence or two.

Making peak state decisions

  • “Peak experiences as rare, exciting, oceanic, deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experiences that generate an advanced form of perceiving reality, and are even mystic and magical in their effect upon the experimenter.” — Abraham Maslow
  • The reason people consider peak experiences to be rare is because they haven’t set up their lives to have them on a regular basis.
  • However, if you want to set a new path in your life, you need to make a powerful and definitive decision. And you want to be in a peak state while you make that decision.
  • You need to get out of your day-to-day routine. You need to give yourself some space. That doesn’t mean you need to go away for several days or weeks (although if you can, it would be very helpful).
  • You need to get your body moving. Before speaking for several hours to his audience of thousands, Tony Robbins purposefully and continually puts himself into a peak state. He does this by jumping up and down, spinning around, fist pumping, standing with his arms outstretched, and even bouncing on a trampoline backstage.
  • The core purpose for having a morning routine is to put yourself into a peak state in the morning — so you can then operate from that state for the rest of your day.
  • If you make a decision to live at a higher level, there will naturally be lots of resistance to your living out that decision. If you don’t do it the moment you wake up, you’ll immediately slip into your current state of operating, which is below the level of your decision. Thus, despite your best intentions, your behaviours will continue to match your current reality.
  • “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.” — Richard Marcinko

Your Company’s Culture is Who You Hire, Fire, & Promote

  • Machiavellians are fueled by long-term tangible rewards and will strategize schemes to get them. The Machiavellian is a strategic, calculating manipulator who believes that the ends justify any means. While as manipulative as psychopaths, Machiavellians are far more future-oriented: planning ahead, forming alliances, and carefully maintaining their reputations. The Frank Underwood in house of cards.
  • Narcissists are motivated by whatever boosts their ego, whether tangible rewards or simple praise that validates their idealized self-image. Tony Stark.

The Pain of Waiting — Loading UX

  1. Textual Status Updates — We display a couple dozen text statuses (“Connecting to database,” “Acquiring connection,” etc.). They’re displayed in random 2 to 4-second intervals to feel real.
  2. Humor — If the query takes longer than around 12 seconds (painful, but sometimes necessary), our textual status updates get funnier and weirder. We hope queries never take that long, but if they do, we try to reduce the anxiety with humor.


  • Document. Don’t create — ****If you adopt that philosophy, it will allow you to overcome your fears of putting yourself out there. Just tell the world what’s going on. Describe your jfourney, outline your vision, and describe your thoughts, ideas, actions, wins, losses, anxieties and ambitions online.

Appstore Surfing Summary

  • Lot of random apps using AR.
  • Categories are very difficult to find now. Category icons suck compared to the older Appstore version.

Un-commit

  • To get immediate progress, get clear on what you want, and say “NO” immediately to everything else.
  • Sunk Cost Trap.
  • To shield you from everything distractive to your goals, create an environment.
  • Usually, hard decisions exist because you’re comparing apples and oranges. Every choice you make sets you on a path. Your identity is formed by your decisions. An essential component of true decisions is that you “cut-away” alternatives to that decision. You remove obstacles.
  • Send some texts — “I had a moment of clarity today. I realised I’m terrible at things I’m not 100% definite about. It’s clear that I’m not 100% definite about the work we’re doing together (or whatever the relationship represents). I’ve tried to force things to happen because I genuinely love and respect you, and what you do. But it’s become clear that I’m not 100% in this relationship, and probably never will be. I don’t want to waste any more of your time. I’m sorry I haven’t been upfront and honest with you or myself. I wish you the best.
  • “You are really not in business until you hire your first person.”
  • Un-commit immediately to anything you’ve erroneously committed to already. Clear your future of things that shouldn’t be there.
  • Then, create a system to shield yourself from making incorrect commitments in the future.
  • Counter the hustle. Sleep well, eat well, do less more intensely. Be bold enough to embrace the ordinary.
  • Chinese Wu-Xing and life energies.
  • The Chinese term wuxing (wu-hsing, “five processes” or “five phases”) refers to a fivefold conceptual scheme that is found throughout traditional Chinese thought.
  • These five phases are wood (mu), fire (huo), earth (tu), metal (jin), and water (shui); They are regarded as dynamic, interdependent modes or aspects of the universe’s ongoing existence and development.
  • Deep Work tips
  • Take care of your attention. From task A to task B, there is a lag in attention.
  • If you go in different directions, it will be difficult to go deep.

20th December 2017

Schools of philosophy

  • Nihilism — Nihil means Nothing, Misunderstood Nietzsche — The key idea of it is the lack of belief in meaning or substance in an area of philosophy. For example, moral nihilism argues that moral facts cannot exist. There is no purpose to existence.
  • Existentialism — From Soren Kierkegaard and Nietzsche — Existentialism focuses on the problems posed by existential nihilism — Answers questions about what is the point of living and existence.
  • Stoicism — From Greece and Rome (Zeno of Citium, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius), Good for high stress environments — Pain will pass, you will remain, so the best thing to do is focus on what you can control — Stoicism is a school that focuses on how to live in a world where things don’t go your way — Accept it, and move on to the next problem — The idea at the heart of it is acceptance of all things that are beyond your control.
  • Hedonism — Greek thinker Epicurus, Utilitarians — Hedonism is the idea that pleasure or happiness is the one thing with intrinsic value. Most hedonistic philosophers would say you should read a book rather than get drunk, as reading is a higher kind of happiness than getting snockered.
  • Marxism — Karl Marx, 19th Century German — His key ideas are all critiques of capitalism — It is a method of critiquing a consumerist society for reducing everything to a commodity and the phenomena of mass marking reaching into all parts of our lives.
  • Logical Positivism — The logical positivists had a good try — until they found it a dead end. This school was popular in the 1920s and ’30s, and was focused on the idea of verifications, which sought to base all knowledge on either empirical data or logical tautologies — By this idea, metaphysics, ethics, theology, and aesthetics cannot be studied philosophically as they don’t offer ideas with truth values.
  • Taoism — Tao Te Ching, Lao-Tzu — Taoism is based around ideas of humility, the ‘Way’, a focus on the individual, simplicity, and naturalness. The principles of Taoism would also resonate with physicist Niels Bohr who admired Taoism’s ability to view opposites as complementary.
  • Rationalism — Socrates, Rene Descartes, and Spinoza — This is the key tenet of rationalism, the idea that knowledge must come primarily from reason and thought, rather than empirical evidence. Convenient, but no longer enough.
  • Relativism — Relativism is the idea that views are relative to perspective or considerations. Similarly, situational relativism is an idea in ethics where a rule is to be followed under all conditions except for some, when we would then follow another rule. For example, don’t kill unless you would save lives by doing so.
  • Buddhism — A religion based around the teachings of Gautama Buddha, an Indian prince, Buddhism is dedicated to the idea that suffering has a cause and that we can overcome it by means of mediation, following the noble eightfold path, and contemplation of sutras.

19th December 2017

Procreate Tips

  • Hold down and touch to make 15 degree increments.
  • Drag a color to flood fill.
  • 3 finger drag down to cut/copy/paste.



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