Arpit Agarwal
Feb 9, 2018 · 86 min read

My Daily Quotes & Notes to Live and Work Better.

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!

8th of July, 2019 | Rent 24, Amsterdam


8th of July, 2019 | Rent 24, Amsterdam


6th of July, 2019 | Home, Amsterdam


3rd of July, 2019 | Amsterdam Offices @ Keizersgracht, Amsterdam


2nd of July, 2019 | Amsterdam Offices @ Keizersgracht, Amsterdam


1st of July | Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


28th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


27th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam

  • Tenant screening
  • Schema partners

25th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


24th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


21st of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


19th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


18th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


17th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


16th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


15th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


13th of June| Home @ derde de grootstraat, Amsterdam


7th of June| Home Office, Agra


6th of June| Home Office, Agra


5th of June| Home Office, Agra


4th of June| Home Office, Agra


3rd of June| G21, Gurgaon


31st of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra


30th of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra


29th of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra

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

28th of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra


27th of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra


21st of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra


19th of May 2019 | Hotel Mansingh Palace Pool Side, Agra

Had a great morning swim in Agra!

For the week #21 (May 19 to 25)

  • Anyplace app v2 work planning
  • 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

17th of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra


15th of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra


13th of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra


10th of May 2019 | Orchid Gardens, Gurgaon

  • 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.

7th of May 2019 | G21, Gurgaon


2nd of May 2019 | Home Office, Agra


30th of April 2019 | Home Office, Agra


11th of April 2019 | Dad’s Room, Agra


9th of April 2019 | Dad’s Room, Agra


8th of April 2019 | Home Office, Agra


6th of April 2019 | Kids Room, Agra


4th of April 2019 | Kids Room, Agra

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.

27th of March 2019 | Kids Room, Agra

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


24th of March 2019 | Kids Room, Agra

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 —

23rd of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra


18th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra

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 :

Ch1- अर्जुनविषादयोगः — अर्जुन विषादयोग — Disappointment of Arjun


13th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra

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


12th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra

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.

11th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra

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

10th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra

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॥


9th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra

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

8th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra

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

7th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra

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

6th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra

  • Stumbled upon this yesterday night

5th of March 2019 | Kids Room, Agra

  • 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.

4th of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra


2nd of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra


1st of March 2019 | Home Office, Agra


28th of February 2019 | Home Office, Agra


27th of February 2019 | Home Office, Agra


26th of February 2019 | Home Office, Agra


25th of February 2019 | Home Office, Agra


23rd of February 2019 | Home Office, Agra

  • Finish Calendar
  • Finish Booking Flow

22th of February 2019 | Kids Room, Agra

  • 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.

20th of February 2019 | Kids Room, Agra

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

19th of February 2019 | Home Office , Agra


18th of February 2019 | Home Office , Agra

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

17th of February 2019 | Home Office , Agra

  • 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.

16th of February 2019 | Colorful Room at Home, Agra

  • Got the Eshadi Nau Upanishad book.

4am, Friday, 15th of February 2019 | Galaxy Neeraj’s Room, Gurgaon

  • 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.

Wednesday, 13th of February 2019 | Room, Agra

  • 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.

Tuesday, 12th of February 2019 | Home Office, Agra

  • 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.

Monday, 11th of February 2019 | Home, Agra

  • 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.

Friday, 8th of February 2019 | Galaxy, Gurgaon


Tuesday, 5th of February 2019 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam


Tuesday, 22nd of January 2019 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam

  • 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.

Monday, 21st of January 2019 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam


Sunday, 20th of January 2019 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam

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


Friday, 18th of January 2019 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam

Just pelo anyplace-ios


Thursday, 17th of January 2019 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam


Wednesday, 16th of January 2019 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam

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

Spaces — Hackathon Booking office in Amsterdam!

“Bravery is the solution to regret.” — Robin Sharma

Working with Laura today!


Monday, 14th of January 2019 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam

Woke up at 9am for the daily standup! Koichi was in a car, haha.


Sunday, 13th of January 2019 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam


Friday, 9th of January 2019 | Nadzeya’s Mom’s Place , Маладзечна


Wednesday, 9th of January 2019 | Vova’s Office, Minsk

Happy Magenta Game Studios in Minsk! — 165 Mbps

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


Tuesday, 8th of January 2019 | Nadzeya’s Office, Minsk

Bad word in Belarus — SHOPA!

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

Monday, 7th of January 2019 | Vova’s Apartment, Minsk


Saturday, 5th of January 2019 | Vova’s Apartment, Minsk


Friday, 4th of January 2019 | Who is John Galt?, Minsk


Thursday, 3rd of January 2019 | Minsk, Belarus


Wednesday, 2nd of January 2019 | Schipol Airport, Amsterdam

  • Boarding in 1 hour to Belarus!

Tuesday, 1st of January 2019 | Westerpark, Amsterdam

  • Cleaning the outside world and cleaning the inside world!
  • 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!


Monday, 31st of December 2018 | Derde Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam!

JOMO:Joy of missing out! — Laura


Friday, 28th of December 2018 | Derde Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam


Thursday, 27th of December 2018 | Derde Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam


Monday, 24th of December 2018 | Bar Otero, Madrid

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

Saturday, 22nd of December 2018 | La ciudad invisible, Madrid


Friday, 21st of December 2018 | Hostel Cervelo, Madrid

Hostel Cervelo, Madrid

Tuesday, 18th of December 2018 | Casa 26, Barcelona


Sunday, 16th of December 2018 | Casa 26, Barcelona

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

Sunday, 16th of December 2018 | Barcelona–El Prat Airport , Barcelona


Thursday, 13th of December 2018 | WeWork , Berlin

  • 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.

Wednesday, 12th of December 2018 | Carathotel Munich, Germany


Tuesday, 11th of December 2018 | Münchner Stadtbibliothek (10Mbps), Munich


Monday, 10th of December 2018 | Schipol Airport, Amsterdam


Friday, 7th of December 2018 | Monks Coffee, Amsterdam (12Mbps)

Everything is clean in the house, love in Amsterdam.


Thursday, 6th of December 2018 | Bocca Coffee Roasters, Amsterdam (40Mbps, Laptops in specific area after 11)

Travel Things

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

Wednesday, 5th of December 2018 | Hugo de Grootstraat, Amsterdam


Tuesday, 4th of December 2018 | Farmers Market, Amsterdam


Monday, 3rd of December 2018 | Back to Black Cafe, Amsterdam

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

5:45 pm : At the Back to Black cafe next to Aiswarya’s Booking.com office in Amsterdam. Waiting for her to return from work, then we go and see Sameer.

Last 3 days in Amsterdam have been pretty amazing. Don’t even remember a single moment that didn’t make my living cells come alive. Have seen some of this city, have to see more.

Dump — The last 1 hour was full of doubt and sudden worry in my head. More unacceptable because I had dreamed of going to Amsterdam like I’ll be in a fairy tell. Well, not to deny, hasn’t been anything less. The sense of wonder and design everything here puts me in can’t be explained in words. Maybe it’s just the European winter chill that’s growing on me. Or was it Nadzeya’s words that shook me a little bit about money and all here. Things seem expensive here and thinking about settling here wasn’t perfect in my head. Well, some people have their opinions and should keep them. Created doubts about long term planning about saving money here. How to live here, what would be about my job, will we earn enough, will it be lonely here. It is a selfish choice, is it worth to leave family and the familiar rich and warm roots of India. Is all this just the effect of the unstoppable smoking up from the last 3 days. Disconnecting from the Now has always been uncomfortable.

Well, here is the Now. It’s funny how all the things in your head vanish and how your fingers tapping on the keyboard producing some symbols on the screen changes what you see in the Now and actually takes you on a journey of different feelings, different emotions, and gets that energy flowing. It’s phenomenal. Just typing some words out from your h


Wednesday, 28th of November 2018 | Home, Agra

Met Vijay Bhaiya at Jackson today.


Tuesday, 27th of November 2018 | Home, Agra


Sunday, 25th of November 2018 | Room Cleaning Night at Galaxy, Gurgaon

Ais’s Birthday flowers and Sweden!


Friday, 23rd of November 2018 | Cowrks Suncity, Gurgaon

Working from an office after 2 months — Feels great!

“Ghar ki Thaali”

Sitting here for a couple of hours in the fancy Cowrks office in Gurgaon, I guess it’s time for lunch. I just pinged Nayan’s flatmate who supposedly works here about having lunch together, hoping to utter some words today. Anyway, busier cities, busier schedules. Though one thing that everyone loves is a nice hot meal. Something that has the power to change everything in your day. Since I leave for Amsterdam in a week and just the thought of not getting this regular supply of this Rich Indian creates some fear. Staying with my parents in Agra for a couple of weeks boosted this feeling. Well there is a lot of things in life to be afraid of, but seems like none of them can be compared to food. Opening some app and ordering is not my thing, an overwhelming number of options mashing up together in my head with just a single flick of my finger. Too much to decide, too difficult to wait, too hard to see the packaging getting wasted. This doesn’t compare anything to the smell of fresh food right after getting down from the burner in a restaurant. I decide to walk to a nearby restaurant with my limp from overexerting my legs at the Cult.fit class. Though going to Bikanerwala is worth the pain. I calm my jumpy head from smoking up a lot in the last 3 days as the sun and the heat makes me extremely elated of the fine day in the city. Funny how the mind works.

I enter Bikanerwala, and I stand at the counter obviously hoping to get that great North Indian food. Nothing goes wrong and I get a coupon from the counter for a “Ghar ki Thaali” (*excited*) and head to order it. Well, the that section seems full of people, and I try to jostle in the crowd to hand over my receipt assuming maybe this is the reason of people leaving this country. The guy says 10 minutes and I obviously don’t let myself wait there and walk back to the coupon guy to buy something to drink. I pass through endless number of Indian sweets admiring how the older people in my family could prepare those at home. It’s a dilemma to choose between these sweet savouries, but pushing the temptation of the sweets down was easier with starting the day on fruits and planning to have a healthy day. I walk to the counter and order a Buttermilk. Well, why not? The buttermilk from Bikanerwala has these delicious large south Indian style mustard seeds. I return to the drinks counter, pass the receipt, and this gets ready in a minute. I still have to wait for the food for another 15 minutes.

Casually sipping the buttermilk while enjoying watching people at the North Indian counter, I get called out for my thaali. Well, the kid in me jumps and yells with a strange excitement for food, while the adult in me carries that calm and serious face like all those guys next to me. All this social conditioning of adulthood suppresses us to express the happiness of small and tiny everyday things that make up life. Anyway, I pick a super nice sunny spot next to the entrance and take a picture of the whole setting expecting to miss this in Europe. The drink is already over at this time and I sit down to start with rice in one corner and slowly proceed sequentially with the design of the plate. Sadly, the daal ended and rice still remains (classic problem with a combo meal). Well, let’s just mix the potatoes with rice and finish this thing, assuming this to a dish in some possible cuisine. Tastes great. All this Gurgaon + Office + Aloo today reminds me of the time in OHC’s cafe for lunch making you sleepy. Let’s be a bit careful not to overeat. Well this ends, and I look at the Paneer still remaining in corner that makes my head say Fuck Off to any other thought. This orange shahi paneer in the restaurants in Delhi has it’s distinct smell and taste. I don’t know whether it’s good or not, though it makes you seriously crave to it at times. I start with the roti and slowly this paneer disappears in me. In the middle of this, an office girl (who is probably the only other solo in the restaurant except me) stares at me for a second and I look back. Well, this is India and I have a girlfriend somewhere on this Earth, so this story dies here and I focus back on the food. Surprisingly, the Raita still remains and I wonder whether starting with Buttermilk and ending with Raita makes sense. It doesn’t really matter, let’s just proceed and get over this thing one spoonful at a time. Finally it ends and my whole mind body system has evolved to a point of being grateful about my day. The fat sides from the rotis still remain as I deeply wonder what to do with them — will the guard allow me to carry these outside? will there be birds on the way? should I wrap these in the paper under the plate? Seeming uncomfortable, I gave up while the cleaning guy asked me to hand over the plate. Feeling a little hesitant, I handed the tray to him and walked outside.

Filled with content, I step outside to head back to the Cowrks office. As I see a fancy chai place and 10 other restaurants, I wonder how all this is a grand system is a replacement to the tiny everyday things we do in houses daily while living with our families. All that food prepared every single day by our mothers, making chai multiple times a day, and just having that “Ghar ki Thaali” for every single meal. It’s funny how development, business, growth, and, money can and simultaneously cannot change a lot of human life. I walk looking up in the sky at all these buildings and some pigeons and other birds freely sailing in that sky. This thing about every moment is new hits my head as I imagine the pigeon’s flight to the first like that.

I head back into the fancy glass building being sure that every past moment has it’s own irreplaceable things that you just keep getting used to. What’s happening and what you think is happening is a paradox. Your brain could make infinite stories out of the infinite things that are around you at every possible moment. Well after getting all this out on this computer, I start feeling there is nothing in the world except what’s happening now, the thing we call time, past and the future is just another invention of our own heads to keep things orderly. Let’s live with the living, let’s live with the ever flowing current of life that we misunderstand as time. What we call now is already the past, and what you we call future is just a projection from all our interpretations of the past. Enjoy your meals.


Thursday, 22nd of November 2018 | Orchid Gardens, Gurgaon


Tuesday, 20th of November 2018 | Home, Agra

Thank you Praveen Bhaiya. You are forever in our hearts. Goes to greener pastures on 18th of Nov 2018.

Gayatri Mantra

ऊँ

गायत्री का क्रम ऊँ से आरम्भ होता है, ऊँके ऋषि ब्रह्मा हैं। ऊँ का अकार, उकार, मकारात्मक स्वरूप है। उसके अनुसार ऊँ को सारी सृष्टि का मूल माना जाता है। ऊँ से ही सारी सृष्टि का विकास होता है। यह एक स्वतन्त्र विषय है। यहां केवल गायत्री पर ही कुछ कहते हैं।

भूः
सबसे पहले भूः शब्द आ रहा है, क्योंकि सामने वाली वस्तु को लांघ कर कोई नई बात नहीं कही जा सकती, सामने वाली चीज भूः से आरम्भ की जा रही है। वास्तविक आरम्भ भूः भुवः स्वः महः जनः तपः सत्यम् से है।

सत्यम् से भूः तक की स्थिति एक सूत्र से बंधी है किन्तु हमारी दृष्टि सत्यम् पर नहीं जा सकती। सामने की भूः को हम समझ सकते हैं इसलिए भूः से ही इसका आरम्भ करते हैं। दूसरी वैदिक रहस्य की बात है कि देवताओं की गणना में अग्निर्वै देवानां अवमः विष्णुः परमः यह कहा जाता है।

सबसे पहले अग्नि है, सबके अन्त में तैतीसवें विष्णु हैं। अग्नि शब्द परोक्ष भाषा का है। यह अग्रि (अर्थात् सबसे पहला) था जिसे बाद में अग्नि कहने लग गए। अग्नि का सम्बंध भूः से ही है और इसी अग्नि की सारी व्याप्ति हो रही हैं, इसलिए प्रथम दृष्टि भूः पर ही जानी चाहिए। भूः का निर्माण कैसे हो रहा है? पृथ्वी तो पञ्च महाभूतों में सबसे आखिरी महाभूत है।

भुवः

पहले पञ्च महाभूतों का कहां किस रूप में क्या होता है जिससे पृथ्वी बन रही है? उसका सारा श्रेय भुवः को होता है। भुवः नाम का जो अन्तरिक्ष है वह सोममय समुद्र से भरा हुआ है, अनवरत सोम की वृष्टि वहां से पृथ्वी पर होती रहती है किन्तु स्मरण रहे कि अकेले सोम की वृष्टि नहीं है।

भूः भुवः स्वः ये तीनों सूत्र जुड़े हुए हैं। स्वः में आदित्य है। वहां अमृत और मृत्यु दोनों तत्त्व मौजूद हैं।

अमृत और मृत्यु दोनों तत्त्वों को साथ लेकर आदित्य की गति बताई गई है। उसमें भी आदित्य का ऊर्ध्व भाग आदित्य मंडल है और वह आदित्य बारह मंडलों में विभक्त है।

बारहवें मंडल पर विष्णु विराजमान है जो आदित्य मंडल का ऊपरी अर्ध भाग है उसकी विवेचना वेद में अमृत रूप में आई है। नीचे का अर्ध भाग जो पृथ्वी से जुड़ा आ रहा है वह मृत्युमय है।

मृत्यु में अमृत का आधान हो रहा है। इस तरह से अमृत मृत्यु दोनों से जुड़ा हुआ तत्त्व जो सोम रूप में बनकर पृथ्वी पर उतर रहा है उसके बीच में अन्तरिक्ष ही सारा समुद्र-घर बना हुआ है। इस अन्तरिक्ष में हमारी पृथ्वी जैसे अनन्त लोक विराजमान हैं जो सूर्य की ज्योति से ढके रहते हैं और सूर्यास्त के बाद तारों के रूप में खिल पड़ते हैं। उन तारों के स्थान में बैठकर पृथ्वी को देखें तो यह पृथ्वी भी एक तारे की तरह चमकती दिखाई देगी।

भूः से चला हुआ अग्नि भुवः को पार करके स्वः में जा रहा है। स्वः को संस्कृत में स्वर्ग वाची बताया गया है। स्वः प्रत्यक्ष है, आदित्य से सम्बद्ध है जिसके एक दूसरे से बड़े 12 मंडल रूप विभाग हैं। इसका पौराणिक विवेचन जब देखते हैं तब इसका स्पष्टीकरण बहुत विशद रूप में होता है।

सम्मिश्रित होकर पृथ्वी तक आ रहे हैं और यहां नीचे समुद्र में उनका मन्थन हो रहा है। मन्थन द्वारा जो किनारे पर पांक आ रहा है- वायु उसमें बन्द होकर बूंदबूंद, पांक-कीचड़ सिक्ता सूख कर पृथ्वी का रूप बनता चला जा रहा है।

गायत्री मन्त्र में कहा है भूः भुवः स्वः। स्वः से आगे के व्याहृतियों के नाम क्यों नहीं ले रहे हैं। ये तो सात हैं, स्वः पर ही क्यों रुके हैं? इसलिए कि आगे के व्याहृतियों के व्याहृती के रूप में बोलने के लिए स्वरूप स्पष्टीकरण नहीं होता।

व्याख्या जब तक नहीं आ जाए तब तक स्पष्ट नहीं हो सकता कि क्या महः है, क्या तपः है, क्या सत्यम् है? सत्य बोलने से क्या समझ में आएगा, इसलिए गायत्री उन सबका परिचय दे रही है।

तत्

तत् शब्द को सम्बंधपरक माना गया है। सम्बंध तो अनेक प्रकार के होते हैं। पञ्चमी विभक्ति से जुड़ा हुआ तस्मात् का भी तत् है। भूः भुवः स्वः, किसी तत् यानी स्वः से ऊपर का विचार हो रहा है। स्वः का निर्माण किससे हो रहा है।

स्वः

जितना भी है, वेद-विज्ञान के विचार के अनुसार जैसे हम हैं वैसे स्वः है। यहां पर जो अवधि सौ वर्ष की है वहां वही अवधि काल क्रम से हजार वर्ष की है। यद्यपि पुरुष मात्र शतायु होता है, देवता भी शतायु ही है किन्तु उनके सौ वर्ष हमारे हजार वर्ष होते हैं।

स्वः की इस तरह की विवेचना पुराणों में खूब आती है लेकिन महाप्रलय में स्वः की भी समाप्ति तो हो ही जाती है। जनः नाम के परमेष्ठी मण्डल से स्वः का उदय हुआ, उसमें ही लीनभाव भी बताया गया। स्वः नाम का तत्त्व भी लीन होगा, वह भी चिरस्थायी नहीं है।

तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं

उससे ऊपर सविता है। सूर्य को जो सविता नाम दिया जाता है वह प्रतिबिम्बात्मक रूप में ही दिया जाता है क्योंकि सविता नाम वैदिक परिभाषा के क्रम में परमेष्ठी मंडल के पांच उपग्रहों में गिनाया गया है। शतपथ ब्राह्मण में एक ग्रह अतिग्रहभाव की विवेचना आई है, ग्रह-उपग्रह (अतिग्रह)।

ग्रह कहते हैं प्रधान को, उपग्रह कहते हैं गौण को। तो वहां पर सत्यलोक से चली हुई जो ज्ञानमयी शक्ति है उस ज्ञानमयी धारा का परमेष्ठी मण्डल की सोममयी धारा से सम्मिश्रण होता है और यह सम्मिश्रण युगलतत्त्व में जुड़ करके अद्वैत भाव ले लेता है।


Monday 19th of November 2018 | Home, Agra


Saturday 17th of November 2018 | Home, Agra


Friday 16th of November 2018 | The Executive Chair, Agra


Thursday 15th of November 2018 | The Executive Chair, Agra


Monday, 12th of November 2018 | Home Terrace, Agra

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

Sunday, 11th of November 2018 | Home, Agra


Saturday, 10th of November 2018 | Home, Agra

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

Friday, 9th of November 2018 | Home, Agra


Thursday, 8th of November 2018 | Home, Agra


Tuesday, 6th of November 2018 | Preet Vihar, New Delhi


Monday, 5th of November 2018 | Galaxy, Gurgaon


Sunday, 4th of November 2018 |Orchid Gardens, Gurgaon


Saturday, 3rd of November 2018 | Sibang Bakery, Gurgaon


Friday, 2nd of November 2018 | Galaxy, Gurgaon


Wednesday, 31st of October 2018 | Galaxy, Gurgaon

#tools : Sending customer services and collecting NPS scores —

#tools : Hubspot — Cold Email Marketing


Tuesday, 30th of October 2018 | Di Ghent, Gurgaon


Sunday, 28th of October 2018 | Galaxy, Gurgaon

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

Saturday, 27th of October 2018 | Galaxy, Gurgaon

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

Friday, 26th of October 2018 | Galaxy, Gurgaon

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

Thoughts — Being physically with people around you is a psychological need as our animal brain is wired that we are separated from the head and it’s danger. So we confirm to the actions of the people around us to feel comfortable that what we are doing is fine.


Thursday, 25th of October 2018 | Faridkot, Punjab


Wednesday, 24th of October 2018 | Home, Agra


Tuesday, 23rd of October 2018 | Home, Agra

“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.

Monday, 22nd of October 2018 | Home, Agra

  • Noticing the honking sounds after waking up.
  • Family got a new Toyota Innova car today.
  • One Punch Man!

Paul Graham’s (Y Combinator) letters for startups

Some pointers from these

  • Live in the future and build what seems interesting. Strange as it sounds, that’s the real recipe.
  • 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.

Sunday, 21st of October 2018 | Back from Fatehpur Sikri · Home, Agra


Friday, 19th of October 2018 | Dussehra· Home, Agra


Wednesday, 17th of October 2018 · Home, Agra


Monday, 15th of October 2018 · Home, Agra


Sunday, 14th of October 2018 · Home, Agra


Saturday, 13th of October 2018 · Home, Agra


Friday, 12th of October 2018 · Home, Agra


Tuesday, 9th of October 2018 · Swan Hostel, Jaisalmer


Tuesday, 9th of October 2018 · The Raahi Hostel, Jodhpur

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

Monday, 8th of October 2018 · The Raahi Hostel, Jodhpur


Sunday, 7th of October 2018 · Galaxy, Gurgaon

Image result for xcode 10 shortcuts
XCode 10 shortcuts

Saturday, 6th of October 2018 · Greenr Cafe, Gurgaon

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


Friday, 5th of October 2018 · Another fine day, Gurgaon


Thursday, 4th of October 2018 · The cafe next to Blue Tokai, Gurgaon


Wednesday, 3rd of October 2018 · DiGhent, Gurgaon

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!


Tuesday, 2nd October 2018

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


Monday, 1st October 2018


September 30, 2018

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

5:00 pm at Gurgaon, India.

Aiswarya reached Amsterdam today! I feel great about her and I’ll surely miss her being in India a lot. She wrote everyone a letter, and I read all the nice lines she had for me :) Woke up with a big mess in my head. Lot of changes and overwhelm and sleeping late recently. It’s all cool. Need to get exercise and routine back in place and ditch all those unhealthy routines. I organised and cleaned my room, time to do the same with my head.

  • I started working out this month. Superb feeling, going to cult.fit and meeting friends there occasionally is super cool.
  • 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!

September 27, 2018


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September 23, 2018

7 must read books for digital nomads. #remotelife

September 22, 2018

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.

Quick —

  • Avoid large images in sketch files.
  • Asana is great for task management.
  • Walk to think better.
  • Plan specific list of todos for the day.

September 21, 2018

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


September 20, 2018


September 19, 2018

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!


September 18, 2018

Welcome to the life of Timezones!

September 17, 2018

Anyplace day 1!

Beautiful landing page —


September 16, 2018


September 15, 2018


September 14, 2018

Sketch for Print —


September 8, 2018


September 7, 2018

Last day at Zomato.


September 5, 2018


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August 15, 2018

Independence day.

Landing Pages

Clean, Minimal, Gravity animation —

Email Conversion, with great UX copy and CTA—


August 14, 2018


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August 8, 2018

Decided to stay and find a focused work desk here.


August 7, 2018


August 6, 2018


August 5, 2018


August 4, 2018


August 3, 2018

Made a list of ideas to pursue after Z.


August 2, 2018

Resigned.


August 1, 2018

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


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June 18, 2018

Alternative to Intercom —


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April 15, 2018

Got invited to attend F8!

April 14, 2018


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April 12, 2018

At 5'o clock, designing the language game.


April 11, 2018


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April 6, 2018

Learning Russian through this these days —



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March 16, 2018

Glad to receive see this notification today.

March 15, 2018


March 14, 2018

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


March 8, 2018


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March 3, 2018

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

March 2, 2018


March 1, 2018

Comic Style Fonts

10 Free fonts used by theoatmeal —

Pablo Stanley uses this for thedesignteam.io comics —

Javascript library for text effects


February 28, 2018


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February 26, 2018

Wrote on some quick learnings at Gameloft Mexico


February 25, 2018

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.

February 24, 2018


February 23, 2018

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.

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, published in 1996



February 21, 2018

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”


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February 16, 2018

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

(She uses oatmeal kind of engagement by placing 3 more links at the bottom of her posts. And also looking at this I realise I should learn how to draw facial expressions. It evokes a lot more emotion.)

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

Japanese Illustrations


February 13, 2018

Ralph Ammer— Powerful storytelling with drawings and animations

Would love to learn how Ralph created this

February 12, 2018

I like how this top status is not permanent. It helps people work hard to write engaging articles on the particular topic on the platform. It gives people the social reward also. Great way to keep the demand and supply of the business in balance!


February 11, 2018

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


February 10, 2018


February 9, 2018

— 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 —

February 8, 2018

Grateful for getting my first blogpost published

Get started with motion design in 9 steps — UX Collective

^Got added as the first link on www.sidebar.io — Top 5 design links daily, ~40K designers subscribe this all over the world

Showed in top links on Medium → Digital Design.

< The CEO liked this animated GIF I made for practice, got merged on the Zomato App’s Homepage. 10 Million+ users will see this now. I hope this sets a trend for new apps in India. https://dribbble.com/shots/4154404-Zomato-Fries-Loop

February 6, 2018

Published 2 Articles

How to get started with Motion Design- 9 Easy Points

How we made building blocks for our iOS apps at Zomato


February 2, 2018

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

  • If you want to build a successful business or create a great marriage or learn a new skill then “sticking with it” is perhaps the most critical trait to possess.
  • 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?

3 Stages of Failure

  • Stage 1 is a Failure of Tactics — HOW mistakes. You fail to build robust systems, forget to measure carefully, and get lazy with the details — failure to execute on a good plan and a clear vision.
  • 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. Record your process. Building great systems is crucial for repeated success. Start with writing specific steps you’re following and developing a checklist.
  2. Measure your outcomes. If something is important to your, measure it.
  3. Review and adjust your tactics. You need to be constantly reviewing and improving how you do your work.
  • Fixing Failure of Strategy (WHAT mistakes)
  1. Launch it quickly. Nobody really knows which ideas work until you try them.
  2. Do it cheaply. Helps you test more ideas and reduces attachment.
  3. 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.
  • Fixing Failure of Vision (WHY mistakes)
  1. Take stock of your life. How do you want to spend your days? It is not someone else’s job to figure out the vision for your life. That can only be done by you.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

February 1, 2018



January 17, 2018

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.

January 16, 2018

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.

January 10, 2018


January 9, 2018

Deep Confusion As A Victory Tool

Podcast by Robin Sharma

  • Society teaches us that confusion needs to be avoided. I suggest to you, that without confusion, there is no growth.
  • 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”)

Similar concept

Antifragility — Notes


January 8, 2018

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.

January 7, 2018

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!

January 6, 2018

Picking books in an overwhelming book fair

Quick litmus test for selecting books

  • Pick it up, flip, do you really want it? Yes/No. Keep flipping unless you find the book that makes you say Yes. Save decision energy, be quick, escape FOMO.
  • 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).

January 5, 2018

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

For example — If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.

  1. Goals reduce your current happiness. It means when I will achieve this, I will be the better version. You are already the best version of yourself, enjoy the practice — Commit to the process, not a goal.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Goals are good for planning, can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term. But eventually a well-designed system will always win.


January 4, 2018

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.
  • From Antifragility (Nassim Taleb) — Empedocles’ Tile — A dog always sleeps on the same tile. If there is something in nature you don’t understand, odds are it makes sense in a deeper way that is beyond your understanding. So there is a logic to natural things that is much superior to our own.
  • 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

This makes your deeply think about the environment we live in —

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.

January 3, 2018

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.

If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing — Personal Growth — Medium

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.

January 2, 2018

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

What heiroglyphics, emoji, and stickers have in common.

  • English didn’t evolve from a logographic system at all; it’s a cousin, not a child. And Mandarin, whose billion active speakers make it the single most spoken language in the world, uses a syllable-based logographic language system.
  • 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.
  • Shigetaka Kurita is often called the father of emoji. He was the one who actually coined the phrase, and he was the one who helped introduce them into Japanese mobile phones in the late 1990s. They became so popular that when Apple released the iPhone in 2007, and wanted to make inroads into the Japanese market, they included a hidden feature that allowed users to turn on an emoji keyboard.
  • 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

Anatomy of an asshole — Socially aversive personalities, known as the “Dark Triad”: Psychopathy, Narcissism, and Machiavellianism.

  • Psychopaths are driven by short-term tangible rewards, and engage in reckless, antisocial behavior to get it. Favorite cinematic depictions of psychopaths in corporations are Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street” and Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho”. Their emotionality is callous and aggressive (manifested as angry outbursts or even physical violence with little remorse) and their behavior is impulsive and irresponsible . They gleefully defy norms and laws, and use deceit and manipulation for profit or (even creepier) self-amusement. They are unfortunately overrepresented in corporations, especially among CEOs.
  • 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.
  1. The Accidental Asshole (Not assholes, but perceived like that) The key distinction is that people with Dark Triad traits are often insensitive to others, while people with autism can be indifferent. A cinematic reference is Mark Zuckerberg as portrayed in The Social Network.
  • Empathy — Cognitive empathy is the capacity to understand another person’s mental state, while affective empathy is the capacity to respond with an appropriate emotion to another person’s mental state.

Managing the Darkness Within — People who strongly exhibit Dark Triad traits at work often work better as individual contributors, given that empathy is a key aspect of being a successful manager, and the perception that your manager genuinely cares about your well-being is one of the strongest predictors of employee job satisfaction.

The Pain of Waiting — Loading UX

  1. Visual augmentation that matches our brand design — The striping occurs right to left while waiting and then the bar fills left to right quickly when loaded. The animations also occur at a faster rate than framework defaults suggest (Bootstrap, I’m looking at you) so it feels faster.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

27th December 2017

  • BBC Hunt — Beroe — Deep sea bioluminiscent hunter — Beautiful.

26th December 2017

  • How to tell a story on social media — When you are on Facebook, that’s an all encompassing awareness around your social graph. When you’re on Pinterest your psychology is intent to buy or aspiration to buy. You need to be storytelling differently on those platforms. You have to be giving them different visuals that are mapped to the psychology not to the number of users that are there… But to reverse engineer why they are there!
  • 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.

21st December 2017

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 to make a straight line.
  • 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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