Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

All our thoughts aren’t focused in one direction. How can they be?

Our thoughts range between 12,000 to 80,000 in a day, depending on the individual.

In that quantity, they aren’t focused on one topic alone. From time to time, maybe in minutes or hours, those thoughts range between a ton of topics.

And most of them are just random thoughts.

So random, you wouldn’t know what to do with them. But what can you do? How many times can you even divert your thoughts to a particular topic only?

But here’s the thing… Every thought has something to say! No matter how random they are, how matter how meaningless they may seem, every thought has something to say.

More often than not, its these random thoughts that speak volumes. They may lead up to something about us that we didn’t see before, or maybe you’re ideating on something and these random thoughts bring something to light that help you in that direction.

The point being, instead of dismissing these random thoughts, we should admire them and cherish them, and try to extract what can be extracted from them, instead of being disappointed that you’re not in the right space, or that you’re distracted.

These random thoughts sometimes speak more than we can see.

Half the things said, don’t need to be

Half the things said, don’t need to be

An individual averagely speaks 125 to 250 words per minute. Now imagine, if this individual speaks on for hours and hours in a day…

Our brain is similar to a programming machine, everything that is seen through our eyes, heard through our ears, said through our mouth, touched through our hands and legs, everything is recorded. To that, a certain emotion is then attached and accordingly the voice in your head is formed too.

So, what you then speak whether about yourself or someone else or anything else eventually becomes a part of you.

Now… Imagine if everything that you say in a day is recorded externally and is then read back to you. Would you be proud of everything that has come out of your mouth?

Do half the things that you uttered needed to be said to yourself, or to someone else at all?

How many times did your emotions take over and you said something that you shouldn’t have?

Moreover, what is the impact of everything that you’re talking about? What does it even mean? Does it have any meaning? Or are you then speaking just for the sake of it?

Eventually, when you keenly observe, when you analyze, when you understand, you realize that half the things said, don’t need to be.

A forceful break, regards the body

A forceful break, regards the body

How its often told that you should balance your life, that you should take macro breaks in between things, and micro breaks in between different tasks during your day as well…

Sometimes we do it and sometimes we don’t.

Those breaks are as beneficial as the things that we were doing if not for those breaks. Both have their time and place and importance.

A break of that kind allows you to rest, to rejuvenate, to gather yourself to go all out again.

But sometimes, unknowingly, your body decides to give you a break as well (either because you didn’t know you needed it or because you were taking on too much).

A forceful break, temporary, is sometimes handed over to you, when you can’t take a decision but you just have to accept that break and wait for things to get back better again.

Such breaks could be of any kind, but instead of freaking out, may be we just ought to listen to our mind and body, and just understand the signals being sent to us, and the takeaways from those signals.

Sometimes, a break is forced onto you, regards the body.

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The Last 7 Days #72 (19.07 – 25.07)

With another Sunday, here’s the 72nd edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. What if everyone’s nutrition was personalized? Read more here.
  2. Why does Mitochondrial health affect aging? 4 science-backed ways to rejuvenate mitochondria. Read here.
  3. 5 ways ‘Ted Lasso’ shows how effective leadership can be achieved through kindness. Check it here.
  4. From clip art to Comic Sans: These screenshots from 25 years ago show just how much the internet has changed. Check it out here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. In this episode of The School of Greatness, Lewis and Dr. Emeran Mayer discuss the biggest triggers for inflammation, the foods we should eat & avoid to improve our gut health, why we’ve become so addicted to sugar & the effects it has on our body, whether our brain or gut health affects our body more, how our digestive system functions, and so much more! Listen here. (There’s a part two to this episode, where they discuss what the mind actually is, finding a higher purpose have on your mind, the key changes to make today to improve your health, and more)
  2. On The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday talks to Dave Asprey about the benefits of intermittent fasting, how to optimize your life to maximize both physical and mental performance, and more. Listen to it here.
  3. Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg on changing culture and lessons from loss, on Just B with Bethenny Frankel. Check it out here.
  4. In this week’s episode of 22 Yarns, Suresh Raina joins Gaurav Kapur to discuss his newly released autobiography, Believe. They talk about the story behind the book’s name, the 2011 World Cup triumph, Greg Chappell’s impact on his career, his learnings under Dravid’s captaincy, his time as Gujarat Lions captain & his special relationship with MS Dhoni. Listen here.
  5. On Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Tom Hiddleston deep dives into his beloved Marvel character, plus some geeking out about one of his favorite comfort movies, “Cast Away”. Listen to it here.

What To Watch:

  1. Jack Dorsey, Cathie Wood, Elon Musk discuss Bitcoin as a tool for economic empowerment. Watch it here.
  2. Sadhguru sits down to discuss identity, consciousness, inner freedom, human evolution, and his book Karma, A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny, on The Tony Robbins Podcast. Watch here.
  3. On this episode of Cyrus Says, he is joined by Pratik Gandhi to talk about his critically acclaimed series ‘Scam 1992’, his love for the theatre, performing a monologue in three different languages on the same day that got him into the Limca Book of Records, and tons more. Check it out here.
  4. Series Recommendation of the Week – Kevin Can F**k Himself (A dark comedy that alternates between traditional multi-camera sitcom and single-camera drama. Set in Worcester, Mass., the series follows the journey of Allison McRoberts, a stereotypically smart and beautiful sitcom wife, who is married to Kevin, a husky, self-centered man-child who is clearly punching above his weight. After making a dark discovery, Allison teams up with neighbor Patty O’Connor as she attempts to escape the confines of her life and take control of her fate.)
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.)

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #17 (18.07 – 24.07)

My Weekly Learnings #17 (18.07 – 24.07)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. “It can be easy to think you’re going down the wrong path, that you’re making a huge mistake, that nobody gets it, that you’re the only one. The reason for this is simple: We hear a lot more from the people who disagree with us than the people who agree with us.” [Ryan Holiday]
(Listen to this in-depth here – https://open.spotify.com/episode/6FkCPauGZqUuimk11ipiPI)

2. The physiological sigh is a pattern of breathing that we all engage in in deep sleep. When levels of carbon dioxide in our bloodstream get too high, we, or our dogs, you can see your dog do this, will do a double-inhale, followed by an extended exhale. Children, or adults for that matter, that are sobbing and lose their breath, so to speak, will also do a double-inhale, exhale. That’s the spontaneous execution of what we call the physiological sigh. The reason it works so well to relax us is because it offloads a lot of carbon dioxide all at once, and the way it works is the following: Our lungs are not just two big bags of air. We have all these little millions of sacks of air, that if we were to lay them out flat, they would be as big as about a tennis court or so. The volume of air, therefore, and the volume of carbon dioxide that we can offload is tremendously high, except that we get stressed as carbon dioxide builds up in our bloodstream, and, it’s kind of a double whammy, these little sacks deflate.
Now, when we do a double-inhale, so I’ll do this now twice through my nose, or you could do this. You could do it through your mouth, but it works best through the nose. It’s inhale, and then you sneak a little bit more air in at the very end. When you do that, you reinflate those little sacks, and when you exhale, then you discard all the carbon oxide at once. So the simple way to describe this protocol is that, unless you are underwater, you do a double-inhale, followed by an extended exhale, and you offload the maximum amount of carbon dioxide. And we found in our laboratory, and other laboratories have found, that just one, two, or three of those physiological sighs brings your level of stress down very, very fast. And it’s a tool that you can use any time. [Andrew Hubberman, a Neurobiologist on Optimizing Sleep, Performance, and Testosterone on The Tim Ferriss Show] (Listen to the full episode here – https://open.spotify.com/episode/6Ac19ix9yioyJDXtTtNp2V)

3. Working on a better Mindset over 2021 while neglecting your Heartset sets up a situation of self-sabotage where your intellect knows what you should do yet your emotional world keeps you limited. [Robin Sharma] (Understand this in depth here – https://open.spotify.com/episode/5BwmXSljMOfuNwX0EhrKs2)

4. THE DREAM:
You want something. Month after month, year after year, you dream you are going to get it.

THE REALITY:
Nothing happens. You never come any closer to it…

THE TRUTH:
You didn’t actually want it. You wanted the idea of it. [Mark Manson]

5. When you only listen to the smartest person in the room, you miss out on discovering what the rest of the room is smart about.
Everyone you meet knows something you don’t—and has wisdom from experiences you haven’t lived.

Every conversation is a chance to learn something new. [Adam Grant]

Take a Minute

Take a Minute

Do you have a ton of personal tasks to do? Do you have work projects pending? Are you running around a lot?

More than your physical output, all of this organizational mess of our day-to-day puts a pressure on our mental output.

Right from our energy to the output of our emotions, to our time, everything takes a hit.

And at the moment when you think everything is up to the brim…

You must take a minute.

A minute for yourself.

A minute to settle down.

A minute to take back control of yourself.

A minute to get back to you and focus on what truly matters.

This could be a minute or several minutes, but take it without feeling the guilt, without feeling the pressure, without thinking of the consequences.

Sometimes all you need is that minute is to get back on track.

Access to Information

Access to Information

What is it that you want to learn?

We live at a time when, unlike the previous times or generations, we have an unlimited access to Information.

So much so, that you cannot consume even 0.1% of it in your lifetime.

Now, the question arises again, what is it that you want to learn?

No limited course or degree or experience of life can give you enough knowledge about something, that it stops you from learning more.

Moreover, while these external tools guide you and create a structure so you can learn… It doesn’t necessarily allow the depth or freedom to explore all the areas of a subject.

Now it boils down to, are you willing to put in the time and energy and efforts so you can expand not only your knowledge, but also your perspective, your point of view and learn something new?

With the access of information that you now have, is there another reason why you wouldn’t access it?

RTHReviews : Pig

RTHReviews : Pig

Pig might seem basic at first, all your assumptions take over telling you that this is going to be a straightforward film like always.

But, Pig is not that. The film Pig is beautiful, with layers underneath which you need to look closely to understand… Moreover, it’s not at all what you’d expect. And not expect in a negative way, but on the contrary, blowing your mind, that they’d go in such a direction.

Here’s the official synopsis, “Living alone in the Oregon wilderness, a truffle hunter returns to Portland to find the person who stole his beloved pig.”

Nicolas Cage is simply fabulous in the film, he’s legendary and this film is another example of that. He keeps you constantly invested in the character, whilst also trying to give you a glimpse of life outside of the film, and that was a good one to watch.

Patrick Scola with the cinematography and Michael Sarnoski with his direction and writing have delivered quite wonderfully, the cinematography in particular speaks quite a lot about the tone of the film and what its trying to state, that’s another aspect to look out for in this film.

Lastly, if you’re able to catch the main aspects (the learnings) which make the film what it is (which we aren’t going into, because spoilers), then you’d truly enjoy this film.

One Line Review: Nicolas Cage is back!

Is it amplified?

Is it amplified?

We like to overcomplicate things. A bit more complex. Because who likes basic? Why keep something at a level 1, when you can take it to level 5? Why not amplify it?

What are we talking about?

Emotions.

Situations.

Perspective.

Approach.

Understanding.

Audience.

Everything is amplified. To another level. Even when its not. Because you’re not equipped to manage something when its just at the start, when it actually is manageable.

So it amplifies. To a level where everything else is blamed but you. Everyone else is put on spotlight but you. Everyone needs to work but you.

All because you have amplified something to what its not.

Instead, with working on your mindset, to look at things differently, to approach things differently, to accept things that happen to you… You learn to manage… You learn to work things around. You are now accountable. You are now in control. Now whatever it is doesn’t need to be amplified. Because you can manage it at the start itself.

It all begins when you work on a mindset of growth and self-development. A mindset of accountability. A mindset of acceptance. When that happens, now ask yourself…

Is it still amplified?

One Dark Cloud vs the Entire Sky

One Dark Cloud vs the Entire Sky

Quite often, we look at a dark cloud and then describe the entire sky accordingly.

In our generic perspective, which applies to most of us, that one dark cloud is defining the entire beautiful sky. Even though that sky is still behind that cloud.

That same perspective is how we look at life as well.

We let our biased thinking define one particular moment into how miserable your life is or how nothing turns out the way you want it to be.

One moment describing the entire situation. That’s the way we look at most things in life. That’s the way we approach most situations in life. That’s also the way we handle most things in life.

Without even considering the entire sky behind that dark cloud, we have jumped to the conclusion.

Also because that’s easy to understand, that takes less efforts, everything else you will have to think, reflect and work upon. So why do that then?

Ultimately, One Dark Cloud vs The Entire Sky – what do you want your perspective to look like?

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The Last 7 Days #71 (12.07 – 18.07)

With another Sunday, here’s the 71st edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. Matthew McConaughey explains how time off actually helped relaunch his career. Read it here.
  2. The Rebirth Of NFTs: Moving Beyond The Initial Hype. Check more here.
  3. Why Stores Place Candy by the Checkout Counter (And Why New Habits Fail)? Read here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. On the SmartLess podcast, Sean, Jason, and Will chat with LeBron James about his upbringing, career, foundation, and giving back to the community. Listen to it here.
  2. Steve Madden chats on finding success in your thirties and going where the fish are, on Just B with Bethenny Frankel. Check it out here.
  3. On Stupid No Mor by Anshu Mor, co-founder of The Glitch & podcast host of ‘Advertising Is Dead’, Varun Duggirala discusses ‘creator economy’ & go through his process & learnings in creating a diverse content portfolio. Listen here.
  4. On What’s Life without Cricket, Gaurav Kapur took us through his journey from starting out as a Radio Jockey to being a top TV presenter to now being a budding entrepreneur. Listen more here.
  5. Arjun Kanungo opens up about his humble beginnings, his rise to fame, how it’s getting harder to tell what a “hit song” is, and more on Stars se Baatein with Salil. Check it out here.

What To Watch:

  1. 10 years later, Team ZNMD reunites for a virtual table read, reminiscing the best moments from a journey close to our hearts. Watch it here.
  2. World’s worst diet vs healthiest diet for 7 days, by Yes Theory. Check it out here.
  3. On The Ranveer Show, Farhan Akhtar opens up on creativity, fitness and the warrior mindset. Watch here.
  4. Series Recommendation of the Week – Shadow and Bone (Sinister forces plot against a young soldier after she reveals a magical power that may unite her world.) Now streaming on Netflix here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Malik (A young man rises to prominence through his unswerving fight against political and police corruption in his village.) Now streaming on Amazon Prime here.

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #16 (11.07 – 17.07)

My Weekly Learnings #16 (11.07 – 17.07)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. The wind gets all the attention. The wind howls and the wind gusts… But the wind is light.
The current, on the other hand is persistent and heavy.

On a river, it’s the current that will move the canoe far more than the wind will. But the wind distracts us.

Back on land, the current looks like the educational industrial complex, or the network effect or the ratchet of Moore’s Law and the cultural trends that last for decades. The current is our persistent systems of class and race and gender, and the powerful industrial economy. It can be overcome, but it takes focused effort.

On the other hand, the wind is the breaking news of the moment, the latest social media sensation and the thin layer of hype that surrounds us. It might be a useful distraction, but our real work lies in overcoming the current, or changing it.

It helps to see it first, and to ignore the wind when we can. [Seth Godin]

2. We may want what others have, but perhaps without having gone through what they have. Focussing on others’ success and feeling resentment towards them causes unnecessary negativity, we should instead be satisfied with what we have and focus on our own growth and contentment. (Listen more here – https://open.spotify.com/episode/4697Gfy5gbjXusQd3trYdS) [Gita for the Young and Restless Podcast]

3. Your personal experiences make up maybe 0.00000001% of what’s happened in the world but maybe 80% of how you think the world works.
Morgan Housel

4. A parable from priest and therapist Anthony de Mello on the stories we tell ourselves:
“A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chickens and grew up with them.

All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.

The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked.

“That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbor. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth—we’re chickens.”

So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.”

Source: Song of the Bird

5. Those who love gossiping have a deep need to be interesting at all costs. [Kunal Shah]

RTHReviews : Malik

RTHReviews : Malik

I have seen a few of Fahadh Faasil’s films and everytime he impresses you with something extraordinary. His acting prowess is at another level, such an underrated gem. 💎

And what to say about Malayalam cinema? Their storytelling, their courage to delve into those stories is simply fascinating… Mix that aspect with the amazing cinematography of this film and the background music, Malik is a gem one shouldn’t miss.

The film wouldn’t have felt the same without that cast who were just brilliant, all of them shine together in this film, without any one person having the spotlight (another brilliant aspect of this genre).

You’ve got a gangster-drama on your hands, with the angle of politics, religion and how the two intertwine, especially when there’s an agenda behind everything… Where did those two and a half hours go, this film is a brilliant brilliant watch.

The Unspoken Act

The Unspoken Act

Some things that are done shouldn’t be asked for.

Some things that are done shouldn’t be told after they are done.

Some deeds, even if they go unnoticed, add a ton of value in someone’s or your own life.

That is the Unspoken Act.

The magic of an unspoken act is that you should do it if you want to do it, don’t wait for anyone’s approval, don’t wait for anyone’s validation, if its on your mind, go for it.

Irrespective of the outcome, the fun is just adding that value with that unspoken act.

90% of the things require just this…

90% of the things require just this…

Whether your professional or personal life, whether you’re thinking about your self or a goal that you want to achieve, or a task yet to be completed…

90% of the things that we do in life or that we would like to get done require just one thing…

Discipline.

Whether it is a project at hand or wanting to workout, or meditate, or if you’d like to cook or journal, anything and everything that you want to do, you can create plans for it, you can jot down the steps, you can find sources for inspiration and get motivated in the short-term, but eventually it all boils down to discipline.

Discipline is that self-generating power that keeps you going, that keeps you on your toes, that keeps you motivated even when the outcome isn’t in your favour, you don’t fail, but you keep going. You keep trying, but you don’t stop.

That’s the power of discipline. It doesn’t allow excuses, it doesn’t allow a setback, no external affairs can create a hindrance.

Said that, being disciplined isn’t an easy process for all. It takes time, it takes patience, and moreover the mindset to get that discipline going.

To get disciplined, you need a strong why behind you. A purpose. And self awareness. Mix the right ingredients in the right proportion and it gets you going. Don’t and it’s a matter of time before you aren’t able to continue for whatever reason and there and then you are thinking why did this not work out.

Pick your Battles

Pick your Battles

All of us, every day, have a ton of stuff to do, and there’s a limited period of time to do them.

In the midst of managing your time, trying to complete your tasks, give enough time to every sector of your life, there will be moments with others, with yourself, with some situations, where it may not go according to your expectations, or you may not be on the same page with a certain someone, or you might be in the wrong.

The point is, when these moments do occur, you have to pick your battles.

Give more than enough time to one particular thing and you take away the time from the other things… Time, energy and peace.

So when you have to pick your battles, you have to let go of your emotions, and you have to choose which conversation is worth arguing for, which outcome is worth fighting for, which situation requires more of you, and for others you just let go.

Not every situation is worth winning, not every situation is worth fighting for. At those times, you have to be smart enough to pick the right battles and move on from the rest.

These battles happen every day, some are happening with yourself too… But if you just hold onto one, then how will you live the rest of the day?

One Mind, One Body, One Life

One Mind, One Body, One Life

Whilst every sector of our life holds its own importance, with an alloted amount of time and efforts that need to go into it, there’s nothing more important than your mind and body.

The two sectors of our life, that we take for granted, and we pay attention to only when something goes wrong. Then we start the work towards it.

Instead, when you change your mindset, when you change your approach, you realize that focusing on your mind and body not only has an impact on those two areas, but the network effects fall on the other regions of your life as well, whether with regards to your thoughts, your emotions or your actions and more.

All of us just have the #OneMindOneBodyOneLife, and its high-time we take back the control of our lives, give the importance where its due and live life satisfied, happily, and peacefully.

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The Last 7 Days #70 (05.07 – 11.07)

With another Sunday, here’s the 70th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. Instagram’s Evolution. Read in detail here.
  2. Virtual Currencies and India’s Golden Moment. Read more here.
  3. How stadiums can have different ads depending on channel and country? Read here.
  4. Why Facebook’s Substack Competitor Will Do Just Fine? Check it out here.
  5. TikTok’s AI is now available to other companies. Read here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. Robert Downey Jr.’s embarking on a new career: venture capitalist and green business champion and he joins LinkedIn Editor-in-Chief Daniel Roth to lay out his vision for the same. Listen more here.
  2. BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti deep-dives into how the company bounced back during the pandemic, on Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman. Listen here.
  3. In this episode of Life Kit, NPR producer Lauren Migaki guides us through the steps to making a podcast, with advice from folks at Code Switch, Throughline, Planet Money and more. Check it out here.
  4. On Variety Award Circuit Podcast, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” star Anthony Mackie discusses the Marvel universe and his journey to becoming the new Captain America. Listen to it here.
  5. On F1 Beyond the Grid, Christian Horner talks on Verstappen’s evolution, Red Bull’s bold ambitions and Vettel vs Webber. Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Joe Rogan takes a deep-dive with Quentin Tarantino into his filmography, his craft of making films, the decade of 80s and 90s and much more on The Joe Rogan Podcast. Watch here.
  2. Rocky and Mayur are back with #RoadTrippinWithRockyAndMayur Season 4. Check out the videos here.
  3. John Krasinski breaks down the opening scene of ‘A Quiet Place 2’. Watch it here.
  4. Series Recommendation of the Week – The Flight Attendant (A flight attendant’s life gets turned upside down after she wakes up in a hotel room with a dead man but with no memory of what happened.)
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – A Quiet Place 2 (Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.)

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #15 (04.07 – 10.07)

My Weekly Learnings #15 (04.07 – 10.07)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. Read to collect the dots, write to connect them. [David Perell]

2. Fitness is 80% nutrition, 20% working out.
Clarity is 80% thinking/writing, 20% reading.
Growing is 80% self-discipline, 20% long-term vision.
Investing is 50% good judgment, 50% being patient.
Attracting opportunities is 0% luck, 100% putting yourself out there and taking risks. [Orange Book on Twitter]

3. A word to every creative person from Ira Glass (sourced from David Perell’s Twitter)

4. What if your life was a sacred responsibility?
The body, a temple.

Every motive, pure.

Every glance, compassionate.

Every word, true.

Every act, right.

Every moment, holy. [Naval Ravikant]

5. “We’re juicing ourselves with sugar, with caffeine, and with whatever the ‘dopaminey’ stimulus is of social media … We’re dosing ourselves to the absolute maximum. This is a sugar, caffeine, and social media society.” [Balaji Srinivasan on the Invest like the Best podcast] (Listen to this particular clip here: https://t.co/PVsGZR5lb8)

RTHReviews : Luca

RTHReviews : Luca

A heart-warming, feel-good film that hits the right emotions, sends the right message and just makes you glad you watched it.

What’s the film about?

“Luca, is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.”

Luca is discovering his identity in this film, who he really is, what does he want, how others would perceive him and irrespective of that, to own his identity when others don’t. Somewhere in that storyline, you get absorbed by his character, relating with him and finding yourself in that character and that’s the most epic thing about this film.

The character, Luca is one full of curiosity, is innocent towards most things, and at the same time constantly discovering new things. You just tend to connect this with how every child is at this age, and how, with adulthood, much of those things change with time, but watching this film also shows the essence of those character traits that is somewhere deep down hidden inside us.

Moreover, amongst all his characteristics and the storyline, another inspirational aspect of the film was the determination shown from the character towards his dream. And not just that, but as he learns new things, how that dream changes, but yet the determination remains the same.

His friends are a constant support in his life, helping him learn new things, right there by his side, and even when they aren’t on the same side, the aspect of friendship deep within still remains the same.

Point after point, if there is one thing to notice, its that there is so much to learn from the film and the character, Luca. Its just a brilliant film to watch, with a number of takeaways, and more over, the time is well-spent and well-invested.

One-line Review : Pixar hitting it on target yet again with Luca!

Do you remember your pandemic days?

Do you remember your pandemic days?

March 2020. Pandemic. Lockdown. Panic. Misinformation. Now, its June 2021 and yet much of the things remain the same.

Some cruised through, some suffered, some balanced. For some, 2020 was difficult, and in that time they built themselves and were ready for 2021. For some, 2020 was manageable, but they took a hit in 2021.

But, do you remember the pandemic days?

Most of it seems like a blur, experiences are somehow clubbed into one narrative, but in the micro, it has become so difficult to remember a particular day or a particular time.

That time has just vanished like the snap of a finger. All that remained were the habits, the muscle memory, and the voice, all that took over and guided every individual towards what was next.

All that differed was the particular individual’s habits and their voice in the head, whether those helped them or not, whether they had a positive impact on their life or not.

The ability to see beyond

The ability to see beyond

What’s the basic viewpoint of our individual selves? How everything and how everyone affect our lives is what we care about.

Everyone wants to live their life a certain way, and they want everything and everyone else to abide by those standards and expectations so their life can be lived according to how they fantasized it.

In a scenario of this sorts, the mindset becomes so limited, that we only see ourselves, and we see our own advantage in everything. Here’s where ego and jealousy and competition boils up.

Where an individual stands out is when they develop an ability to see beyond themselves.

This ability comes in when they develop a mindset of growth, a mindset of service, a mindset to help others.

This ability helps in seeing beyond their identity, beyond their beliefs, and now empathy grows in, perspective grows in. Now, they see other people, situations of their life in a different light, they approach themselves, within and exterior, in a way different than before.

The ability to see beyond themselves helps to think bigger, to approach life in a bigger manner, to see the world in a wider form than before, your viewpoint has here shifted from yourself to the world.

Accepting your Loss

Accepting your Loss

Life is a balance of wins and losses. Either or isn’t even a choice. Sometimes you win at something, and sometimes you lose at something.

But, our society has created this narrative where everyone must win. At all costs. Irrespective of how you win. That’s the mentality that has been set.

And with a win put on such a pedestal, imagine how a loss is treated as! An individual is considered a failure if they lose at one small thing, they are made to feel as if they have lost at life.

Moreover, simply shutting down that noise and mindset for a second, when that individual just accepts their loss for what it is, then they’re free of the burden of it.

Accepting any kind of loss, in whatever form, in any sector of life, you understand that its okay to lose at something, you understand the mistakes and the lessons learnt from it.

You then develop a mindset where you understand the balance of life, you try more things because you feel free to lose as well. You shatter the structures on which the society is built, and live a life which is balanced with wins and losses, no matter how small or big.

RTHReviews : A Quiet Place 2

RTHReviews : A Quiet Place 2

For anyone who has seen ‘A Quiet Place’ knows how good the film was, the direction and the storyline were just fabulous.

Said that, not many thought there would be a sequel or moreover, a chance of a franchise. Plus, good sequels are hard to come by.

But, John Krasinski has proven us wrong. A Quiet Place 2 shines with its brilliant direction and storyline, the cast upping their performance and the film being as good as the first one.

If you approach this film from a macro perspective, you realize how small the plot of the film is, if compared to a book it’d be like covering a chapter of it. But, on the contrary, that’s what makes this film that special, its essence lies in how Krasinski has approached the storyline and managed to keep the audience to the edge of their seats, holding on to know what will happen next.

Not to forget about the cast, Emily Blunt, Regan Abbott, Noah Jupe and the introduction of Cillian Murphy, who have all done a stellar job with their performances, keeping the audience involved with every single character and wanting to know what’s going to happen with them.

John Krasinski has done something special here, and we just don’t it yet how many more of these will be in the pipeline, but let’s just say we can’t wait for a third part to come soon.

One Line Review: John Krasinski ups the stakes with this sequel.

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The Last 7 Days #69 (28.06 – 04.07)

With another Sunday, here’s the 69th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. How The COVID Pandemic Redefined Ambition? Read here.
  2. The Problem With Nielsen’s Streaming Data. Read more here.
  3. Head of Instagram says Instagram is no longer a photo sharing app. Read about it here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. President Obama joins the Armchair Expert to discuss growing up in single-mother households, why he transferred to Columbia after two years of college, and how most politicians will do anything to avoid public failure. Listen here.
  2. On ‘My First Million‘ Podcast, Sam Parr breaks down why most startups take longer than you think to build. Listen more here.
  3. On Naan Curry with Sadaf and Archit, the hosts take a deep dive with Indian author and mythologist, Devdutt Pattanaik on the significance of food in Indian mythology, the connection between food and goddess, western standardization v Indian diversity, and much more. Check it out here.
  4. Zack Snyder joins the Straight Up podcast to talk all about the music that made him, from the songs that soundtracked his childhood to topics around being a provocateur, reading reviews, vulnerability and the power of fandoms. Listen to it here.
  5. On Stupid No Mor by Anshu Mor, Bollywood actor, Gajraj Rao gets candid about the craft of acting, dealing with fame & being true to his roots. Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Food stylist Susan Spungen reviews iconic food scenes from films like ‘Matilda,’ ‘The Princess Diaries,’ ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ ‘Julie & Julia,’ and more. Susan explains all the things we never think about when watching food scenes in movies, like how the food stays fresh between takes and how often the actors have to actually eat the food. Watch here.
  2. Post Mortem of Sherni with Vidya Balan x Sneha Menon Desai on Film Companion. Watch it here.
  3. Series Recommendation of the Week – Mare of Easttown (Mare Sheehan, an office police investigator in a small Pennsylvania town, investigates a brutal murder as she tries to keep her life from falling apart.) Now streaming on Hotstar here.
  4. Movie Recommendation of the Week – CinemaBandi (A struggling rickshaw driver’s life takes a rollicking turn when he comes upon an expensive camera and decides to make a film with his fellow villagers.) Now streaming on Netflix here.

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #14 (27.06 – 03.07)

My Weekly Learnings #14 (27.06 – 03.07)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. “If you want to be successful in business (in life, actually), you have to create more than you consume. Your goal should be to create value for everyone you interact with.”
Jeff Bezos

2. A fantastic piece by Balaji Srinivasan, on the problem with social media today and the evolution of the space with the help of a decentralized blockchain. (Shared this via Amol Telang)

3. The absence of mental illness doesn’t mean the presence of mental health.
Even if you’re not depressed or burned out, you might be languishing—feeling a sense of emptiness and stagnation. Meh. [Adam Grant] (Read more here – https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/well/mind/covid-mental-health-languishing.html)

4. In absence of future data, we use conventional status signals to indicate trust, be it money, power, good-looks or degrees. Quite weirdly “wasting money” signals massive status. [Kunal Shah]

5. Andre Agassi shares how he started beating Boris Becker regularly after his initial losses. Check it out here – https://youtu.be/3woPuCIk_d8

The Best Examples

The Best Examples

So many individuals, so many stories, some inspirational, so many to learn from, so many to not repeat again…

But, any day, any time, the best example is of oneself.

This isn’t about self-boasting or arrogance, but for every individual, the best example that they should give is of themselves. Especially when they look at their past selves and then look at themselves today, in the present.

Those are any day the best examples, because no matter how inspirational or motivational someone else’s story is, only you know the hard work and efforts and struggles you have put into yours.

Your best example is your today when compared with your yesterday, and to see how far you have come, how much you have overcome, how much you have changed.

Moreover, if you doubt of you being your best example, that is again an inspiration to make one for your tomorrow and when you compare that tomorrow with your today.

Random Appreciations

Random Appreciations

When you do something that works out, for someone or in general, as a deed or a cause, you’re then appreciated for it.

That’s the appreciation you get after the deed is done, after the outcome can be seen, after it all works out.

That kind of appreciation is almost guaranteed, irrespective of it being a validator for you or not.

But, the most beautiful and the most surprising thing are Random Appreciations.

Appreciations that are randomly made, irrespective of the outcome, irrespective of whether it worked out or not, irrespective of who it was for.

Such appreciations are genuinely made from the heart… They are made because you feel it.

One could be appreciated for their values, for their efforts, for their love and care, for their work in progress, there are a n number of things to appreciate for.

Just not the clichéd way of doing it at the end, but when they are Random Appreciations.

Self-created Shackles

Self-created Shackles

Either through

– the identities we create,

– the thoughts we have,

– the limitations we put on ourselves,

– the narratives that are set by the society,

– the biases set in our brain,

– the fight towards wanting to be right,

– the fear of being judged,

– the need to be better than others…

There are a bunch and more of self-created shackles that we continue to put on ourselves, thinking this is how life is run, thinking this is how life is supposed to be.

But these shackles are put on ourselves by ourselves. With a choice.

This is a self-created prison and we continue to torture ourselves. We continue to go through it, and we continue to suffer through it.

BUT, that’s only until we realize that we have the keys to get rid of these shackles as well.

A path to create a new mindset, a path to have better thoughts, a path to not compare or judge and be judged, a path to be open and independent and free of the society narratives and biases, a path to grow and evolve, a path that will take time and patience, a path where results won’t be seen in a day or a week, but even if it takes a year or more, knowing the path is freer than before, you’re ready to walk on it, you’re ready to get rid of those self-created shackles.

Do you remember your thoughts?

Do you remember your thoughts?

60,000 to 80,000 thoughts in a day. That’s on average. Some say, thoughts range from 12,000 to 60,000 as well. Whatever may be the right number, they still are a lot.

The more habits you create, the more muscle memory of things you have, the more your mind will takeover during those moments, and you’ll end up thinking, having thoughts, not being in the present moment (unless one practices to be in the moment from time to time).

But, the more important question now remains, do you remember your thoughts?

How often does one thought lead to another and another, until there’s a chain of thoughts about a single topic and suddenly you jump to thinking about something else and now you have forgotten your previous thought?

Moreover, considering the quantity of thoughts we have in a day, its not a surprise that we don’t remember a majority of them.

As true as that may be for all of us, these thoughts do state something about us… How we think? The type of thoughts we have? The emotions behind them? The values behind them? Are they guiding us into something? Are they providing more ideas to you? Is there a deeper layer to them that you don’t understand yet?

The point is, an effort needs to be made to understand these thoughts, to make sense of these thoughts, to know whether these thoughts are even right for you or not.

Those efforts will be difficult, you won’t be in control to remember in the beginning, but it starts with remembering a single thought and holding on to it and trying to decode why it came to you.

Eventually we need to start remembering our thoughts, or else what’s the point of even having them.

The Accountability Exercise

The Accountability Exercise

Humans blame. We all do. For the tiniest of things. Everything that doesn’t turn out the way we fantasized about, the blame of that goes to someone, another individual, a group of individuals, a corporation, a government, a country, a religion or something else.

We are designed this way over the years. We cannot accept responsibility. Because putting the blame on someone else makes it easier to explain to ourselves, it becomes easier to put the blame on someone else, now you’re not accountable for what happened, irrespective of your percentage of fault.

Now the other party will bear the blame (in your imagination), every time, whenever an outcome doesn’t turn out your way. For every micro and macro element of your life.

Here you don’t have any control, you’re constantly looking for excuses, you’re constantly on a hunt to blame people, and it becomes an automatic mechanism for you without you realizing doing it.

When that is realized, when you decide to take control of your life, when you decide you want to be accountable for everything that happens in your life, without depending on external factors… Then you start thinking of steps to head in that direction.

Therein comes the Accountability Exercise.

The Accountability Exercise, where after every moment where you slip out, start losing control of the situation, when the outcome doesn’t turn out your way, you step back for a moment and say to your yourself that you’re accountable for what is happening, it is entirely on you.

No one else is responsible for that. Except you. Everything is on you. You’re accountable for each and everything of your life.

It takes time to accept this. It comes with practice. You do it consciously until it replaces the already-existing mechanism stuck in your brain that lets you think that everything going wrong in your life is someone else’s fault.

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The Last 7 Days #68 (21.06 – 27.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the 68th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. David Perell’s mind-boggling piece on ‘Don’t Kill Time’. Check it out here.
  2. The Art and Science of getting to the very top of Crowded Creator Markets. Read here.
  3. NFTs and Copyrights. Read about this in-depth here.
  4. Is a Famous Face a Form of Intellectual Property? Read more here.
  5. Working all the time isn’t the same thing as productivity. Read here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. On The Decoder with Nilay Patel, he asks Satya Nadella about how he thinks about Windows as a platform, what Microsoft’s responsibilities are, and how he thinks the various antitrust bills in Congress will affect Microsoft’s plans for the future. Listen here.
  2. In this episode of The School of Greatness, Lewis and Dr. Daniel Amen discuss why the brain has more control over your body than your heart and your mind, the four big circles of the human experience the negative effects that alcohol has on the brain, the five foods that we should eat for better brain health, the biggest benefits of intermittent fasting and the science behind why it works, and so much more. Listen more here.
  3. On The Wim Hof Podcast, Russell Brand talks about Wim Hof breathing, family, communal wellness , our connection to nature, Russell’s new book, Revelation, and more. Check it out here.
  4. On Story Tellers and Story Sellers, Vineet sits down to talk about making music with indie sensation Kamakshi Khanna. Conversation ranges from Kamakshi’s experiences as a woman in the scene, self-marketing as an artist and the way ahead in her promising career on stage. Listen here.
  5. Kaley Cuoco talks to The Awardist co-host Kristen Baldwin about coping with a lot of “up and down emotions” as star and exec producer of the HBO Max comedy-thriller The Flight Attendant. Listen more here.

What To Watch:

  1. In this episode of The Ranveer Show, Sahil Lavingia, the founder of Gumroad, talks about the ups and downs of heading a start-up and never giving up. Watch here.
  2. Why are some people left-handed? Watch it here.
  3. Series Recommendation of the Week – Ray (From a satire to a psychological thriller, four short stories from filmmaker Satyajit Ray are adapted for the screen.) Now streaming on Netflix here.
  4. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Sherni (Nature and man fight against a forest officer as she and her team of locals and trackers attempt to capture a disturbed tigress.) Now streaming on Amazon Prime here.

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #13 (20.06 – 26.06)

My Weekly Learnings #13 (20.06 – 26.06)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. If you have to ask if you’re happy, then you’re probably not.
If you have to ask if someone loves you, then they probably don’t.

If you have to ask if you are successful, then you’re probably not.

If you have to ask if you are healthy, then you probably are not. [Mark Manson]

2. Show up and do your job.
Don’t speak for anyone else.
Don’t criticize others.
Put the team first.
Pay attention to the details.
Avoid the drama.
Focus on getting better than yesterday.
Repeat. [Shane Parrish]

3. Jerry Seinfeld’s recipe for good writing

4. If work is guided by utilitarian outcomes, leisure is driven by intuitive awareness. Leisure is not a time to retreat from the world. Rather, it’s a time for poetry, prayer, and philosophy — a chance to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. [David Perell] (https://perell.com/essay/dont-kill-time/)

5. Identity is a work in progress. Your past self shouldn’t constrain your future goals.
Comfort comes from maintaining your identity. Growth comes from evolving your identity. [Adam Grant]

A day without learning

A day without learning

For someone who is obsessed with learning,

To learn, not particularly academically, but any form of learning, especially with the amount of content available on the internet, via audio, video or text, one can learn anything and anywhere, whatever topic they’re interested in.

Not obsessed per se, but who particularly looks back at the end of the day and notices what they’ve learnt, what are the takeaways from those learnings,

For someone like that, a day without learning is noticeable like a snap of a finger.

What if the day goes by and you didn’t get the time to learn something new and add something to your reservoir of knowledge?

But can a day really go without learning?

There could have been an experience with something, a conversation with someone, a thought in your head, that made you think… That made you ideate more… That was something new to learn.

Can a day really go by without learning, if you are really looking forward to learning something new?

Slip-ups

Slip-ups

Slip-ups are a part and parcel of life. For everyone. Moreover, no one avoids them.

Now when a slip-up happens, you have to ask yourself the following questions –

1. Do you realize your slip-up?

2. Was it in your control or not?

3. If yes, what are you going to do it about it next? If not, then why dwell over it?

4. More importantly, does it change anything about your life, your plans etc? How?

The versions of ourselves

The versions of ourselves

Quite often, all of us have multiple personas for different people, different situations and that is what we call our day-to-day versions of ourselves.

There’s one persona for your friends and family, there’s one for the public and the social media, there’s one for work and then there’s one for yourself.

Every version is different from the other and over time, you learn to swiftly switch between them, pertaining to the situation.

Every version takes something different out of you, and you usually aren’t the same between them.

But, out of all of them, the most important version is the one that you show yourself.

That persona needs to be the truest, so you can see who you really are, so you can accept yourself, and so you can live with yourself.

The other versions might have something extra, something that you portray for that version, adding a bit of spice and lies as well.

But it cannot be the same for yourself, because if that happens, then how will you ever recognise yourself.

One-dimensional Reality

One-dimensional Reality

Anyone who sees the world just by their own limited perspective, without wanting to see it from a third-person view, lives in a one-dimensional reality.

In such a scenario, everything is perceived just by that individual’s viewpoint.

So thereby, their biases and their narratives decide the outcome of a scenario even before it happens.

Whether this is through conversations, or actions, with people, or with generic scenarios, how the world reacts to them and how they react to the world is pre-defined in this one-dimensional reality (and it always goes the same way).

To broaden one’s horizon and to widen their perspective means to accept this reality they live in and then wanting to not that way.

Can I Inspire myself?

Can I Inspire myself?

Right now, right at this moment, we have an unprecedented access to people and information and knowledge.

What are you interested in and you have one or more individuals who are experts in that field, sharing their knowledge.

Thanks to the internet or any other method, you have got that access and soon, you’re now inspired by that individual.

Either from what they have achieved or what you have learnt from them.

Everyone has these list of inspirational people they follow, whom they look upto.

But thinking about that, here’s a question that popped into my mind, “Can I inspire myself?”

Can my journey of everything I have overcome, everything that I have struggled through and come out on the brighter side of things, everything that I have achieved, can I inspire myself?

Can that be the motivation for myself? Can that be a lesson for myself?

Can I inspire myself?

A question I think everyone should ask themselves.

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The Last 7 Days #67 (14.06 – 20.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the 67th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. Emotions are Lighthouses. Read here.
  2. Five Tempting Things You Should Avoid (a Twitter thread by Mark Manson). Check it out here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. On Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, J.J. Abrams explains how creativity and collaboration are things you cultivate, not conjure; and that making room for magic isn’t a luxury, it’s an essential part of entrepreneurship. Listen here.
  2. Grant Cardone on making million-dollar bets and why humility is overrated, on Just B with Bethenny Frankel. Check it out here.
  3. From being one of the best chess players to marriage to talking about his opponents to traveling around the world for various games, legendary chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand shares all aspects of his life on The Ranveer Show. Listen to it here.
  4. In this episode of Naan Curry with Sadaf and Archit, the hosts talk about mangoes, the king of all fruits in India and the subcontinent. Listen here.
  5. On the Humans of Cinema podcast, Sumeet Vyas talks at length about his artistic inspirations as well as his insights on writing and acting. Check it out here.

What To Watch:

  1. Dr. Mark Plotkin on the mysterious Amazonian forest, mind blow facts about Psychedelics, LSD, and a lot more only on The Ranveer Show. Watch here.
  2. Tom Hiddleston breaks down his most iconic characters. Check it out here.
  3. On Film Companion, Saif Ali Khan talks about how does he play thorny antagonists with such aplomb. Watch it here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – The Serpent (The twisting, real-life story of Charles Sobhraj, a murderer, thief and seductive master of disguise, who was a hidden darkness in the mid-70’s on Asia’s hippie trail.) Now streaming on Netflix here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Jagame Thandhiram (When a clever, carefree gangster is recruited to help an overseas crime lord take down a rival, he is caught off guard by the moral dilemmas that follow.) Now streaming on Netflix here.

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #12 (13.06 – 19.06)

My Weekly Learnings #12 (13.06 – 19.06)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. Your mind is a suggestion engine. Every thought you have is a suggestion, not an order.
Sometimes your mind suggests that you are tired, that you should give up, or that you should take an easier path.
But if you pause, you can discover new suggestions. For example, that you will feel good once the work is done or that you have the ability to finish things even when you don’t feel like it.
Your thoughts are not orders. Merely suggestions. You have the power to choose which option to follow. [James Clear]

2. Author Gretchen Rubin on how to rebound from a mistake:
“Instead of feeling that you’ve blown the day and thinking, “I’ll get back on track tomorrow,” try thinking of each day as a set of four quarters: morning, midday, afternoon, evening. If you blow one quarter, you get back on track for the next quarter.
Fail small, not big.”

3. The right response to feedback is, “thank you.” Or perhaps, “that’s a great point.” Even if it’s not your job to change the system, or not your fault that things didn’t work as expected, both of these responses are valid and useful.

Feedback is a gift. It lets you know precisely what the other person wants or needs. After you receive the gift, it’s up to you to accept it or not. But shutting down feedback with an argument or by appearing ungrateful makes it less likely you’ll be offered it again. And if you’re getting feedback from a customer or a prospect, shutting it down makes it likely that they’ll walk away and take their attention and their trust somewhere else.

When you say, “no problem,” you’re letting yourself off the hook, refusing to acknowledge what was said, and closing the door for a useful interaction. Because there is a problem. Exploring what the problem is is far better than denying it. [Seth Godin]

4. A Netflix binge is a temporary escape from languishing, not a cure.
Passive engagement in a fictional world doesn’t offer a lasting sense of meaning, mastery, or mattering.

Flourishing depends on active participation in the real world: creating, connecting, and contributing. [Adam Grant]

5. People who project a higher status than their actual substance, don’t miss an opportunity to dramatically complain about all minor inconveniences. [Kunal Shah]

Embracing the Silence

Embracing the Silence

In a previous post here, I wrote about how we fill the silence in our lives with various things and why do we do it.

Having spoken about escaping silence and running away from it… What can one do to embrace that silence?

That golden silence which is going to unlock so many things in your life, that you didn’t want to face but now you want to… How do you embrace it now?

The first step is one of acceptance. No matter what is revealed to you in this silence, you will accept it and not run away from it. That mindset of acceptance is the biggest key to embracing silence.

Once you have the mindset, then there are two ways to embrace it…

One, you do a lot of self-reflection. Sit to think, journal your thoughts, go deeper into them and when you face those deeper, darker thoughts, and you go deeper and deeper into them and take away their power, then you embrace the silence.

The other way is to meditate. Practice meditating, sit for longer periods of time, go in deep meditations, let everything come to you, feel it, feel those moments, and embrace that silence.

Once you experience it, then you want it more. You feel its power and what it does to you.

Embrace the silence.

Filling the Silence

Filling the Silence

In order to escape the mind, we fill the silence with

– talking (more than usual)

– music (contextual) and/or consuming content in general

– activities that you don’t want to do

(or anything else that one might do to fill their silence)

Why do we do it though?

It’s only when we are scared of that silence. The deepest questions that you don’t think of lie in that silence. The answers you avoid lie in that silence. The truths you run away from lie in that silence.

Silence speaks volumes.

And that is why we run away from it. Because we don’t want to face it. That’s why we escape. Its feels better to escape your reality than to face it.

Facing it means to take action, to pause and look back, to accept your mistakes, to change your tomorrow, that requires change in thoughts and actions and that’s a lot of efforts.

Instead, we avoid the silence.

// i write about how to embrace this silence here.

You don’t know how you sound

You don’t know how you sound

In all of focusing on that voice in your head, how your actions affect others and how others’ actions affect you, we forget how we sound like.

No, this isn’t about your vocals and about the literal sound of them.

But, the impact of your words on others.

You may say something casually, but someone else with a different perspective than yours might take it differently.

And that is a lifelong conundrum that we live in.

You don’t know how you sound and you may never know.

Your anger in your words might put someone down deeply than you’d think. Your appreciation in your words might be taken sarcastically by someone else.

Moreover, this is a vice versa case as well. Because you yourself might get affected that way too, by someone else’s words.

The answer to this conundrum?

Either deeper conversations so you understand something properly, or a deeper understanding of the person so you know their style of speaking, or on a macro level, not to give so much importance to who speaks what (a difficult task that will come with a lot of practice, and might not entirely be recommended because sometimes people need people, they don’t want to do it alone).

RTHReviews : Ted Lasso

RTHReviews : Ted Lasso

A brilliantly made show that touches all your emotions and makes you ponder upon your own life.

What’s Ted Lasso?

The show follows U.S. American football coach Ted Lasso who heads to the U.K. to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football, having no idea on coaching the sport. Streaming on AppleTV+.

Jason Sudeikis is the centrepoint of the show, bringing such a wave of hope and optimism in his character, Ted Lasso that you almost never know the outcome of his process but you’re always rooting for him.

As mentioned earlier, the show touches upon the motivational aspect of life, the importance of teamwork (bringing everyone on board with a single focus is such a task, but when it does, you can see the beauty of it), the importance of your core group in your life, and overall a bigger purpose that you live by.

Ted Lasso, the show, drifts through personal characters and characters as a group, their journey, their ups and downs, and the cast alongside Jason Sudeikis has a done such a brilliant job at this.

Yes, I’m a bit late to the Ted Lasso party, and just before the season 2 arrival, so yeah more episodes sooner rather than later. Moreover, Apple really has done such a remarkable job with this.

One Word Review : Uplifting

Coexistence

Coexistence

To thrive as a human, we must coexist. What do I mean by that?

We are designed to ensure that we keep ourselves safe and we get to eat and sleep. Keeping history in mind, we’d do anything to ensure those things.

Over time, that anything has evolved into pulling other people down, doing wrong by others, picking out flaws in others and making yourself feel good or even getting frustrated by others and maintaining a distance from them, amongst other things.

However, where does that take you though?

In order to thrive, especially keeping our human relationships in mind (friendly, romantic, professional, and others), we must learn to coexist.

Yes, being aware is good. Yes, being woke is good. Yes, taking care of yourself is good. But eventually, in order to feel fulfilled, in order to evolve, in order to thrive, that answer lies in maintaining a common ground with others and then walking on that middle ground together.

When that happens, there would be lesser arguments, lesser disagreements, lesser frustration and better relationships with others.

The answer is coexistence.

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The Last 7 Days #66 (07.06 – 13.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the 66th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. The Inconvenient Truth about Your “Authentic” Self. Read here.
  2. How Philosophers Think? Read more here.
  3. Shedding More Light on How Instagram Works. Check it out here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. In this episode of Think Fast, Talk Smart, host, and lecturer Matt Abrahams interviews Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of Dying for a Paycheck, about the verbal and nonverbal ways we can harness, or give away, our authority in communication. Listen here.
  2. On Creator Economics, Marques Brownlee aka MKBHD discusses how he runs his channel, the evolution of tech reviewers, and future technologies he’s most excited about. Listen more here.
  3. On ‘Stars se baatein with Salil‘, Chef Ranveer Brar lets us in on insider secrets of the trade- how chefs became influencers in India, what he learnt from his failures, learning to adapt and why there aren’t more new names in the celebrity chef world. Check it out here.
  4. How do we know whom to trust? on the podcast, Philosophy for our Times. Listen here.
  5. On 22 Yarns with Gaurav Kapur, Yuvraj Singh discusses the 2007 and 2011 World Cup triumphs, the unfair criticism he had to face at various times, grooming the next generation of Indian cricketers, his 1000-bed hospital initiative, and more. Listen more here.

What To Watch:

  1. Why iPhone’s features are always “late”? Watch here.
  2. How are KitKats made in the factory? Check it out here.
  3. Raj and DK, along with Manoj Bajpayee do a post-mortem of The Family Man S2 on Film Companion. Watch it here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – Schitt’s Creek (A married couple suddenly go bankrupt and the only remaining asset they have is an ugly small town named Schitt’s Creek.) Now streaming on Netflix here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Milestone (Recently marking 500,000 kilometers on the road, a newly bereaved trucker faces the threat of losing the job that has come to define him to a new intern.) Now streaming on Netflix here.

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #11 (06.06 – 12.06)

My Weekly Learnings #11 (06.06 – 12.06)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. There is no life of only pleasure and no pain, of only success and no failure, of only acceptance and no rejection. To have one, you must have the other. [Mark Manson]

2. The moral panic over social media will continue to distract us from more important, less sensational problems like sleep and family closeness. Is this moral panic justified? [Nir Eyal] (Read more here – https://www.nirandfar.com/social-media-and-teens)

3. The purpose of life is the life of purpose [Robin Sharma] (Learn more here – https://open.spotify.com/episode/7jKed5UOAgPUBHCwmvP0ax)

4. The faster you jump to conclusions, the more likely you are to default to fashionable thinking. [David Perell] (Read more here – https://perell.com/essay/how-philosophers-think/)

5. Most people don’t want accurate information, they want validating information. Growth requires you to be open to unlearning ideas that previously served you. [James Clear]

Nothing to Say

Nothing to Say

There is no rule or obligation that everyone must have an opinion on a particular subject and they need to voice those opinions.

On the contrary, the lesser opinions one has, the more they are subject to widening their perspective and learn more about it.

Which means, if you have nothing to say, then don’t say anything.

Better or Worse than we are?

Better or Worse than we are?

We never seem to understand who we are. Our perceptions about ourselves are always on the either side of the scale, either we think we are better off than we really are, or we think we are worse than we really are.

That thinking stems from a ton of things, but that sort of thinking cannot be ignored which also counts a lack of self awareness.

Without self awareness, we are never really able to understand us. Subtract all the outer layers, and then understanding what’s left, because that’s the real us.

Better or Worse than we really are? That thinking will unfortunately never make us understand who we really are, and who do we want to be.

On the bright side, everyone does it, on the other side, we really need to stop doing it.

A life reset button?

A life reset button?

If you could hit a button that would reset your life, would you hit it?

This button would reset everything, who you are, your thoughts, your habits, everything about your past and present and everything that you have thought of the future.

This button will create a new you, where you recreate yourself + a brand new subconscious memory (with no background of the narratives and biases you have in your brain).

But, this button will also make you forget your memories and your experiences, all your learnings from your mistakes and your successes as well. Everything you have built (not materialistic things).

Such a question makes you think the value of who you are, your life. So, if there was a button to reset your life, would you hit it?

Rough Roads

Rough Roads

Rough Roads. Difficult Journeys. Hiccups. Everyone goes through such phases in life.

Such a phase teaches us the most important lessons, tests us in the toughest of times, and ensures whether we’re ready for the next step or not.

Has the rough road chosen us or have we chosen the rough road? That is surely debatable. But even if we willingly chose it, there must be a reason.

Such a phase is not understandable to ourselves, let alone others. But one can only assume that it gives a chance to strengthen ourselves, it gives us the opportunity to make decisions we otherwise wouldn’t have, it allows us to run when we are ready to run.

Often, you find a diversion towards a highway when you get out of the rough road.

Listening is an underrated skill

Listening is an underrated skill

We talk. We like to blabber. We listen to reply, and not to learn and understand someone else. That’s how we have programmed ourselves to be.

If someone doesn’t talk, they’re labelled as arrogant, selfish, or what not.

But what is someone labelled as who listens well?

Listening is a skill that isn’t headlined enough and is surely lacked in many of us. Let’s call it an underrated skill. Those who have the skill understand its value, those who don’t never will.

When you actually listen, you observe, you understand that certain someone, you understand their perspective, their point of view. Moreover, you get to learn something yourself, you get to widen your perspective, you get to understand how people of a certain taste think or act for example. All of that happens when you just listen.

Instead of throwing up your opinions everywhere, how about just listening? How about polishing that underrated skill in your life portfolio?

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The Last 7 Days #65 (31.05 – 06.06)

With another Sunday, here’s the 65th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. How (not) to miss a deadline? Read here.
  2. What If You Could Do It All Over?The uncanny allure of our unlived lives. Read more here.
  3. Shaan Puri’s opinion piece on why he thinks Clubhouse will fail? Check it out here.
  4. Everything’s becoming a subscription, and the pandemic is partly to blame. Read here.


What To Listen:

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

  1. Joe Rogan in conversation with Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the universe, UFOs, aliens, and more on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Listen here.
  2. In this episode of The School of Greatness, Lewis and Sadhguru discuss karma and how it affects us everyday, why we shouldn’t be worried about getting rid of waste in our life, the evil of limited identity, why we need to redefine abundance in our lives, the problem with “being in the moment.”, and so much more. Listen more here.
  3. On Just B with Bethenny Frankel, Matthew McConaughey talks about being discovered in a bar and staying true to your word. Check it out here.
  4. On Origin Stories, Dr. Horacio de la Iglesia, a neurobiologist, talks about an unexpected connection between sleep and the moon’s cycles. Listen to it here.
  5. Podcast Recommendation: EW’s Binge: The Fast Saga (Entertainment Weekly’s BINGE Podcast is taking you through The Fast & Furious films a quarter-mile at a time, with the stars who brought them to life). Check it out here.


What To Watch:

  1. On Superpumped, Tanmay Bhat and Akshay BD in conversation with the founders of India’s first unicorn protocol ‘Matic’ aka Polygon, Sandeep Nailwal and Jaynti Kanani. Watch it here.
  2. On The Overlap, Harry Maguire reveals to Gary Neville why he chose United over City, EURO hopes & more. Watch here.
  3. On the Lightcast Podcast, Zack Snyder talks Suck It Warner Bros, Army Of The Dead, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and more! Check it out here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – The Family Man 2 (A working man from the National Investigation Agency tries to protect the nation from terrorism, but he also needs to keep his family safe from his secret job) Now streaming on Amazon Prime here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Kala (The death of a beloved dog hurls two men into a violent and bloody conflict on a sprawling estate in Kerala.) Now streaming on Amazon Prime here.

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #10 (30.05 – 05.06)

My Weekly Learnings #10 (30.05 – 05.06)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

For this week’s edition, I’m sharing a second edition of the quotes from Star Wars : The Clone Wars (continuing from the first set here) (updating the quotes as and when I watch more episodes)

Star Wars : The Clone Wars. A series created by George Lucas, began with a theatrical feature film, and is set in the fictional Star Wars galaxy during the three years between the prequel films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
At the start of each episode is a line that summarizes a lesson, a takeaway from the episode and its definitely something to learn.

S01E12 : Fail with honor rather than succeed with fraud

S01E13 (Jedi Crash) : Greed and Fear of Loss are the roots that lead to the tree of evil

S01E14 (Defenders of Peace) : When surrounded by war, one must eventually choose a side.

S01E15 (Trespass) : Arrogance diminishes Wisdom

S01E17 (Blue Shadow Virus) : Fear is a disease; hope is its only cure.

S01E18 (Mystery of the Thousand Moons) : A single chance is a galaxy of hope

S01E19 (Storm over Ryloth) : It is a rough road that leads to the heights of Greatness

S01E20 (Innocents of Ryloth) : The costs of war can never be truly accounted for

S01E21 (Liberty on Ryloth) : Compromise is a virtue to be cultivated, not a weakness to be despised.


will hopefully update more in the coming series as and when I watch more episodes —

According to the circumstance at hand

According to the circumstance at hand

What is the circumstance at hand and what does it ask of you? Does it require you to stay the same or does it require you to adapt?

The situation could be in control or it could not be, but you need to act according to the circumstance at hand, and not how you would regularly react.

That’s what the circumstance at hand demands of you. To stay sharp. To stay atop of things. To not let things get out of your control. No matter what.

Once you are able to adapt according to every situation that life throws at you, then you’re in control, then you’re able to live life on your own terms, then you’re on a path of growth and improvement.

The past influences the Present influences the Future

The past influences the Present influences the Future

Life runs in a cycle, where every moment affects another moment constantly.

Everything that we did in the past affects us today, every past action’s outcome is being lived today, in the present.

The same cycle will carry on for tomorrow as well. Our present thoughts, plans, and action will influence our future.

If the future needs to be better than the present, then we need to make the present better in order to make the future better.

The past influences the present influences the future.

Personal Space

Personal Space

A space where you as an individual has privacy, you have your boundaries respected, along with peace that you seek, a space where you can truly be yourself and be honest with yourself, that is how I’d describe a well-defined personal space.

Such a space for yourself does not come easy, if one has it, they should definitely be grateful for it. If not, the next question should be, what can be done about it?

What are the problems that does not let you have such a space? What are the reforms that you’d need to make? Can such a space be possible for you? Those are the questions you need to ask yourself if you think you need a space as mentioned above.

Staying neutral is picking a side

Staying neutral is picking a side

There are two sides to a coin. For and against. People are on the either side of it, either for or against, and very rarely (if not, never) would you see everybody on just one end of the coin.

So, according to what is right to us, we pick a side and then voice our opinions towards it, or moreover live by that side. (now this applies to a numerous amount of things)

What happens when you don’t pick a side? When you choose to stay silent? When you want to stay neutral?

The bigger question is, is that possible?

If not by words, then by action, and if not by action, then by thought, everyone chooses a side.

Due to mainly fear, or with a lack of acceptance, or not wanting to be seen choosing a particular side, one stays neutral.

But, even in doing so they are choosing a side. But silently. And subconsciously. That neutrality is then counted towards wherever the majority is. Because that’s how it works.

Unless you state otherwise.

RTHReviews : Schitt’s Creek

RTHReviews : Schitt’s Creek



Like most of us, Schitt’s Creek caught my attention a bit too late, having no recollection of it prior to 2020. Anyhow, a show of this caliber, I’m glad I took my own sweet time of watching it than binge watching it, as is the culture.

For someone who has been tv shows and films for a while, it becomes difficult to count something as truly unique or something that is your top 5, and Schitt’s Creek ticked off both those boxes for me.

What’s the story? A married couple suddenly go bankrupt and the only remaining asset they have is an ugly small town named Schitt’s Creek.

What can you say about Schitt’s Creek that isn’t said already? The progression of the storyline, the depth of the characters, how relatable they are, the journey they’ve had, is super fun to watch. The show makes you feel good, makes you feel positive, and is extremely well written and created. Dan Levy and Eugene Levy have done a remarkable job at that.

Speaking of which, the actors and their performances. The journey of every character is one to watch, their character arcs, their progress, you fall in love with every one of them. Whether its Dan or Eugene Levy, or Catherine O’Hara or Annie Murphy or any of the cast members, you relate with someone at some point in their story, and that’s makes this watch even more fascinating.

Bottom Line: This is one of the best things one can watch, if you choose to invest a considerable amount of time on a tv show. You will certainly appreciate your decision for choosing this show.

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The Last 7 Days #64 (24.05 – 30.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the 64th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. On the Link Between Great Thinking and Obsessive Walking. Read here.
  2. An Instagram Engagement Report 2021 by HubSpot. Check it out here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. Brian Muraresku explores the role of psychedelics and the birth of philosophy, on Philosophy for our Times podcast. Listen here.
  2. On The Business Side with Ian Borthwick, Colin and Samir talk about the creator economy, the present and future of influencers, and more. Check it out here.
  3. Jay Shetty on his journey from his college days to becoming a monk to running a wellness business, on ‘How I Built This with Guy Raz.’ Listen more here.
  4. On the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Zack Snyder takes a deep dive into his action film loves and pet peeves, his dream DC and Star Wars projects, and much more. Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. Neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky, author Dan Shapiro, and others explore the science behind ‘us vs. them’. Watch it here.
  2. In ‘Snyder School,’ Zack Snyder takes us on a four episode journey into his groundbreaking creative process as a filmmaker. In Episode 1, Zack discusses his approach to creating a title sequence, from storyboard sketches to special effects, in Army of the Dead, as well as 300, Watchmen, and Justice League. Check it out here.
  3. In this episode of ‘Notes On A Scene,’ Director Zack Snyder breaks down a zombie heist scene from ‘Army of the Dead.’ Zack guides us through the nuances and challenges of working with CGI zombies, and explains how he was able to edit Tig Notaro into his ‘Army of the Dead’. Watch it here.
  4. Documentary of the Week – Friends: The Reunion (“Friends: The Reunion”, also known as “The One Where They Get Back Together”, is a 2021 reunion special of the American television sitcom Friends.) Now streaming on Zee5.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Cruella (an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil.) Now streaming on Disney+

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #9 (23.05 – 29.05)

My Weekly Learnings #9 (23.05 – 29.05)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. The bad days are more important than the good days.
If you…

– write
– exercise
– meditate
– cook
– whatever
… when you don’t feel like it, then you maintain the habit.

And if you maintain the habit, then all you need is time. (James Clear)

2. When you can’t decide between two choices, pick the one with short-term costs and long-term benefits. (Shane Parrish)

3. What I write ≠ what you read. (Jack Butcher)

4. Happiness comes from WHAT we do. Fulfillment comes from WHY we do it. (Simon Sinek)

5. When you see a journalist writing articles to impress other journalists or a restaurant owner trying to impress other foodies and restaurant owners, it’s usually not practical or high-quality.

The journalist or restaurant owner may receive accolades within certain elite circles, but that doesn’t reflect reality.

A scientist or an experimentalist gets feedback from Mother Nature, and an entrepreneur gets feedback from a free market in which people vote with their money and time. Those are much better predictors. [Naval] (Listen more here – https://nav.al/optimism)

One Week into Clubhouse (App Review)

One Week into Clubhouse (App Review)

Since the third quarter of 2020, the biggest noise amongst all the media platforms was made by this app called Clubhouse.

What is it actually? “Clubhouse is an invitation-only social media app for iOS and Android where users can communicate in voice chat rooms that accommodate groups of up to 5,000 people. The audio-only app hosts live discussions, with opportunities to participate through speaking and listening.”

The who’s who of the entrepreneurial community, pop culture, sports, you name it and there was a known figure speaking in one of the rooms (that has significantly reduced though as the time has passed).

For the longest time Clubhouse was exclusive to iOS, until about May 2021 when they finally rolled out the Android version globally. May 21st was when the Android version released in India and also my first day on the app.

They took such a period of time to launch the version for Android, join in the news of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Spotify now working on the same feature, I did have my doubts about the app and whether the hype cycle was over.

As I browse the app on the first day, being a person of varied interests and not looking for just a single interest of rooms, I was amazed at the variety of topics being discussed on the app.

  • You have tens and hundreds and thousands of people speaking and listening in a room, interacting with each other, sometimes its a discussion on a topic, sometimes a debate, other times its a musical room or a game room, or just a room for networking. Moreover, the rooms on mental health and positivity are to look out for. The topics that are happening or the ones that can happen, the potential is enormous.

  • Top that with interacting with anyone, from anywhere in the country or the world. The moderators of the room do a top job with the running of the room and handling those who speak, ensuring the room is being run in a safe space.

  • Which brings me to my third and an important point, the Clubhouse room vibes are quite positive and refreshing, and the energy you feel makes you want to listen (even if you’re not the one who’s speaking, which is absolutely fine).

  • A fourth point, before we move on to the downside of the app, you don’t have to necessarily speak at all. Just listen. There’s so much to learn. Diverse opinions. Points of view. Different cultures, nationalities. You can just listen to it and take it all in.

Now that we have spoken all the good things about Clubhouse (and I’m sure there are more), let’s have a look at the downside or say the cons of using the app.

  • I’m currently averaging 6+ hours on Clubhouse on a daily basis, whether actively or in the background, but that’s the time range. And I’ve never used any social media platform, ever before, for that much. Now that’s good for the app, but definitely not for the user.

It almost feels like you’re in a garden and you want to wander around, looking at different flowers, well, that’s Clubhouse.

  • Spoiler alert, it definitely screws up your sleep cycle as well. And well, sometimes your focus is lost from other things, because you’re on Clubhouse.

  • Another downside from what I scanned through, listening is good, but also know whom you’re listening to. There are too many rooms, and one can get easily manipulated into a point of view or a perspective they initially didn’t believe in. So read the room, read the speakers and then soak in everything.

  • One more thing that will be seen in the coming months is, how does Clubhouse hold itself when the other platforms’ launch their audio features (as Twitter has already done) and how distributed the audience becomes.

That’s my one week into Clubhouse. *checking myself into the app again*
The more you think…

The more you think…

The more you think…

The deeper you’re able to dive into a topic…

The more answers you can search…

The biases and narratives you’re able to uncover…

Sometimes it is a hole you dig for yourself…

But often times, its a blessing than a bane…

The deeper you think…

The more of life can you understand.

A day without Judgement

A day without Judgement

Every individual, since their childhood, is laden with the society narratives and biases and thus grows up to be someone who is in a constant comparison with everyone else.

That leads to judging others, at every moment, noticing their smallest of flaws (because eventually it makes you feel better).

Instead of noticing your strengths, you’re on a lookout for others’ failures. It unfortunately doesn’t lead anywhere, except you feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied all the time.

What can be done differently is to take a different approach to this altogether. Once you realize this mindset, then you can take steps to reform yourself. Sure, the results will not appear in a day, but the first step can surely be taken.

A day without Judgement

That is what I propose. Be on the lookout for every thought you have. Try to go on an entire day without judging anyone or anything (no judgements against real or fictional beings).

The moment you break the chain, note down what exactly was the judgement, how it made you feel and was it even necessary.

Now, try again tomorrow and try to go on even longer (until you can complete an entire day without a single ounce of judgement through your thoughts and words).

If the roles were reversed?

If the roles were reversed?

We are quick to judge others. We are quick to criticize others. We are quick to jump on conclusions. We are quick to point fingers at others.

If we don’t like what someone said to us, or how they reacted, how they acted in the first place, than hail mary!

But, what if the roles were reversed?

What if you do the exact same thing, but you don’t even realize it?

Would you then judge yourself or criticize yourself or point fingers at yourself?

RTHReviews : Army of the Dead

RTHReviews : Army of the Dead


A fast-paced Zombie-apocalypse film, shot and directed by Zack Snyder, what else can one ask for. Zack definitely delivers on the cinematographic point of view, and being his film, you had to expect a few slo-mos here and there.

The story has been penned down quite smartly, giving way for a sequel, a prequel which Netflix has already ordered along with an animated series, so we have already got a franchise here. However, in the micro, there were a few flaws, a few clichés that were a little off, but how he has approached the concept of zombies here is quite remarkable. Background score on point as well.

A few of the cast members were chosen perfectly for their role and were fantastic to watch. Anyhow, watch it for the zombies, watch it for the direction, watch it for Zack Snyder.

One Line Review : This film is Zack Snyder at his best.

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The Last 7 Days #63 (17.05 – 23.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the 63rd edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. Elon Musk: Memelord or Meme Lifter? Read here.
  2. Google revives RSS. Read more here.
  3. The Power of Small Wins. Read here.
  4. ‘Why Is My Data Important? How Much Is It Worth?’ Check it out here.
  5. 10 powerful lessons from the best commencement speeches of all time (a Twitter thread). Check it out here

What To Listen:

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


  1. On the Sway podcast, Kara Swisher interviews Evan Spiegel on how he will compete with augmented-reality technology from Apple and Amazon, and whether glasses and creator gifting will help him win a war with TikTok or Instagram. Listen here.
  2. On this episode of Advertising Is Dead, Varun speaks to Harsh Lal, Co-Founder at The Souled Store about how he’s built the company on a foundation of fandom, but also how he’s been able to diversify his product range beyond it to truly expand his business. Listen to it here.
  3. Leslie John, associate professor at Harvard Business School, on how to talk yourself up (without turning people off), on the HBR Ideacast podcast. Check it out here.
  4. On Recode Media, Bloomberg’s Brad Stone and Recode’s Jason Del Rey report on all things Amazon and Jeff Bezos. They discuss how Bezos built his global empire and Stone’s new book ‘Amazon Unbound.’ Listen here.
  5. Sam Neill talks with Dan Patrick about the iconic scene in ‘Jurassic Park’ where Dr. Alan Grant sees a dinosaur for the first time and teases some special effects from ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’, on That Scene with Dan Patrick. Check it out here.


What To Watch:

  1. MKBHD talks Tech and AI with Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Watch it here.
  2. Why the world’s most famous car race is in Monaco? Check it out here.
  3. Gary Neville interviews Harry Kane about his Tottenham career, his time with England team, the World Cup, and his hopes for the EUROs, and more. Watch here.
  4. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Army of the Dead (After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever.) Now streaming on Netflix here.
  5. Netflix Special of the Week – Creating an Army of the Dead (Zack Snyder and his “Army of the Dead” team dive into the film’s wild stunts, groundbreaking effects and the evolution of the zombie genre.) Watch it here.

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

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

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


My Weekly Learnings #8 (16.05 – 22.05)

My Weekly Learnings #8 (16.05 – 22.05)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

For this week’s edition, I decided to take a different route and share something quite interesting.

So I’ve been watching this animated series, Star Wars : The Clone Wars. A series created by George Lucas, began with a theatrical feature film, and is set in the fictional Star Wars galaxy during the three years between the prequel films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

At the start of each episode is a line that summarizes a lesson, a takeaway from the episode and its definitely something to learn. Since I’ve recently started the series, sharing the few quotes that I’ve come across as of now.

S02E16 (Cat and Mouse) : A wise leader knows when to follow.

S01E16 (The Hidden Enemy) : Truth enlightens the mind, but won’t always bring happiness to your heart.

S03E01 (Clone Cadets) : Brothers in arms are brothers for life.

S03E03 (Supply Lines) : Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

S01E01 (Ambush) :  Great leaders inspire greatness in others.

S01E02 (Rising Malevolence) : Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.

S01E03 (Shadow of Malevolence) : Easy is the path to wisdom for those not blinded by ego.

S01E04 (Destroy Malevolence) : A plan is only as good as those who see it through.

S01E05 (Rookies) : The best confidence builder is experience.

S01E06 (Downfall of a Droid) : Trust in your friends, and they’ll have reason to trust in you.

S01E07 (Duel of the Droids) : You hold onto friends by keeping your heart a little softer than your head.

S01E08 (Bombad Jedi) : Heroes are made by the times.

S01E09 (Cloak of Darkness) : Ignore your instincts at your peril.

S01E10 (Lair of Grievous) : Most powerful is he who controls his own power.

S01E11 (Dooku Captured) : The winding path to peace is always a worthy one, regardless of how many turns it takes.

will hopefully update more in the coming series as and when I watch more episodes —

Learning Happens Everywhere

Learning Happens Everywhere

If someone wants to truly learn, where’s the best place to do so?

But, the right question to ask is, what can I learn from this very thing that happened with me? (it can be anything that you just did)

The beauty about learning is that it happens anywhere and everywhere. You could be talking to someone and learning. You could’ve just read a tweet ot watched a video and learnt from it. You could’ve made a mistake and learnt from it.

Every moment, when carefully observed, has something to teach. Only if we are ready to look in that direction and gather some takeaway from it.

Top 5 Quotes from the film ‘Maharshi’

Top 5 Quotes from the film ‘Maharshi’

One who seeks victory is a Man. One who spreads Victory is a ‘Maharshi’. This one line describes the film, Maharshi and the kind of impact it has on you.

What’s the story about? “A rich businessman returns to India to mend ways with his ex-classmate. However, when he learns about his friend’s plight, he tries to help him and becomes a saviour for the villagers in the process.”


Apart from the film and what it stands for, another aspect that should be well-appreciated are the film’s dialogues, that we can learn from…

1. There are no full stops in success. There are just commas. Success is not a destination. Success is a journey.

2. In a world which remembers only the fastest runners, why would I live otherwise?

3. Do you know why so many people are left behind as failures here? Instead of identifying their strengths, they are scared of others’ strengths. They keep thinking about what others are doing, how they are and why it happens only to them and lose themselves. Here, everyone is a hero of their life. Everyone has their strengths.

4. If we step into the game with the fear of losing, we can never win.

5. One who seeks victory is a Man. One who spreads Victory is a ‘Maharshi’.

A Moment of Relaxation

A Moment of Relaxation

Either the time is spent thinking about what’s next – thinking about the future – thinking about the steps to be planned…

That leads to what if something goes wrong and then creating a backup plan – and then planning for it.

Or the time is spent thinking about what’s already done – the past – actions and thoughts – what went right and what went wrong and how it affects today.

Amidst this chaos, sometimes all you need is a moment of relaxation. A moment to relax – a moment to stay still and not think or worry about anything else – a moment to enjoy what your life is.

Sometimes all you need is that moment of relaxation.

Lost in Transmission

Lost in Transmission

Some things are said, but not understood. Some things unsaid, but yet understood. Sometimes your words don’t match your thoughts. Sometimes your actions don’t match your values. So much is lost in transmission.

One individual’s appreciation can be another individual’s insult. One individual’s lesson can be another individual’s failure. This is the reason context is key in each and every situation.

On the outer layer, we see everything from our own perspective, our own values, and our own experiences. But bring in context, and everything that was lost in transmission seems clearer now.

How can you maintain that balance of context is the key to maintaining everything.

Sir Alex Ferguson : Never Give In Review

Sir Alex Ferguson : Never Give In Review

An absolutely fantastic documentary, giving a light on Sir Alex’s 2018 falling incident and him thinking he’d lose his memory and his identity, and ultimately showcasing his journey as a player and a deeper insight into his managerial era.

This one is not just for the Manchester United fans, but anyone who’s interested in football would love it.

The documentary gives an in depth look at SAF’s career, his life, his decison-making, and more importantly his mindset. (For years, everyone has talked about his approach to the game and what was the secret behind his success… And now we get a sneak peek of it)

Its emotional, heart-touching and there’s a lot to learn from the legend himself, not to forget the goosebumps from time to time, along with a tear or two.

This is a must watch. (I do wish the documentary was longer, I wish Sir Alex would have delved deeper until 2013, but they wanted to capture his message, and maybe that was what mattered)

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The Last 7 Days #62 (10.05 – 16.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the 62nd edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. A Playbook for Negotiators in the Social Media Era. Read more here.
  2. Déjà vu is a neurological phenomenon. Read here.
  3. Just How Big Is The Universe? Check it out here.
  4. Why the Blockchain matters, by Seth Godin. Read here.

What To Listen:

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


  1. President Barack Obama sits down with Reid Hoffman in Part 1 of their two-part episode on finding the right moment to act, and when the moment chooses you, on Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman podcast. Check it out here.
  2. On ‘What I’ve Learned, with Ariana Huffington‘, Laurie Santos, cognitive scientist at Stanford, talks about happiness, resilience and the power of social connection. Listen here.
  3. Prince Harry joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how to approach mental health issues, growing up with privilege, and how healing it is to perform a service for someone, and much more. Listen to it here.
  4. Paul Davison and Rohan Seth on how they built Clubhouse, on ‘How I Built This with Guy Raz.’ Check it out here.
  5. On Good One: A Podcast about Jokes, Vir Das discusses his series, Ten on Ten and takes a deep dive into religion vs comedy. Listen here.

BONUS: Have you checked out my podcast yet? ‘Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast‘ Check it out at – Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts


What To Watch:


  1. Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live and whether you like it or hate it, you have to give it a watch. Check it out here.
  2. On Wild Ride with Steve-O, Casey Neistat talks about his move from NYC to LA, surfing, and an exclusive insight into his social media app Beme which he sold to CNN, and more. Watch here.
  3. Director Zack Snyder breaks down his illustrious career, including the music video for Lizzy Borden’s “Love is a Crime,” ‘Dawn of the Dead,’ ‘300,’ ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Sucker Punch,’ ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ and ‘Army of the Dead.’ Watch it here.
  4. Documentary Recommendation of the Week – Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (A look at the life and legend of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.)
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – The Mitchells v the Machines (A quirky, dysfunctional family’s road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope) Now streaming on Netflix here.

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

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

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


I write a newsletter called ‘The Weekly Zazz‘ for my subscribers, where you can receive the above content and much more on your mail, with an intent of combining thought, emotion and information on mindset, marketing, pop culture and more. If you wish to subscribe, check out https://rth24.substack.com

My Weekly Learnings #7 (09.05 – 15.05)

My Weekly Learnings #7 (09.05 – 15.05)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. If you want to spread an idea, write an essay that makes it easy to understand. If you want to spread an action, build a product that makes it easy to do. (James Clear)

2. Four Stoic Tips to build Self-discipline
– Use the morning to set your intentions for the day
– Realize that you choose to give in to distraction
– At the end of the day, review your choices. What worked? What didn’t?
– Resolve to do better tomorrow.

3. The American Psychological Association once invited William James to give a talk on the first 50 years of psychology research.
He simply said: “People, by and large, become what they think of themselves.”
Then, he left. [David Perell]

4. Truth enlightens the mind, but won’t always bring happiness to your heart. (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Be Alert or Miss the Train?

Be Alert or Miss the Train?

Opportunities. Takeaways. Lessons. Memories. Experiences. Moments. They come and they go.

Now, either you’re alert to receive them. To form them. To learn from them. To enjoy them.

Or you’re busy with something else, or you’re not present enough and unfortunately, you miss the train.

How can I take care of my body?

How can I take care of my body?

‘How can I lose my weight?’ – a question that’s often asked time and time again, by every human being.

It’s always about the weight. It’s always about the calories. It’s always about the numbers on the scale.

And these weight loss goals, whilst they do motivate you to take action, they also lead on a path that’s short-term and result oriented, hence resulting in you taking this path again and again.

But ask yourself a different question, one that always benefits your body, a question that constantly helps you on a path to having a healthy body.

How can I take care of my body?

A question that you will ask yourself when you start your day, when you end your day, and before having any and every meal.

A question that will make you understand the benefits of working out, the importance of it on your mind and body.

A question that will make you understand how important are certain ingredients to your body, how disastrous are some and how you are addicted to certain foods that don’t benefit you at all.

A question that keeps you on your toes, keeps you in check, and also keeps you motivated.

Ask yourself, “How can I take care of my body?”

What are you watching?

What are you watching?

Our brain constantly records each and every thing that we do – what we consume (read, listen and watch). There are then neurological and psychological impacts to all of it.


In simple terms, what you feed to the brain is extremely important, because neurologically, our brain and our body organs are connected. Every thought that occurs, originating from what you consume, leads to a particular emotion (the type of emotion is then based on the category of thought) and the implication of that emotion is then felt in the body.

Psychologically, based on what you consume, your brain is constantly mapping out, in case of a film you’re watching, the character’s traits, their emotions, their journey in the storyline, your takeaways from it and something like this on a micro scale leads to changing how we think, how we act and how we talk.

Now, the question arises, what are you watching?

Because apart from how you originally think, the society narratives that have already influenced you, and the type of conversations you have, what you watch is going to impact your thoughts, your emotions, your actions, how you behave, how you think of yourself and of others etc.

The next time you choose to watch something, try and understand what you’re taking away from that consumption and the similarities of it in your real life.

RTHReviews : TVF Aspirants

RTHReviews : TVF Aspirants


Whether it is TVF’s Permanent Roommates, or TVF Pitchers, or TVF Triplings, or Panchayat, and now with Aspirants, they just know how to hit it right everytime. (at the time of writing this, I’m yet to Kota Factory which is next on my watchlist)

Does the show entertain you? Does the show educate you? Is the time well-invested when you watch this? And the answer to all of those questions is a big YES.

TVF Aspirants, a web series that depicts the life of UPSC aspirants who are living in Rajender Nagar, Delhi, is one which is very well depicted and portrayed. More than the storyline which was already great (written by Deepesh Sumitra Jagdish), what was even better to watch here was the journey of the characters and their emotional depth that was relatable and made us connect with them.

Naveen Kasturia, Shivankit Parihar, Namita Dubey, Abhilash Thapliyal, and the actor who stole the show away, Sunny Hinduja, all of them deserve a big hearty applause for their character portrayal. Brilliant job.

The show has some great takeaways, teaches the audience a few good lessons that are valuable for a lifetime and those key dialogues which made some scenes so much special.

Along with all of this, there was another essential factor which made the show what it is – that background score, it just made every scene right, it made the show so much more special.

Well done, TVF.

(Now streaming on YouTube here.)

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The Last 7 Days #61 (03.05 – 09.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the 61th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. 8 Reasons Why Rome Fell (Find out why one of history’s most legendary empires finally came crashing down) Check it out here.
  2. What’s the difference between DApp, iDApp and DAO? And why they are the future of blockchain? Read more here.
  3. The Main Reason for Your Pandemic Boredom. Read here.
  4. Transforming Tata (India’s largest conglomerate needs to reimagine itself). Check it out here.
  5. There are 5 eras in the universe’s lifecycle. Right now, we’re in the second era. Read more here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. Mark Manson on why you should look for sh@t sandwiches, how people can give a f*ck about only two to four things, how actions create passion, not vice versa and more, on Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast. Listen here.
  2. In this episode of WorkLife with Adam Grant, author and activist Glennon Doyle sits down with Adam to discuss letting go of past identities — and rethinking the idea of identity as a whole. Listen more here.
  3. On ‘What I’ve Learned, with Arianna Huffington’, Tim Ferriss speaks about gratitude, sleep, meditation and self-care, and giving up control. Check it out here.
  4. On The Information’s 411 podcast, Alex Heath and Mathew Olson interview Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the promise of augmented and virtual reality. They discuss why he’s investing so much time and money on the technology, how it could forever change entertainment and the workplace and what technical hurdles still need to be overcome for the technology to reach its potential. Listen here.
  5. Kevin Rose sits down with Gary Vaynerchuck to discuss his new NFT project, VeeFriends, on the Modern Finance podcast. Check it out here.

BONUS: Have you checked out my podcast yet? ‘Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast‘ Check it out at – Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts


What To Watch:

  1. In this episode of The School of Greatness, Lewis Howes and Tony Robbins discuss three habits Tony wishes he knew in his twenties and thirties, why loving yourself is not the secret to success, the key to “stacking the positives” in your life, why you’re raising your kids to be more insecure and unsafe and how you can change it, why millennials could be the best generation if they play their cards right, and so much more. Watch here.
  2. Balaji Srinivasan on how to fix the media, cloud communities and crypto, on the My First Million Podcast with Shaan Puri & Sam Parr. Check it out here.
  3. Short Film Recommendation of the Week – The Letter Room (An empathetic corrections officer gets transferred to the prison’s letter room, where he finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row.)
  4. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Maharshi (A rich businessman returns to India to mend ways with his ex-classmate. However, when he learns about his friend’s plight, he tries to help him and becomes a saviour for the villagers in the process.) Now streaming on Amazon Prime here.

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

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

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


I write a newsletter called ‘The Weekly Zazz‘ for my subscribers, where you can receive the above content and much more on your mail, with an intent of combining thought, emotion and information on mindset, marketing, pop culture and more. If you wish to subscribe, check out https://rth24.substack.com

My Weekly Learnings #6 (02.05 – 08.05)

My Weekly Learnings #6 (02.05 – 08.05)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. All bad behavior comes from an absence or momentary lapse of long-term thinking. [Kunal Shah]

2. 3 Things School Taught You Without You Even Realizing It:
A. You learned success is determined by the approval of others
B. You learned failure is a source of shame, rather than a stepping stone to success
C. You learned to depend on authority for thoughts & interpretations [Mark Manson]

3. The most unhappy person on an Olympic medal podium is the silver medalist.
Because silver medalists focus on what they failed to accomplish (win gold), while bronze medalists focus on what they accomplished (winning a medal).
This isn’t theoretical.
A study proved it true.
It’s the difference between “I almost…” and “At least I…”
Turns out that difference in mindset represents a significant amount of happiness. (an excerpt from the book Stretch) [Josh Spector]

4. 7 Productivity Recommendations by Elon Musk were a good read, in the form of a Twitter thread by user, Gabriel Gruber. Check it out here.

RTHReviews : Godzilla vs Kong

RTHReviews : Godzilla vs Kong


We are living in 2021, an age where technology is rapidly advancing and if there is one thing that should be done right, that’s the VFX. Does Godzilla vs Kong deliver on that front, let’s find out.

Firstly, right off the bat, one can directly watch this film as a one-off and still get entertained, but to feel the depth of the characters and the story, it’d be suggested to watch Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (in that order) before you hop on to watch this.

Now, if you’ve seen those films, and then compare them with this, you’d notice that Godzilla vs Kong lacks a lot of depth, there’s no emotional connection with any of the human characters and the film ends up being too straightforward to watch. There’s this, there’s that and now watch the action – that’s the gist of the film. What keeps you tied up is the buildup of Kong and Godzilla from the previous films that keeps you going here.

All in all, what comes out of the film is that whether you’re a human, a creature, or a machine, everyone’s got an ego and everyone wants to be at the top.

Where does the movie actually deliver? VFX. That part they have done right and a good job at that. Whenever those action scenes pop up, or they take you to a location, it was a delight to watch the scenes.

Conclusively, you watch the film for the action and that’s it. There’s not much of a story that keeps you interested. Whose the winner of the film? Intellectual Property.

One Line Summary : Batman vs Superman : Dawn of Justice, much?

Reverse the Effects?

Reverse the Effects?

An action took place. An outcome occured. Is it possible to reverse the effects?

Not at all. You took on the consequences, the day you acted, very well knowing it led to two paths – you’d love the outcome or you wouldn’t.

Every day of your life, you have to live with the effects of your actions that you have already taken and they keep compounding.

Unless… You realize that past actions have present consequences, but you make a choice that you wouldn’t let your present actions have future consequences that you wouldn’t like.

Thinking, Thinking, and Overthinking

Thinking, Thinking, and Overthinking

Minute 1: Thinking about the Past (a certain action or a consequence of it)

Minute 2: Thinking about the Present (how you’re currently feeling, living the consequences of yesterday)

Minute 3: Thinking about the Future (how is today going to affect my tomorrow)

Minute 4: How could I have changed my past? (how could I have acted differently)

Minute 5: How can I change what I am currently feeling?

Minute 6: What can I do to not feel this tomorrow?

Minute 7: Thinking about how can tomorrow look different than today?

Minute 8: Daydreaming about an alternate timeline where everything is perfect

Minute 9: Overthinking about everything

And just like that, 9 minutes were spent on something that happened in the past, spread through today and the imaginative tomorrow. Alternate timelines were created, alternate scenarios were created, but with a lack of action, nothing changed.

The loop might repeat yet again, in another hour, in a few hours, multiple times in a day, for different topics, and different thoughts, again and again.

This happens to everyone.

The loop of thinking, thinking, and overthinking.

Until one can learn to snap back, be in the moment, understand what’s in their control, what’s not, what can be changed and what cannot be, and the actions that can be taken to actually change the today and tomorrow.

Where its needed

Where its needed

To those who need, not want, but need, and they shall receive.

Love will be given where its needed.

Support will be given where its needed.

Help will be given where its needed.

Anything that is required out of necessity and honesty, is often reciprocated with that particular ask, all that is required is you ask, but with honesty.

Yesterday I was clever, today I am wise.

Yesterday I was clever, today I am wise.

Quite often, people want to change the world, in some form or the other. Usually this stems from an understanding that something is missing, or something could be better, on a worldly scale.

But, at the same time, such a feeling also arises because your perspective or your point of view doesn’t match with the world’s and this quest to change the world often originates from you being able to change that.

A beautiful quote from Rumi fits in perfectly here, ‘Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.’
When you shed all the layers, when you start asking questions in depth, when you start facing your own vulnerabilities, you also understand how much you need to change yourself.

Instead of portraying your perspective onto others, you need to upgrade yourself and understand others’ perspectives and point-of-views. When you change yourself, you also elevate yourself to understand what someone else is going through and what do they want, instead of the initial version where you wanted to place your thoughts onto others.

When that happens, is when this quote also makes the perfect sense to you, and you are able to use the learning from this beautiful quote from Rumi.

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The Last 7 Days #60 (26.04 – 02.05)

With another Sunday, here’s the 60th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing. Read more here.
  2. The psychology behind ‘revenge bedtime procrastination‘. Read here.
  3. Why has the Ethereum price gone parabolic? Check it out here.
  4. German soccer rules: 50+1 explained. Read here.
  5. The Super League is the grim end game of the attention economy. Read more here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. Will Smith sits down with Jay Shetty to talk about his commitment to family, straying away from his father’s military mindset in search of true happiness, and how to live the golden rule – to treat others how you want to be treated, on On Purpose with Jay Shetty. Listen more here.
  2. On the Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman, Dave Asprey talks rules of fasting, cravings vs hunger, the impact of fasting and more. Check it out here.
  3. On TED Talks Daily, neuroscientist Lisa Genova on how your memory works and why forgetting is totally ok. Listen here.
  4. Vlad Tenev on how he built Robinhood, on ‘How I Built This with Guy Raz‘ podcast. Listen to it here.
  5. A dive deep into the rise and fall of Boosted Boards, possibly the most famous electric skateboard brand of all time, on Waveform: the MKBHD podcast. Listen here.

BONUS: Have you checked out my podcast yet? ‘Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast‘ Check it out at – Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts


What To Watch:

  1. Apple vs the Paradox of Choice: how Apple kills entire companies with the flip of 1 switch? Watch here.
  2. Anupama Chopra on being a film critic, the future of Indian Cinema, and building content around content, on The Varun Duggi Show. Watch it here.
  3. Filmmaker Danfung Dennis, Bill Nye, and actor Alan Alda discuss the science of empathy and the ways that the ability can be cultivated and practiced to affect meaningful change, both on a personal and community level. Check it out here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – TVF Aspirants (a web series that depicts the life of UPSC aspirants who are living in Rajender Nagar, Delhi.) Now streaming on YouTube here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Ramprasad ki Tehrvi (Bauji’s entire family comes under one roof for 13 days after he passes away. We get a glimpse of their dynamics, politics and insecurities as each one of them is on their journey to discover their own selves and truth.) Now streaming on Netflix here.

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

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

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


I write a newsletter called ‘The Weekly Zazz‘ for my subscribers, where you can receive the above content and much more on your mail, with an intent of combining thought, emotion and information on mindset, marketing, pop culture and more. If you wish to subscribe, check out https://rth24.substack.com

My Weekly Learnings #5 (25.04 – 01.05)

My Weekly Learnings #5 (25.04 – 01.05)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. No sense in being a puppet, especially if you can’t be sure who is pulling the strings or why. [Seth Godin]

(Read more here)

2. Writer Alice Walker on the discomfort of growth:

“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger than we were before.

Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant.

But what is most unpleasant is not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be… for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”

Source: Living by the Word: Essays

3. If you are going to be jealous of someone, you must be willing to swap your *entire* life for theirs. You can’t cherry-pick the aspect of their life you want.
You must give up *everything* you have and know. [Summarized for context; Naval on The Knowledge Project podcast]

4. Demonstration of success creates trust, which unlocks opportunities for further demonstration of success. The loop goes on, and that’s just the way it is. Hating people and complaining doesn’t do you any favours. [Kunal Shah on Paras Chopra’s Bold Conjectures podcast]

5. Fragmented attention is an enemy of engagement and excellence. [Adam Grant]

RTHReviews : Nobody

RTHReviews : Nobody


From the screenwriter behind the John Wick universe, Derek Kolstad, comes another film which unofficially seems to be in a similar universe or set in the same tone as the John Wick universe.

What does the official synopsis of the film say?

Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) fails to defend himself or his family when two thieves break into his suburban home one night. The aftermath of the incident soon strikes a match to his long-simmering rage. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must now save his wife and son from a dangerous adversary — and ensure that he will never be underestimated again.

So, coming back to the film, what was the hype about this film? Derek Kolstad writing the script and Bob Odenkirk starring in an action film, both enough to make you watch the film.

But did it produce the outcome they were looking for?

While it was great to see Bob Odenkirk in a new role, with the talent that he has, he’s the only one who’s pulling this film through.

The premise of the film doesn’t seem worthy of a storyline, it’s more of a ‘this had to be done, so the story could be made’ and moreover, there wasn’t anything typically new in the film.

A bunch of things just feel straightforward, you don’t get any twists and turns, you don’t get any thriller, it’s a pure action film that almost seems forced, walking around the bylines of the John Wick, but hardly being able to portray the depth or magnificence of the John Wock universe.

Why compare? Even if we don’t, it’s still ends up as a pretty straightforward film, which is a good watch, with more sequels to come, but don’t expect anything royal for sure.

Two differentiating factors that make the content interesting

Two differentiating factors that make the content interesting

There has been a long debate on whether the short-form content is taking over the content creation game and whether the value of long-form content has disappeared.


When you look at Snapchat, when you look at TikTok and what those platforms did to content creation, and that wave was then joined by Instagram Stories, Instagram Reels and other platforms coming up with similar features.

Since those times, there has been a heavy debate whether an individual should create long-form content or not, and more over, whether anyone would consume such long-form content, or rather have the attention to consume it.

Is that the case though? And have we really shifted to a time where people’s attention cannot be captured for over 60 seconds?

There are two differentiating factors that set the content apart, with respect to the platforms and with respect to the attention of the consumer – motivation and an individual’s interests.

An individual’s interests is key here, because if they’re really interested and invested into that particular topic, then irrespective of the duration, they’ll consume it.

Secondly, those interests need to be mixed with motivation. Sure, one might be interested, but are they motivated enough to put in that time and energy into consuming it, not just once, but again and again from that same creator?

Those two differentiating factors, once thought about, set your approach differently, irrespective of what the trends say, irrespective of where the current attention is, any form of content and any duration of content will always be consumed.

Proving people right?

Proving people right?

How many times have our conversations with others ended with the statement, “I’ll prove you wrong”.

Either in anger, or ego popping up, are the two major scenarios when one wants to prove someone else wrong.

Then, your life’s objective isn’t to be happy, isn’t to enjoy the process, isn’t to become better, but just to prove someone else wrong. And once you do that, then what?

Most people feel lost then.

Instead of facing off with such people, how about being around those people whom you want to prove right?

Such people who walk with you, who support you, and who also keep you grounded whilst supporting your vision.

Now what you’re doing is for the right reasons… Now you want to do something you are interested in, you want to do something that you want to spend your time on, and now you’re proving those people right who had your back.

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The Last 7 Days #59 (19.04 – 25.04)

With another Sunday, here’s the 59th edition of my weekly series, The Last 7 Days.

What’s it about?

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

Since the content I consume around the topics of mindset, marketing and movies brought me value, I decided to share that with you as well, through these weekly editions.

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


What To Read:

  1. “Bitcoin’s Whitepaper” by Satoshi Nakamoto. Read here.
  2. An interesting read on ‘Blame Games’. Read more here.
  3. Coordination, Good and Bad. Read here.
  4. EulerBeats and The Future of NFTs. Check it out here.
  5. The Neuroscience of Trust (Management behaviors that foster employee engagement). Read more here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. Platformer’s Casey Newton on the Big Technology Podcast to discuss the intensifying battle among Facebook, Clubhouse, Spotify, Apple, and Twitter in the new, social audio space. Listen here.
  2. On this episode of #NoSugarCoat, Pooja Dhingra talks to Nikhil Taneja on ‘hustle culture’ and coping with its mental health repercussions. Listen more here.
  3. Bryan Cranston breaks down the iconic final scene in the series finale of ‘Breaking Bad’, on That Scene with Dan Patrick. Check it out here.
  4. On this episode of Origin Stories, learn about the powerful instincts that cause us to avoid exercise even though we know it’s good for us. Listen here.
  5. On Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” star Viola Davis discuss working on another August Wilson play following her Oscar-winning role in “Fences.” She also talks race and representation issues that still plague Hollywood. Check it out here.

BONUS: Have you checked out my podcast yet? ‘Mindset Marketing Movies – an RTH24 podcast‘ Check it out at – Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts


What To Watch:

  1. How filmmakers make cameras disappear? (Mirrors in Movies) Watch here.
  2. A deep-dive into Zack Snyder’s Justice League with Zack Snyder himself, on JusticeCon. Watch here.
  3. AR Rahman on his passion for music, how he created a song like Kun Faya Kun, his journey in the west, and much more on The Ranveer Show. Check it out here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Falcon and the Winter Soldier are a mismatched duo who team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.) Now streaming on Hotstar here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – The Father (A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.)

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

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

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


I write a newsletter called ‘The Weekly Zazz‘ for my subscribers, where you can receive the above content and much more on your mail, with an intent of combining thought, emotion and information on mindset, marketing, pop culture and more. If you wish to subscribe, check out https://rth24.substack.com

Summarizing Oscars 2021

Summarizing Oscars 2021

So the Academy Awards finally took place, packed with a few surprises and upsets, and matching most of the predicted outcomes.


(For context, here’s my post on reviewing all the films nominated this year and I also did my own set of predictions here)

Oscars 2021 started with the Original Screenplay award going to Promising Young Woman (unfortunately their only award for the night but deserving) and the Adapted Screenplay award to The Father. Both powerful and deserving picks.

International Feature Film went to Another Round, expected and definitely had to win.

The Best Actor in a Supporting Role was won by Daniel Kaluuya for his power-packed performance in Judas and the Black Messiah. His speech was one to watch, check it out here.

For anyone who’s watched Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom knew they were the expected winners for Makeup and Hairstyling, and Costume Design and they very well won in both the categories.

Chloé Zhao wins a much-expected and deserving win for her amazing direction in Nomadland.


Sound of Metal took home a few awards, including Best Sound, and Best Editing.

The Oscar for the Best Animated Feature went to, none other than, Soul (silently applauding here).

There could be only one winner for Visual Effects, Tenet.

Yuh-jung Youn won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Minari, which was quite remarkable.

There were a few surprises with Mank, winning the Award for Best Production Design and Best Cinematography (Erik Messerschmidt)

Then came the Song category, with Soul winning the Oscar for Original Score and “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah for Original Song (H.E.R., Tiara Thomas, D’Mile)

Tyler Perry winning the Jean Hershalt Humanitarian Award, his work being so inspirational and so was his speech.
— then came the final few awards, with everyone wondering why the Best Picture (that usually takes place at the end, is happening before the Best Actor and Best Actress category)

– two reasons that are circulating around are:
1. The creative team were expecting the Best Actor award to be given to Chadwick Boseman and must have prepared an emotional tribute to end the show with.
2. Their contract says that they must finish with the Best Picture category within three hours of starting the ceremony, and since they were running late (as usual), they switched things around.

Nonetheless, back to the Best Picture category, with the expected, yet fantastic Nomadland taking the award.
The Best Actress category was a really tight one, with so many top performances to choose from, and there could’ve been a surprise here, but the Oscar went to Frances McDormand for Nomadland (that streak for Nomadland continues through)

The final award for the night, the Best Actor category. With everyone wondering who would it be, Steven Yeun for Minari, Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Anthony Hopkins for The Father, or Gary Oldman for Mank.

Everyone was expecting an emotional moment here, but the Academy Awards did really surprise here, not that his performance was any less, Anthony Hopkins winning the Best Actor award for The Father (with him not being present to collect the award, the show just ended abruptly at this point because there was nothing else left).
And so ended the Oscars 2021.

Reviewing Oscars 2021 Nominations

Reviewing Oscars 2021 Nominations

The Academy Awards 2021 are upon us, finally. While there were a million films to watch this year, these few set themselves apart with their powerful performances, strong messages and just how beautiful the films were to watch.

Before the awards set the stage, reviewing all the Oscars 2021 nominated films.

(Here’s my predictions for Oscars 2021 here)


– Judas and the Black Messiah

Powerful – that’s the right word to describe this film! There’s so much history behind this film and Shaka King & Will Berson have done a brilliant job showcasing it.

No right words to describe that extraordinary performance from Daniel Kaluuya, who’s already the front-runner for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role awards for Oscars 2021. Lakeith Stanfield’s performance makes the film equally interesting, without him this filn would’ve held no ground.

The film has history, the film is educative on cultural grounds, it’s powerful and one to watch!


– Mank

Mank is based on the 1930s, through the eyes of Herman J. Mankiewicz experiencing the life and struggles of Hollywood at the time, and more importantly, the story behind his writing of Citizen Kane.

The film seems to be quite long, even though its not in duration, seems stretched at times. While its interesting to get the lens of 1930s Hollywood and what transpired back then, the film doesn’t hold you as it should have.

Sure, if you have watched Citizen Kane, or are a fan of Gary Oldman, you’ll end up watching this, and so did I, but don’t hold your expectations too high.


– Pieces of a Woman

Vanessa Kirby is the spotlight in this heart-breaking, emotional roller-coaster of a film. Her performance is so emotional and intense and authentic, she is single-handedly the backbone of this film.

The film revolves around a woman whose life and marriage are upended by the death of her child, the impact it leaves upon her as well the people around her, how life progresses beyond such a moment. While the film skips through time, every now and then, they do try to highlight key moments in the character’s life, her journey of emotions, through all of this and that part is touching.

Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf were excellent in their roles, and drive the movie forward for what it is. Watch it for the story.


– Minari

A film so authentic and inspiring, it just warms your heart while watching it, and definitely stays with you as well.

Where there’s hope, there’s pain as well. Where there’s promise, there’s disaster as well. That is depicted remarkably well in Minari.

Mix that with those emotional and realistic performances from Steven Yeun, Youn Yuh-jung, Alan S Kim, Han Ye-ri, and Noel Cho, and you’ve got a film so good, you can feel it, you can relate with it, and you definitely have to watch it.


– Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Applause worthy and intrinsic performances from Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, make the film what it is.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a fine adaptation of an August Wilson play, with hard truths at the core of the film. It definitely is thought-provoking and touching.

Knowing this was Chadwick’s last film made this watch even more emotional, but beyond that both of Viola’s and his performances were filled with passion and this film is a definite watch just to watch that.


– Hillbilly Elegy

I’m not sure why not film missed any hype around this awards season, you’ve got a Ron Howard directorial, Hans Zimmer music and starring Amy Adams.

The film revolves around this dysfunctional family of three generations, their struggles and how life moves ahead. Sure, there are flaws in the storyline, it skips a few beats here and there, and the film could’ve covered more aspects, but at the same time, I really enjoyed watching the depth in the relationships of the characters. Glenn Close has a line in the film which says, you always help family no matter what and it summarizes the film quite well.

Glenn Close is one to watch here, her character just melts your heart away, and she’s just so good in the film. If someday you’re looking for a random watch, this one can be your choice.


– Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman is dark, intense, and thought provoking. Emerald Fennell has done quite a clever job with its story and direction.

There’s a lot to grasp in this film, and at times, it gives you a good punch as well.

Carey Mulligan is the heartbeat of the film, everything you experience and are told is through her lens, and all the emotions felt is because of her magnificent acting for which she totally deserves that Oscar nomination.

This one is a must-watch and may surprise with a win, never say never.


– The United States vs Billie Holiday

The film revolves around the life of Billie Holiday, and her battle with drugs, racism, and the government.

While the film deeply moves something within you, it is also one which feels quite stretched and hectic to watch, most of the times. From what I’ve read, the filmmakers did touch upon a lot of issues and struggles with her life, but they didn’t quite execute all of it well enough.

All in all, Andra Day’s performance is what this film stands out for, that’s it, the range of emotions and feelings depicting every phase of her character’s life was just phenomenal.


– News of the World

A good Western film and a Tom Hanks film, both together, and the film already had me interested.

An average but gripping film, that phases slowly, where you need to be patient with the story that delivers with the performances of Tom Hanks and Helena Zengal, and the relationship that builds between their characters is one to watch in this one.

In all, it’s a feel-good film that you should watch for Tom Hanks.


– Another Round

Another Round is not too serious, but not too fun either, it holds the ground perfectly in the middle. An interesting concept executed perfectly by Thomas Vinterberg, one that surely is captivating.

What deserves a definite mention is the strong, authentic acting of all the four main actors around whom the film revolves, with a spotlight on Mads Mikkelsen who is brilliant and charismatic in the film.

The film is pure joy and leaves you satisfied at the end of it, also packing with it a message of alcoholism’s role in people’s lives. Definitely don’t miss this one.


– The Father

This one was emotional, heart-touching, and at the same time, sad. Touching upon the topic of dementia and expressing what the individual with it feels, the storyline does just that, and goes even beyond when you yourself feel lost at times watching the film, not knowing what’s exactly happening.

That I felt was such an expressive aspect of this film. And making it more remarkable was this powerhouse of a performance from Anthony Hopkins, watching him just melts your heart. What a portrayal of his character!

This film is sure-shot recommended to watch, don’t miss it.


– The Trial of the Chicago 7

Keeps you at the edge of your seats, is what this film is. Based on a true story, Aaron Sorkin has done a brilliant job at conveying the story, the emotions behind that story, and the emotions that the characters are going through.

As the film progresses, it’s such a fast paced one that you are hooked to the screen, you can’t take your eyes off it. There are moments you get goosebumps with what’s going on and that is how much you’re involved with the film.

Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and the rest of the cast too, all of them have done such a brilliant job. Its a gripping one, and easily one of my top films of 2020. Absolutely recommended.


– Sound of Metal

Before we proceed to the storyline of this film, let me start by saying, Riz Ahmed was absolutely fantastic in this film. What a stunning, remarkable performance, one to remember for sure!

Riz’s character is central to the film, and the entire storyline is revolved around his journey, with what’s he going through.

And that journey, without spoiling anything, is a sight to watch, it’s mesmerizing, it gives you the feels, you can feel the struggles, you can feel the pain, his acting is authentic and that makes the film so much more powerful.

You always know the before, you know the after in such moments, but the process is what we don’t understand and what it feels like, that’s is strikingly conveyed in this film.

Even the takeaway from it is something we can all learn from. Riz Ahmed is a top contender for that Best Actor award, and absolutely deserves that nomination.


– Nomadland

Nomadland’s storyline is one, the essence of which can be applied to all cultures and all people.

But speaking of the film, the life of nomads, their joys, their struggles, their problems, their emotions, all of which is successfully portrayed by Frances McDormand. Frances’ wide set of emotions and acting is brilliantly shown in the character, and she is definitely the Best Actress frontrunner for Oscars 2021.

Include it with the amazing direction and cinematography of Chloé Zhao, and you’ve got a winner here. This one is a watch.


My Oscars 2021 Predictions

My Oscars 2021 Predictions

It’s that time of the year, the Academy Awards 2021 are due in 48 hours!

Having watched all the nominated films, with some really great films on the cards, one to select amongst many is going to be a difficult one.

Anyhow, here are my predictions for the Oscars 2021 –

• Best Picture – Nomadland

(Nomadland seems to be the obvious frontrunner here, but alternatively, The Trial of the Chicago 7 or Minari, wouldn’t be surprised if either of those two win)

• Best Actor – Chadwick Boseman

(Chadwick’s role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was so impactful and powerful, but simultaneously, I feel Riz Ahmed was just excellent in Sound of Metal)

• Best Actress – Frances McDormand

(This year’s Best Actress nominations are so powerful. Right from Andra Day in United States vs Billie Holiday, or Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman, Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman, and Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but McDormand’s range of emotions and acting takes it away for this one)

• International Feature Film – Another Round

(No surprises here, Another Round has to win this one)

• Best Original Song – Fight for You (H.E.R., Tiara Thomas, D’Mile) (Judas and the Black Messiah)

• Best Supporting Actress – Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

(Three actresses, three heart-touching roles, wish all three could win here – Youn Yuh-jung, Olivia Colman, Glenn Close)

• Best Supporting Actor – Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)

(Daniel’s winning this one, no doubts about it)

• Best Director – Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)

• Best Animated Feature – Soul

(Soul is probably the film of the year for me, that message, that storyline, Soul is winning this category)

• Best Original Screenplay – The Trial of the Chicago 7

(All the films nominated here are such good ones, but the Aaron Sorkin screenplay kept you on the edge of your seats and should be a winner here.)

• Best Adapted Screenplay – The White Tiger (Ramin Bharani)

• Best Visual Effects – Tenet

(No other film is matching Tenet in this category)

• Best Cinematography – Nomadland (Joshua James Richards)

• Best Original Score – Soul (if I had to guess, Soul’s taking this one)

• Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

• Best Costume Design – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

• Best Film Editing – Promising Young Woman (Frédéric Thoraval)

• Best Production Design – News of the World

• Best Sound – Sound of Metal
(Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michellee Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh)

My Weekly Learnings #4 (18.04 – 24.04)

My Weekly Learnings #4 (18.04 – 24.04)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. Your first impression isn’t your appearance, it’s your energy. (Ascendant Power)

2. Intelligence isn’t a substitute for knowledge. Being smart doesn’t mean you’ve taken the time to be informed.
Knowledge isn’t a substitute for wisdom. Being informed doesn’t mean you’ve developed good judgment.

Good judgment requires the humility to know what you don’t know. (Adam Grant)

3. Only the one who has faced failure is able to tell where you are bound to fail as well. (TVF Aspirants)

4. “Like our stomachs, our minds are hurt more often by overeating than by hunger.” — Petrarch

5. When you deal with an angry person or an angry mob, they are in a state of amygdala hijack.
It’s often not helpful to talk to their prefrontal cortex of their brain and try to rationalize that time but easier to communicate in childlike sentences and calm their amygdala first. (Kunal Shah)

The ‘More than 1 Follower’ Responsibility

The ‘More than 1 Follower’ Responsibility

If you have more than one follower on any of the social media platforms, you have a responsibility.

A responsibility that is not a rule per se, but one that needs to be upheld for humanity to walk together and progress.

This responsibility states that you do your best

– to ensure your words and actions don’t put anyone down,

– to ensure you help out someone else, if you can

– to share what will make someone else’s life better (that doesn’t mean you post for other people, but that also means that you don’t post anything degrading or offensive to anyone else)

– and, to mainly ensure that you walk with others and not against them.

These are not rules. These are not laws. But sometimes, humanity is beyond that, and to progress, to unite, to move forward, we must come together with a unified set of responsibilities such as these, especially on online platforms that connect us globally in order for that to happen.

Liked Tweets

Liked Tweets

What is interesting about a content creator on any of the platforms, or moreover any individual that you look up to?

First thing would be their content, obviously (primarily for a content creator or their product/service/ company if that’s their primary thing). You would only follow them, if you connect with their perspective, their point of view.

The second thing would be the collaborations they do, the people they collaborate with, and what does their voice represent.

Thirdly, and more importantly, where you get to know the individual’s reality, their behind the scenes, what they consume, their real tastes and interests – are the ‘Liked Tweets’ section (on Twitter).

Twitter’s Liked Tweets (of any individual) is like a treasure chest which reveals the individual’s reality vs their public image (their content).

To understand whether you are looking up to the right individual, whether you should follow them and learn from them or not, or give them your time or not, this Liked Tweets section seems like a good starting point, rather than what they post about.

The Baggage of Yesterday

The Baggage of Yesterday

Every day, every moment of our time is spent on thinking about yesterday, our past actions, our past results, our past thoughts and what not.

Because you know the outcome of yesterday, i.e. today, we tend to think more of yesterday and everything we did to be here today.

Now, where you are today, because of yesterday, leads to either you being satisfied with today or you being disappointed and discouraged with the baggage of yesterday.

This baggage holds you back, holds your emotions, can keep you in a what-if loop cycle, constantly thinking how you could have changed yesterday.

Only thing to snap back and to come back in the moment is to realize that you cannot time travel and what’s done is done. But, today leads up to tomorrow and that is the only thing in your control.