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.

When its meant to be

When its meant to be

Sometimes things happen, not in your control, but are good for you.

Sometimes, not.

Other times, you wish for something to happen and it does.

But, mostly it comes after constantly persevering irrespective of the consecutive failures.

Particular things are bound to happen at particular times of your life, and its different for all individuals.

The common factor that occurs in all timelines is, when its meant to be, then its meant to be.

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The Last 7 Days #58 (12.04 – 18.04)

With another Sunday, here’s the 58th 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. Can digital currencies and crypto investors help close India’s SME financing gap? Read here.
  2. Balaji Srinivasan’s piece on adding crypto to IndiaStack. Check it out here.
  3. Non-Fungible Tokens And Copyright Law: A ‘Nifty’ Dilemma. Read more here.
  4. India Has a Double Mutant Virus Variant. Should We Worry? 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. New York Times CEO Meredith Levien on the future of news and of NYT, on the Recode Media podcast. Listen here.
  2. Alex Lieberman, co-founder & CEO of Morning Brew, on building a digital media empire, growth playbooks, and the $75M sale, on the Creator Lab podcast. Listen more here.
  3. On Modern Finance, Kevin talks to Matt Hall and John Watkinson of Larva Labs about the CryptoPunks origin story, their current chapter, and what we can expect from them in the future. Check it out here.
  4. In this episode of The Ranveer Show, Abhishek Bachchan talks about being called an underrated actor, his journey in Bollywood, time when his father almost lost everything, his life after marrying Aishwarya, turning into an investor, and much more. Listen here.
  5. Podcast Recommendation of the Week – 7.31 AM (a daily podcast with the major happenings and headlines around gaming, NFT, fashion, sports, pop culture and more) 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. Why you should not start your day with seeds, spices, and shots? Watch it here.
  2. Prajakta Koli talks about her YouTube journey, her content creation process, college life, and more, on The Bombay Journey ft Siddhaarth Aalambayan. Watch here.
  3. What your BMI doesn’t tell about your health? Check it out here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (Gordon Ramsay travels around the world to immerse himself into different cultures and cuisines. He then interacts with local chefs to learn and compete with them.) Now streaming on Hotstar here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Joji (An engineering dropout and the youngest son of a rich family lives with his aspirations of becoming super wealthy. Driven by greed and blind ambition, he decides to execute his plans following an unexpected event in the family.) 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 #3 (11.04 – 17.04)

My Weekly Learnings #3 (11.04 – 17.04)

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

• One who seeks victory is a Man. One who spreads Victory is a ‘Maharshi’.
(Maharshi, a Telugu film)

2. More isn’t better.
    Faster isn’t further.
    Money isn’t wealth.
    Habits aren’t destiny.
    Solitude isn’t loneliness.
(Shane Parish)

3. ‘Everyone is rational’
But if that’s true, then why don’t we all agree on the right next step?
It could be because everyone has a different experience, different data and different goals.

Or, it could be that you are the only one who’s rational.

And it could be that we all like to tell ourselves we’re doing the right thing, but ultimately, all we can do is make choices based on how we see the world.

The way we see things drives our choices, and, of course, our choices change the way we see things.
(Seth Godin)

4. ⁃ Early to bed, early to rise
    ⁃ Not skipping meals and eating on time
    ⁃ Being regular with exercise

Remain the most underrated and undervalued means to boost immunity,  simply because they cannot be packed into a bottle and sold as a pill.
(Rujuta Diwekar)

The power of a ‘NO’

The power of a ‘NO’

How often do we feel that we have to say yes to something? We feel pressurized, we feel its an obligation, we feel saying no would make it look rude. Thus, we end up saying yes to a bunch of things that we don’t want to do or things that waste our time, especially when its taken from elsewhere.

The power of a ‘NO’ allows you the time, the freedom, and the independence to do the things you want to do, the things you truly want to spend your time on and not end up doing things forcefully or things that you’re not interested in.

It’s only when you start saying no more often, is when you’re able to live your life like this.

RTHReviews : Maharshi

RTHReviews : 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.

The film does take its time with the multiple arcs it touches upon and its duration has been up for debate, but I felt all of those arcs were connected well and their depth doesn’t make you mind the time.

Touching upon the subjects of success, happiness, relationships, entrepreneurship, agriculture, fame, there was a perspective to learn in every phase of this film.

This was my first watch of a Mahesh Babu film and I’m already a fan, what talent. Allari Naresh was equally brilliant in the film, and so is the rest of the cast with so many of the characters playing important roles in the film, including Pooja Hegde, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha.

One word review: Meaningful

Said everything about the film, another thing that has to be touched upon are the dialogues in the film, that make a huge impact, not just in film, but also in our lives – and I wanted to touch upon a few here…

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’.

To dismiss or to accept?

To dismiss or to accept?

Whenever you receive any information, or you receive a contrasting opinion to your thought, you have two choices.

Either you dismiss it quickly and stick to what you know, whether it is right or wrong, whether it is accepted or not, or the second option is to accept this new information, to accept a counter opinion, to hear the other side and what they have to say.

Choosing the latter option widens your perspective, expands your viewpoint and helps you grow and evolve. Then you have the choice to change with this information or let your information change someone else (whichever is the right one).

The Me Time

The Me Time

Our time (during the day) is divided into a bunch of phases, which include

– your work time,

– your family/ friends/ relationships time,

– your escapism time,

– your chores (cleaning yourself, your house, paying your bills, those types of activities) time,

– and your ME time.

This ‘me time’ is an essential part of your life, day to day and macro, both. This me time is not for any other purpose or individual, but for yourself.

Whether you use this time to rejuvenate, to relax, to learn and grow, to heal, that is upto you. This time gives you the chance to focus, to look back, to look forward, to look within, to look outward. But this is the time which is solely used for you.

The things that you’re able to do during this time, and the outcome, or what you feel during, are things that cannot experience in your other phases nor can you mix it with them.

Like any other time spent on the other phases, your me time is equally important to your life.

One thought leads to another

One thought leads to another

Constantly studies are being conducted on this, but it is said that an individual has 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts in a day, a single day.

When you look upon this, it is imperative for every individual to figure out what they are thinking about, where those thoughts are leading to, and whether you should change the way you think or not.

Throwing more light upon the topic, not all of those thoughts fall under 60,000 separate topics, but rather fall under particular branches and go in depth of them.

Now, for a particular topic, one thought leads to another and another and goes deeper and deeper into that topic (also spending a certain amount of time on this).

Under such conditions, how you think, your process, what do you think about are important points to ponder upon, because in the macro, such thoughts are going to form your emotions, your actions will depend upon them, and ultimately your life will be based on all of that.

It all starts with your thoughts, one thought after another.

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The Last 7 Days #57 (05.04 – 11.04)

With another Sunday, here’s the 57th 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. Is cancel culture a mob mentality, or a long-overdue way of speaking truth to power? Read here.
  2. The theory of multiple intelligences. Read more here.
  3. The concept of slippery slopes and Schelling fences. Read it here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. In this episode of “Sway,” Tim Cook on the motivations behind Apple’s privacy push, the power the company has over app developers, and potential future Apple innovations, from augmented-reality headsets to autonomous cars. Listen to it here.
  2. Nikhil Kamath talks Zerodha, investment opportunities in India vs US, cryptocurrencies, and more, on Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast. Listen here.
  3. Sahil Vaidya talks about starting The Minimalist, his journey as an entrepreneur, practicing his creativity, book recommendations, and more on the Pepper Spotlight podcast. Check it out here.
  4. Kunal Kemmu talks about his love for everyone from Kamal Hassan to Steve Carell as well as The Matrix, as well as his reflections on acting, on the Humans of Cinema podcast. Listen here.
  5. On 9XM Song Secret podcast, Amit Trivedi shares the secret behind his mad hits from Dev D. Listen to it 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. What happens to your body when you fast? Watch here.
  2. Rahul Subramanian and Kenny Sebastian talk about personal worth, their insecurities, their path to comedy and more, on the Simple Ken Podcast. Check it out here.
  3. In this episode of Cyrus Says, Cyrus is joined by Ratna Pathak Shah, actress and theatre director, to talk about her love for the theatre, growing up in green rooms of theatres and rehearsal spaces in Mumbai, her mother being a theatre and film actress as well, English theatre and plays in Mumbai back in the day and even now, and lots more. Watch it here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – Invincible (Seventeen-year-old Mark Grayson is just like every guy his age, except that his father is Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero on the planet. As Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.) Now streaming on Amazon Prime here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Palm Springs (Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again.)

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 #2 (04.04 – 10.04)

My Weekly Learnings #2 (04.04 – 10.04)

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. There’s no such thing as a “good” or “bad” emotion. There are only “good” and “bad” reactions to emotions. (Mark Manson)

2. Not doing it because somebody else has done it is like not eating because somebody else is full. (Jack Butcher)

3. A list of 6P’s that provide a useful framework for anyone who wants to sell something.

Product – what are you selling
Pricing – at what price
Person – to whom
Purpose – why are they buying it
Priority – why now
Prestige – and why from you? (Balaji Srinivasan)

4. Intelligence can be analogized to computers. Belief in a singular intelligence implies that humans possess a single general-purpose computer, which can perform well (high IQ), average (normal IQ), or poorly (low IQ). Multiple intelligences theory implies that human beings possess several relatively independent computers; strength in one computer does not predict strength (or weakness) with other computers.

Read more here – https://www.multipleintelligencesoasis.org/a-beginners-guide-to-mi

5. “Italy is known for tomatoes. Thailand for chilies. Germany for sauerkraut.

But tomatoes originated in Peru. Thailand imported chilies from Central America. Sauerkraut started in China.

Everything is a remix—and the world is better for it. Share what you know. Learn from others.” (James Clear)

Blame Games are a Two-way Street

Blame Games are a Two-way Street

For anything that goes wrong, or rather not according to one’s expectations, they sure are quick to blame someone in that situation.

Such blame games become a way to get rid of any accountability there could be and shifting that entire weight onto someone else.

But, blame games are a two-way street. If you can blame someone else, so can they to you. It’s a cyclical process and one that is never-ending. However, it doesn’t solve anything though.

What got wronged will be the same, irrespective of who gets the blame. Pointing fingers and arguments will not resolve the situation nor can you move forward.

Instead, taking accountability of something puts the entire control of the situation in your hands, you get to learn from your mistakes, you get to resolve the situation quickly, you get to move forward and also seek help from those you would have earlier stuck arguing with.

It almost seems like the advantages of taking accountability weigh much much more than playing blame games and not getting anywhere.

Identity and Labels

Identity and Labels

Over the years, the society narrative has developed in a way that conforms to a pattern where we, all of us, associate ourselves with the work we do and/ or the degrees that we have accumulated.

When someone says, describe yourself, it often results in an answer which includes work titles, college degrees, work experience etc.

And outside of work, those labels are then shifted to pop culture and/ or sports fandoms.

Thus, limiting our identity to one or many labels of some kind.

What hasn’t yet been understood is that, our identity is not limited to the labels we attach ourselves to.

These labels which become an individual’s so-called identity doesn’t help you to look beyond, to experience different things, to experience life.

And amidst these labels, we compete and we try to win, we fight and abuse and also want to become unique in them.

However, who we truly are is beyond any label out there and no amount of labels can limit one’s identity to those particular things. Life’s bigger than that. There’s so much more to experience than that.

Acting like the other person

Acting like the other person

When you act how another individual behaves with you, you may think you’ll do the same with them as well, but, on the contrary, what you’re doing is falling down to their level.

If the other individual is unkind to you, you cannot do the same to them, or else what’s even the structure of your values if you’re selective with them.

Instead, you need to maintain your level, your standards, and your values. Be how you want to be, irrespective of how others are to you. Instead of acting like the other person, act like you.

Do you really control anything in your life?

Do you really control anything in your life?

Right from our thoughts to our actions, from our emotions to our response towards certain situations and events, from what we consume to what we create, do we really control anything in our lives?

What is it that is being truly done without any external involvement?

Our minds are conditioned to think a certain way. Our responses (words and actions) are programmed in a certain manner which comes out subconsciously. Those programs also include peer pressure, opinions from close and unknown ones, societal patterns, advertising and so much more.

When everything around us influences us so much, then we need to ask, do we really control anything in our lives, truly by ourselves? With our choices, for ourselves?

That would be the ultimate form of living, to get rid of the programming, and to create a whole new program for ourselves, based on how we want your life to be – without any external influences.

Saying It and Feeling It

Saying It and Feeling It

Do you feel what you say?

Do you say what you feel?

Often the two don’t coincide, in either of those situations.

We say things just for the sake of the situation, even if we don’t feel them.

And we don’t say things that we really feel, for a number of reasons.

But, both situations arise when we aren’t truthful with ourselves. When that happens, then the chances of either of those situations rising are far lesser than before.

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The Last 7 Days #56 (29.03 – 04.04)

With another Sunday, here’s the 56th 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 Mighty Mouse: The Impact of Rodents on Advances in Biomedical Research. Read more here.
  2. Psychoneuroimmunology: the mind’s impact on health. Check it out here.
  3. Chingari’s Deceptive Video View Count – Bug Or Feature To Woo New Creators? Read it here.
  4. The Truth About Blockchain | Harvard Business Review. 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 Tim Ferriss Show, this was the episode of Everything: Balaji Srinivasan on Bitcoin and Ethereum, Media Self-Defense, Drone Warfare, Crypto Oracles, India as Dark Horse, The Pseudonymous Economy, Beautiful Trouble, Ramanujan, Life Extension, and More. Listen to it here.
  2. OpenSea founders Devin Finzer and Alex Atallah join Katie Haun to talk about the emergence of NFTs, what it means for crypto marketplaces, and how the creator economy will continue to evolve, on a16z Live podcast. Listen here.
  3. How foods and nutrients control our moods? on the Huberman Lab podcast. Listen more here.
  4. Daniel Kaluuya takes us into the depths of his subconsciousness, describing the process that goes into building his characters in Get Out, Judas and the Black Messiah, on ‘In The Envelope: Actor’s Podcast’. Listen here.
  5. Podcast Recommendation of the Week – My First Million (a podcast where Sam Parr and Shaan Puri brainstorm new business ideas based on trends & opportunities they see in the market) 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. Bill Nye, Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett, Michio Kaku, Robert Sapolsky, and others approach the topic of ‘free will‘ from their unique fields and illustrate how complex and layered the free will debate is. Watch here.
  2. On Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Tom Holland & Daniel Kaluuya talk about Auditioning For Marvel, The Oscars, And London. Watch it here.
  3. On The Slow Interview with Neelesh Misra, he chats with Ali Fazal about his life’s unheard stories and journey. Check it out here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – History 101 (Infographics and archival footage deliver bite-size history lessons on scientific breakthroughs, social movements and world-changing discoveries.) Now streaming on Netflix here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Another Round (Four high school teachers consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives)

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 #1 (28.03 – 03.04)

My Weekly Learnings #1 (28.03 – 03.04)

All of us consume a ton of content every single day, on various platforms and through different mediums. Said that, speaking for myself, more than a year ago, I decided to share weekly recommendations of what to read, listen, and watch titled The Last Days (50+ weekly editions posted here).

But now, I wanted to take that a step further and deep-dive into specific learnings from the week, which will help you, the reader learn specific information from a piece of content and also help me keep a track of everything that I learnt.

Although it’s difficult to keep a track of everything that you learn, every single day, or to note it down at that very moment, here’s me experimenting with this concept…

1. Over the last few decades, the intriguing and pervasive links between neuroscience and the immune system have slowly been uncovered. What might seem, at first, like an uneasy marriage between the brain and immunity has steadily grown into a fully-fledged interdisciplinary area of study.
This field is known as psychoneuroimmunology (PNI).

It is well established, in the minds of most people, that stress can induce illness and that, conversely, a fun-filled occasion with loved ones can soothe aches and pains and stave off the very same illness.

Read more here – https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305921#The-minds-impact-on-health

2. People experience materialistic joy and think that’s all the joy they can experience, without also experiencing other joys of life such as intellectual joy or spiritual joy. (Gita for the Young and Restless Podcast on Spotify)

3. “Something that I call the pseudonymous economy. So the thing is that real names weren’t built for the internet. Real names are actually a technology. In fact, real names are a stolen base in many ways, even the term real name is a stolen base. It’s better called a state name or a social security name because it’s a global identifier. It’s an identifier that anybody can type into a database and pull up all kinds of information on you. And this is something where historically past cultures understood that giving out someone’s real name was actually very bad, or knowing you had power over that person. So the point is that the alternative to real names, or a single global identifier and everything, is pseudonyms, search-resistant identities, which people are already using at large-scale. There are 400 million pseudonyms or pseudonymous users on Reddit. And by the way, there’s a distinction between anonymous, pseudonymous, and real names. Anonymous is totally disposable identifier, that’s like the culture of 4chan. Pseudonymous, like Reddit, is a persistent pseudonym that accumulates reputation, but that is at a distance from your global identifier.” [Balaji Srinivasan on The Tim Ferriss Show]

4. Everyone wants to get rich, few take risks.
Everyone wants to get smart, few push themselves mentally.
Everyone wants to get fit, few push themselves physically.
Everyone wants an attractive spouse, few question their own attractiveness.
Everyone wants peace, few meditate. [Orange Book on Twitter]

5. Know your ABZs:

A: Where you are
B: Your next step
Z: Your end goal

(Shaan Puri on Twitter)

A sick body is telling you

A sick body is telling you

Whenever we get sick, we take a medicine to heal ourself and to get back to normal.

That medicine is useful to counter the effects of the consequences we are facing. But, not the origin of it.

Everytime we get sick and we feel those symptoms, our sick body (at the time) is telling us that something about your lifestyle, something about your environment is not right. And now, with those symptoms is the time to face the consequences.

Your body is also telling you, if you don’t want to feel this way, then you should probably take a deep-dive into your life and change the habits and choices you make that is getting you to this point.

A healthy lifestyle, working out your mind and body, frequent walks in the nature amongst other minor things is all your body asks of you to keep it in shape.

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

With social media, with virality, and such factors that bring fame to people, often people wear a cloak to hide who they really are and put up a mask when in public.

To be honest, the mask doesn’t apply to just the public image, but it’s put on within friends and colleagues as well.

Then the question arises, who you really are?

And the answer to that question lies behind closed doors. When no one is watching you. When you can be honest with yourself. When you can remove that mask and show your true face to yourself. That is the real you.

Behind closed doors, you understand your authentic self and everything about you, with a choice to show this self to the outside world as well, because that’s when you are at your strongest too.

The Guilt Moments

The Guilt Moments

You are living a healthy lifestyle and you suddenly crave something deep-fried or something extremely sweet, you eat it. But then, you feel guilty too.

You were working for four straight hours and you want to take an afternoon nap before proceeding with another four hours. You decide to sleep, but then you feel guilty about it.

Or you want to watch a movie or a show and you feel guilty about doing so, when you could’ve done something productive instead.

These are called the guilt moments.

You want to do something and you have made up your mind for it. But after doing it, you feel guilty about it too.

And when you feel the guilt, is when things go haywire in your mind and body, those after-effects can be felt.

On top of it, it doesn’t change the outcome nor does it do any good, it only results in a waste of thoughts, time and energy.

Instead, how about openly indulging in those “guilt” moments, enjoying them because you wanted to. No one is forcing any of it on you. And what’s self-imposed can be changed with practice.

Life goes the same without meditation too

Life goes the same without meditation too

If you’re someone who doesn’t meditate, that’s absolutely fine. Life goes the same without meditation too.

You’re going to live the same life as before and nothing changes.

But,

– if you want to get ahold of your emotions

– if you want to still your mind and body

– if you want to find inner peace

– if you want to be more free and open

(amongst other things, you also start looking at your own life differently, your past mistakes, your present decisions, your future ambitions, your wrongdoings, your virtues etc)

Only if you want such things to happen in your life and more, then you must try meditating and try implementing it to be a part of your daily active lifestyle.

But, life goes the same without meditation too.

New Perspectives, Thoughts, and Phases of Life

New Perspectives, Thoughts, and Phases of Life

Every individual has multiple phases in their lives, one that they look back to and ponder upon, when a new one begins.

There’s a perspective attached to every phase, of how you perceive things and how you react and respond to them.

Now, your daily thoughts (which decide your actions and outcomes) are all based on that perspective.

If your perspective on a topic is limited to something and you have decided to not look beyond, your thoughts will be as limiting as that and ultimately, that particular phase of your life is then lived in that manner.

Only if you want to outgrow yourself, reach that next level, must you expand your perspective of looking at things, thinking upon them from a broader viewpoint.

Hence, your thoughts will widen as well and because of cause and effect will your phase of life get affected in a positive and evolving manner as well.

These three areas are correlated and have a cause and effect impact on each other. To improve one, you must work on the other and the process is cyclical, which is then repeated to every phase of your life.

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The Last 7 Days #55 (22.03 – 28.03)

With another Sunday, here’s the 55th 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 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 Blockchain and Booze podcast, Mark Cuban talks $DOGE, Bitcoin as an inflationary hedge, DeFi, NFTs and more. Check it out here.
  2. On the Sway podcast, Sacha Baron Cohen calls out the social media companies who profit off trends such as racism, misogyny and autocratic propaganda. Listen to it here.
  3. On The Hollywood Reporter’s Behind the Screen podcast, Zack Snyder, and the visual effects supervisors from Weta Digital, Kevin Smith and Anders Langlands talk about how this version of the Justice League movie came to be and what went into making it a reality for the fans. Listen here.
  4. WhatsApp Head Will Cathcart joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss Facebook’s feud with Apple, its battle with Signal, its bungled privacy update, new laws in India that might force it to break encryption, the way it thinks about content moderation and advertising, and plenty more. Check it out here.
  5. Podcast Recommendation of the Week – Screenplayed Breakdown (Learning from cinema’s most gifted actors, directors and writers. Hosted by The Kinnane Brothers) Check out the podcast 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. Skepticism : Why critical thinking makes you smarter, according to Bill Nye, Derren Brown, Lawrence Krauss and more. Watch here.
  2. A Justice League Spoiler-Filled Deep-Dive With Zack Snyder on the ReelBlend Podcast. Watch it here.
  3. Steven Yeun & Riz Ahmed chat about ‘Minari’ and ‘Sound of Metal’, on Variety’s Actors on Actors series. Check it out here.
  4. TV Series Recommendation of the Week – Calls (Told through a series of interconnected phone conversations, these conversations chronicle the mysterious story of a group of strangers whose lives are thrown into disarray in the lead-up to an apocalyptic event.) Now streaming on AppleTV+ here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Judas and the Black Messiah (Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.) Currently streaming in theatres.

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.


Two ways of looking at things

Two ways of looking at things

For any situation in life, there are always two ways of looking at things and one of them is a positive one.

The way our minds are programmed, how the society narratives are instilled within us, considering a number of factors that play here, our automatic response to most situations is a pessimistic one (and here we think, to have such a point of view is the one that’s realistic).

But, it’s all a game of programming. There’s no right or wrong. A little bit of unlearning, a little bit of practice and you can learn to automatically view any situation from an optimistic point of view.

There’s a reason this is happening to me, what can I learn from this, am I at an advantage here, I’m so grateful to have gone through this, there couldn’t have been a better way to learn this – and more of such optimistic perspective builds in your mind when anything happens in your life.

The current one, the pessimistic one, the negative thoughts, the downplaying yourself, all of those aren’t right, nor does any good to you – all of it is a program that has been instilled since childhood and it can be changed.

There are always two ways of looking at things.

The ‘Can you help me out with this?’ Perspective

The ‘Can you help me out with this?’ Perspective

A simple question that we often resort to, ‘Can you help me out with this?’

We ask this because we know we would get help and our problem will be solved or the undone deed will be completed.

Now, asking for help isn’t wrong, but a strong skillset which people lack and don’t look towards, and one that also helps you to grow and evolve.

Said that, unfortunately, the question ‘Can you help me with this?’ can also come from your dependence on others and/ or your lack of efforts.

It’s when you don’t want to put the efforts towards something, but can be done by you, is when you look for easy help.

That and when you know someone is readily available to do it for you. What if you were the last person on Earth and that task had to be done by you? Would there be a chance of dependence onto someone?

Such a perspective solves many things in life and helps you to do a lot of things you didn’t think you could, but it also lacks context (a lot of ifs and buts) which needs to be understood by one whilst adapting such a perspective.

Don’t you want to know the context?

Don’t you want to know the context?

We are surrounded with a lot of narratives, stories, rules, laws, rituals and sorts around us, which is blindly followed by most of the people.

This is then carried over from person to person, generation to generation, with someone adding their perspective to it and no one knowing the origin of it.

Now, something is done because everyone does it (this way).

No one knows why.

Don’t you want to know the context?

Don’t you want to know why you should do that certain thing? Why is it followed in such a manner? What’s the origin of it? What’s the meaning of it?

Understanding the basics of it is what’s actually going to empower you to do it, if it needs to be done. Not the fact that everyone is following this route, thus it should be done that way.

Context is everything, when you try to look beyond the horizon.

Why vs Why Not

Why vs Why Not

In life we walk on three paths – when we ask why am I doing this? Or why not?

The third path is one very rarely walked upon, the thin line between the two, when you ask both the questions and you’re stuck hanging in between.

There are certain things you do, or you want to do, to which every obstacle that comes along, internal or external, you ask yourself why not? And you keep on crossing such obstacles, whilst doing that certain something.

On the other hand, in a similar scenario, you ask why am I even doing this? You start searching for answers, start going deeper into this quest and you figure out there’s no point to it. There’s nothing wrong in not doing it, if it doesn’t serve any purpose at all.

But, the thin line between the two is the most confusing one, when you ask why not and you also ask why? You ask why not and make your mind and start pursuing it. But you also ask why, and see that there’s no meaning or purpose to it and you’re just doing it for the heck of it.

That thin line is when your values, your beliefs, your mindset come into the picture and based on all of that, you must choose a side. Because these are two paths and you have to be on the either side of it and fortunately or unfortunately, you can’t not choose either.

So, which one do you choose – why or why not?

The Game of Ifs and Buts

The Game of Ifs and Buts

A game which is never-ending, and one which is played by all is the game of Ifs and Buts.

This game occurs for most, throughout various moments in just a day and that is then repeated over and over again, life then continuing in this cycle.

For anything that occurs, you think, what if I had done this differently?

For something that hasn’t happened according to your expectations, there’s a but that’s added to your thought.

These Ifs and Buts constantly keep playing in your head, showing you different alternatives if you had made all the right choices, and if everything went according to your plan.

However, two things happen here. One, such thoughts take away the present moment from you, constantly keeping you wondering about the past. Second, and more importantly, life is not but a series of choices you make based on who you are at that time and the experiences you have had.

Every choice you make is something you control, and only when you know the outcome isn’t in your favour is when you think what if. But there’s no time travel, is there? That means you need to be satisfied with the choices you have made and the outcomes that have come along with it, ensuring that those results play a part when you have to make your next choice that impacts your life, on the micro or macro basis.

When your thinking is altered in this way, is when you will be able to limit this game of Ifs and Buts in your head and actually be able to live your life in the reality.

The Hypocrisy of Free Content

The Hypocrisy of Free Content

With the internet at its current stage and with all of us having smartphones in our hands, at every moment of time, there is a ton of content available to us, just about everywhere.

But, our hypocrisy with free content is, we want free, but we don’t value free.

To elaborate it further, and having observed this for a period of time, given the choice between consuming something for free versus being charged to consume it, majority of the people always choose free first.

When asked who’d like something for free, everybody’s hands will jump up. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting free, why pay when something similar or better is available for free.

But the problem occurs when you have that certain thing or you consume that certain thing, but you’re not able to emotionally attach any value to it.

Because the initial thought is, I haven’t paid anything for it, therefore, I’m not gaining any expected value out of it. Only when I pay for it, is when I can attach a certain value to it as well.

For example, in the world of content creation, people will end up creating courses and e-books etc., with information so basic that it could’ve been given for free, but only because it isn’t valued enough and to create that value, is when creators resort to such methods (except when their primary reason to do it is for monetary purposes).

Such consumption, when paid for, is then cherished and now you celebrate the value you get. On the contrary, if you’d have received the exact same information or even more, but for free, would you have valued it the same? Or would you criticize that it wasn’t enough?

That is the hypocrisy of free content.

Even when you get less, you want to pay a certain amount so you can psychologically tick off in your mind that now you’re ready to accept the value in return for that amount.

What can you takeaway from this?
Well, just because something is free, doesn’t mean it has no value to it. And just because something is being charged for, doesn’t mean it’s valuable.

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The Last 7 Days #54 (15.03 – 21.03)

With another Sunday, here’s the 54th 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 Virtue of Delayed Gratification. Read more here.
  2. 4 ways to fight imposter syndrome. Read here.
  3. The Non-Fungible Token Bible: Everything you need to know about NFTs (by Devin Finzer, the co-founder of OpenSea). Check it out here.
  4. Zack Snyder breaks down the ending of Justice League. Read it here.
  5. Getting All 7.8 Billion Humans Online: What Will It Take? 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. The Business Wars podcast takes a deep dive into SpaceX versus Blue Origin, their start, their history, their vision, and the competition between them. Check out the series here.
  2. Erika Nardini, CEO of Barstool Sports, on what most media companies get wrong, on The Business Side with Ian Borthwick podcast. Listen here.
  3. Aftab Hossain (DCinvestor) talks about what makes NFTs so appealing, how they have infiltrated the mainstream, and much more, on the Modern Finance podcast. Listen to it here.
  4. On Screenplayed Breakdown, Emerald Fennell and Carey Mulligan talk about their new film, ‘Promising Young Woman.’ Emerald explains how she blends comedy with a serious issue, and Carey tells us about working with a first-time director on a big production. Listen here.
  5. Podcast Recommendation of the Week – Big Money Energy (where host, Ryan Serhant sits down with some of the most interesting entrepreneurs and self-made people to learn the stories behind their biggest accomplishments, their paths to success, and how they overcome obstacles that stand in the way.) Check out the podcast 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. Mark Cuban and the CEO of Binance, CZ in a fireside chat on NFTs, DeFi, Bitcoin, and more. Watch here.
  2. Why vaccine side effects are a good thing? Watch it here.
  3. IGN sat down with Zack Snyder to go deep on the Justice League Snyder Cut, with new details on what the four-hour long DC movie means for Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and the Batman. Check it out here.
  4. TV Show Recommendation of the Week – Drive To Survive (a documentary series produced in a collaboration between Netflix and Formula One to give a behind-the-scenes look at the drivers and races of the Formula One World Championship) Now streaming on Netflix here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – Zack Snyder’s Justice League (now streaming on BookMyShow Stream 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

Judgement of Others or of Yourself?

Judgement of Others or of Yourself?

Quite often, we don’t do certain things, we don’t say certain things, we do particular things in a certain way, whether we want to or not.

Such patterns originate from judgements and initially and mostly from the judgements of others.

When someone reacts in a way you don’t like, or didn’t react the way you expected, often, it is you who changes things around to get a different reaction. Basically, you’re getting affected from those judgements.

Similarly, when you judge other people on a criteria of things, and labelling them in sorts,

What emerges from both of these situations is ultimately the judgement of yourself.

With time, a pattern is created that leads to you judging yourself at every step of the way – judging every thought, every action and now doing them in a certain manner, because now you’re predicting how others would react when you do that something.

And then the ultimate question arises, do you want to continue to do things for the sake of validation from others, or do you want to change that and think and act the way you want to, irrespective of everything.

Making that choice starts a journey unlike any other, and one that never seems to end, but at least you’ll the path you’re on.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Movie Review

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Movie Review

Waited four years for this and boy, did it deliver! This was the Justice League we always needed. This was just perfect. This was a Zack Snyder masterpiece and honestly, couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Every DC fan has seen the 2017 Justice League and got disappointed then. While watching this one, you do see the massive difference between the two! Oh, how they ruined the 2017 one and had the guts to release it in the theatres, when they had this all along.

The duration says four hours and two minutes, I say I’ve no idea where did all that time go and I want more. Honestly!

Right from the start to the end, you can notice the vision that Zack had for Justice League and beyond. He’s certainly made the DC fans and the comic book fans happy!

And it really shows the creative freedom that he had for this one! You’ve got great character depth now, the cinematography is just mind-blowing, I was literally awestruck at so many of the scenes. Even the background score to the expanded storyline, Zack has set the film perfectly!

Without any spoilers, you can clearly see in this one that Zack has a greater vision beyond this, for the future. He clearly has the support from the fans and now only the backing from the studios is what’s left.

Saying it to Myself

Saying it to Myself

The best thing about writing a blog is that you can write about things you want to say to yourself.

This isn’t just about self-talk, or self-affirmations, or about writing a journal.

When you write here, one, you get a third perspective of what you’re writing and it almost feels as if someone is saying it to you.

And, on top of it all, it works perfectly.

Anything you want to say to yourself, write it down and then read it as if you’ve not written it. Also, share it, because what you need is something that someone else might as well.

You don’t have to be busy all the time

You don’t have to be busy all the time

All our life we have been taught to be busy, either with work, or filling the gaps in between, just trying to do something or the other, often in the form of escapism.

The word ‘busy’ has been ingrained in our minds, so much so, that for anything that we do, be it watching a movie or scrolling on social media, we’d claim to be busy.

But, the reality of life is, in order to be free, in order to be more productive, in order to get more ideas, in order to relax, you don’t have to be busy all the time.

It’s in your ideal time when your brain is most active, it is that time when you’ll ideate more, you’ll think of your decisions to make, what do you want to do differently, what’s going right for you – that ideal time is your time.

Instead of focusing on being busy, focus on the opposite and notice the change it brings.

Doesn’t matter if I live for 90 years

Doesn’t matter if I live for 90 years

If an individual lives for say, 70 years or 90 years or even more, it sounds good to have lived that long.

But, life being an experience, it only matters if you have experienced life enough up till that point.

If you have lived the same life for a long amount of time, to not have experienced the thrill and satisfaction from it, then how does it matter how long does you live for?

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t live that long. No. It means that life is about experiences, life is about satisfaction, life is about freedom, life is about emotions, if all of those things and more aren’t experienced, then it doesn’t matter whether we live for 20 years, 40 years, or a 100 years.

Some things are inevitable

Some things are inevitable

Irrespective of how prepared you are and how much you have planned, some things are inevitable.

Some things are bound to happen, no matter what you do and how much you do.

Whether good or not, whether in your favor or not, what is inevitable cannot be changed (may be delayed, at the most).

Some things are inevitable in life.

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The Last 7 Days #53 (08.03 – 14.03)

With another Sunday, here’s the 53rd 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 Handy Glossary of NFT Terms for Newbie Crypto-Art Converts. Check it out here.
  2. 20 Industries Disrupted by NFTs. Find out here.
  3. Why ‘I’m too busy’ isn’t an acceptable excuse? Read more here.
  4. A 30-year Harvard study reveals the 5 simple habits that may prolong your life by 10 years or more. Read here.

What To Listen:

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

  1. On Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast, Balaji Srinivasan speaks on building the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Listen to it here.
  2. Aarthi Ramamurthy and Sriram Krishnan welcome Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, Mike Winkelmann (aka Beeple), Roham Gharegozlou of Dapper Labs, Kayvon Tehranian of Foundation, and other experts and early adopters to discuss all things NFT (non-fungible tokens) on the Good Time Show. Check it out on the a16z Live podcast here.
  3. Nike’s Phil Knight on how to sell without selling, on the Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman podcast. Listen here.
  4. Ryan Holiday talks with author James Clear about practical ways to shift your internal narrative, how to begin and maintain productive habitual action, being flexible with your goals as you set and achieve them, and more, on The Daily Stoic podcast here.
  5. Following her journey from a shy kid to a breakout star, and what’s next for her, Zendaya on the OTHERtone with Pharrell, Scott, and Fam-Lay. Listen here.
    • Follow Up: Zendaya reflects on the roots of her love for acting, navigating child stardom and why she and the writer/director Sam Levinson bring out the best in each other, on the Awards Chatter podcast. Listen to it 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. On Bold Conjectures with Paras Chopra, Kunal Shah talks about status-seeking and its many interesting consequences for society, economy, and individual satisfaction. Watch here.
  2. Luke Coutinho on how to activate and regenerate stem cells through your food and lifestyle, and why this is needed for prevention and handling the most diseases. Watch it here.
  3. How much does it cost to mine cryptocurrency? Check it out here.
  4. Series Recommendation of the Week – Zindagi inShort (an anthology of short films that portray ordinary life. Every story depicts different stages of life and bittersweet moments that accompany them) Now Streaming on Netflix here.
  5. Movie Recommendation of the Week – The Mauritanian (A defense attorney, her associate and a military prosecutor uncover a far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for six years.)

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

Two Sides to a Story

Two Sides to a Story

Listening to an individual’s point of view, one might jump to conclusions.

Prejudice takes over, stereotypes take over, society narratives take over and here we are, already at the conclusion of the topic.

But before that happens, an important thing we must realize is, there are two sides to a story, always, or not, but most of the times.

Before jumping to conclusions and before choosing a side, both sides must be heard and that’s the least we can do.

Insecurities lead to Judgements

Insecurities lead to Judgements

We all know someone, or maybe count ourselves in that someone too, who have judged someone else at any given point of time, or have been on the receiving end of those judgements, or maybe both.

Whether its their looks or their fame or how they talk or how look or their social status, their financial status, or there are countless other factors to which people are judged.

But, would someone who is secure with their life judge someone else? Would someone who is satisfied with their life judge someone else?

Its often those who are insecure themselves, in any area of their life, who pinpoint others’ limitations or their wrongdoings (and probably take satisfaction from it as well).

For example, if you’re financially insecure and someone else is, but they lack in their communication skills, you would be the first one to judge them at that.

It is your own insecurity that leads to you judging someone else and vice versa. And this cycle then continues, on a macro scale, everywhere.

Somewhere or the other, any individual finds themselves insecure with something or everything and that is downpoured onto someone else, so your hole of insecurity can be filled.

Failure with Intent

Failure with Intent

Some outcomes can only result in a win or a loss. A draw is considered either or, based on the situations.

That win is cherished and celebrated. The opposite of that happens with a loss.

That loss is also criticized by others, causing more unrest than usual.

But, even with a loss, the intent with how the loss came to be matters even more.

Did you give it your all, your 100% and then lost? If you failed with that intent, then there are only lessons to be learnt from it and no form of disappointment needs to take place.

But, if you thought failure was already on the cards, if the intent to win wasn’t there, if your 100% wasn’t given, then even with a win, that is a failure.

Putting every minute under the lens

Putting every minute under the lens

People say they don’t get enough time for their relationships and family? They don’t get enough time to work out? To meditate? To cook?

To do those various things that they would have otherwise done?

Then why not?

And is time seriously the problem here?

Or is the management of it the problem?

With the 1440 minutes that each of us have in our hands everyday, when you put every minute of it under the lens, there you would find all the answers.

How much of those minutes are productive? How much is wasted? How much can be utilized elsewhere?

When that is done, then you will notice that you’re able to do everything you want to.

I lost 15 kgs in 6 months

I lost 15 kgs in 6 months

I lost 15 kgs in 6 months.

How?

Not because I wanted to lose weight fast, but because I wanted to live a better lifestyle than before.

Not because I wanted to look good, but because I wanted to feel good and feel those fabulous internal benefits of working out.

Not because I starved myself or tried fad diets, but because I knew it’s time to get rid of those foods that have harmful effects on the mind and body, that may taste good in the moment, but have not-so-good effects in the future.

A simple tweak of knowing the why, rather than the what and how.

A simple tweak of enjoying the process than the outcome.

That’s it. And that brought results.

Stupidest of Questions

Stupidest of Questions

We aren’t taught or we aren’t applauded for asking questions. Rather, do what you’re told, follow the narrative that has been rolled, execute the actions blindfolded.

But, the people who seem smart to you, the people who are knowledgeable, the people who are experts in their fields, that is because they ask the stupidest of questions.

They don’t shy away from it, they don’t care what anyone else thinks. They are curious, they will ask. They want another perspective, they will ask.

Those who think their questions aren’t smart enough keep forming the right question to never ask it, keep being curious in their minds to never know more than they already do, keep thinking everyone else is smarter than them.

Don’t shy away from asking the stupidest of questions because that’s how you grow and evolve.