Monthly Wrap!

Yes, that’s right! I changed the monthly book recommendations (which are blogs that are up on the last Sunday of the month) to “Monthly Wrap” because as always, I have more to give, hence I keep expanding the means through which I can do that.

So, what does a Monthly Wrap include?

  1. Book recommendations 
  2. What did I curate? Resources I’m binging on – of course, I’ll be choosing the major ones. Just a brim of how much I curate!
  3. Reflection to ponder – Of various of my reflections of the month, I’ll choose one or a few.
  4. My writing journey/ my book updates 

I think I may add more to this list as I move on.

With that said, here’s this month’s “Monthly Wrap!”

Book Recommendations:

This month I could read only 1 book:

  1. Creative Quest by Questlove is a very good book. Especially if you are someone that wants to start exploring the creative side of yourself and what to know what creativity is about, how it works, how to stay creative, how to collaborate, etc. The author gives you an honest opinion and is also very true to reality.

What I curated:

  1. The Kashmir Files (Review by Strings Vinod)
  2. Ted Talks: 
    1. How to succeed as an artist in spite of your own creativity | Tom Sachs 
    2. How to be an Unprofessional Artist | Zander Cannon 
  3. Studio Tours:
    1. Van Neistat’s wildly functional Studio
    2. MINIMALIST HOME STUDIO Setup 2022 | Mitch Gallagher (studio tour)
    3. Art Studio Tour 
  4. Following along the journey:
    1. WintergatanHow To Make Better Decisions Using A Decision Matrix
    2. Jess KarpChallenge Yourself to Grow as an Artist! Art Studio Vlog

Reflections to ponder:

  1. If you are a knowledge worker, you’ll eventually understand that the Advaita is the ultimate philosophy and the ultimate truth. Because through organizing and categorizing knowledge extensively, you’ll realize that essentially everything is connected, and nothing is distinct!
  2. Don’t just consume, curate!
  3. Working a job only for money is a crime! And going through an educational course just to get a job is an even cruel crime to commit!! A crime against yourself and society as a whole!

Apps I tried this month:

  1. Pranaria – A good app to make you do a decent amount of pranayama every day. I used it for a few weeks, the downside is, it has only a few programs and that too is based on Buddhist techniques, pranayama according to Indian yogic systems is far vast and advanced!
  2. Twitch – Exploring and thinking on possibilities to use it as a platform to stream live music.
  3. Discord – Exploring and thinking on possibilities to use it as a community-building platform for musicians, especially, I don’t see a community of musicians that has Indian classical musicians in it. A global, open server for all discussions related to music, how cool that would be! And why just music, expand that to all art forms, all kinds of artists connected to one discord server, that would be epic, isn’t it?
  4. Prana breath – UI is kind of boring and not intriguing but otherwise, it is a great app, especially the knowledge base of its own from which we can download all kinds of pranayama/breathing patterns. Ideal only for pranayama.
  5. Eka – Too much locked content, have to pay for the premium to access most of the programs.
  6. 7pranayama – Very simple app. Low-quality UI, but serves the purpose. It has instructions and benefits, other whereabouts of loads of asanas and pranayamas.
  7. Breathe -The first breathwork app I tried. It has a very good UI. But lacks many features and programs that are required for advanced practitioners.
  8. Insight Timer- My favorite meditation timer so far. I love the sound of those bells! However, I’ve uninstalled all of these apps now. 
  9. Medito – Best for anyone who’s thinking to start meditating. It has all the know-how. 

My Book Update:

  • Nothing much except the fact that the core is accumulating gradually and at random times.
  • Storyline yet to be received. Or who knows I may not use a story in this book at all, I’m still unsure about that.

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

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