Reading fiction can change your life

Reading is still criminally underrated and I want people to understand my obsession with it. Now, this isn’t your average “read self help every day” kind of post. Yes there are a few useful books in that genre but I seldom read them anymore because either I have implemented most of their advice or they…

The Surprising Benefits of Deleting WhatsApp

WhatsApp recently rolled out a new privacy policy with alarming consequences. Once again, I started to reconsider the actual need of using WhatsApp and seriously considered deleting it. WhatsApp has become such an integral part of our lives: people assume that everyone has it (it’s true) and use that for all sorts of communications –…

Digital Minimalism on iOS (iPhone XR review)

For a good number of years now, I have walked the difficult path of digital minimalism where I haven’t quit any digital utility but I have learned to control my usage. Many digital minimalists take the step of going full dumb phone, no internet, fully analogue life. But for me, I need to have the…

Album Recommendations: Metal and K-Pop

I’ve been listening to a lot of music these days and ever since I started long distance running way back in 2013, I’ve preferred full albums over playlists or single tracks. An album is generally a better way to enjoy music because most of them have some sort of continuity in them, either in theme…

Netflix and YouTube for Digital Minimalists

Picture this: It’s been a long day and you are exhausted, physically and mentally. You just want to kick back and relax with some good content to watch. A lot of times we prefer watching videos instead of reading or gaming because those two take up some mental resources whereas videos can be watched passively….

Review: Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Having read across a few different genres, my fantasy experience was limited to the famous books – Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, Eragon and a few manga series. I was interested in exploring more fantasy and I found out about the types of magic systems in fantasy stories ranging from soft systems to hard…

Stop Worrying, Screen Time Is Just A Number!

As I started to take control of my phone usage and screen usage in general, I resorted to reducing the number of hours I use my phone in a day. I got as low as 28 minutes in a day! But the process of digital minimalism as popularized by Cal Newport is a lot more…

Apple Music on Android still sucks, Here’s how to deal with it

Even after all these years, Apple Music on Android still sucks. So much so, that it frustrates the hell out of me. I have used alternatives like Spotify but I still prefer Apple for the larger library and the app interface which focuses on album recommendations and curated playlists. I have developed ways to overcome…

5 things to do in 5 minutes (instead of social media)

Any form of short content (like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube) is so popular (and can be addictive) because we either don’t have much time to consume long form content (like books, movies, albums) or we believe we don’t have enough time to consume them. I often find myself wanting to look at my phone in the…

How I Learnt to Love Music Again (Ft. My Android iPod)

As the noises from the street died away and the world around me fell asleep, I would lay in bed, often past my bedtime, with one or both earbuds, listening to good music with eyes closed. Music has been a big part of my life since the time I was a middle schooler. It was…