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A pull-up is a simple exercise of pulling your body up with your hands. You need to have the strength to pull yourself up, and not be too heavy to not pull yourself up. This is why a pull-up is a good marker of being strong and lean.

In this post, I’ll detail the process of getting your first pull-up. This is based on what worked for me personally. This may not work for everyone, and might not be the optimal way to get a pull-up. …


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Source: The Print

Congratulations! You’ve decided to buy a cycle for the Indian roads. This could be because you’re tired of your car, you need to save some money, are looking to shed some weight, or have become environmentally conscious. Whatever the reason, this is the first step to a simpler life.

Before you actually realize the benefits of cycling, you have to make a ‘big decision’ — what cycle should I buy? That’s a difficult call, made even more difficult by the number of brands, features, and use-cases in the market. Understandably, one can get confused, or make the wrong choice. Further…


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It’s not always grind or die.

The way I see it there are two ways to do something, you either do it or you do it efficiently. Both will give you the same result. The task will be done, but only one will be efficient. That’s the one you want.

Let’s start with the first way of doing something. Doing something without a structure, plan, process, backstops, data and other essentials of efficiency, will ensure you do it ‘eventually.’ However, because nothing is decided, you don’t know where you’re going and by extension, how and when you’ll get there.

Any act or its action can be…


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Don’t trample on the truth with fake steps | Source: Michael Carruth via Unsplash

Positive self-affirmations are probably the most narcissistic, attention-seeking, and useless activity one can engage in. And what’s worse, it doesn’t help, it only exacerbates the problem.

There’s a growing fad of “affirmations” where every ‘helpful activity’ engaged in or repeated is met with a self-pat-on-the-back to provide encouragement. People use this as a motivating tool to get themselves out of a negative habit or build a positive one through small, self-conscious, self-congratulatory steps, which eventually leads to a bigger change. Based on positive reinforcement, this mental parlor trick aims to create an internal reward system where you create self-appreciation, build…


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Not for the muscles; all for pain| Source: skeeze via Pixabay

Perfection sucks, doesn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I try not to sound like an ideologue, harping not against the need to be perfect, but the very nature of it. I always thought perfection was not range, between this and that, from this end to the other, rather, it is a knife’s edge, a needle’s head, or a hair’s tip, something very small that we try to achieve, but very often fail to.

There is no need to be perfect in modern life, is there? In a life filled with convenience and comfort, what good is perfection when the marginal…


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You need the other side to play the game | Source: nrd via Unsplash

I usually read two books at once. That’s not at the same time though. It’s not like my eyes are fleeting off one book into another. My fingers aren’t balancing two spines falling into each other. But I read them in turns, one after the other. Not as a sequel, most of the time it results in confusion, but sometimes it allows for parallels.

Do you remember that old game where two rectangular slabs bounce a ball off each other? The objective of the game was to score the maximum number of points by getting the ball past the slabs…


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You just have to write it. You don’t have to post it. | Source: Kate Macate via Unsplash

I haven’t written anything in over a month. So, I thought I’d repost this to get me back into the habit of writing. Here goes nothing…

The following is a letter written for an oratory competition back in my college days. Premised on writing a love-letter to a classmate of the same sex. I include it here simply to act as a reminder of what love letters are, or are not. I’m not sure.

Dear Eleven,

The number eleven, it seems more like a number these days. When I count upwards of ten, just as I shift the syllable my…


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Live pictures of the burning American economy | Source: CNN

What makes a protest a ‘protest’? Looking at protests spreading through time and geographies, there are a few common themes. An associated limited identity that ties the protesters together be it race, gender, culture or nationality; an emotional message be it justice, peace, equality; a target be it the state, a company; and a medium of expression be it words, song or action.

At a time when a fatal virus is killing people by the thousands, the antithesis to the cries of ‘social distancing’ has been met with protests the world over. From the United States of America, the epicenter…


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If you could write a word bubble, what would it say, or how would it say? | Source: Film Companion

On the suggestion of a friend, I tried my hand at understanding, thanks in larger part to the translated subtitles, a Kannada movie. Katheyondu Shuruvagide [A Story Has Begun] tells the story of love, loss, and, something more important, more intrinsic, more forgotten. Something which brings out the love, something which exacerbates the loss, something which magnifies what was at stake, and what can be regained.

Three stories, one person, she said. Her hair immersed in the sand, he by her side, as the sun setting and the bonfire loses luster. Three stories, yes. But one person who finds an…


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Yes, that’s your meal. Nothing. | Source: Coach Nine

I change my diet every month. Not due to an illness, allergy, or travel, but simply to experiment. Call it trial and error, call it being a diet guinea pig, or call it an ironic habit, it is what it is. With the number of diets out there, it's easy to get confused. Keto, paleo, LCHF, vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, and whatnot. You can go an entire year changing your diet every month, and you’ll still have a slew of options left. But does it help? Trying a few of these diets out, I’d say it does. …

Aakash Athawasya

Writing as opposed to keeping the thoughts locked in my head.

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