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Podcasts I listen-2020

My friend Aditya wrote this post on the podcasts he listens and inspired me to list down my own podcasts. I listen to a lot of them and have been for years now, maybe since getting my first iPhone in 2010. I have pruned the lists a bunch of times after overloads and yet I have so many of them. Here is a list of them. 

As I write, I have subscriptions to about 20 podcasts, but not all of them are regular publishers, and I don’t listen to all of them consistently. So I am just listing a few that I think everyone can try.

  1. Akimbo Podcast: A podcast by Seth Godin. I think that is more than enough introduction to subscribe to it. Yes, it is totally worth it.
  2. Accidental Tech podcast: A podcast with a developers perspective on the Apple eco sytem, tech, cars and anything in the host’s lives.
  3. Distributed podcast:Podcast show hosted by my company’s CEO. Totally recommended if you are looking at ways to improve your company by decentralising it.
  4. Hurry Slowly: A podcast on pacing yourself by Jocelyn K glei.
  5. IRL by Mozilla: A podcast by Manoush Zomorodi on privacy for the internetizens. There haven’t been any episodes lately, but their archives are still a treasure trove about online privacy.
  6. The talk show by Gruber. Gruber’s take on Apple and tech.
  7. The Tim Ferris show by Tim Ferris. This isn’t everyone’s favourite, but I seem to be enjoying it for the most part.

Besides these, I am trying WorkLife with Adam grant. I have listened to about 5 episodes and I am liking it so far. Maybe it is a keeper.

BTW I also subscribed to Seen and the Unseen by Amit Varma and have been enjoying it so far. This was a recommendation from Aditya and I am thankful to him for writing about this podcast.

Do you have any recommendations I am missing here?

Personal Self Improvement

On Writing

It came up recently in a conversation that I don’t write well naturally. Yes, that is something I have to agree to without any doubts. I wish I could say I had a natural talent for it, especially in English. I am afraid I am not. English is not my mother tongue.
I want to say I am more of a person who does a brain dump first and chisels away at it until I find my perfection. I haven’t been on top of my game at reviewing myself better lately, and it reflects in my outputs at work. I am very grateful I have another set of eyes reviewing my work before it gets filed for records forever. While this pair second pair of eyes seems a blessing, I may have been lazily cheating and used it as the only pair of eyes reviewing the document 😔 .
This conversation dawned upon me as a wake-up call. It reminded me of my school days. My teachers asked me to use a fountain pen to write. It forced me to slow down with my writing; it made me thoughtful at what I wrote, my handwriting became better. I think it’s time for me to get down to the basics and work my way through to be better.

As they say, rewriting is the essence of writing. I am going to get back to reviewing my work thoroughly, every time. The new year season is on, 🤷🏽‍♂️ but let’s call it a coincidence and not a resolution. Here is to slowing down, writing more and writing better; come this new year. New year wishes!