• Reviews,  Tech review

    Apple TV and tvOS 13 Review

    Apple TV has been a great addition to my bedroom. The tvOS 13 is really easy to use and provides some fantastic features to your TV viewing experience. Apple TV is a small box or like a mini-mini-mac that you connect to your TV through HDMI cable. It is a small box that fits in nicely in compact spaces too. The back portion of the box has space for power connection, HDMI connection to your TV and a network cable port but I think it is not used much due to Wifi easily available. Apple TV comes with Wifi and Bluetooth to connect to other devices. Remote It comes with…

  • Mobile Reviews,  Reviews

    Nokia 8.1 mobile phone – 4 months usage review

    I was searching now for an Android phone that had stock Android with it.  There are not many phones in the market though. Your best bet is to either buy Google Pixel or else select one of the Android One ranges that Google launched in 2014. Phones that are launched as Android One get minimum updates to Android OS  for 2 years. So if the phone is launched with Android Marshmallow, it will get Android Pie and Android X. Few manufacturers have launched phones under Android One but Nokia by HMD Mobile and Motorola have launched many phones under Android One as part of their strategy. Nokia 8.1 was launched…

  • Podcast

    New Podcast – Swadhyaya

    I started a podcast today through Anchor.fm. The RSS feed for it is https://anchor.fm/s/c21e308/podcast/rss and the podcast is available at – https://anchor.fm/rishi-agarwal.   The podcast is about Swadhyaya – Reading and Learning Hindu scriptures.

  • Thoughts

    Because Self-Experience Matters

    My previous blog was called ‘Got Time to Blog…’ It was made in 2004 and I knew I wouldn’t get much time to blog. And I just entered my 20’s then and that was the best title I could come up with. I have been thinking to restart blogging again. I made couple of new blogs also – one for Hindu scriptures, 1 for entrepreneurship but then it was going to be difficult to maintain all of these. I hence collated all my previous blogs into one and today, in the shower, I came up with the title for the blog – Because Self-Experience Matters. Why: Being a ardent believer…

  • Bhagavad Gita

    FAQ answered from Bhagavad Gita

    Question: Why do good people die early and bad people live happy? Shouldn’t God punish those who do evil? Answer: According to Hindu religion, God is not a judge who rewards or punishes people after they die. He says in Bhagavad Gita that for him everyone is same, he does not like or dislike anyone, but a true bhakt is same as Him. For a true bhakt, refer to Chapter 12 of Bhagavad Gita Verse 12 onwards. Even if the worst person worships him, he will soon find Him. Our actions or karma decide our fate. No one escape his karma. Even if a evil person one day realizes his…

  • Observations

    Internet was once a beautiful place

    I was reminiscing on the time I first found the Internet. It was such a joy to find knowledge at your fingertips. You could get so much information online, even before Google launched their search engine. You could connect with people on forums, chat servers. You could publish your own blog and add RSS feed which people could connect to .You had this sense of individual identity in the expansive network of the web. But things changed after Facebook came. One person’s dream to connect the world together.  The world was already connected but Mark wanted to connect them all together on his platform. Hence emerged the idea of Social…

  • Observations,  Religion

    My Journey in reading Shrimad Bhagavatam

    I finished reading Shrimad Bhagavatam this year in January. It took me one year to complete it. I finally finished it and it was an awesome experience. The interesting thing is that at the end of the book in Section 12, it is said: A Sattvic reader will finish the book in 30 days A Rajasic reader will finish the book in 7 days A Tamasic reader will finish the book in 1 year I wanted to read this book since 4 years. I was contemplating whether I should read in English or Hindi. I decided to read it in Hindi as I already had Sukh Sagar by Gitapress Gorakhpur.…

  • Bhagavad Gita,  Religion

    Bhagavad Gita on Amazon Kindle – Gitapress Gorakhpur and other Hindu scriptures

    Gitapress Gorakhpur is a very old organization in Uttar Pradesh India that aims to spread the ancient wisdom and knowledge of Hindu tradition by providing all scriptures and books at a reasonable price to everyone. Now they have launched their books on Amazon Kindle in Hindi language. This is very good especially for people living abroad and who have limited access to the paperback version of Hindu scriptures. I have read many translations and commentaries on Bhagavad Gita and I still recommend the Bhagavad Gita by Gitapress Gorakhpur to any beginner who wants to read Bhagavad Gita for the first time. Bhagavad Gita contains only 700 shlokas in 18 chapters…

  • Bhagavad Gita,  Philosophy

    Nature takes the path of least resistance

    Nature takes the path of least resistance. If you look at a rivulet or a stream of water flowing through mountains, it will find its way through earth by taking the path of least resistance. It will change its course if it finds a huge boulder in its way. But it will eventually reach the sea by flowing. Similarly, air & fire too act in nature. Even animals are bound by their nature and act.  Humans are born on this earth so that they can excel in life and reach the Supreme through the path of least resistance. But many times we think that life is difficult and we are…

  • India

    Why India should change its fiscal year

    When I was in school, I heard that India’s fiscal year start’s on 1 April because India is a agrarian economy and the harvesting season happens in April. But now I think it could be 1 April because UK has it’s fiscal year on 1 April, and after Independence, we might have preferred to simply keep it that way. But I think we should change the fiscal year to either 1 January or 1 October. Or we could keep start our fiscal year on Diwali, the way Stock market begins it’s new year. But why should we change it? Because majority of development work at center, state and municipality level…