Mental + Physical Chains, Rise of Gen-Z, and the Disney+ domination

The Weekly Zazz #17

Time and again, I've spoken of how doing it affects us, right from making us calm and peaceful, bringing us inner peace, to making us centered, aligning our mind and body at the same pace.

Meditation allows you to experience moments of your life, and also takes you on this journey of a deeper level of life, and that's the beauty of it. But, most of all, and what I wanted to touch upon today, is how it breaks you free from the mental and physical chains that we have built for ourselves.

These constant mental distractions, not being able to focus on one thing, keeping yourself busy so you can suppress that voice within, and physically, running after one place to the next, wanting a change of scenery, wanting to take a break because the current scenario becomes monotonous - meditation, the hidden beauty of life, takes away all of that and gives you so much more.

If you want to experience this as well, keep all your devices away, put on some soothing music, and just sit with your eyes closed for 20-30 minutes at least (p.s. if you're starting out, know that it'll take time for you to experience all of this, the mind is always chattering and to still it, will need practice and patience).

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  1. PODCAST: We are always looking for someone's permission in our lives, to do anything that we want to. Let this episode of Mindset Marketing Movies give you a different outlook on that topic. Listen to it below.

    Check out the other episodes from the week on any of the platforms that interest you – Spotify|| Apple Podcasts || Breaker|| JioSaavn || PocketCasts || Google Podcasts

  2. BLOG:
    • Beating the Social Media Pressure. Read here.
    • Blaming Others vs Taking Accountability. Read here.
    • How can you have a good 2021? Read here.

    P.S. I write a daily blog, read the other posts from the week at

  3. INSTAGRAM: My 2020 learnings that will last for a lifetime. Check out the post here.

  4. YOUTUBE: I have started a new series, A to Z of Building your Mind, a series where every letter of the alphabet will represent a word, a character trait, or a skill that you can use to build your mind. You can follow the episodes here.

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my weekly recommendations of What To Read, What To Listen, and What To Watch.

What To Read:

  1. The psychology behind a new iPhone release—and why it’s so hard to resist.
    Read more here.

  2. Want to Win Someone Over? Talk Like They Do. Read here.

  3. 9 food rules from the world’s longest-living people. Check it out here.

  4. The rise of Gen-Z. Read about it here.

  5. Humanity Dumped 37 Billion Tons Of CO2 Into The Atmosphere In 2020.
    Read here.

What To Listen:

  1. On ‘The Tim Ferriss Show‘, Daniel Ek (CEO, Spotify) talks about habits, systems, and mental models for top performance.
    Check it out here.

  2. On ‘Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions‘, they join Yuval Noah Harari to talk about why we’re so willing to believe falsehoods and what these lies tell us about ourselves—both as individuals and as a society. Listen here.

  3. Check out Anupam Kher’s podcast, Anupam Cares – where he shares his stories that happened off-screen and what we can learn from them.
    Check out the podcast here.

  4. In this episode of “Sway,” Kara Swisher questions Jason Kilar (CEO, Warner Media) on whether he just delivered the final death blow to struggling theaters, how he’ll make good with Hollywood’s top talent, and what films will look like when — as Kilar predicts — blockbuster budgets surpass a billion dollars.
    Listen to it here.

  5. On Happy Sad ConfusedChristopher Nolan chats about the influence of Michael Mann and James Bond films on his work, the ambition of “Tenet”, the bold performances of Heath Ledger and Tom Hardy in the Batman films, and much more.
    Listen here.

What To Watch:

  1. What most of us get wrong about Creativity? Watch here.
    (before you watch the above video, I’ll suggest you watch this one – The Gap by Daniel Sax and Ira Glass here)

  2. On The Ranveer Show (Hindi)Yashraj Mukhate talks about overnight success, fame, and the music industry. Watch it here.

  3. A R Rahman talks about Indian Art on the Global Stage, on Faye D’souza’s channel. Check it out here.

  4. The Actresses Roundtable 2020 ft Shabana Azmi, Tillotama Shome, Taapsee Pannu, Deepika Padukone, Rasika Dugal, Janhvi Kapoor, Kiara Advani, and Tripti Dimri. Watch here.

  5. The Obvious Problem – why most content doesn’t work? Watch it here.

You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.

In the world of TECH:

  1. Google’s Year in Search 2020 - Take a journey through the answers the world searched for this year

  2. Facebook India FY20 Revenue Up 43% At INR 1,277 Cr, Net Profit Doubles

  3. Twitter’s 2020 insights

  4. Apple unveils AirPods Max, its first over-ear noise-canceling headphones

  5. FTC seeks to break up Facebook, alleging illegal monopoly

In the world of MARKETING:

  1. Twitter will let users share tweets directly to Snapchat and Instagram

  2. Pinterest adds favorites, notes, and a new toolbar after increased use of boards during the pandemic

  3. Instagram launches shopping in Reels

  4. Facebook adds carts to WhatsApp to make shopping easier

  5. YouTube launches HDR support for live streams

In the world of BUSINESS:

  1. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestlé named top plastic polluters for the third year in a row

  2. Akshay Kumar, Rana Daggubati team up to launch online influencer led marketplace Socialswag

  3. Walmart is planning a $10 billion Flipkart IPO

  4. Mukesh Ambani says Jio will rollout 5G services by June 2021 – and it will go beyond India

  5. World Economic Forum moved to Singapore over coronavirus concerns

In the world of POP CULTURE:

  1. Disney+ announces 50+ new Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar originals

  2. YouTube is streaming the first 19 James Bond movies for free

  3. Netflix reveals what Indians watched the most this year

  4. Black Mirror's creators made a 'Death to 2020' Netflix special

  5. Mayweather to return for an exhibition bout with YouTuber Logan Paul

The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open. - Rumi

We have been doing things in our life just because it has happened a certain way for years and everyone does it or because you were taught this way.
It's high time you step up and start asking how everything affects you, its consequences on your life, and start changing things one by one. No one else is going to do it for you.

Thank you for your time, honestly and I shall see you next week with the 18th edition of the newsletter.

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