Have you tried listening to audio instead of reading?

A sweet surprise + all the vlogs you might have missed out n (My Dad makes a cameo in one).

Hello dear friend

Are you a reader or do you prefer audio?

I discovered the magic of audiobooks in 2018 and haven’t looked back since. I have three app subscriptions currently, and at least two books paused mid-way on my phone. Those who know me know very well that I swear by audiobooks.

And now, for all the audio lovers, I have a sweet surprise. I partnered with the amazing folks at Reading.FM to produce an audio version (blogshow) of one of my most-loved articles on Medium -

Your Inability To Declutter Might Be Your Secret Advantage: Why being organized is not the only way to be productive, creative, and happy, according to science.

Listen now

What did you think of the audio version? Leave a reply to let me know!

A surprise for audio lovers

Here’s another bit of good news for audio lovers. If you don’t have an account on Reading.FM yet, you can create one for free. If you register today (August 31, 2021), you will have lifetime access to 10 free blogshows per week (those registered after August 31 will be able to listen to 5 free blogshows per week).

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. Reading.FM has some really cool blogshows on their site and the audio quality is top-notch. Playing out a blogshow as you perform some mundane chores could be a really effective and enjoyable way of absorbing knowledge while also getting work done.

3 Tips to effectively listen to audiobooks or podcasts

If you aren’t much of a fan of audio or podcasts, here are some tips to make the best of your first audio experience:

1. Listen While Doing A Chore You Don’t Enjoy

Pick a chore you hate doing, so:

• Your mood won’t be affected thinking how miserable you are.
• You can concentrate better on the audio as your brain wants an escape.
• It's a magnificent way of multitasking.

2. Listen in Short Bursts

Don’t spend hours on end listening to audio. Instead, listen to them in short bursts.

This way, you won’t have the luxury to say you got bored. It is easy to concentrate on the narration for shorter periods without letting your attention drift.

3. Listen Before Going to Sleep

Lie in bed, take a few deep breaths, and close your eyes. Let the audio play with a 15 min sleep timer.

When you're relaxed, it's easy to let the narrator’s voice wash over your body in calming waves, like listening to a lullaby.

Videos of the week

The past few weeks have been pretty hectic on my end. That’s why I haven’t been too active on my YouTube channel. Now that life has more or less settled back into a rhythm, I promise to bring you some amazing content soon.

Meanwhile, enjoy the vlogs I recently made.

My dad makes an appearance in this one, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy his tips on how to stay in touch with friends after graduation.

The next vlog is a tour of the NIT Silchar campus. Watch the greenery and serenity of nature overwhelm your senses as you take a ride with me through the streets of one of the most beautiful engineering college campuses in India.

The last vlog is just me getting all poetic and emotional about how much I love nature. I shot this from my balcony to show the beautiful view that kept me inspired for so many days. This is quite unlike anything I’ve ever recorded, so I’d really appreciate your feedback.

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That’s all from my end today. I’ll see you again soon. Till then, stay strong. Keep smiling and be awesome.

With love,