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Bangalore-based Rashmi Vasudeva's journalism has appeared in many Indian and international publications over the past decade. A features writer with over nine years of experience heading a health and fitness supplement in a mainstream Indian newspaper, her niche areas include health, wellness, fitness, food, nutrition and Indian classical Arts.
Her articles have appeared in various publications including Mint-Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, Deccan Herald (mainstream South Indian newspaper), Smart Life (Health magazine from the Malayala Manorama Group of publications), YourStory (India's media technology platform for entrepreneurs), Avantika (a noir arts and theatre magazine), ZDF (a German public broadcasting company) and others.
In 2006, she was awarded the British Print-Chevening scholarship to pursue a short-term course in new-age journalism at the University of Westminster, U.K. With a double Masters in Globalisation and Media Studies from Aarhus Universitet (Denmark), University of Amsterdam and Swansea University in Wales, U.K., she has also dabbled in academics, travel writing and socio-cultural studies. Mother to a frisky toddler, she hums 'wheels on the bus' while working and keeps a beady eye on the aforementioned toddler's antics.
Minimalism is everywhere today, even on Netflix with the hugely popular series "Tidying up With Marie Kondo". But like any other viral trend, minimalism too is suffering from an excess of attention. Ironically enough, a concept that essentially propounds lightness, space and freedom is being burdened with heavy misconceptions, vague 'isms' and other sundry stuff.
In this context, this podcast comes as a much-needed primer on all things minimalism for those who want to understand it better and perhaps are looking to implement it in their stressful and cluttered lives. Joshua and Ryan, the hosts of the podcast, have been talking about minimalism for a while now, in their books, documentaries and articles in several prestigious publications. This podcast is a deeper and a more conversational look at their pet subject.
Launched in 2016, the podcast focuses on the underlying ideas and philosophies that shape minimalism. As the hosts say, the point of minimalism is not just eliminating clutter or material possessions. Yes, removing excess is a crucial part of being minimalist, but filling that void with more time for oneself, more creativity and more passion is the important part that often gets side-lined or ignored altogether. Clearing clutter is not to have emptiness in its place—clearing clutter is to make room for something better.
Each episode takes up one aspect or angle of the larger concept and explores it in detail. For instance, the latest is about overcoming writer/creator's block as well as getting out of a situation where you feel you are stuck emotionally. How to determine when is the right time to move on? Is it a creative block or simply not your priority anymore? Questions like these and more that every one of us are faced with on an everyday basis. All in all, a good place to stop by if you are feeling overwhelmed with your life and are looking to de-stress.