Everyday Movements

No, I am not talking about stock market movements, I mean physical movements. In this day and age, people are moving less and sitting on their asses more. I don’t mean being lazy, but the demands of today’s work are so different from the previous generation’s that we are getting much less physical activity than is required. The reason I bring up this topic is because I routinely hear people complaining of lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain or any of the numerous body pains associated with tight muscles. To fix this, they have undergone surgery or got needles … Continue reading “Everyday Movements”

Sold My Car!

I might have mentioned in passing on this blog that I own three vehicles. Now, having started on my minimalist journey, I have been wanting to get rid of an expensive and yet not so used car. And that finally happened yesterday! It is sort of a bitter sweet moment really. On the one hand I feel like a part of me is gone now and all I am left with are the memories. On the other hand, I am happy to have reduced “stuff” from my life. Read on to know the whole story. The collection I have been … Continue reading “Sold My Car!”

What Will People Think?

Every time you intend to do something out of the ordinary, your first instinct is usually to stop and think “what will people say or think about what I am about to do”. This stigma limits us from doing anything that does not fit in the societal norms. While nobody made any rules about how things should be, as a group we are all guilty of following some unwritten rules. The good thing about these unwritten rules it that we are able to move together in one general direction and solve problems that no one person alone can solve, a … Continue reading “What Will People Think?”

Practice Minimalism

After watching my talk on early retirement, one of my friends tells me that while the audience asked a lot of questions, no one asked me “How do I practice the art of minimalism without compromising much on what your heart wishes for?”. Well in this case, I am not really sure if minimalism is a personal trait or if it is something that can be acquired. You already know how I started, which was basically after reading about Stoicism. Are you a minimalist at heart? I think the best way to figure out if you are already inclined towards … Continue reading “Practice Minimalism”

Tax Deductions

As I am doing taxes for the recently concluded financial year, I am realizing how much of tax saving one would be forgoing once you retire :). Without income there is no more section 80C deductions, no more savings from interest paid towards home loan via section 24, no exemptions for HRA under section 80GG. These things only hit you once you retire. Of course I went into retirement knowing that, so nothing to worry, but you don’t realize these until you do your taxes. During your earning phase, every paycheck is a reminder for saving taxes and claiming as … Continue reading “Tax Deductions”

One Year Into Retirement

It is now exactly one year since I retired on June 29, 2018. Incidentally, this also happens to be my 50th post on this blog! It was a fun journey so far. While I cannot say if this will continue into the future, there are some exciting times ahead. Everything is going almost exactly the way I planned. Still, since I haven’t yet gone through a bad market cycle, I don’t yet know if my financial planning will stand the test of time. One thing I realized is that no matter how much free time you create, it will get … Continue reading “One Year Into Retirement”

Updating OS in Google Compute Engine

A few days ago, I decided to update my Google Compute Engine instance which was running an older Debian version. This was the same instance that is hosting this WordPress blog, so I had to be careful not to break anything lest I lose all the data and/or the service can be down. This post is a recount of my journey through the update process because I found some interesting things about Google Compute Engine (GCE) and how things can break if you are not careful and how things can go very smoothly if you plan properly. It all started … Continue reading “Updating OS in Google Compute Engine”

Upgrading my Router: Asus RT-AC58U vs Tenda AC10

This is the continuation and the conclusion post of my previous post. So if you have missed it, head on over there first. As you know, I have decided to upgrade my old TP-Link router with Asus RT-AC58U. Initially I was extremely happy with the performance although it was running a little hot. The performance and coverage was just great. But things turned south as soon as I tried using it as a NAS. While I know that the processor on the router will not be powerful enough as a dedicated NAS, it performed quite poorly in my opinion. After … Continue reading “Upgrading my Router: Asus RT-AC58U vs Tenda AC10”

Upgrading my Router: Asus RT-AC58U

My aging router has been causing trouble for a few months now and it was time to upgrade it. I tried a couple of routers and thought I should do a quick review comparing them in case it helps some one because at the time I was taking the decision, there wasn’t a good comparison between the two. So the story begins about 6 months ago when my old TP-Link TL-WR740N router was evicting devices, or not letting new devices connect after a certain number of devices have connected. I don’t know the maximum number of connections it can handle, … Continue reading “Upgrading my Router: Asus RT-AC58U”

Renewing Passport in Bangalore

Just wanted to do a quick post on my experience renewing passport in Bangalore. May be this will help someone. So the story goes like this — my passport is about to expire in 10 months and my daughter’s is expiring in 4 months. We thought it might be a good time to start the renewal process not knowing how long it will take to renew. While my passport renewal could wait, I wanted to finish it along with my daughter in one go, instead of wasting time again for my passport renewal. Created a couple of accounts (one for … Continue reading “Renewing Passport in Bangalore”