About

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A still from my TEDx Talk.

Name’s Hardik Nagar.

I began writing this blog in the December of 2013. What followed were a series of posts highlighting my approach to minimalism in India.

The last post I wrote in that phase dated September 2014. Why did I stop writing? I don’t remember now (it’s 2017.)

By own admission, though, the writing stank — it reeked of vagueness and fluff. While most write-ups infused forced positivity, some went over and above to give pretentious advice. I have no defence: insecurities makes us all stupid.

I won’t remove those articles, though. No matter my detest for them: they serve as a reminder of being authentic (and my terrible writing style.)

Where have I been until now?

From here, I moved onto writing fiction prose and poetry for a project I called The Honest Musings.

So, did I just leave this blog and let it rot in this overpopulated virtual world? Yes. Did it leave me? No.

Somehow, the blog kept highlighting its prominence — through newspaper articles and a TEDx talk — as a crucial part of me.

Why am I updating this ‘About’ section after all these years?

I am going to write again here — but devoid of cliched philosophy, crude sentences, and annoying vanity.

Let me be clear: I won’t give advice, but I will write what I believe in and how I feel about certain ideas and practices. Some of them won’t align with conventional ways and might even sound extreme. [Like not buying clothes every few months. Yes, it’s possible.]

Some of my thoughts might piss you off — but we will learn to live with it. Or I will learn better.

What will I write on? Minimalism in India, personal finance, and how ridiculous our culture of extreme consumerism is (among other things.)

For inquiries, you can mail me at hardik94nagar@gmail.com.

While you are still reading this, stop buying shit you don’t need.

Seriously.

36 thoughts on “About

  1. Whoa! and I just Stumbled Upon another minimalist from India. It is so hard to find a minimalist in our country. But I got you. 😉
    I read some of your posts. You write pretty amazing. Would love to read more from you.
    Thanks for so much value!

  2. OK, so I Finally find another Minimalist from India. I am basically a Minimalist Photographer and I landed on your page while searching for other Minimalist Photography blogs. I am extremely surprised to see you talking of Minimalism at age 19, with the kind of Materialistic Race that’s currently going on in India. By the way, age is just a number, more important is the conditioning of the mind. I can talk at lengths but this is your page 😉 All I can say is that keep up the good work and you are on the right track. I read in another article of yours that you visited the Vipassana Center, we have one in Jaipur too, which one did you visit?

    • Hey, Prakash!

      Thank you for the encouragement. I checked out some of your photos and they are incredibly artsy and as I like them, minimal aesthetic. Ah.

      I happen to visit Dhamma Vahini near the outskirts of Mumbai.It was a brilliant, brilliant experience. One I would cherish for the longest of times.

  3. Hi!
    I really love your blog-it’s so original and fresh! I find it so relatable and it’s really nice to see someone else about my age writing a serious-ish blog. I also nominated you for the very inspiring blogger award but reading the comments on this page, looks like you’ve already been nominated. Anyway, this was just to let you know!

    -Ace

    • Thank you so much! I am glad, you could find value and I am humbled to receive such a recognition from your end. I find the topics for your blog extremely interesting and intriguing. I always feel the message of your writing. 🙂

      Lots of love. Cheers!

      • You’re very welcome! I’m so pleased to hear that my message gets through 🙂 and thanks for your considered and thoughtful comment-those are so rare these days.

        Cheers

  4. I’m writing to let you know that I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I think your blog is very worthy of that recognition.

    I don’t know if you know about nominations/awards, etc. but it’s a way for bloggers to show their appreciation for other bloggers. It is also a way for other people to find out about your blog, and the blogs of people you may choose to nominate.

    You can get more information about your nomination and the Very Amazing Blogger Award process at http://livinglearningandlettinggo.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/thanks-for-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/.
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  5. Thank you for your daily inspiration!

    I’m sending some sunshine your way, to let you know how much I appreciate your blog by nominating you for The Sunshine Award! No worries if you don’t want to participate!

  6. I like that you are examining your ideas and culture so young. The last thing India (or any other country, for that matter) needs is to imitate the essentially empty American lifestyle. You get sucked in with promises of security that can’t ever be kept. That is what keeps the hamster on the treadmill. Then you have enough money to buy things to keep you distracted from how meaningless your life really is. At that point, you are called “successful.” Getting rid of belongings doesn’t change anything; questioning one’s life on the treadmill changes everything. Good luck. Simplicity removes the distractions, enabling a clarity of thought most people never imagine existed. Starting so young, you should be a genius by my age (46).

  7. Hi Hardik. As you know, I love love love your blog and share many of your beliefs. I’d love to include you on my blog via my weekly guest posts, where I invite fellow simple-livers to talk about their lifestyle. Would you be interested in participating?

  8. Hi Hardik, I really enjoyed reading your blog. It’s so great to find more people who are as passionate about minimalism as I am. I also really appreciate how many different approaches there are to minimalism and getting different people’s perspectives. I look forward to reading more.

    • Hey, Jasmin! I am glad, you’re enjoying reading this.

      To read so many different approaches about this concept is probably, the best part about this concept.

      There are many branches which go and all lead to the same direction.

      Keep reading and cheers!

  9. Hey Hardik, it’s commendable that despite being so young, your thinking runs so deep. Keep up the good work and stay on the journey. Since we’re on the same path, we’re bound to run into each other now and then. Blessed be!

  10. I stumbled on minimalism much in the same way, and over the past few years since doing so it has radically changed me – for the better! Best of luck! I’ll be reading 🙂

  11. Good luck on your minimalism journey. It has helped me so much, and continues to be something I strive for. I’ll be following your progress!

  12. Hi! Thanks for reading my article and taking time to write up some feedback. Your most recent post on emotion reminds me of the “law of attraction”. Have you heard about it? I think you might find it interesting…it talks about how emotions are forces that draw things into our lives. Anyway, it’s nice to meet you!

  13. I enjoyed your blog on a Guide to Contentment. It had some good and practical tips. I wish you the best with your experiment we are all in this together and I am excited to hear the experiences of someone from a different country and culture 🙂
    Good job!

  14. I love this – the way you write and your outlook. Life is one big experiment. I struggled with what to blog about as I’m not an expert on positive thinking, or mindfulness, or much at all really, I’m just finding my way too. Best wishes with your experiments, I look forward to reading more.

    • Amy, you’ve inspired me too much for the day. With your comments and lovely insights. But more than that your story in your About inspired me. The way you tackled anxiety and depression and build up your low esteem, it is really powerful.

      Thank you for kind words. Really looking forward to connect with you 🙂

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