What is Minimalism?

Yes, I gave a TEDx Talk.

If you have the time, listen to it: I talk for around 15 minutes to give an idea of what Minimalism is for me (along with a background story.)

For anyone who found me too ugly, the accent too thick, or the idea of listening to me too dull — let me give you the short version: Minimalism is about intentionality and choices.

[You can also read this Times of India article.]

Do I live on the sidewalks and beg for food and money? Not yet.

Have I renounced the world to meditate on the ghats of Ganges? No.

Am I a privileged fuck who talks about pretentious concepts inapplicable to ordinary people? Also, no.

Is it about finding happiness? It can be a by-product if you are into it. However, it is not the point.

Will I try to convince you to throw every object and dance naked on streets? Not really, but the dance might be entertaining.

Are there any guidelines/manifesto/checklist/to-do for minimalism? I am running out of ways to say no.

Have I addressed your assumptions? Good. Now, you can hear me out.

In the guise of minimalism, you get a tool — an instrument to chisel away the excess. If I take away everything you own today, who are you? And this is not philosophical bullshit: the idea is to make you think about how much importance we give to things that are unimportant.

Minimalism, at its crux, is about reassessing priorities.

What is important to you?

Does your personal freedom take a back seat to your possessions?

Are you designing a life you want? Or are you following someone else’s template?

Are you living according to your values? Or are you living someone else’s life?

These are not drunk questions: think about them. Do you have an answer to them? Or even a sense of direction?

Through this blog, I discover and re-discover my outlook to minimalism. And how it spills over into every area of my life.

Since this is Internet, other people have written about this concept. Here are my favourites:

15 thoughts on “What is Minimalism?

  1. I read some of the articles in your blog, and really love the way how you express yourself through simple words and thoughts.
    I’ve wanted to get rid of the clutter in my life since a long time.
    Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  2. I am impressed.In fact , my father lives this for last 50 years. I started decluttering my material and mind possessions and leading a life of freewill. Thanks for such wonderful write ups.

  3. Hey there.

    What a great entry!

    I’m going to further my minimalism adventure and use the links and your site as continual guidance. Thanks for being awesome and more importantly for spreading the word. 🙂

  4. Greetings Hardik,

    I just read your post “Living without the Mask”. All of the ideas and concepts that you presented were a very fresh take from the boring numb material that seems to come out like vomit on most peoples blogs.

    Keep up the great writing!

  5. Perfect Word! I have been living by this principle all my Life. I called it “optimalism”, utilising the available resources/things to the fullest, and if still the need persists, adding up. Minimalism is kinda a better approach to the same mentality. Good that I came across your blog.
    Good Job, Keep writing, Buddy 🙂

  6. Hi Hardik
    Minimalism:- Never knew the concept of squeezing out junk from the head or not absorbing any at all had been given a name. This is something I have been working upon, And I must say I am happy to have stumbled upon your blog and read about it 🙂

    • Hello, Pranita. I can feel the happiness. Just few months back, I too was searching for a term, a concept for the art of paring down, both external world and internal world. I guess this was it.

      I am really glad you liked it. Means a world.

      Keep reading. Cheers! 😀

  7. I think you have made a great point that minimalism encourages someone to focus on what they need and what they think they need. It very much pushes you to analyze your perspective on life and what you want to fill it with. In the U.S., reckless consumerism is something we certainly struggle with, and I find it interesting that you feel the same way about India. I look forward to learning more about your journey!

    • Thanks Ashlee. It has been but a month since I am following this lifestyle and I already see a huge difference in the way I perceive and see things. It has been dead gorgeous.

      Yes, reckless and excessive consumerism, thanks to Globalization, is a common trend in almost every major economy of the world.

      It is very saddening to see. Hoping that blog like yours, will be able to open the eyes.

      You yourself have a great blog, lady. I look forward to connect with you even more and learn about your journey 🙂

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