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: