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I'm an accidental software engineer by education. But it was always the arts and entertainment that I was most passionate about. I currently work at Keen SW House as a Game Designer. I am a voracious reader and occasional writer who is enthralled by the mundane aspects of this wonderful planet. I'm happily married and enjoying the lovely joys of fatherhood at the moment.

I write occasionally about the things I feel most passionate about namely, books, movies, games, travel, and those little wonders that we sometimes miss when living our lives.
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2 Highlights
2022
Mar 17, 2022
Mar 17, 2022

Far Changing Tides


A little indie gem that I played last weekend

Far: Changing Tides (shantesh.com)
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Feb 05, 2022
Feb 05, 2022

🎮 God of War


Firstly, I thank whoever at the executive level of Sony decided it was a good idea to bring their exclusives over to the PC. 

The last time I played a God of War game was on the Playstation 2. I remember the combat briefly and a semblance of story that was presented full of machoism and bluster.

Which is what surprised me the most when I played this one. Sure, it has combat chops, the set pieces, and a dazzling presentation but an excellently constructed narrative?

That was the last thing I expected from a God of War game and boy (you will get if you've played the game) did this deliver on all fronts. 

A limited but excellent cast pulls off this feat with such subtlety and grace that a game I never expected to tug at any heartstrings or deliver an important message managed it better than I could have imagined.

God of War on Steam (steampowered.com)
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Feb 02, 2022
Feb 02, 2022

📗 The Minimalist Entrepreneur by Sahil Lavingia  

There are many start your own thing playbooks out there. Somehow this one felt almost relaxed and calming.

Instead of making the idea of starting something on your own feel like a sometimes-insurmountable challenge, for the first time I began to feel like it is something achievable

I always felt I lacked the right mindset to start something of my own. This book won't make me start anything but reassured me in its simple messages that is a viable reality. 

The Minimalist Entrepreneur: How Great Founders Do More with Less by Sahil Lavingia | Goodreads
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Jan 23, 2022
Jan 23, 2022

📘Kitchen Confidential


This was a tough one to read. Not because of the way it was written or the contents of the book. There was a constant sense of foreboding with every new chapter that I got through. A book like this is an insight into someone's soul.

The fact that a life like this eventually led to what now everyone knows about Anthony Bourdain was heartbreaking. There is one specific chapter in the book that is too eerie in its foreshadowing of the things that happened later. But in the spirit that it is written it doesn't feel that way at all.

While he often says that this book would appeal more to chefs and others from that world, it's an equally fascinating read for regular folks as well. He never shies away from laying the dark secrets of the industry bare and does it in the most entertaining way possible.

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain | Goodreads
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Jan 21, 2022
Jan 21, 2022

💼 Career


This is a snippet from an interesting article I came across a while ago. Unfortunately, I cannot find the source article anymore.

You devote the bulk of every day for 30-40 years in the prime of your life to various companies to make them and their shareholders money and then you get ten years near the end of your life to do what you please. Sounds like a bad arrangement.

In reality, 40 years is a long-ass time…to pick something at 22 and stick with it. It actually concerns me to do the same thing for 40 years. It does not give me safety and comfort…Jobs aren’t designed for you to love them. That’s not the point. The point is to give you income so you can participate in society and most people can’t accept that.

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Jan 20, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Rehighlighted by Shantesh Patil
This has been such a pleasant place to start something new. And a wonderful community and founder at hand. 
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Founder, Polywork
Jan 20, 2022
Excited to onboard a new community member today, welcome Shantesh! Thanks for checking out Polywork 🙏. Please let me know if you have any feedback on how we can make Polywork better, we're just getting started!
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