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Sanctum (by Faisal Khan) - Issue #7

Digital Sanctum
Dear Reader,
Ramzan Mubarak to all those observing. 
If you’re new to the newsletter, I welcome you!
In this newsletter, you will find my curated stories of the week.
For Muslims, the holy month of Ramzan is one of cleansing and resilience. The same principles should be applied in life. Just as you are committed to your spiritual goals, there ought to be a cleansing of your life goals and then with a shot of resilience and perseverance, you go and achieve them.
Only five people were able to solve last week’s Easter hunt. The $100 prize (in cryptocurrency) goes out to Zahra Habib. The egg was hidden by clicking the third 3D image.
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Till next time. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.
Next Week: The greatest sporting record of all time. You’d be surprised by the result. Start exploring what passive income is all about. How to set-up your own brand and why consistency matters.

Romeo & Juliet in Sarajevo
The grave of Admira and Boško
The grave of Admira and Boško
We all know of Shakespeare’s version of Romeo & Juliet. There is another version that is rarely talked about. The short-lived story of two young people in love, namely Admira Ismić and Boško Brkić. Both were from Bosnia and Herzegovina and lived in the city of Sarajevo.
As fate would have it - she was Bosniak and he was a Serb.
During the Siege of Sarajevo
a man and a woman were seen approaching the bridge. As soon as they were at the foot of the bridge, a shot was heard, and according to all sides involved in their passage, the bullet hit Boško Brkić and killed him instantly. Another shot was heard and the woman screamed, fell down wounded, but was not killed. She crawled over to her boyfriend, embraced him, hugged him, and died. It was observed that she was alive for at least 15 minutes after the shooting.” (Source)
The young couple during happier times.
The young couple during happier times.
“…they lost their lives for love”
The picture of these two dead will give you goosebumps and will be imprinted in your memory, forever.
Cinemagraph: Taxi reflection in cafe window
Cinemagraph: Taxi reflection in cafe window
You may have seen one and never noticed that you’re looking at a cinemagraph. What exactly are they?
Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a video clip. They are published as an animated GIF or in other video formats and can give the illusion that the viewer is watching an animation. (Source)
Here are a few examples:
Cinemagraph: Jean Reno as Léon: The Professional
Cinemagraph: Jean Reno as Léon: The Professional
Cinemagraph: "Dave" in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Cinemagraph: "Dave" in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Cinemagraph: A lazy afternoon slow dance couple in the kitchen
Cinemagraph: A lazy afternoon slow dance couple in the kitchen
10 Best Places to Invest Your Money
  1. Start learning about Individual Stocks? You don’t have to invest a lot, but just start investing. Individual stocks for the long run that you associate with like say Apple, Walmart, Proctor & Gamble, etc. Learn about fractional ownership. You don’t necessarily have to invest Rs. 10,000 or US$ 1,000 to own one share. You can now own a ‘fraction’ of the share and enjoy the benefits equally (albeit fractionally).
  2. Start investing in Indexed Funds. Small amounts, but investment in index funds like Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), and Mutual Funds is a very smart thing to do.
  3. Cryptocurrency. It is no longer a fad. It is no longer a non-serious investment asset, it is no longer a bubble. It is real. It is here to stay. Learn to differentiate between the different kinds of Cryptocurrencies. I highlighted a few learning resources in Issue #2 of the Newsletter.
  4. Real-Estate. Especially rental income investment will always be there for you. As the population increases, long-term investments in real estate is a good thing.
  5. College or Retirement Fund. Start putting money away for your later years or to put kids through college. A penny saved today is a penny earned tomorrow.
  6. Emergency Fund. An emergency can pop up anytime. Be sure you have the money to cover it - instantly. It would not be a bad idea to save 1-2 months of your salary aside in cash, to be used for emergency purposes.
  7. Micro Lending, Staking & Liquidity Pools. In the cryptocurrency world, Decentralized Finance or DeFi mechanics are changing the world of finance and investing as we know it. Today you have the ability to put your money to a much better (read: efficient) use from low-risk to high-risk, where you control the investment vehicle, time committed, and risk slider. Payouts are usually on a daily basis and in some cases, hourly basis.
  8. Foreign Exchange. If you live in a developing country, where your currency is weak against other currencies, it might be a good idea to invest a little bit of your money in foreign exchange (example: The US Dollar, British Pound, Euro, etc.)
  9. Your Health. What good is all of the above, if you won’t live to see or enjoy it because of poor health? Just as you give time to your work, your health needs an equal investment. Investing in a healthy lifestyle with exercise and movement is one of the best investments you will ever make. It is difficult in the initial days, but once you realize and experience the benefits of it, you will understand why health is wealth.
  10. Online Education/Learning. Periodically invest in books, online courses, and conferences/workshops to continually educate yourself. When you stop learning, you are automatically at a disadvantage. Read that again. Would you ever want to partake in any event where you are at a disadvantage? Of course not. Be a student for life.
Bonus: Learn Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA). Your children, or the future you, will thank me for it.
Sometimes it is encouraging to revisit the meaning of the word. Perseverance /pəːsɪˈvɪər(ə)ns/ persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
You see on TikTok a skateboarder flipping and jumping from a few stairs, ever wondered how long it took him or her to get there? A whole lot more attempts than you can imagine. Not to mention, a lot of bruises.
Don’t confuse luck with hard work.
The end result is what we mostly see. The hard work we rarely get a glimpse of.
The end result is what we mostly see. The hard work we rarely get a glimpse of.
It takes a certain kind of dedication to stand up in a crowd. Cloning Dolly the Sheep was no easy feat. The scientists failed 275 times before they became successful. 276th attempt. They could have quit earlier - much earlier.
Thomas Edison made more than 1,000 attempts while trying to invent the light bulb. Imagine if he had quit at the 43rd attempt, or 198th, or 367th. He didn’t. Perseverance and the sheer belief that he was on the right track made him laser-focused.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
-Thomas A. Edison
A sportswriter once asked the boxer, Muhammad Ali, while he was training by doing sit-ups, how many sit-ups does the champ do? To which he replied, “I don’t start counting until it hurts!
Think about it. He doesn’t start counting till it hurts.
Nothing comes easy. You have to go and fight for it. Sweat for it. Work for it. Yearn for it. 
Motivational Quote
Motivational Quote
Can you find the snake in the picture? click to expand.
Click on the picture to expand.
Click on the picture to expand.
The answer.
Optical Illusion
Believe it or not, the blue strips are parallel to each other. Check it.
Optical Illusion
Optical Illusion
Must Watch Movies
In my last newsletter, I mentioned three must-watch movies, here they are in no particular order:
The Journey to Kafiristan (Original Title: Die Reise Nach Kafiristan)
The Journey to Kafiristan (Original Title: Die Reise Nach Kafiristan)
IMDB Link: When two women leave Geneva by car and head for Persia, they’re searching for different things. Anthropologist Ella Maillart (Nina Petri) hopes to research an unknown nomad tribe, while author Annemarie Schwarzenbach (Jeanette Hain) looks to escape her heroin-riddled life and start fresh. But as they travel farther away from their past, they can’t escape the present, or the stormy political climate. On the cross-continental trip, they explore themselves and the love they share for each other.
Mr. Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.
Mr. Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.
IMDB Link: During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp by the honor-bound Capt. Yanoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto). Yanoi and gruff Sgt. Hara (Takeshi) become intrigued with Celliers’ open defiance in the face of their staunchly old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Meanwhile, a translator, Lt. Col. John Lawrence (Tom Conti), attempts to find common ground between British and Japanese beliefs.
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
IMDB Link: Every now and then, a movie comes out that is brilliant in all aspects. Cloud Atlas is one such movie. You have to see it, again and again, to understand it and appreciate the depth of the movie.
“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Six individuals belonging to different generations go on an emotional ride while exploring how human actions impact the lives of their loved ones in this ever-changing world.
I also mentioned music that I would be sharing. Well, this piece of music is actually from the movie recommendation above, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. It was released in 1983 (I believe) by both David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto (who is so multi-talented as an actor, composer, singer, etc.). The original song was called “Forbidden Colors” from the movie.
Sylvian & Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours
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Faisal Khan
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