• The Letter Writer of Saigon Under the huge vaulted roof of the Saigon Central Post Office, a French colonial building, I met an old man who has been sitting there for over 25-years. I decided to go to Vietnam on a whim. I had a few days of work at Singapore and I extended that to a short vacation in […]
  • GrillUp with Shiva : Rare Conversations. Done well. Designing a panel discussion that engages the participants, the audience and has enough information to take away is a challenge. Most often it leads to droning experts on the podium and an uninvolved crowd. There are a few drivers the DesignUp team defined to make a panel work. And work hard at that. Driver #1 […]
  • Short Post, Found Content: The Human Leader Like how a drop of toxin can contaminate a whole body of water, the wrong person with power can spread malice across humanity. Malice divides and we have factions. The long evil tentacles of the divisive right and the rabid slogans of the rest have made this planet a bedlam. A noisy place where I […]
  • Short Post, Found Content: The revolution will not be televised Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken-word performer in the 1970s and 1980s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 17: Apple, I and the GUI Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. – Steve Jobs In the early eighties, small town India like my hometown had not seen computers. The closest that you came to one was when you went to book a train ticket. It was behind […]
  • Photo Story: The Portrait of Gangtok There is unrest at Indo-China border in the North East and agitations at West Bengal border in South. There are no visible solutions yet and this has left Sikkim worried. And I think about my trip to Gangtok. I had never been to the North East of India till I visited Sikkim in May 2017. […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 16: The Broken Story Movies become art after editing. Instead of just reproducing reality, they juxtapose images of it. That implies expression; that’s art. – Alejandro González Iñárritu The structure is intrinsic to any art form. Most often the underlying structure defines the genre like modern jazz in music, Haiku in poetry or a three-act play in a theatre. […]
  • Short Post, Found Content: Tom Kelley deconstructs Design Thinking Fail often so you can succeed sooner. – Tom Kelley While in this World all and sundry are touting design thinking, while I have started to get uncomfortable with the term as much as I am uncomfortable with ‘innovation’, there are a few who can pragmatically break it down for us. Tom Kelley, a pioneer and […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 12: Jamini Roy I recently learned about an important feature that distinguishes us human beings, right on top with our opposable thumbs and standing upright – the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex, among many things it does, enables us to simulate experiences. Or in other words, it helps us create narratives or tell stories. And we human beings […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 11: Tim Burton I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. — Tim Burton His love for the macabre, the twisted reality and Johnny Depp has defined his movies. Tim Burton had to prise himself away from Disney […]