• From the Archives: I believe in small towns I was raised in a small temple town in South India, that was a bell jar of life, love, and prejudices. It felt self-contained and comfortably familiar — a severed outpost of progress way in the days of trunk calls and rationed television. I remember mornings of temple chants, ground coffee or anise and those […]
  • Elements of Eater Experience: The UX of food I see Subway as a sandwich bar where they drown you with options. Yes, I am glad to micro-manage my sandwich. But the choices and the questions intimidate most of their customers. Add the Indian sense of indecisiveness and you have a potent Mexican standoff at the counter before you can say Chipotle Southwest. They […]
  • Thirst-day Exhibit 04: Federico Fellini We need to put the thirst back in design professionals to be aware, appreciative and understand art. So my Thursday posts are going to be about the artists who inspired me. Today it is Cinema as an artform. Religion, fantasy, baroque, renaissance art references, irreverence and deep satire when blended well makes this master’s cinema. […]
  • What works for you? Deconstructing Harry How much do we understand ourselves? I constantly try and decipher myself through easy tools that are accessible. In my design school days, it was the popular Lüscher Colour Test. This test deciphered my state of mind at any point. And recently it has been Myers-Briggs Personality Test. This test decodes my work profile. Go […]
  • The Secret in the Sauce Our trip to Goa is incomplete without a meal at Martin’s Corner – a symbol of Salcette style Goan food with vinegar, spices, dried red chillies and jaggery at its core. You need to know about Salcette – a central Goan province with a twist in its cuisine. The famous Goan Recheado (pronounced ‘reshad’) sauce […]
  • Awakening: What does it mean to be a designer? On the 10th of February 2017 Netflix released a series about visionary designers who inspire us and define the future of this domain. I turned 49 early February this year with no real regrets. However, I thought my 50 should be a milestone. It should be a reason to rethink what I do and probably […]
  • Apple and I: A long love affair In early eighties small town India, like my hometown, had not seen computers. The closest that you came to one was when you booked a railway ticket and it was across the glass in the booth. It was most often operated by bored mid-size government workers in synthetic bush shirts, buttoned down till the vest […]
  • London to Abu Dhabi: The poetry of flight – Seven hours told in three minutes I shot a series of stills from my window on a Etihad flight EY12 from London to Abu Dhabi. This is a compilation of these stills as a home video. I love the meditative theatrical scape, like a lyrical narrative. Below is a color corrected shorter version. Music: Anouar Brahem’s Astrakan Café.
  • 7am Inspiration: Ralph Steiner Yesterday as a part of my morning ritual I picked up my tablet and ran StumbleUpon on it. The first stumble was a quote. Ralph Steiner was one of the early American photographers who worked along with Paul Strand in and around New York City during early twentieth century. Later he was a part of […]
  • Small Town Nostalgia: Madurai 9° 58' N 78° 10' E I was raised in a small temple town in south India, a bell jar of life, love and inhibitions. It felt self contained and comfortably familiar – a severed outpost of progress way in the days of trunk calls and rationed television on tall 13-element antenna with boosters. I remember mornings of temple chants, smell […]