what material design taught me

i mentioned a flow experiment in my previous post. i’d like to share the thinking… well, just because?! let me say truthfully, it’s not that i’m all super savvy about styles of design, but the little i’ve read every now and again still turned out to be helpful for generating ideas. so here it is.…

an experiment in flow

recently i had cause to read mihalyi csikzentmihalyi’s book on the psychology of flow. i was struck by the acuity of his observations as i was the previous times i had read about his concept. i have to mention right at the start this one huge aspect. while he doesn’t dwell on it in the…

what the CBSE is teaching children

i like to keep tabs on the CBSE curriculum as it’s one of the major boards in indian school education. currently there are around 16000 schools affiliated to CBSE, meaning they use the CBSE curriculum. so i took a look at the class X syllabus for social sciences. the whole thing looked a more contemporary…

a plate of upma

food is a big thing in my house. more precisely, feeding people is. my mom’s big on nurturing, and one of the ways in which she manifests it is through her love of feeding people who matter to her. this story is to do with food and our maid. let’s call her vasuki (“she” is…

defending design from rapid authoring tools

i feel so strongly that we shouldn’t design from a focus that starts with tools, particularly rapid authoring tools. here’s a breakdown of reasons why i think this is a cardinal no-no for instructional design. distorted design purpose at best, total lack of clarity at worst what is the point of the design? is it…

the tribe of tenali raman

when i was a little girl i had an insatiable appetite (much like any other kid) for stories. it kept both my grandmothers busy. each one had a distinct repertoire, but both have told me the folk stories about tenali raman. tenali raman was the jester to a king. in the stories, the king was…