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I’ve been quiet until now about the attack on women’s rights happening in the US mostly because I’ve just been angry and in shock and disbelief at how blatantly it’s happening. I’ve also been appalled at how there’s enough women who are foot soldiers of the ridiculous religious fundamentalist patriarchy (The Alabama law was crafted by a woman and signed into law by one as well). My anger has just increased as more details have come out and I’ve looked back at the patterns under this Dump administration and now I can’t help but rant a bit.

The simplest way…


In Greek mythology, Pandora’s box was actually a jar that was in the possession of the Greek God Prometheus, that she opened to unleash sickness, death, and a horde of other evils on this world. In the context of this post however, Pandora’s box is referring to what we, as a species have unleashed on each other, particularly in the recent era of resurgent populist politics.

Before I proceed, I have to share a disclaimer. I’m from India and I grew up there till I was 17. It’s still home for me and my parents are still there. However, for…


This time last week, I was just beginning to come to terms with what had been an incredibly surreal experience after I had been selected as a Student Essay Winner to attend the Design Management Institute’s Design Leadership Conference in Boston. It was a wonderful opportunity and one that has left me buzzing with new ideas, direction and hope. I think two days of meeting some of the most inspiring minds in design and design management from around the world for a range of talks, panels, thought provoking workshops and deeply meaningful discussions can do that to you. …


When the Nirbhaya case happened, the whole world was up in arms, and directed their rage at the government of the time for not doing enough to protect women. I was not one among the crowd as this was the gist of my argument back then -

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“These incidents are only partly down to insufficient enforcement of laws and women’s safety, but far more indicative of a rot in society around us that is spilling over into such horrors. Blaming…


I don’t know if this is worth sharing but I’m curious as to what people think because it just happened and it’s weighing on my mind a lot. I was sitting in a fast food joint and eating lunch when I suddenly got the feeling that someone was watching me. It turns out that someone was — this middle aged, middle Eastern looking lady was standing in one corner, looking despondent and eyeing everyone’s food.

She then started approaching tables, not for money, but instead asking for left overs of the food and also to ask if someone would be…


This piece was sparked off by this article that I encountered recently— “This Design Generation Has Failed”. Reading that first might give some context for the rest of this piece as it is an excellent read that touches on so many important points (though I partly disagree with the conclusion) and got me thinking about my own journey. I’ve been walking a similar path as this was the point had gotten to in late 2016, with a growing disillusionment about the state and direction of design. Many days of thinking about this is finally what led to my drastic move…


The world's apathy to the plight of the Rohingya people is both infuriating and terrifying but no longer surprising. There's hundreds of examples where the world seems to indicate that one demographic somehow matters more even if we're all humans and life ought to be precious.

It's why we have people from all over adding France flag profile pictures in solidarity of an incident there (rightly) but there's not a peep about far worse things happening elsewhere, whether it's the same kind of terror (with far greater number of causalities) or horrific genocide being perpetrated under the watch of a…


I have so much on my mind on the occasion of this Independence day. In many ways, it’s truly impressive how far we’ve come in the 70 years since our freedom fighters from across the country overthrew our colonial overlords, who, despite their contribution to the foundation of our infrastructure, still left us poorer and in many ways worse off than they found us. …


Last week saw the Indian government take what seemed to a be a completely surprising decision — the instant removal of all notes of 500, 1000, the two highest denominations which make up 86% of the total currency in circulation. The move was framed as a decisive “surgical strike” against those who have accumulated black money (income illegally obtained or not declared for tax purposes) and against the proliferation of fake currency that’s been sent into circulation for nefarious purposes by forces both external and internal.

On the surface, barring a few exceptions, this was greeted with widespread celebration and…


It’s been a scary and upsetting 24 hours for me. I have felt deeply wounded by mankind taking another potentially self destructive step. Hopelessness at ignorance and intolerance leading to history repeating itself, only with the potential for far worse consequences. Sadness at so many being blissfully unaware of their privilege while lauding things that they didn’t fully understand.

To all my friends in the US and elsewhere who were dreading this day, I’m sorry that things have gone in this awful direction. This is a time when the rest of the world shares at least a part of the…

Adi

Education Designer, Design Strategist, Feminist, Leftist, Traveler, Foodie, Polyglot, Arsenal

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