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INK 2013 | All That Matters

Calloh!Callay! I finally made it out to INK. Well, InkLive to be accurate, but what the heck. Joy all around when I managed to score a press pass to cover the event.  So I hopped onto the night train with the Jaaga crew, and found myself back in Kochi, for the first time since Startup School moved back to [...]


 
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The Fearless Campaign | Art in the age of social media

The last couple of months have been rather dark, infuriating and intense. Post the horrific Delhi rape case, all forms of media have been abuzz with stories about rape, in its different shapes, sizes and forms. What’s worse than the act itself,  are the ridiculous ideas and notions that people in this country have about [...]


 
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Startup School | Living in the future.

After a long hiatus, I’m finally back with something to write about. As most new things go, the last few months have a been a whirlwind of ideas, sleepless nights and dreams that has finally manifested itself into its physical form as  Startup School.IN.  Startup School is an intensive 3 month residential incubation program, focused [...]


 
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TED Bangalore : Everywhere on Earth

My mind is spinning and is all aglow from all the inspiring people and ideas encountered this afternoon. I just got home from the TED Bangalore Auditions, that were held in the Mount Carmel College auditorium, a landmark college in the city. Seeking to discover it’s next speakers, TED came to Bangalore, to conduct its [...]


 
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Giving a voice to the unheard : Video Volunteers

Video Volunteers is a NGO based in Goa, India that trains communities to be creative, produce content, think critically about situations and to take action. They combine video journalism and activism and enable marginalized communities to report untold stories from their lives and empower them to think about solutions and take action in the right [...]


 
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UnBox Festival V.2

As some of you might have noticed, there has been an explosion of design related conferences and festivals that have sprouted up in India, over the last few years. Unbox is part of the mix. This year, in its second avataar it was bigger, better and shinier than the previous one. The 3 day long [...]


 
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“New-Improved” : Haute Waste

“New-Improved” is a label started by Namrata Narula, a textile designer based in Bangalore India. (She is also is a close friend and classmate of mine from college). “New-Improved” stems from the age old habit of recycling, preserving and jugaad especially amongst Indians. The idea behind the label being that there is still use and [...]


 
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CKS – 34 ways to save a life

This post is long overdue. Ive been caught up with the madness that trails behind deadlines, mundane activities like getting my driving license, visas etc. In the midst of all this thankfully, I managed to have a chat with Aditya Dev Sood,  Founder and CEO of the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS). CKS is an [...]


 
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Unbox Festival

India seems to be on the brink of exciting new things especially in the realm of art and design. As a young creative practitioner, its inspiring and encouraging for me to see examples of the new work that is emerging from the country.The UnBox festival was once such platform that brought together 200 practitioners, academics, [...]


 
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Digital Narratives @ TechVista 2011

TechVista is Micrsoft Research India’s annual symposium, that brings together and features people whose work defines new directions in technology and science.This year, TV was held at the Westin, in Pune, India on the 21st of Jan. I had the wonderful opportunity to actually be part of and work with a fantastic team whose project [...]