How to train your children…

Rule 1: Don’t ever tell them what you want them to do, instead if possible state the opposite.

My teenage kid touches my feet several times a day (in India, it is a mark of respect) once I made it clear to him that I dislike the practice.

Rule 2: Turn work into play

This is not me really, it is Mark Twain. My 10 year old regularly helped me cut veggies until he realized that it was work.

Rule 3: Gift right

While we all love to gift our kids, there is a difference between a brand new mobile phone and vacation on the beach.

Rule 4: Advertise well

Especially working with little kids advertisement is everything. Believe it or not, milk tastes way… different through a straight straw and a zig-zag one.

Good luck and feel free to share your secrets too.

Life with a kitbag

Years ago, as a college student, I took part in multiple NCC camps. It did actually shape quite a bit of my thinking and interactions. I was a highly introvert teenager, happy with her books and 2-3 close friends. Reading always felt much better than talking to people. Then I attended a summer camp for preparation of the republic day parade in Delhi.

It was a tough schedule, waking up early, Stealing tools from the next tent to align ours better, parle-G buicuits (too many packs, I took about a dozen home), music practice late in the night. I take pride in the fact that I participated in a singing competition and came third (leaving out the fact that there were 3 competitors).

However a highly interesting part was, how complete strangers become friends. How conversations were initiated abruptly yet with ease. How my classmate, who was a below average student, shined as an amazing human being carrying extra work load and helping out sick people.

My appreciation for “Catch-22” relies quite a bit on my NCC experience.

Intersecting with life

When a group welcomes visitors, they spread positive vibes, knowledge and enjoyment.

Just Sketching

2 February, 2019. One of the interesting things about Urban Sketching is the way that the act of drawing can sometimes very unexpectedly intersect with unsuspecting members of the general public. Let me give you an interesting example from this morning.

Today is the first Saturday of the month, the day our chapter congregates and descends upon a prearranged location. Our group of sketchers arrived at an unusual eatery called The Parlour with the intention of drawing what we eat, as well as those eating around us. The Parlour is a very casual, leisurely place comprised of several food vendors and bars, each with their own specialty product. Spread out over two floors in a sort of food court fashion are tables and arm chairs – exactly what the name implies, a place for patrons to “lounge” and visit. It’s definitely a “no pressure” vibe.

Our group was large today…

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Science or Tech?

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There is this love-hate relationship between science and Tech, proponents feverishly arguing since forever. As if there existed a clear line between the two, as if one could be defined and progress without the other. I being a self-declared nomad, rarely believe in boundaries and merrily charter all territories that my inner child wishes.

However, one explanation for the need to differentiate between the two, is the following. When you want to save someone’s life, the idea is not so much about “take as much time as you want but do it aesthetically and efficiently” as to “do it quick with whatever is available”. So practical use of science, respecting the time, space and expense boundaries is Tech, Do you agree?

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