It’s been long since I posted a recipe. This Sunday, I cooked Muthiya, a healthy and tasty Indian snack that goes well with Masala tea. Want to learn how to make perfect masala chai? check this post.
The overall preparation time for Muthiya is around two hours, that includes 20 minutes resting the dough, 20 minutes steaming the rolls and time to cool down the steamed rolls.
Let’s start with ingredients.
This last week of April has been one of the worst in recent years. I hurt my back while running on the treadmill. Drugs muted the pain but what getting me through this phase are my dry pastels.
For the last couple of weeks, me and Yogita (my wife) are experimenting with intermittent fasting. The first time, us foodies are focusing on eating healthy and less junk :)
Week one, was excellent and we felt fresh. Our energy level went up. I thought of complimenting the diet with exercise and started working out in the morning. That’s where things went wrong. …
On March 10th, I published an experiment called sUdDen sHift. And today after the gap of almost nine months I am sharing one more, mainly to get back to the habit of writing.
This week Asya learned a new game at her school called Monster Squeeze. It is a two-player math game that challenges a child to find a secret number while learning about the number line. Asya was so excited to play it with Yogita and me. As part of her homework, we played it too. But this time with a twist. :)
Yogita and I took this as an opportunity to help Asya design her version of the Monster Squeeze. We started with planning, drawing, coloring. Later choosing the final character, drawing the numbers and finally putting a board together to play the game. …
This experiment is painting with dry pastels on paper. The goal is to observe the effects of drawing lines, patches by holding chalk perpendicular and parallel to the paper surface. While painting, change in pressure resulted in a kind of a flow. Without aiming for the final result, the sudden shift in the choice of color was a fun process.
A couple of years back I wrote about an experiment, Draw big. The experiment was about using walls as readily available canvas. That was my attempt to help Asya; this post is about my wife’s efforts to build a good habit, a lifelong one, Reading books.
In many social gatherings, I have heard parents talk about how their kids are addicted to the screen. Cartoons are permanent residents even while eating food, on the go and even before going to bed.
Kids spend more time with these two-dimensional drawings than with parents. This is a big problem.
I am not a child psychologist neither a doctor. But I am confident that, screen time will do more harm than good for our children in the long run. It is passive learning and is restrictive. Yogita, my wife, is very much aware of this problem as well. And she is taking; Instead, an old approach in this digital age to avoid our four-year-old daughter getting addicted to the screen. She is trying to introduce books. She wants Asya to read a hardbound book, not a digital version. …
Let’s take a look at ingredients and few critical steps to make the perfect Indian Masala Tea. This recipe is one of the (I guess) hundreds of recipes. I do not like/prefer sugar in my tea. If you want to add sugar, add it per taste towards the end. Perfect water temperature is the key and you must use whole spices.
Clove contributes to amora and cardamom to the flavor.
Recently, I have observed many designers start solving the problem using Sketch software. Not that there is something wrong with this approach, I find this process to be extremely inefficient and super slow. Focusing on Sketching and not Sketch will help you to be more efficient and find better solutions.
The problem with Command+Z is, it treats the errors and constraints the same way. Aligning the elements is way different than turning on and off layers because of technical limitations.
Referring to earlier mistakes and constraints helps to connect the dots when solving new problems.
When solving a user problem aka designing you need to focus on what users are thinking, saying, behaving and feeling. Your sketchbook or whiteboard will allow you to concentrate on these users problems by removing the interface from the equation. Read my previous article about UX and UI. Solving UX problems earlier in phase will help you to design efficient and beautiful interface later. …
In my previous article (My dear fellas) I captured the high-level differences between UI and UX. Always remember, UI has a form (mobile, desktop, watch) and UX is formless. A weak UI may do the job, but a poor UX will never work. Think of UX as a story and UI as drawing revealing that story. You must have an engaging story to create the appealing drawing.
Many of us are passionate about user interface. Interface is visual and has form associated with it. Carefully crafted interface looks appealing and create an awesome first impression.
But have you been in a situation where your beautifully crafted interface is not helping the product? A product manager asking you to make changes, which starts making your beautiful work look ugly? I have been in similar situation. Many times!!! And, I updated the mocks immediately and waited for results. Another thing I did was, turn to Dribble, Behance or even apps, websites to find an example that is beautiful and catering my needs. …
An excellent marketing film, an hour-long advertisement.
I usually do not attend any design meet-ups or creative mornings as many revolve around recruiting or kind of cultural marketing.
Do not get me wrong; I like marketing but only when done for the products that help users :) I can not just put marketing in driving seat. That’s me.
In the documentary, I saw great minds talking about design. It was pleasing to see advocacy around diversity and most importantly an attempt to explain what design is, to young (mindset) designers.
Do not fall in love with your craft but try and understand if your solution is helping users even if it not pleasing to you. …