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.

Muthiya an Indian snack
Muthiya an Indian snack
Muthiya, Indian snack

01: Ingredients

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Hard dry pastel on tinted paper

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…

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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…

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.

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UntITleD-oNe (9" X 12")

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The magic school bus

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…

Visual recipe for a couple :)

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Step 1: Two Handfuls of okra

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.

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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.

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1. It helps to carry your mistakes as you grow

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.

2. It helps to reduce noise

When solving a user problem…

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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…

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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…

Harshad Kulkarni

Design to me is not limited to producing beautiful artifact but systematically removing hurdles to improve human life.

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