My two- book series on amazon is called Life imagination and Design. The first book in this series , “a window for a home without walls was released on June 14th 2020 and the second one, “Finding Your Beebo” was released on July 11th 2021.

While most designers have written prescriptive or descriptive books targeted at fellow professionals and clients, I decided to write a book that empowers imagination of everyday people with life lessons and design values. It is my way of making a designerly contribution to one technology that will never be outdated – human imagination.

This series…


The first time I heard about my inner child was the first day of my foundation year at the National Institute of Design (NID). Prof. Mohan Bhandari welcomed us with, “During the foundation year in design you will unlearn what you learned in high school and reclaim your childlike freshness”. That sounded pretty cool though didn’t mean much then to the 16 year old high school graduates.

Of course, the foundation year of the design education was different. It involved learning to observe and sense our surroundings. We learned to ask “why?” a question that would have been seen as…


This blog traces my journey from designer of products to designer of imagination. It traces my work from design of form and functionalities to design of metaphors. With the publication of two books I have embarked into a new territory: Poetry and its relevance to giving design back to people.

During the Fall of 1993 I joined the graduate program at The Ohio State University after 13 year long experience in product design. Until that time my interest in design of products was centered around “psychology of everyday things” (Ref: Don Norman). I was frequently commissioned by my clients to…


Sir Ken Robinson once told a story during one of his TED talks,

“I heard a great story recently, I love telling it, of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson, she was 6 and she was at the back, drawing, and the teacher said this little girl hardly paid attention, and in this drawing lesson she did. The teacher was fascinated and she went over to her and she said, “What are you drawing?” and the girl said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” And the teacher said, “But nobody knows what God looks like.” …


My next book, “Finding Your Beebo” has a purpose- to help the readers find and preserve their connection to their inner child and to engage in a dialogue with it. The book was originally written for children. Elementary school teachers, Parents and children between the ages 5–13 contributed to creation of this book through their constructive feedback over the past nine months during which the content was under development. Through this process I discovered scientific rationale for helping both children and adults engage in a curios and open minded dialogue with their inner voice. Psychologists call it Self-Talk.

Self talk…


A collage of ideal life and job made by one of the students

I just finished teaching a graduate level class “Design Thinking, Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience Design for Managers (HCI)” to a group of software engineers. It was as much a learning and clarifying experience for me as it was for the students. Thanks to the flexibility of the leadership of the Integrated Innovation Institute of the Carnegie Mellon University, I was able to introduce my personal perspectives on co-creation and what it means to understand human experience as the defining framework for Human Computer Interface design.

Before the first class I conducted an online survey with the students to understand…


This morning I took a moonshot at the future as I would like it written in history books when it becomes ancient. I used ancient architecture as a reference point to explore my thinking.

Old Fort in Delhi

As I looked at the history of ancient architecture, I realized that it mirrors ancient ethos. Especially it reflects the type of society and leadership existed at the time. Strong rulers have showed an obsession to build monuments to establish their presence in social memory. Some rulers built grand temples of worship for their communities, others built ostentatious palaces for themselves. Some built gigantic infrastructure projects…


What engineers can learn from dancing

When you hold a brush in your hand to paint or a pen in your hand to write a letter, what’s on your mind?

For me it’s the emotion I am trying to express, the image I hold in my imagination, and the relationship I am creating through the creative act between me and the source of my inspiration.

What role does the brush or the writing instrument play in my experience of painting or writing a letter?

The instrument plays the same role as my feet do when I am dancing. I pay…


“Your have a unique responsibility towards your children. You want to be mindful of the consequences of the digital experiences you create. You do not want your children to be deprived of the real world sensory experiences that leave an imprint on our memories. You want them to grow up capable of tapping into the abundant resources our environment has to draw meaning and inspiration from.” I pleaded to my class yesterday.

I have been teaching a class, Design Thinking, Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience Design for Managers (HCI), at the Integrated Innovation Institute of the Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon…


The first child to embrace Beebo

My first book, a book of poems, “A window for a home without walls” has a mission- to give design back to people by evoking in everyday people curiosity, compassion and creativity. The success of this book has prompted me to take desogn to the younger generation- 5–12 year old children.

As I continue working on “Find your Beebo”, I am continuously seeking feedback from children and their parents. Beebo the central character of my book, is the child inside all of us, that we never want to lose.

Last week I showed the…

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