In the previous blog, I discussed my reasons for choosing mental health as my focus. But, mental health is a huge subject in itself. With so many opportunities in this area where none can be taken for granted, it was difficult for me to choose a very specific direction. So to narrow down my choices, I participated in an external project organized by the college. The project by Vuslat Foundation aimed to design a toolkit for all, to make generous listening to oneself, to others, and to nature a norm of human connectedness. This project was especially interesting for…


“People will not have cars and transport,” said Della. “They’ll probably just have to walk around,” replied Vyn. “Yep! They would definitely need good shoes.” laughed Gaia. “Everlasting shoes!” exclaimed Iura.” — Sharing is caring

Design futures, a subject once extremely foreign to me, something, I thought I could never comprehend, has now turned out to be the most interesting learning till date. When I first started this unit, I didn’t know how to communicate or even begin to explain the complexities this subject brought with it. Thus, in an attempt to do so and to better understand them myself…


What exactly is passion? Sometimes I feel I use the word simply anywhere. I have convinced myself that my passion is Mental wellness, but when I reflect I realize that I have never really worked in that area, had a groundbreaking discovery or dedicated my life to that topic. Then how can I say that I am passionate about it?

It all started when I was in junior college (11th and 12th standards). I was an Arts student and thus had taken Psychology as one of my subjects. While learning about the mind, the different parts, how they function, our…


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In the past half an hour, Vyn roamed around the hall to interact with the students and help them with their ideas. While doing so, she stumbled upon some really interesting and thought-provoking concepts. During her conversations with the students, she saw the amount of interest they had for the subject, which was beyond her expectations. Stepping back on the stage, she exclaimed, “And times up!” She continued, “I am so proud of all of you! While taking rounds I saw all of you make some exceptionally good objects which I would really love for you to share with…


“What if carbon footprints were as valuable as currency? What if carbon footprints and offsetting practices are a part of education? What if cycles become customizable based on our needs?” holding the mic, Vyn addressed the questions to the students of St. Xaviers College. She had been invited as a guest speaker to talk about her recent works on Design futures and how it can be extremely useful in provoking conversations about topics like climate change, intergenerational justice, politics, inequality, etc.

“The future is not just you or me but the entire generation that doesn’t even exist yet”, she continued…


“Reflect on the self and peer assessment exercise. What did you learn from doing the exercise for yourself? What did you learn from other people’s comments? Has this made you think about the direction you want to go in? In what way?”

We have been reflecting on our projects from the very beginning of the course, however, reflection on my future was a scary one! I have always hated when people asked me where I saw myself in the next 5–10 years. “How am I supposed to know?”, I would always think. So when Silvia (our Course Leader) asked us…


It was a beautiful and quiet Sunday morning. As was her daily routine, Vyn took out her neon coffee mug, kept the milk to boil, added 2 spoons of coffee and a spoon of sugar. Her friends, Iura, Gaia and Della or Punch-Bunch as they liked to call themselves, had always made fun of her unusually strong style of drinking coffee, but then she just couldn’t help it. It had been 2 years since she had graduated and moved to a different city to be a writer. After that, once every week they would contact each other through video calls…


Like any other day, Vyn stopped at her favourite coffee shop, Le Café, to pick up her Mocha. Nothing could make her otherwise monotonous mornings more cheerful than her favourite drink from the best place in town. “Mocha for Vyn!” the lady shouted. Vyn quickly picked up her drink and resumed her walk towards her college. She took a sip and “Ah heaven!” she thought. As she was walking, a loud blast from the E-billboards woke her up from her daydream. The huge screen was playing a few shots from the movie ‘2012’. The channel was celebrating the movie’s 10th…

Vini Garg

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