New Delhi, update

by | Thursday, May 29, 2008

I have been at Delhi for the most part since coming to India, meeting people, developing project ideas, catching up…

The only breaks have been a short trip to Nagpur (to visit my in-laws) and, coming up, another short trip to Bhubaneswar (to visit my parents). In Delhi I have been staying with my cousin and her husband, Shweta and Sib. Shweta is a free-lance animator / illustrator. You can see her work by going to here. Sib is an architect doing some interesting work with folk artists and environmentally friendly architecture.

In Delhi I have been hanging out with my middle/high school friends, Hartosh Bal, Poonam Madan and Gaurav Bhatnagar. Gaurav works for Educomp, one of India’s largest technology driven education companies. Hartosh (of A Certain Ambiguity, fame and currently working for Mail Today) and Poonam (who works on the Editorial pages of Mint are journalists and through them I have been getting insight into the incestuous, gossipy universe journalists live in. Not that this is any different from academic gatherings!

Yesterday I got a chance to meet with Sachin Kalbag, digital editor for Mail Today. I got to know Sachin many years ago when he had interviewed me for a story on Ambigrams. We have kept in touch since then (I wrote a piece for Digit magazine on digital convergence, which I should post on this blog at some point). He is currently working very hard preparing for the launching of a new website for his newspaper. It is always great to talk with Sachin and get the latest on technologies and how they are changing the media and social landscape of India. We are discussing the possibility of my writing an occasional column for his newspaper (and website). I hope this pans out.

This meeting was followed by a phone meeting with Radha Ganesan and Aakash Sethi, with the QUEST alliance in Bangalore. QUEST promotes the effective and responsible use of educational technologies in order to enhance the quality and relevance of formal elementary education and employability training for disadvantaged children and youth. I had met Radha many years ago at the Vidyakash conference, when she was a graduate student at Syracuse. After her Ph.D. She came back to India and is currently working with the QUEST Alliance. We talked about a conference they are organizing on Educational Technology in India. It looks as if this will be a great meeting – with over 150 select people from NGOs, corporate sector, higher education, government and academia.

Finally, I gate crashed a book launch at the British Council. I don’t even know what the book was about, neither did I meet the author. I was there with Hartosh and Poonam and it was fun to partake of the free booze and get an inside look at Delhi’s media and creative crowd. Had some good initial conversations and hope to write an article on creativity and children for a parenting magazine.

All in all a busy and hectic day.

Topics related to this post: Creativity | Fun | India | Personal | Travel

A few randomly selected blog posts…

Happy 2012

Every Christmas-break our family creates a stop-motion video new year's greeting card. We have been doing this for 4 years or so and it is an incredibly fun way to spend time together. It has become a "signature" thing we do as a family. Anyway this year was no...

Of games, mood and age

I love reading. I love watching movies. I love over-analyzing books and movies, seeking to find pattern and structure, motifs and motives. I love to break them down in my mind and put them back together again. I read reviews of books and movies by the ton, sometimes...

TPACK commercial, UPS/Whiteboard version

Our ISTE Radio/Video show needed a few commercials to break the monotony - so we created a couple. Here is the first one, a take on the UPS / Whiteboard commercials. Watch and enjoy (director's commentary provided below)....

Neuroscience & Creativity: New article

Neuroscience & Creativity: New article

The next article in our series Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century for the journal TechTrends was just published.This article features an interview with Dr. Arne Dietrich, professor of neuroscience at the American University...

The TPACK framework in the Handbook of Ed Comm & Tech (4th Ed.)

Hot off the press: The Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology, edited by Spector, Merrill, Elen & Bishop. And we have a chapter in it... Complete reference and abstract below:  Koehler, M. J., Mishra, P., Kereluik, K., Shin, T.S., &...

eduPUNKing a course website!!

I had written about the EduPunk movement earlier, in fact had even designed a logo for it. A brief description of Edupunk can be found on Wikipedia (a google search will reveal many more). Wikipedia describes it as follows: Edupunk is an approach to teaching and...

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali For an interactive card click here ... . Remember to turn your volume way up, and click anywhere in the sky above the Taj Mahal for some environmentally friendly, fireworks.

Jere Brophy, note from the Dean

Carole Ames, Dean of the College just sent out this note regarding the sad news of Jere Brophy's passing. She has asked for it to be shared with our broader networks, so I do so. Note: The memorial service for Jere Brophy has been scheduled for Monday, October 19th...

Of raindrops and dying flowers

Of raindrops and dying flowers

The rainfall in June –the poems I’ve pasted to wallspeel off, but leave traces.~ Basho All photos taken with my iPhone8©punyamishra


  1. Frank

    Nice story. Sure you had a hectic day. It no way wondering about that. I wish i could be in New Dehli, too. I heard many great things about the city, the culture and the people. Hopefully i will do it one day and spend some really great days there like you.

  2. Social Networking Forum

    Thank You For keeping it on point and on topic –

    Best Regards

  3. Wendy Zamora

    thank you for having such a great blog

  4. Girlsoutloud

    I thought this was a very interesting post thanks for writing it!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *