Illustration by Isha Mangalmurti • Stuck in between hopes and dreams

On February 13th, Aekya celebrated Galentine’s Day with 10 of its members, on zoom, with a revealing conversation on love. This literary piece exhibits our discourse, annoyance, and hope of what love is — as an act and idea. Nidhi Singh Rathore and I wrote, rewrote, and published this piece to bring forth the essence of what we talked about. Read on and discover our lines of exploration that started from discussing what informs the cultural perspective of love for these womxn, and went on to intersectionality, gender roles, sexuality, and much more.

Past is the present

As the saying goes, the past may…


Recently, I was involved in a conversation where we discussed which technologies are the most urgent to develop or reinvent ; working at the intersection of social innovation, studying human behavior and technology, we talked through the given challenges of aging population, environmental degradation, sanitation and climate change. Concurrently, we discussed how technological advancements in artificial intelligence, surveillance capitalism and virtual reality promises to be utterly transformational. We tried to explore different cultural and social differences that are prominent, and it all feels like we are going through the technological equivalent of the Cambrian explosion. Here are some of the…


500 years ago, Thomas More wrote a novel about the idealistic society about an Island, where the private property had been abolished, families made their own clothes and there were no lawyers, he called the island Utopia. Utopia could be traced to the Greek roots, etymologically: a good place or no place, encapsulating a place that is perfect and does not exist. Through-out history, many people have tried to turn their utopian dreams into reality, however, their motivations vary. It all started with noble intentions to solve the problem of nature, government, or religion. …


Friends Society, Vadodara

Summer 2017 I volunteered at Friends Society, Vadodara, where I taught kids who came from tribal areas basic science lessons. The first day when I walked in, I didn’t know what to expect, I saw 20 pairs of curious eyes staring back at me. Each one had incredible energy, a zest for life, and a unique personality. It felt like a chaotic symphony, as they were all of the different ages and had different backgrounds. …


Designing a product begins with research, carefully investigating needs and user-experience. It leads to ideation, and after brainstorming on how to solve the problem; multiple iterations of design and material exploration takes place.After that, if it is feasible and potentially profitable, within the confines of modern business. At that point, the product goes in mass production, marketed, and then it’s rolled out. This process has multiple stages and is way more comprehensive.

Products, just like people, have life cycles. From inception, through design engineering and manufacturing, its usage and disposal. …


Urban spaces generally comprise of two basic elements, namely, streets and squares. Streets provide two main fundamental functions: movement and place. They are linear three-dimensional spaces, that are usually enclosed on opposite sides by buildings. However, they are different from roads/highways whose main purpose is just movement.

Streets determine the spatial characteristics of a city and are its most essential component. Every city has its distinctive characteristic which can be seen on its streets. They retain their unique identity by depicting their own sense of place. …


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Aging?
According to me , it’s a process of growing. Growing wiser, growing stronger ( emotionally and physically) growing experiences and growing success as wells as failures.

Aging is not so bad , if you consider the alternative. Well, there isn’t one. You are constantly experiencing things and learning. The clock is always ticking and time is constantly running. Its on us how to make the most of our time. We always look back in time for life lessons and in future with hope for prosperity.

However, when we think about growing old or aging we have been a social…

Shreya Thakkar

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