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Mc Guffin

This is something to really think about as designers beyond the curriculum and submissions.Innovation seems to be of two types :
(a) Sustaining and
(b) Disruptive
Even within the first category we have two more sub categories
(a.1) Evolutionary
(a.2) Revolutionary
Both the types of innovation Sustaining and Disruptive are about creating SYSTEMS for the betterment of people(or solving people’s problems or in more abstract sense FREEDOM from troubles).The Sustaining innovation has a natural tendency towards SYSTEMs and tends to retain the existing one and improve the current system. Disruptive innovation on the other hand has a natural dislike for SYSTEMs but in the end even disruptive innovation ends up making a system (with more degrees of freedom and bigger boundaries of destiny*).The picture here (which I took from a facebook meme), is a complementary to this argument.
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If freedom is the ultimate goal, sustaining innovation and disruptive innovation are constantly working towards it though their styles of operation are different and sometimes even consider each other as their competitors (this resembles the conflicts between Gandhian style of freedom struggle and Bhagat Singh style of freedom struggle).
But FREEDOM (which can also be compared with SOLUTIONS to PROBLEMS), we might never be able to achieve that because it probably doesn’t exist at all.Even if we are free from the earth’s gravitational pull we are bound by the gravity of the sun and even if we escape the solar system we are under the gravitational influence of the star cluster the Sun belongs to and even if we escape the star cluster we are under the influence of the Milky way galaxy probably it goes on like that forever.
The argument above might be sound too trivial for few, might even sound like my usual rant , might go above your head like a bullet and some might even label it as “Humbug” but believe me, I am kind of overwhelmed by the above argument which is probably the best thing that happened to be after coming to IDC. And I hope that this philosophy reflects in the games I would be making.
Why am I sharing this thought with everyone ? May be my “Throat Chakra(the chakra for expression)” is too active today that makes me to express the thoughts that implode inside my mind all the time.Had the “Third Eye Chakra” been active I would have felt the argument and kept quite.
It would be really great to have a constructive debate (newbies and veterans alike) over the topic  “Does design in India accommodates both the types of design innovation sustaining and disruptive ?”.The question is asked with an assumption that “Design is a wholistic approach to problem solving (or freedom from troubles)”
You must be wondering what doesn Mc Guffin mean ? I will be writing about it next week.
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Freedom is not being another brick in the Wall

It should be very modest in accepting the fact that I am not a frequent blogger.Sometimes a complacent blogger too , who doesn’t blogs about the things that really matter , like I wanted to write about DASAVATHARAM movie review(Five Hour movie cramped into Three hour), Hancock Movie Review(the most unexpected flop from Will Smith),Yelagiri trip (where I discovered that my Inspirational Boss loves Volleyball very much, probably more than his Violin ….) and recently on Abhinav Bhindra (actually didn’t want to say , “India needs sportsmen like Abhinav” but wanted to say “India needs sports culture”.This was the same statement I made in my 12th standard on Extempore competition about Karnam Malleshwari and Kalpana Chawla,who are being worshipped as quality products of Indian beareucratic system that produces atleast one Medal in every olympics.After reading this beautifully written blog,I felt one needs to have had a proper English teacher in your high school , in order to express one’s thoughts with inexplicable expressiveness).

Anyway,I blog to vent out my random thoughts that occur to me.Today I wanted to blog something related Independence.I have , in the initial days of my life , been inquisitive and very disruptive , a kind of Trouble maker…..in precise words Independent.Then started a 16 year plan to restrict my imagination , control my thoughts and learn to live like others and be a “Brick in the Wall”.After a zombie four year course in Engineering , I was a perfect flawless product , just as intended be the Indian Education System.I am not blaming the system here , infact the Indian Education system , encourages self-made personalities and those who are not ready for this , are made a part of the system.I would be happy if that system works …but it’s not.Even after my education was over , I was into another trap which many Indian IT professionals fall prey to……..Onsite Assignment,even if the nature of job sucks.I feel proud of myself that I have somehow taken intial steps towards the real Independence every human being deserves.I am no longer in the RAT RACE to onsite assignment.Most of my friends have already travelled the foreign lands and regulary update the orkut albums with photos taken with wax figures of George Bush, Micheal Jackson, Mahatma Gandhi ….

From the day we are named by our parents we hardly introspect “is this the life you were sent for ?” “Are we free?” “Are we independent?” “Is our imagination free or controlled by the whims of peer pressure?”

I believe Independence is not physical , it’s spiritual.

We got independence from the British , 61 years ago.I think we are still a long way to achieve the real independence.

Remember , We still have to fill the caste column in the school admission forms.We are still having small kids working to win bread for the family instead of getting the basic education.We still feel proud to say my “shoes are imported”.

It would be too futuristic to say the international boundaries will fade away and the whole Earth will be ruled by Google and of course Web 2.0 will be the answer for all the challenges in ruling such a huge planet.For now , I am still proud to be an Indian though not to the extent I used to be during my school days when I used to hoist hand made paper flags on my table on Independence day and think “How lucky I am , that I am born in India”…..now I think “What if I was born in some parallel universe as a female Anopheles Mosquito? “