Kategorie: Notes

Let’s Move!

Me and my partners at Masala Movement Sepiedeh Fazlali and Pravini Baboeram are currently carving out the brand principles and vision for our growing platform. Meanwhile I couldn’t resist to put a representative visual together based on a mix-and-match illustration set I came across some…

Hairy Dream

One of my many teenage dreams was to become a hair dresser and open my own barber shop despite the fact that it was considered to be a pretty „gay“ job and not hip at all. But for me growing up with hiphop music it…

Understanding India

Who does? This little publication called Indien verstehen is at least trying. It’s part of the SympathieMagazine series including more than 50 country magazines and special issues on religions, development, globalisation, human rights and more. The overall idea is to support a travel culture of…

Black Gold

I always wanted to record a vinyl only mix and since I’m kind of stuck at home it seemed like the perfect time to do so. It was late in the night or rather early morning of April 1st, so please don’t take it too…

Inderkinder

The editor-in-chief of Meine Welt Rainer Hörig contacted me because he wanted to do a feature about young Indo-German entrepreneurs. I think it’s pretty useful to write about your profession once in a while … especially when you have to keep it short. Before I…

5-Minute Branding

Me and my friend Dr. Margret Müller (specialist for humanitarian affairs) started the Facebook group Corona Hilfe Köln bringing volunteers and people in need together. I quickly put a logo together and created some visuals for different threads making it easier to navigate within the…

I Design, Therefore I Am

It was really nice to be back at the German University in Cairo, exactly 10 years after teaching there for the first time. My friend and old colleague Miroslaw Leczek who’s still teaching at the GUC invited me to share some insights with the students…

Invited by mer. Store

mer. Store Frankfurt invited me and my partner in crime Vineetha to present the documentary movie „Brown Angels“ and our little photo exhibition „Schwester Kerala“ tracing the migration story of Indian nurses in Germany. Thank you mer. Store and Indian Goods Co. for being such amazing hosts!!! We had…

Indo-German Young Leaders Forum

The Indo-German Young Leaders Forum is a platform for bilateral exchange of the young and rising generation of India and Germany. I was invited to their annual conference which was held in Berlin. During a session on migration at the Humboldt University me (representing Masala Movement e.V.), Prof.…

Intercultural Branding

I was invited to the Max-Planck-Institute in Dresden to conduct a workshop at a conference organised by IndiAlumni which is a group of people who have taken part in Indo-German academic experiences sponsored by the DAAD. The workshop was about exploring the identity and positioning of IndiaAlumni amongst other…

Back Home!

No, I’m not planning to become a fashion model 🙂 I just helped out at a shoot for an urban adventure project. The air was crisp, the sunlight amazing and it was fun spending some time with this secret photographer. What I like is the…

High Fashion In Rural India

Like almost all men in Kerala my uncle wears the Lungi at home. Basically it’s the Indian version of jogging pants. I was always impressed by the colourful and trippy designs. This one seems like a little accident or maybe not. Anyways my uncle loves…

E-Bike Brand Challenge

Quite some time ago m-way (retailer for e-bikes) asked me to come up with brand suggestions for potential in-house products. Eventually they’ve never launched any. My favourite brand idea was vlo-e … basically it stands for „flowing electrically“. My inspiration was the similarity between the words „velo“…

Arabian Utopia

While I was in Dubai for some work I went on a day trip to Abu Dhabi. In the land of excessive striving for superlatives and disgusting pomp, the Emirati version of the Louvre is definitely a real cultural highlight. But that shouldn’t be too…

Be Clever My Friend!

Me and my neighbours love to hang out in front of our Büdchen (small corner shop) at Clever Street. Most people in Cologne have their favourite kiosk. Usually the shop owner becomes a significant part of your everyday life. Besides selling snacks, beer and newspapers,…

Kurian Ghoting Reloaded

After we had to shut down our Cairo office due to the recession after the revolution I moved back to Europe and my business partner Sagar Ghoting eventually went on to do his Master in Service Design at the Glasgow School of Art. Of course…

The Place To BE

When my mom called me two days ago she said „Did you know that I was 34 years old when I gave birth to you? And today you are turning 34 yourself. Isn’t it incredible how time flies? Happy birthday, monkey.“ For a moment I…