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Month: August 2018

Karkhana Reads

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We’re back again for this week of interesting reads! 😀


  1. Sakar read this piece from THE WIRED, that claims humans to be better in Dota than AI. Seems like algorithms still have a long way to go! Check this link to find out more on that.
  2. Sachet stumbled upon this article from THE ATLANTIC which discusses whether the cognitive abilities of animals are getting developed with new environment.
  3. Rupesh shared with us an elaborate list prepared by the World Economic Forum that ranks 11 best school systems of the world!
  4. Amrit found the NAP website to be quite resourceful for teachers. This read here talks about lectures, demonstrations, discussions and collaborative learning and labs.
  5. Prayush read this story in THE WIRED that explores the extent of vulnerability our smartphones have put us into.

Until next time! 😀 Happy Reading!

-Mamina Shrestha

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Seetu Style

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Seetu was working in an illustrated gift for her best friend this past week. Let’s look into her journey this past week as she made a special something for her best friend!


While making digital illustrations, I start by making a rough sketch in a piece of paper. When I am done making the sketch, I scan it. 

Then, I use the sketch as a guideline for my digital drawing.

While converting my sketches into digital illustrations, there are a lot of things that I change from the initial idea. I believe that the final product doesn’t necessarily have to be same as the initial idea.

After a long process of creating the shapes, changing them and matching the colors, I finally came up with a final design for this illustration!

I made this illustration for my best friend, Garima, who was leaving for the UK for her higher studies. It took me a toil of two long nights to come up with this illustration of me and Garima. I am really happy with how the design turned out to be! ^_^

After I was done with the illustration, I thought of printing it on a bottle so that she could carry her personally customized bottle in her university and also remember to drink plenty of water 😉


Here’s a huge shoutout from Karkhana team to Seetu and Garima and a kudos to their friendship! ^_^
Garima, we hope you have been drinking plenty of water in your cute bottle!

– Mamina

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Karkhana Reads

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Like the past weeks, this week too, Karkhanauts shared around some  interesting reads!


Here’s the fourth week of Karkhana Reads:

  • Rupesh stumbled upon this article from the BBC that explores the poetic side of  tyrants who wrote verses – seeking solace, intimacy, or glory.
  • Sakar shared this read on a Thomas Kuhn who wrote a book titled ” The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” that altered the way we look at the philosophy behind Science.
  • Sakar was intrigued by the trusses we have in the 3rd floor at our office space. He went home to research about them and shared this read with us.
  • I was scrolling through the Kathmandu Post when I read this article on educational leadership.
  • Errol Morris is dissatisfied with Thomas Kuhn. Sakar shared this article from Nautilus where the author tells about how Kuhn hit Morris with an ashtray.

We’ll find you next week!

—Mamina Shrestha

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Seetu Style

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Seetu takes us to a colorful world this week with her cute paintings- a blast from the past! Let’s go through what she has to share! 🙂


Looking back at my old sketches, I found some of my paintings.

Before beginning my career as a Designer, I used to make sketches. Making sketches of cartoon characters and painting them were my favourite hobbies to pass time.

There are different techniques of adding shades, but I never had proper training or class so I used to copy ideas from different photos and tried to match them! Top to bottom: Monkey D Luffy, Calvin and Hobbes and Ariel

Ariel painting is my recent work. Recently, I haven’t had enough time to paint as much now… I miss painting.


We’ll follow Seetu again next week!

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Karkhana Reads

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This past week, we had some amazing reads! Let’s see what was shared around this past week 🙂

  • Sabhyata found an article on how it’s never too late to be a reader again.

Reading is hard. Not the act, but the pursuit. There’s always something else to do—something easier, something bigger or louder, something that makes you feel better, something that makes you feel worse. But none of that changes the fact that we all want to be readers.

  • Sabhyata also found this read on FOMO (fear of missing out) in the internet age where the writer speaks of the anxieties introduced by online readers’ communities like Good Reads.
  • Amrit shared this book entitled Why Science Needs Art” that explores the relationship between Science and Art.
  • Sakar found this interesting read about the right to steal back the things that were stolen from you!

We’ll find you next week!

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Karkhana Corners

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  • Mamina Shrestha

It has been a little over a year since I first came in to Karkhana. I remember the feeling when I first got here like it was yesterday and let me tell you- I am not really that great with memories. “I generally don’t like people but I actually, really, really like all of you.” That was what I had shared on my first day here and it holds true even now.

Since that day till now, I have met a lot of people here. More than a handful of them have now moved on from here and there is still of list of people who will be transitioning out over the course of time. Maybe there were parts of me that were willing to accept this since the start. Because somewhere along the line, I was already falling for the values that this place holds, it’s walls, artifacts and corners. Thinking about this now, I was looking for a home in those corners since day one and I am not lying when I tell you Karkhana has become a family for me and has sheltered me like a home.

The first few weeks and months, I had found my corner in one of the edges of the hanging table. There were a lot of stories to be shared, things to learn about Karkhana, about our work, about our team, about the songs we liked and about our families. Clinging on to the sturdy ropes of the table, we had somehow grasped hold of one another- Shebu, Saroj Dai, Shweta Dijju and me. We had a lot to learn and we were ready for the unknown that lay ahead of us.

After our roles were set up and there were more meetings to attend than things to talk about, I went on to find my corner at the Content Generation room. I felt safer there, somehow. The unmistakable sound of Dipesh Dai tapping away on the track pad of his laptop, Amrit Dai’s concentration at work and love for chiya, Yogesh blaring acoustic, studio songs from his Chelsea stickered laptop, Prajjwal being Prajjwal and arguing with me for no real reason. Those were the things that felt like a routine to me in that room. Times have changed now but the left corner of that room is still my favorite.

On a few Sunday mornings, I found myself settling in the cushions at KIC. There were a lot of late evening song sessions with Surya. Rounds of KBC with Roshan Dai and Surya in one particular winter afternoon. I spent a lot of time in the balcony upstairs with Irina Dijju and Pragya- asking them this and that about business ideas and work.

There is also one Saturday afternoon that Saroj Dai, Shweta , Shebu, Pragya and I spent in the corners seat at Operations where we talked and giggled and played pranks. It was an afternoon of spontaneity, sprinkled with a dose of photo shoots.

Another corner at Karkhana is in Sakar Dai’s room where I had sat down for hours trying not to stutter while reading out long texts in Nepali. This is also where we held our Focus Group Discussions and I enjoyed being in every single one of them listening to the people talk about issues. I also witnessed the first ever Karkhana podcast from one of the corners here.

Sabhyata has shared a select few favorites from her playlist with me in the corner in the corridor upstairs. Thursday afternoons for Shastraartha (reading group discussions) is building a soft corner for itself in my heart. Sabhyata, thank you for being my mustard yellow sunshine.

The Mural Room provided me more space than corners, actually. Facilitating my first-ever BC class on Automaton for the students of Galaxy Public School, hosting Fukushima and her band, appreciating colleagues for their efforts, facilitating my first ever writing session with Yaman… Rounds of appreciation, sessions, farewell parties, Dashain party have left an echo of mixed emotions in this space. There has been so much that I have got to learn about things, people and even myself from this room.

With time passing by and our family growing and getting stronger everyday, I now have a bigger love and respect for Karkhana- a place that felt like home since day one and it’s people who have and will always feel like family for me- no matter how far we all wander.

And now as I write this from the corner space outside the Mural Room where I once had chiya and doughnut with Rupesh and Amrit in one of the cloudy, drizzly mornings like today, I fall a little more in love with Karkhana and it’s corners. 🙂

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Seetu Style!

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Week 3: SKETCHING TECHNIQUES

This past week, Seetu explored her sketching techniques with a colleague here at Karkhana: Sonam. Seetu sounds really happy to have had a chance to discover and learn new skills! Let’s find out more on this!


Karkhana is full of versatile people. It’s always fun to learn new techniques and ideas from them.  I was working on a project of sketching portraits and I have a very little knowledge about techniques of sketches. Sonam, one of my very talented co-worker, helped me understand the small techniques that make sketches look more realistic.

These photos above are the initial sketches that I made.

These are the sketches I worked on after Sonam taught me the techniques of sketching.

A very big thank-you to Sonam for his help! I will always be looking forward to learning more sketching techniques with them! 🙂

 

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Karkhana Reads

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What reading materials were shred around this past week? Let’s find out!


  1. Amrit went through this chapter from the book entitled “Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning” from The National Academies Press.
    He shared a precept from the chapter:

    For example, I had planned to teach a physics unit on energy, and I decided to look more deeply into the subject. In the course of the reading I did as part of the program, I gained a much deeper understanding of the relationships among the storage, transfer, transformations, and conservation of energy. As I reflected on my past teaching, I realized that I had taught this subject in a piecemeal manner, jumping from one topic to the next. I never gave my students this broad vision of physics because I never had it myself.

  2. Sachet read an article about school systems from The New Yorker that discussed the perils of putting schools in the free market.
  3. Amrit also happened to stumble upon this blog post that discusses about “Reflection”.
  4. Amrit and Sajeet were discussing about the power of magnet – wondering if it came from God when they stumbled upon this post!
  5. Sakar shared this long read from The California Sunday Magazine on North Korean women.
  6. Sumit has been reading Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson. Find the free PDF of this book here.

We’ll share more of these to you next week! 😀

 

 

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Seetu Style!

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Week 2: DOODLING ON THE DESK

This week, Seetu is sharing with us her ritual habit! If you don’t find her looking for inspiration on Behance or listening to songs or illustrating or passing straightforward comments to people or trying to get more inspiration for her work or working, you’ll definitely see her doodling endlessly in her cool notebook or her work table. Now, let’s see what Seetu shares!


I have a strange habit of doodling in my table. Whenever I am bored or have to think about some work related things or have to attend a long meetings, I just doodle on my working space (white table).



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are my doodles from my Sunday’s sprint (weekly planning meetings we have at work). I was listening to what my team lead: Amrit Dai was saying whilst doodling on the table. 

 

 

 

 

 

These doodles help me relax and also helps me get new ideas 🙂

Sorry for making our tables dirty! 😛


Note of thanks to Karkhana founders for having white-topped tables at work! 

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Karkhana Reads

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Besides our routine cycle of creating, designing and delivering learning experiences for students, the Karkhana family also indulges in reading. In the cloud-based internal tool: Slack, we have a lot of reading materials being shared around! This series of blog posts will be dedicated to those reading materials! 🙂

From topics related to religion to politics to space  to science to school system to books to food to death to life and so on, if you are looking for something to read, this might actually be a good blog series to follow! 😀


WEEK 1:

  1. Sakar shared an interesting read about colonization of space from this article from Nautilus:
    1. http://nautil.us//blog/why-we-should-think-twice-about-colonizing-space
  2. Rupesh stumbled upon this article from the New York Times which talks about the Billionaire Yogi behind the PM of our neighboring country, India: Modi:
    1. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/magazine/the-billionaire-yogi-behind-modis-rise.html
  3. Hasin shared an old read from the Al Jazeera that talks about the growing fast food culture in Pakistan:
    1. https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/ajeats/2016/01/rise-pakistan-burger-generation-160111120304597.html
  4. Sakar also found this article about a gangster from the New Yorker to be very interesting! It just adds on to his annals for the weird 😀 :
    1. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/08/06/how-a-notorious-gangster-was-exposed-by-his-own-sister
  5. Sumit completed a long read about a teenage girl written by Jabeen Akhtar:
    1. https://longreads.com/2018/07/17/why-i-lied-in-high-school-about-knowing-karate/

 

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