Learning Outdoors in School

It is rare to enter a school and find kids sitting under a tree and reading a book, all together. It is a simple image, one that cannot be too hard to conjure in one's mind. Perhaps a teacher reading with the kids. It gets progressively harder to picture more…

Trees of Northstar

Trees of Northstar. Our guardians. Custodians of memories. Listeners of our tales. They will be here when we no longer are. This is our attempt to share the beauty and grace of our trees. These are our stories and this our art. In the next weeks, we will share some…

A Walk in the Northstar Campus

New leaves in this young Kassod on the campus. We are in peak monsoon right now. It normally flowers after monsoon until December. The flowers are yellow and look quite pretty in bunches. The canopy is not quite shapely yet. It's still young. This is Agave Americana and it has…

Habitat Collective

Aristotle said something to the effect that nature has made all things specifically for the sake of man and that the value of non-human thing in nature is merely instrumental. This line of thinking troubles me. And, it continues till this day. The inherent drive for dominion of man over…

Spirit of a Place: Existential Foothold

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, Today I want to talk about a concept, an idea that is abstract but at the same time can be applied to the concrete. It is at the intersection of education, philosophy and architecture. I will start with something general, apply to the concrete by…

Making of Mandala at Raga Svara

An incredible feeling to look back just a few months in the past when we began construction for Mandala at Raga Svara. Like all built spaces the transformation of the landscape feels overpowering to me. Everything we have built whether at The Northstar School or now at Raga Svara, is…

Samskara at Raga Svara

Introducing Samskara at Raga Svara. The architecture and landscape of Raga Svara is purposeful and beautiful. I have shared other spaces that we’ve designed on the campus earlier. Each space has its own character and ambience which is primarily directed towards creating a sense of belonging and peace. Our…

My TEDx Talk at Nirma University

Borges said, “The Universe is an unstable world of the mind, a labyrinth, a chaos, a dream”. For the longest time, I have been thinking about how we may find some anchor, some stability in the maddening chaos that we find ourselves in. My thoughts at Tedx Nirma University.…