unlisted thoughts

ruminations on culture, design, codes and life.

Category: how it works

Choice is good

Indus Ind gives you a choice. An that's good. by Unlisted Sightings

Indus Ind bank has made one small addition in the ATM process. Many a time for me, the ATM has spat out a single 1000 rupee note, and that is as good as having no money on you.

By building this one additional step, the ATM allows people the choice to choose denominations.

Good, or unnecessary additional step?

Multilevel security

Multiple level security. Thanks to Javed for the pic. by Unlisted Sightings

If you want to get inside, you need all four keys.

Noticed at a quaint building in Fort, Bombay, by Javed.

Climbing to the top of the human pyramid

Mid-tier Govindas with harnesses that let others climb above them in the human pyramid. #gokulasthami #janmashtami by Unlisted Sightings

Mid-tier Govindas with harnesses that let others climb above them in the human pyramid. #gokulasthami #janmashtami

Where’s my cuppa steaming tea?

Kachch, where chai is served in saucers, sans cups. by Unlisted Sightings

If you travel around Kachch, Gujarat, you see most roadside stalls selling tea in saucer measures, never in cups.

At a bus halt, you’ll find the server with a handful of saucers in one hand, while the other holds a jug of steaming tea. No cups. He does brisk business walking around offering tea to patrons, after handing them the saucers.

Seen this anywhere else?

Locking orientation at rest.

Pulling the strap over the grip so that my camera remains downright. Else, it keeps swinging around my shoulders. by Unlisted Sightings

I simply pulled the strap over the grip so that my camera remains downright. Else, it would keep swinging around my shoulders.

Customizing the pour to his workstation.

Customizing the pour to his workstation. by Unlisted Sightings

We are all designers.

Anatomy of a Bombay bus ticket

Do you remember the time when the BEST bus tickets would look like this?

Anatomy of a Bombay bus ticket by Unlisted Sightings

(Click on the image for a detail on the ticket codes)

It used to be lot of fun in an earlier life. When we were little, we would add up all the numbers on the top and align them to the alphabet to see who might be thinking about us at that instant. In this ticket, the numbers on the top 523-358281 add up to 37, that’s K in the alphabet. Which would mean, that a person whose name starts with K was thinking about me. Funnily enough, whether that person was thinking of you or not, you thought about them.

Today, it’s a different story.

Death of the BEST ticket

Technology has taken out the entire romance, and has opted for convenience. Now, it’s a machine that gives you the ticket. Even the metallic clink of the conductor’s puncher that we would listen all the time is missing. Many more conductors now have those little handheld evil machines that print out these characterless tickets.

Oh, the good ole’ days.

Hello. I am the Mumbai train culture.

The train came to a halt at Borivali, its last stop, and my destination.

Even before I could get out, people just thronged into the compartment, and soon enough, I was sandwiched between bodies. Tightly packed like sardines, my efforts to get off at Borivali were futile.

And then, the train left for Kandivali on its return journey to Churchgate, with me still stuck inside…

Just another day in Mumbai.

(Borivali Station, October 2008)

Dynamic feedback.

Dashboard dining

Dashboard dining by Unlisted Sightings

At Bademiyas, they use a little Coke bottle to prop up the hood. Then they serve food on the car. Easy. No waiting for tables. Always fun.

Hold against breeze

Hold against breeze by Unlisted Sightings

Instructions for drying your hand kerchief on a humid day…

Snip. Snip. Snip.

Coconut cutting. Newer, cleaner technique.

Rainiest town in the world needs two wipers

Rainiest town in the world needs two wipers by Unlisted Sightings

Cherrapunji, North East India

The shopkeeper’s calculator

The shopkeeper's calculator by Unlisted Sightings

Satisfying the buyer’s need for control.

A two-sided display works towards increasing the sense of control for the buyer standing across the counter. How and where else is this aspect important in retail?

Simple, bright design thinking

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