Ahmedabad Skyline Haze as seen from the window of the crazy little hotel we stayed in the first night we got here.
That’s the very first Rickshaw that we took in Ahmedabad.
Kite String Vendors strengthen and dye the strings in different colors for Uttarayan (Ahmedabad Kite Festival)
That’s just a nice little old sign pointing into the NIF and GIAN Driveway.
Front View of the NIF HQ here in Ahmedabad, where both NIF and GIAN (Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network) share space.
That’s a shot of one of the residential towers immediately next to the office. It seems that other than our office bungalow, all of our neighbors are residential.
The Fab Lab is where our “office” is, not so much because it’s fabulous but because they have some fabrication equipment.
There are eight of us working down there at the moment. From left to right, Mafa, Deepti, Mario, Kaushal, Chirag, and Devang (not pictured, Mrinal and myself).
It took us quite some time just to get it set up, but there it is: Our Workspace
At any given time, there are people around trying to improve the work of the grassroots innovators. Here, Deepti – an ID Student from Maharashtra Institute of Technology is working on a food making machine with help from an engineer from Gujarat University.
Innovators sometimes come to NIF to discuss their concepts and provide further information to the team here. They’re given the support and attention they deserve.
One of the words that gets tossed around a lot here at NIF is ‘multi-tasking.’ That’s the Fab Five (of Fab Lab fame) holding the assorted tools of the trade (and vaguely reminiscent of the multi-armed Hindu Deity, Mahakali.)
NIF had a large booth at Sattvik: Traditional Food Festival, to support and promote local food and protect traditional knowledge from the region.
Every day at 11:00 and 4:00 the office breaks for tea (‘Chaa’ in Gujarati). Laxman Thakoa is the master of the tea.
People stand outside in the courtyard in front of the office socializing during Chaa.
During our first week, Roppali (NIF Administrative Assistant) insisted on us sitting while in her office, even though there were never enough chairs.
Every meal we eat during the workweek is delivered inside those containers. It’s called Tiffin. We get it for lunch and dinner, 6 days per week.
Ahmedabad has more two wheelers than any other city in Asia.