About Kamal

Hi there! I am a designer. Trying to be a writer. And sometime a photographer. And this is my tiny little solace in the universe of web where I write, share and experiment things — related to life, design, web and anything in general that I find interesting. This place is more about me than about you.

I’m currently based in Singapore but have worked in cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and New Delhi. My first job was in New Delhi where I was an intern — as a web designer.

Design

I’ve been a self taught designer. I also want to say that I’m a developer too but then there are people who think CSS is not a programming language. I believe in design doing more than design thinking. Making stuff more than making stuff up. I think when you divorce “thinking” from “making” it reduces design to just concepts. Concepts are easy. Execution is hard. Execution requires details and it’s in the detail work that design really happens. Phew!

Photography

I’ve always been interested in Cameras. I remember using my father’s camera — Yashica FX-2 — and it blew me to the core. But back then, as kids we weren’t allowed to use that camera. It was expensive and we were reckless. When I was in primary school, I stole some money from my parents to get Kodak KB18 35mm camera. I had a blast using it secretly. Then my parents found about it. I still have couple of photos from it.

When I went to college, I got a Nokia E63. The querty keyboard on a phone was premium back then. I tried using the inbuilt camera but wasn’t blown away. It was only 2MP and it didn’t spark joy. iPhone 3GS wasn’t a huge upgrade either (3MP).

iPhone 4S sparked the joy again and since then I’ve always relied on one version or the another.

My first DSLR was Nikon D3300. I used it with 50mm prime lens. A year later I got rid of it for a mirrorless — Sony A6000. I used it for longer with 50mm lens.

Just before my hike to Annapurna Base Camp, I got a Fujifilm X100F. It was a rangefinder camera with a fixed lens. Extremely portable. A few years later, I got spoiled by full frame sensors and got a Sony A7II with 28mm lens. I used it on my trip to Phuket, Thailand. I don’t exactly remember what happened but I sold it to my friend.

In August 2018, just before my parents visited me in Singapore, I got a Leica Q. Probably the most money I ever spent at once. I guess I always wanted to try out an Leica and figure out what the fuss was about. I also took it to Japan in October. Then I sold it.

I am currently shooting with iPhone X as my main camera.

Reading

In 2017, I accidentally built the habit of reading. I have been reading regularly since then. It’s not too bad. Initially I focused a lot on the “number of books” that I was reading. Now it’s more about how I can retain and use the knowledge to make my life better. The number doesn’t matter. Practicing the theory matters.

Stoicism

I have been practising Stoicism for some time now. It didn’t make sense initially but over the time I started thinking it as a way to life. My idea of Stoicism was superficial and ideal until I read: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine. This book is strongly recommended if you wanted an actionable primer on the philosophy that is more than two thousand years old and still relatable.

Meditation

I have also been meditating on a regular basis — just 10 minutes a day. Nothing more. I have been using the app called Oak. I tried using Calm and Headspace but decided to stick with Oak for it’s simplicity and no cost features. I have been planning to do Vipasana for quite some time now. Don’t think I am ready yet. Will I ever be? We’ll find out.

Travel

I travel. Frequently. But I think I’ve been doing it wrong so far. I want to be a traveller but I always end up becoming a tourist. Visiting attractions. Taking photos of attractions. Sharing those photos of attractions on social media (mostly Instagram).