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Just Looking

Just Looking is a newsletter about the art of looking closely. A guide to slowing down, being curious, and noticing more magic in the mundane.

The ideas explored here are drawn from ancient wisdom traditions, modern mindfulness, design thinking, and creative visual practices such as photography.

You're invited to join me, Menka Sanghvi, in exploring these themes. Sign up for a monthly letter filled with practical inspiration. Or check out the archives first.

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Letters

Glamorous Humility

In an ideal, wiser culture than our own, the price of changing our minds would not be very high. Indeed it would be a sign of intelligence, glamorous even.

dry red leaf crumbling on a manhole cover
Letters

Seeing Beyond Clichés

The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, or unhelpful, but that they are incomplete.

Tennis courts at night
Essays

Anekāntvād: The Ancient Wisdom of an Open Mind

Do you know the story about the elephant and seven blind men? Each man stands next to a different part of the animal and is asked what he makes of it. The man touching the ear says it is a fan; the man by the tails thinks it's a rope;

Anekāntvād: The Ancient Wisdom of an Open Mind
Letters

The Philosophical Elephant

Me being right doesn't make you wrong. A simple parable about the many sides of reality.

The Philosophical Elephant
Resources

Book Recommendations

The ideas in Just Looking are inspired and influenced by many great minds. As Mark Twain once remarked, “all ideas are second-hand.” So if you’re in the market for ideas, here are some delightful places to look. Creativity:Pat Kane, The Play EthicDavid Horwitz, Everything that Can Happen in

Book Recommendations