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Menka Sanghvi

Menka Sanghvi

I'm a researcher, writer, and designer working on the theme of mindful curiosity. Just Looking is a project I started to help myself and others slow down and experience more wonder in the everyday.

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
Essays

Window Gazing

I love how when I'm looking out at the world through a glass pane, I know intuitively that it is all outside and, for now at least, "none of it depends on me". "Windows are, in (a) sense, a powerful existential tool: a patch of the world, arbitrarily framed, from

Window Gazing
Letters

Eye contact

Babies and toddlers are notorious for looking at you, right in the eye. It’s a capacity that seems to diminish as we grow older.

Eye contact
Essays

Shadows as Things

Shadows get a bad rap. They are commonly considered evil, sinister, or at best inferior (who would ever want to live in somebody else’s shadow?). But give them a chance and you’ll discover that shadows are fascinating things. They are creative interpretations of the objects that block their

Shadows as Things
Letters

What is Mindfulness?

For a long time, I used to believe mindfulness is positive vibes and feeling good. I’ve since learnt that it’s much bigger than that.

What is Mindfulness?
Essays

Unlikely Rainbows

Those big rainbows in the sky after a sun shower are actually pretty rare sightings. But smaller, everyday rainbows can be found in the most unlikely places. If only we pause to look. And, thanks to frequency illusion (technically known as the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon) once you see one the chances

Unlikely Rainbows
Letters

Taking In The Good

Our brains are primed to notice what’s wrong with intensity. Some scientists say our minds are like velcro for negative experiences, and Teflon for positive ones.

Taking In The Good