Why typing Devanagari Alphabets (Marathi, Sanskrit, Hindi) on a personal computer is so difficult? And why typing Devanagari in Latin is so easy and preferred by many?

I was planning to write this blog post for the last many years. I was facing this issue since I had my first Microsoft Windows Operating System based computer in the year 2002. And after that, it got solved partially on Mac in the year 2008. And I faced the issue of Marathi on the web when I had my website mandarapte.com in the year 2010 and then my community Marathi website chitpavankatta.com in the year 2012.

The idea of writing this blog post or writing documentation about why we face the problem of typing Marathi / Sanskrit / Hindi with Devanagari Script on Computer got more important when some category of journalists or people who started false propaganda to tell the Marathi population at large that Devanagari Script for the Marathi language is no more relevant anymore rather we should abandon Devanagari Script Alphabets and start using Latin Script to write the Marathi Language. An example was given by these people was that of the young generation who are writing or chatting or texting on their mobile phone using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that they use Latin script to write Marathi than using Devanagari Script.

At that time I attended few lectures on Devanagari Calligraphy and Typography where I met an important person like Mr Mukund Gokhale from Pune who had done extensive work in building Marathi Typewriter with his two-three seniors in his field. He also worked with popular calligrapher, typographers to bring Devanagari on computer i.e. designing popular Devanagari fonts to be used on Computer. At that time I was working in IITB as a web designer. After that, I met Mukund Gokhale at his Pune home to discuss why Marathi Typing is so difficult and why it is targeted by anti-nationals who have no linguistic background to speak about abandoning Devanagari script itself. We discuss it at length he even showed me software that he has developed with his developer tech support to design Marathi based digital artworks and designs. It was his initiative to create an alternative solution to Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Illustrator who doesn’t support Devanagari Script in the year 2014/17. And now it’s the year 2021. Because of these long conversations on phone or personally meeting each other and I even developed the Devanagari Learning app for iPhone, iPad and Mac.

When this propaganda was started by abusing the Marathi language and falsely showcasing its irrelevance in today’s world. I talked with popular Hindu Orators who were tirelessly working to stop this propaganda. So people like me were middlemen between people like popular Hindu orators and calligrapher/typographer Mukund Gokhale to share knowledge and know-how between them and connect the dots.

So I am going to write here my observation that I got to learn while talking with Mukund Gokhale and some observations are of my capacity as I am myself designer and developer too who want to talk and design/develop in Marathi.

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How to completely uninstall Android Studio from your Mac?

After downloading and installing Android Studio for Mac but I noticed my Mac started heating too quickly with fan running at full speed and there was also performance issue.

So I decided to completely uninstall Android Studio from Mac, I used following command and I have also documented it below if you want to perform same process for uninstalling Android Studio from your Mac.

Open Terminal.app from Applications > Utilities > Terminal.app and execute following commands

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My Experience with sexism at the workplace

I was working with one of my old employers. They hired a person to lead or head the design team in their organisation. And I suddenly started facing odd, arrogant and erratic behaviour from the newly hired design head.

I completed one massive project which lasted me designing for more than 7/8 months then there was no work for any designer in the Mumbai location. So I and another designer were hoping new projects may be in pipeline and will be assigned to us. But a new design head started telling me or complaining about my efficiency and commitment. He even questioned my ability to being UX Designer…

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How to remove ‘Extended Attributes’ e.g. ‘Where from’ property details from Files

Imagine you have downloaded a file from a website or especially Google Drive shared folder and when you select the same file on your local Macintosh HD and use the ‘Command + I’ command on your Mac’s Keyboard what you see is a long list of gibberish URL the file you downloaded from under ‘Where from’ section.

It looks something like this:

Now you want to get rid of this Where from section gibberish from your file or all files inside the folder, You may ask how to do it? The answer simply follows these simple steps.

To remove specific ‘Where from’ attribute from file:

Use the ‘xattr’ command with the ‘-d’ flag and then describing the command to delete specific attributes. Here ‘Where from’.

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How to fix Email DNS related Error called ‘550: relay not permitted’

You may face this error called ‘550: relay not permitted’ if your remote email server is misconfigured on your web / email hosting service. You may even face this issue when you have misconfigured your DNS settings on your Cloudflare account.

Main symptom is you are unable to receive emails on your email id.

So how to fix this?

Solution is simple!

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Why food you order online platform like Swiggy is more expensive than eating in the same hotel you ordered from?

I was wondering about this for a long time,

When I eat Bhel Puri for 35/- rupee at Hotel ‘A’ but I order the same Bhel Puri from same hotel ‘A’ through Swiggy is showed as 50/- rupee at MRP price.

Why these discrepancies? Even I saw Swiggy’s user base asking them the same question again and again on Twitter.

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Everyday designer’s question to pay Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Tax or pay for individual third party design apps

Today I used Adobe XD for whole day. Felt it’s really competitive to Sketch app on Mac.

I really avoided using Adobe XD all this years because of Adobe Subscription TAX which normally cost me INR 5,000/- here in India. But loved Sketch App’s payment model which is almost INR 5,000/ for year then you can renew subscription or use it without update as long as you want.

But loved Adobe XD compatibility and integration with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, it is real smooth and well done. Adobe XD’s prototype tool is smooth.

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Best Design Advice that I ever received

Best advice I ever received about designing logos and symbols is use humanistic elements / curves / lines in your design and totally avoid mechanical drawings. As mechanical drawings can be taken care by computer itself.

This advice was given to me by Shirbhavikar sir and Pawar sir when I was doing BFA Applied Arts at Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art.

It seems I don’t follow this advice totally in my drawings / designs and illustrations. Even after 4 years of my graduation when I met Mahendra Patel sir at his SID office he told me the same.

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User Privacy & Data Protection Standards in new Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac Operating Systems

I was planning for long time but never implemented Google Analytics for my Apple iOS Apps to get real data about my app usage. I thought it was more of work to implement analytics in app with framework using cocoa-pods which will in a way will slowdown my app performance.

But with the news of Apple is vary serious about and already is about privacy and data collection with online ads for Safari Browser on Mac and system wide privacy settings on Apple iOS 14 for iPhone. I am happy that I never implemented third party analytics framework or never added ad network to get revenue out of my apps. My apps are already paid and I don’t want to mess-up user experience with impromptu in-app advertisements.

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How to get OTP / SMS / text messages immediately on your Mac in sync with your iPhone cellular number

Prerequisites:

1. I assume you have added your primary and same Apple ID / iCloud Account on your respective Mac and iPhone.

2. You have enabled iCloud Sync for Messages App on your iPhone and Mac in iCloud Settings.

3. You are using the latest release of macOS operating system, the latest release of iOS operating System and latest release Safari Browser.

Once above prerequisites are met we can proceed further…

Note: You can autofill security codes from your iPhone to Safari on Mac. This is Safari only feature.

To set up Text Message Forwarding on your iPhone follow below steps:

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