Inspired by clouds

Take your time.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger.

When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Breathe the world.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

— Christopher Morley

Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Free your mind.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Photography is better shared.


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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

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When you are alone

You will remember the people more than the place.

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

Travel can be affordable.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

English is a universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.

Trust your intuition.

I learned to trust that tiny voice in my head a bit more. When you are alone in a foreign country and your phone is dead, you are forced to trust your intuition. Is this neighborhood safe to walk around? Is this person someone I should interact with? Am I heading the right direction? Intuition is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. It’s feels like a sixth sense when you’re able to read between the lines of a situation.

The world is endless. The world’s a tiny neighborhood. My fav people are the ones who can hold two impossible ideas in their heads.


Online MBA – A Movement to Empower Women

Women, ever imagined what our lives would be without them? They’re the ones who bring balance and a sense of purpose in our lives. And now, women have learned to defy stereotypes and stand for themselves. They’re not just good, but one of the best minds in the game. Yet there is a need to empower women for the socio-economic, and political outlook on women is still not at equal terms as men.

It’s a known fact that every would-be mother needs some time off to take care of themselves and their child. However, it’s a harsh reality that many organizations look down at this practice. Women who have a gap in their career face a lot of ordeals to get back into the corporate game. With a lot of struggle, women somehow manage to get back, but mostly at a lower experience role. Despite having all the required experience and capabilities, they have a tough time getting a job in the caliber they truly deserve. This demotivates many and only a few are able to rise against this hurdle. This is the epidemic that has plagued us today. So, what can be done about this?

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The once considered unconventional mode of education, online MBA, has become not just an accepted mode of higher learning, but the preferred mode. It is a favorite among working professionals looking for an upgrade, and now among women who’d like to revamp their career.

An online MBA is the epitome of flexibility. These programs are designed in such a way that working professionals and stay-at-home moms can study at their convenience. One of the greatest advantages you get from online MBA courses are the wide-range of specializations offered by top universities in the country. This enables you to do one in the specialization best-suited to your qualifications and soon enough, you’d be back on your feet. It’s like your career just underwent a spa treatment of online MBA that has refreshed every aspect of its being.

The advantages offered

Once a woman becomes a mother, it’s very difficult to spend time for a full-time MBA. An online MBA is designed keeping this in mind. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages that makes it so popular:

Flexibility

Online MBA provides you with a lot of flexibilities. You can study at the comfort of your home, or while traveling, or at the park, basically wherever you like. All you need is a smart phone and a good Internet connection.

Validity

Just because this is an online mode of learning, it doesn’t mean that it’s not valid. The ones having the right accreditations are not just valid, but sought after by Fortune 500 companies. Hence, getting an online MBA degree from a reputed institute or university does wonders to your otherwise dry career.

Affordability

Compared to full-time MBAs, these are cheaper and hence, more affordable. Most universities have a vast range of EMI options which makes the fee payment easier and hassle free.

Better connectivity

In a traditional set-up, you interact only with the students and the faculties present in your classroom. In online MBA, your classmates and faculties are from all over the world. From this interaction, you get to expand your outlook and absorb so much from your peers.

More up-to-date

Unlike traditional MBAs that follow the same age-old syllabus, online MBA programs undergo change frequently to keep up with the industry standards. This ensures more latest and upgraded knowledge, which is definitely a bonus for you.

International MBA

This is the latest MBA. With a global outlook, companies are looking for candidates with the skills this type of MBA provides. With companies looking to expand overseas, it’s very important for them to have someone who understands the global market and the cultural implications of that particular country. An International MBA equips one with these qualities and thus, would expand your career graph to great heights.

Hence, Online MBA is proving to be not just another mode for acquiring an MBA, but a movement in itself. It has been an integral mode in empowering women to follow their passions and contribute to the society. Women, one of the most underestimated people today, once again can find their way out of career stagnation.

If you have any stories to share about your experience in revamping your career after a break, feel free to leave a comment.


Bura Na Mano Holi Hai

Holi Aayi! The festival of colors has once again arrived to enchant everyone’s life with happiness and bliss. This festival has been a favorite among all for it signifies good harvest and the onset of Spring. It brings with it hope and love. Most importantly, it’s also the perfect excuse for all to let go of the usual conservative inhibitions and play with all your heart like the child you really are deep within.

The legend behind this holi festival

Like all Indian festivals, Holi too has a very powerful story behind it. During the reign of Hiranyakashipu, it was prohibited to chant god’s name for he (Hiranyakashipu) wanted his subjects to only chant his name. The reason behind his god complex was the boon he received from Lord Brahma, according to which he could be killed by neither a human being nor an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by astra (projectile weapons) nor by any shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air. His son, Prahlad, disagreed with this outlook and continued to praise the name of Lord Narayana, which further angered his father. Thus, Hiranyakashipu resolved to kill him.

In one of the many attempts on Prahlad’s life, Hiranyakashipu asked his sister, Holika, to kill Prahlad. Holika too had received a boon, like her brother, that made her immune to fire. Hence, she asked Prahlad to sit on her lap atop a Bon fire with the intention of burning him. What she didn’t realize, until it was too late, was that the boon worked only when she was alone. Hence, as the fire started, Holika burned to her death. Prahlad, on the other hand, prayed earnestly, due to which he was unscathed under the protection of Lord Narayana. Thus, the moral of the story signifies the victory of good over evil, which is the basis for celebrating Holi.

Jaro celebrations

Jaro, like with every occasion, celebrated Holi with joy, merriment, and fun. It was a carnival of colors at jaro education where everyone, from accounts and marketing to HR, participated in this holy festival and spread the message of love and unity. “Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai” was the mantra on everyone’s lips, which encouraged even the shy ones to join the games and the celebrations. Applying colors to unsuspecting friends and running away from those attempting to do the same made sure everyone was on their feet, dashing and playfully running to a game of Tag (or Pakda Pakdi). Sweets, the main feature of every Indian festival, was welcomed with open hands, or should I say open mouths. Hence, while many were gorging on delicious Jalebis, many were running with handful of colors, making the Jalebi bais and bhaiyas run helter-skelter for safety from the upcoming color bombs. It was a very funny sight to behold. After this, everyone gave up their seconds and thirdsies of Jalebis and gathered to play chain tag, kho-khos, and many other games till exhaustion took over.

This was truly a very fun and interesting day for all got to witness everyone’s more fun and playful avatar. The true spirit of Holi, which signifies love, friendship, mutual respect, and acceptance of all, despite the difference in religion and cultural background, predominantly prevailed at jaro education. This truly is the jaro essence in all of us.


Celebrating Woman Power at Jaro Education

Jaro Education left no stone unturned to make the women employees feel special on their day. All the women were delighted as they were welcomed with a red rose, a chocolate and a greeting card as soon as they stepped in the office. The little purple greeting card read, ‘jaro wishes you a Happy Women’s Day’.

The celebration did not end here. Jaro Education took further efforts to thank each woman employee personally. The respective managers spoke about their good qualities and valuable contribution to the organization. The teammates spoke about each other too.

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By the end of the day, there was a celebration where all the employees assembled together. All the pretty ladies were dressed up in pink. A beautiful audio visual was played which had a message for all the women to stay strong and powerful. There was music and dance, followed by cake cutting. It made the women feel elated.

It is not just celebrating a gender, but appreciating strength, strong will-power and untiring spirit. It is about being grateful for the abundant care and wholehearted support.


Pot luck Mania – Every Foodies’ Paradise

Monday, March 6, 2017, was a special day for jaro education. It was the day where all the employees came together to celebrate the Pot Luck event. Dishes ranging from Chaat to Pulav, Namkeen to dessert all decorated the cafeteria and enticed everyone’s senses and hunger. This was a very special event for all the foodies who had the golden ticket to try out new dishes and gorge on their favorite ones. A buffet system ensured that everyone could come back for seconds and even third helpings. But, what made this even more interesting was the fact that this was actually a competition.

The teams who took part were Accounts, Marketing and Academics, Human resources, and B2B, NBFC, and Verification. Though the essence was to get together and have a great time, the element of competitiveness brought in an aroma of exciting homemade dishes that represented different parts of our country. Everyone came duly prepared to put their best foot forward, or rather their best fork forward. Even hostelites and PGians put in efforts to contribute in every way possible. This itself made this event a unique experience for all.

The Accounts team had a fruit-based and thali theme where everyone witnessed an artistic presentation with music and saree-decked hosts that would make any Master Chef proud. The dishes were another story. The menu ranged from Veg and Non-veg thali, with Biryani, Puri, Jelly and wine-stuffed strawberries, Gajar ka Halwa, and so much more.

The HR team upped the competition with banners and decorations that were both inviting and fun. Decked in Gandhi caps and towels on their shoulders, everyone was met with a gang of Chaat servers ready to prepare Chaats just the way one likes. Apart from that, they also presented a wide variety of other delicacies like Pulav, Kheema Pav, and even Neer dosa.

Then there was the marketing and academic team who combined their forces to present a unified collection of delicacies that represented the food from their hometown. Hence, the food ranged from Misal Pav to Sheer khurma and from Pineapple cake to Kela halwa. Even the evergreen staple food of all hostelites and PG professionals—Maggi—made its presence felt here.

Then, lastly but not the least, there was the B2B, NBFC, and Verification team joining hands to present a variety of Maharashtrian delicacies like Puran Poli, Modak, Sheera, Dhokla, and a wide range of sweets.

Choosing a winner from all the teams proved to be a big challenge for our judge, Dr. Sanjay Salunkhe, CEO of jaro education. He had at first decided on a tie between the Accounts and the HR teams. However, a tie breaker was decided and a chit was drawn bearing the winner’s name, which happened to be the Accounts team. A glorious victory indeed!

Everyone cheered, laughed, and had a wonderful time in this gastronomy affair for it truly was a memorable one. Everyone came together to celebrate their love for food. Perhaps, the saying that the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach is true after all.


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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

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Stumbled the concept

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. I stumbled upon the concept of margin while reading a post by Michael Hyatt, which led me to design my ideal week.

Richard Swenson, M.D. (who wrote the book: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives) describes margin like this:

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection. I wasn’t really growing my business in a sustainable way; I was just booking one client after the next. At the time this seemed like a good thing: doesn’t growing my business mean getting more clients?

What if instead of booking up to 100% capacity (which more often than not ends up being closer to 120%), we only booked up to an 80% capacity?

What if we left more room for growth (personal or professional) and stopped being one with “busy-ness”?
I spent nearly a year turning down every new project (and even getting rid of old ones) so that I could reduce my workload, build in more margin, and create what is now Digital Strategy School. It takes time to build margin into your schedule.

What could you accomplish with 20% more time?

Write a book. Create a program. Update your contracts and proposals (which has been on your to-do list for how long..?) Spend more time with your family. Go above and beyond for a client. Learn something new. Actually follow through on the things that have been nagging at you for a long time.

When you design your ideal week, you start to see that the time you think you have is often not in alignment with how much time you actually have.

After designing my ideal week, I had a much clearer idea of how to create a framework for my week that would empower me to feel more focused by theming days of the week, and even parts of the day. SO simple, I know. Some of you have been doing this for ages and you’re already a pro, and some of you who saw my schedule said “woah, that’s so rigid, I need more flexibility!”

Structure enables flexibility.

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. Turns out I’m consistently “in the zone” around 3pm in the afternoon; so instead of trying to tackle highly creative work first thing in the morning (when my brain is barely functioning), I handle it in the afternoon, when I know I’m at my peak!

Creating more margin has been game-changing for my business.
What would be possible for yours?


Time is passing by

CSS selectors all exist within the same global scope. Anyone who has worked with CSS long enough has had to come to terms with its aggressively global nature — a model clearly designed in the age of documents, now struggling to offer a sane working environment for today’s modern web applications. Every selector has the potential to have unintended side effects by targeting unwanted elements or clashing with other selectors. More surprisingly, our selectors may even lose out in the global specificity war, ultimately having little or no effect on the page at all.

Any time we make a change to a CSS file, we need to carefully consider the global environment in which our styles will sit. No other front end technology requires so much discipline just to keep the code at a minimum level of maintainability. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to leave the era of global style sheets behind.

It’s time for local CSS.

In other languages, it’s accepted that modifying the global environment is something to be done rarely, if ever.

In the JavaScript community, thanks to tools like Browserify, Webpack and JSPM, it’s now expected that our code will consist of small modules, each encapsulating their explicit dependencies, exporting a minimal API.

Yet, somehow, CSS still seems to be getting a free pass.

Many of us — myself included, until recently — have been working with CSS so long that we don’t see the lack of local scope as a problem that we can solve without significant help from browser vendors. Even then, we’d still need to wait for the majority of our users to be using a browser with proper Shadow DOM support.

We’ve worked around the issues of global scope with a series of naming conventions like OOCSS, SMACSS, BEM and SUIT, each providing a way for us to avoid naming collisions and emulate sane scoping rules.

We no longer need to add lengthy prefixes to all of our selectors to simulate scoping. More components could define their own foo and bar identifiers which — unlike the traditional global selector model—wouldn’t produce any naming collisions.

import styles from './MyComponent.css';
import React, { Component } from 'react';
export default class MyComponent extends Component {
 render() {
    return (
      <div>
        <div className={styles.foo}>Foo</div>
        <div className={styles.bar}>Bar</div>
      </div>
    );
  }

The benefits of global CSS — style re-use between components via utility classes, etc. — are still achievable with this model. The key difference is that, just like when we work in other technologies, we need to explicitly import the classes that we depend on. Our code can’t make many, if any, assumptions about the global environment.

Writing maintainable CSS is now encouraged, not by careful adherence to a naming convention, but by style encapsulation during development.

Once you’ve tried working with local CSS, there’s really no going back. Experiencing true local scope in our style sheets — in a way that works across all browsers— is not something to be easily ignored.

Introducing local scope has had a significant ripple effect on how we approach our CSS. Naming conventions, patterns of re-use, and the potential extraction of styles into separate packages are all directly affected by this shift, and we’re only at the beginning of this new era of local CSS.

process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development' ?
    '[name]__[local]___[hash:base64:5]' :
    '[hash:base64:5]'
)

Understanding the ramifications of this shift is something that we’re still working through. With your valuable input and experimentation, I’m hoping that this is a conversation we can have together as a larger community.

Note: Automatically optimising style re-use between components would be an amazing step forward, but it definitely requires help from people a lot smarter than me.