Experiments In Alternate Economy

Mar 18

The Booklist

In a previous post we had said that we have made our very first purchase using the Trinkets profit money. Here is a list of all the books that we bought for the Bhil Academy Library.

You folks are welcome to make suggestions about books that we can buy for kids aged 4-17 years, and let us know of places that you think we can get good deals from!

Books by Enid Blyton:

1. The Secret Seven

2. The Red Story Book

3. Secret Seven Adventure

4. Eight O’clock Tales

5. Enchanted Woods

6. In the Eighth at Malory Towers

7. The Adventures of the Wishing-chair

8. Five O’clock Tales

9. The Wishing-chair Again.

10. Seven O’clock Tales

11. Third Year at Malory Towers

12. Upper Fourth at Malory Towers

13. Secret Seven Win Through

14. Secret Seven on the Trail

15. Secret Seven Mystery    

16. Last Term at Malory Towers

17. Good Work Secret Seven

18. Last Term at Malory Towers

19. Shock for the Secret Seven


Indian Epics:

1. Dasharatha

2. Ravana

3. Parashurama

4. Lakshmana

5. Sita


Books by Ruskin Bond:

1. The Roopa Carnival of Terror

2. Of Birds and Beasts

3. Animal Stories

4. The Roopa book of Shikhar Stories



1. Noni- Too Many Bananas

2. Jessica- Kevin Henkes

3. Norman Bridwell- Count on Clifford

4. My Picture Book of Insects

5. Anita Khanna- Stories of the Buddha

6. Grolier- Ivy can’t Wait

7. Derrydale- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Other Stories

8. Rohan- Famous Stories of Tenaliraman

9. Indian Folk Tales

10. Gratian Vas- The Story of India for Children

11. A Happy Ending book- The Flyaway Kite

12. Michael Irwin- Bears in my Bed

13. Untitled


Feb 17

Oooh, we should so try this out! :)

Steampunk Curly Ear Cuff by Meowchee on Etsy, for sale for $14

Oooh, we should so try this out! :)


Steampunk Curly Ear Cuff by Meowchee on Etsy, for sale for $14


Feb 09

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Feb 05

Forty-one New Books for the Bhil Academy Library!

As anyone acquainted with Trinkets knows, the NLIU chapter of Trinkets has chosen Bhil Academy as its cause. The idea is to use all our profits to outfit this school located in a village near Jhabua with a library, so that the kids can be exposed to good literature and be benefitted from it. And we have now taken our first step towards this end! The Bhil Academy Library now has forty-one new books! And we hope to add many more to this number. 

The books were bought from a bookstore in Bangalore called Bookworm (quite an appropriate name) and we’d like to thank them for giving us a wonderful deal on the books!

Also if you guys have any titles or authors to suggest that would be appropriate for children aged 5-16 years do drop us a message.

Dec 25

The Overjustification Effect -

… “In 1973, Lepper, Greene and Nisbett met with teachers of a preschool class, the sort that generates a steady output of macaroni art and paper-bag vests. They arranged for the children to have a period of free time in which the tots could choose from a variety of different fun activities. Meanwhile, the psychologists would watch from behind a one-way mirror and take notes. The teachers agreed, and the psychologists watched. To proceed, they needed children with a natural affinity for art. So as the kids played, the scientists searched for the ones who gravitated toward drawing and coloring activities. Once they identified the artists of the group, the scientists watched them during free time and measured their participation and interest in drawing for later comparison.

They then divided the children into three groups. They offered Group A a glittering certificate of awesomeness if the artists drew during the next fun time. They offered Group B nothing, but if the kids in Group B happened to draw they received an unexpected certificate of awesomeness identical to the one received by Group A. The experimenters told Group C nothing ahead of time, and later the scientists didn’t award a prize if those children went for the colored pencils and markers. The scientists then watched to see how the kids performed during a series of playtimes over three days. They awarded the prizes, stopped observations, and waited two weeks. When they returned, the researchers watched as the children faced the same the choice as before the experiment began. Three groups, three experiences, many fun activities – how do you think their feelings changed?

Well, Group B and Group C didn’t change at all. They went to the art supplies and created monsters and mountains and houses with curly-cue smoke streams crawling out of rectangular chimneys with just as much joy as they had before they met the psychologists. Group A, though, did not. They were different people now. The children in Group A “spent significantly less time” drawing than did the others, and they “showed a significant decrease in interest in the activity” as compared to before the experiment. Why?

The children in Group A were swept up, overpowered, their joy perverted by the overjustification effect. The story they told themselves wasn’t the same story the other groups were telling. That’s how the effect works” …

Dec 11




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Nov 29

"All I want to be is someone that makes new things and thinks about them."
Yes…that’s all we want!
But why is that so tough to do in our society?… :(

"All I want to be is someone that makes new things and thinks about them."

Yes…that’s all we want!

But why is that so tough to do in our society?… :(

The Abolition of Work -

This essay is a real fun read as it succinctly explains the idea around which Trinkets exists. Beyond liberalism, libertarianism and capitalism. Beyond Marxism and communism. Do read… 

Excerpt from the essay highlighting the nature of “play” as opposed to “work”. 

Bernie de Koven has defined play as the “suspension of consequences.” This is unacceptable if it implies that play is inconsequential. The point is not that play is without consequences. This is to demean play. The point is that the consequences, if any, are gratuitous. Playing and giving are closely related, they are the behavioral and transactional facets of the same impulse, the play-instinct. They share an aristocratic disdain for results. The player gets something out of playing; that’s why he plays. But the core reward is the experience of the activity itself (whatever it is).

And such is the kind of play which Trinkets tries its best to uphold.