Life, in drawings

A happy new year with last year’s sketchbook

As always I’m wishing everyone a happy new year in Feb because that’s when it really hits me. Happens to you also I’m sure – so a very happy new year. Last year I had a great year and a great sketchbook, most of which I was too lazy to scan. So here goes.

I think it was October (?) that I happened to go to the book launch of Gandhi before India by Ram Guha.  Until the session began, I amused myself by drawing the people in the audience. If any of you reading this post go to book launches, please don’t stop – I love drawing faces of book lovers – a refreshing change from the blue line Delhi metro commuters.


and here are some insights from Mr Guha about writing biographies:

1. Never anticipate

2. Look for sources that emanate from the person himself

3. One must flesh in the secondary characters


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,600 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese”


Doing what you love

If you’re like most creative people, you probably have a latent desire to do what you love for a living. The other day my friend Sumeet and I were talking about the very same thing -
The mistake that people make when they start to do something the love, is that they start equating that with success. But that’s not right – when you start doing something you love, your goals should be self-awareness, self esteem, the joy of work, and finally, creativity through play. Then, if success comes from that, very good. But if not, at least you enjoyed yourself and probably learned a little about yourself in the process.

@ Journeys for Water

A few days ago I got the chance to listen to Jan Chipchase here in Delhi, talking about the Journeys for Water project.

@Kyoorius Designyatra 2013, part 3

My esteemed colleagues, in Goa


Dinnertime singing session (click on the image to see everyone in detail)

Part 1 | Part 2

@Kyoorius Designyatra 2013, part 2

Here’s part 1 if you missed it. And the rest of the drawings.






Oh and here’s Rajesh Kejriwal too


Designyatra 2013

Simon Sankarayya/Sanky | All of us

Laura Jordan Bambach

Margaret Stewart

Vassilios Alexiou | Less Rain

KV ‘Pops’ Sridhar

Bart Kresa | Bart Kresa Design

The unofficial sketches, coming next


@Kyoorius Designyatra 2013, Part 1

This year I went to Kyoorius Designyatra for the first time. These sketches are from the talks I like best.






Andy Goodman, Fjörd

Karin Fong, Imaginary Forces

Tan Yew Leong, The Storytellers

Tim Greenhalgh, FITCH

Part 2 coming next.

Hello hard-nosed!


Happy birthday Nikon

My cousin Nikon and I were born only a few months apart, and when we wish each other on our birthdays, it’s always memorable. When we turned 17, Nikon said:


And now, years later, we collect strategies to deal with our impending old age…

…right down to our future old age home.


So happy long life, Nikon!


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