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Life, in drawings

The internet is killing me

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You can’t keep acid…and other stories

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We went to see Nalini Malani – A Retrospective. I found it surprisingly thought-provoking. The pieces exhibited in the hall where the Wedding Dress was displayed were the ones that resonated the most with me. Listening to Shades was nice as well.

Next was a group show called Is That What You Think. Some of the pieces were interesting – because you really could figure out the narrative behind the artwork if you try. Like the piece by Vivan Sundaram which didn’t make sense at a cursory glance, but as I moved around the room I really began to open up to the feelings that the artist might have wanted to express. One – a piece of video art showing rolling waves was a transporting experience though I didn’t really understand it.  Lightning Testimonies was an interesting way to watch the films, and that’s not the least of it. (And by the way if you want to see the drawing larger just double click on it – and then remember to return to this post!)

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And here’s a page from a personal journal – I got this beautiful Dreamvilla postcard from Rukminee.May1511

Blue Monday

I’m one of those people who love their work – but sometimes – and mainly on Mondays – it takes me a few moments to get into the week. This was one of those days.

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Curious about the title?

Any given weekend

Random weekends in the last few months – the ones where I got some time to draw!

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Other random Sundays from the diary -
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Don’t judge us for our staid Sundays ;)

 

Be yourself

Do you read the horoscope? I do, if only to appreciate the creativity of the writers. Sometimes they come up with really cute suggestions of how I should behave or what I should do. It’s rather amusing, really. One Wednesday in March my horoscope advised me to “be yourself”.
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And here’s the soundtrack to that.

People

One of my friends, Jedi collects people. He has a huge number of really cool and interesting friends and he likes to mix them in different combinations to spark off the most diverting reactions. It’s great fun. I made some really great friendships from some of those mixes of Jedi’s.

And these days when I sketch from life, it really feels like I’m “collecting” people. I don’t draw just anyone, but people with interesting faces, or gestures or if I feel they could be a real “character”! The brown boy and I often have competitions when we draw from life. For instance, we’ll pass someone on the road or in a shop who looks really intriguing to us. And immediately we’ll try to draw that person from memory and see who’s done the better job. If you know the brown boy, you would know that most of the time he’s the one who wins the challenge. But sometimes it’s me.

Here’s a random selection of people I’ve collected over the last three months. I drew this in the office cafetaria.

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This, in a meeting at work. The thing is, if you know the people, it’s not really a collection. Drawing is then merely a way to recede from the present.Marches05

 

 

This one, at Nehru Place Metro Station, my favourite place to sketch these days.

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The next few were drawn at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Khan Market.

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Writers, Etc at Alliance Francaise Delhi

The Alliance Francaise in Delhi has a regular event where writers are interviewed. I went to attend one of them in March.

It’s rare that we get an interview of a cartoonist/author and this session – had Indrajit Hazra interviewing Vishwajyoti Ghosh.

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I really enjoyed it. And Indi Hazra was not as accusing as the speech bubbles make it out to be!

For more on Vishwajyoti Ghosh read this interview in TCJ and follow him on Twitter.

 

 

 

The dailies, this week

I draw a daily diary these days. Here’s the one from yesterday.

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And here’s another one from a few days ago – not really a diary – but all I wanted to remember from that day.

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Earth day 2014

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To honor Earth Day this year, I switched from paper cups to a ceramic mug to drink coffee at work.
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Also, when I take coffee breaks, I go and look at some greenery. Those hedges has thus become friends and I sometimes have a conversation with them.

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Today I held forth on the coffee I drink. Earlier it was this way:

1/4 espresso, 1/2 hot water

Now in the new cup, 1/4 espresso, 3/4 hot water

So basically same amount coffee, only more water. I believe they call it “long black”.

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So win-win for everyone – same coffee, but lasts longer. And the Earth is a miniscule bit happier, hopefully.

 
 
Thanks to Girish for the idea for this post.

Rishikesh, lord of the senses

There is something special about a midweek holiday. Being the crazy workaholics that we are, we surprised ourselves with this rare treat last week, and drove up to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. The last time we went on holiday, there weren’t any people to sketch, so this time we made sure that we’d get some suitable moments. 001

002[At the ghats we look around for peace, shade and people to draw.]

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[The photographer sits and talks about another two months...and then. I couldn't keep up with his Hindi.]

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This is not the brown boy, though it looks like him.

And here’s a restless little flower seller.

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[Drawing from life is tough, but it must be done. It's the only way to get away from the pre-conceived imagery in my head.]

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[Here we are at Triveni Ghat waiting for the arati to start. It was very beautiful when it happened.

Prayer and worship always catch me unawares and I never know what to do.]

At one of the ghats we met Or, a graphic design student from Israel. He wanted to talk about moleskines and pens.

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“Everyone is a hippie here, or a yoga nerd! I don’t want to talk about yoga or music.”

He was rather funny. “But India has karma, I love that concept.”

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Our spiritual quest was punctuated by birthday calls from friends, all recommending their special things to do in Rishikesh, with love. And I kept thinking about all our beloved apps and digital services, which are just isolating us from each other more and more, and that just hearing the voice of a dear one on the phone is all it takes.

When we were not drawing people at the ghats, we spent time on the terrace of the hotel, watched birds, napped in the hammock, and listened to the Vedanta podcast about the price of success.

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At other times we talked about the most human human.

Finally while stirring coffee we identified our purpose of the holiday – do nothing.

It’s much easier to have fun after that.

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[At breakfast one day this girl was sitting so calmly, and waiting for breakfast. Maybe the point of a holiday like this is really to slow down, savour the moment.]

You can see how much I over-analyze. It’s hard to be in the moment sometimes.

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 [We stayed a few hours more for the zently relaxing yoga class. What a perfect holiday. Sigh.]

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