sketchbook, travels

Digging in Kutch

A couple of weeks ago the brown boy and I went to visit an excavation site in Kutch.
m0001We flew to Ahmedabad and then went on by road to Nakhatrana, a village in the Bhuj district.
The trip was organized by Anita and Udaya who run India Adventure Curry.

The site was estimated to be from the Mature Harappan age, between 2700-2200 B.C. We learnt that it was probably a pit stop for travellers, who would come and stay for a few days, mostly with cattle, and would use a barter system to pay for goods and services.


The team was quite small, a few Phd students and a few Archeology students. Here they are hard at work. This is Solmaz with the spade, who’s come from Iran
And this is another student, Sutapa

Archeology is an admirable profession, when viewed from up close.




BB: So what will you do with all the antiquities that you’ve found?

P: Whatever we don’t need for our documentation we’ll bury it. So that in the distant future if anyone excavates it, they’ll learn about us…


I was reading Why be happy when you can be normal on this trip. And on P/114 J.W. writes (in a different context, but nevertheless) “Yes, the past is another country, but one that we can visit, and once there, bring back the things we need.”


People, sketchbook, travels


I was traveling more than usual in February, and spending a lot of time in those placeless places called airports. Needless to say I kept myself entertained drawing – and judging – other travelers. (Click on the images to larger views)

Food, Life, People, sketchbook, travels

Chinese new year

This year I spent Chinese new year with yet another aunt and uncle – Bengalis have many, many uncles and aunts each – and their Chinese friend Wayang. We went to a restaurant called Mayflower. It was rather exotic.


And in between all the eating and drinking and talking, which I totally enjoyed, I managed to quickly make this drawing.

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Calm in the air, part 4, Lake Vembanad

Calm in the air | Calm in the air, Kochi and Silent Valley | Calm in the air, Silent Valley and Alapuzzha

We took a local ferry from Aleppy to Kottayam, on Lake Vembanad. It was absolutely breathtaking.
The ferry would stop at these villages, every few minutes or so – just like bus stops – and people would get on and off. To tourists like me who’d never been to Kerala it was really new.
We passed hundreds of houseboats, and here is Anirudh telling us to read an article about Kerala later on –
And there were tons of birds – and I kept drawing and drawing trying to capture their motion
And amid all this beauty, someone was snoozing away

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Sketching in the sun

Last month we went on a little holiday to Goa. First we visited Marvin & Ellie in their beautiful home in Panjim.

We then went south to Palolem to meet up with some other friends.

The anteater came as well, spouting William Blake.

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The brown boy in Paris

The brown boy had a fantastic time in Paris last summer.

He began by showing off the only word in his French vocabulary…
Then, he found posters of his favorite bande dessinées auteurs and ate les moules frites

He loved the quaint hotel on the top floor in Montmatre, and soon got used to walking up the hill

Charmed by the Mona Lisa, despite the crowds of Japanese tourists and their cameras, and inspired by Van Gogh,

he spent days drawing in cafés and only pausing to see some of the sights –

I think he will agree that we got enough inspiration for at least a year.

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Trip to Mcleodganj

A few weeks ago we took a tiny holiday and went to Mcleodganj in the hills where the Dalai Llama stays.

We were staying at Cloud’s End, a lovely estate between Dharmsala (the lower town) and Mcleodganj (the upper town)

Most of the days were spent hiking up to Mcleodganj.

These two monks spent most of their days in the cafes, we used to meet them every day

Then the monsoon arrived.

**bhajjias – potato fritters
**langurs – monkeys

**It was Lord Dalhousie I think, not Elgin.

Then I stopped drawing.