Life, List, sketchbook

A decade ago in inktales

Some of you may know that I’ve had this blog for nearly 15 years. The earliest post was May 2006. Here’s a post from those hot summer days when Delhi was baking and I was sitting in our top floor walk-up in East of Kailash, using our old Windows desktop to write those posts. This is the first one with the anteater –

who was going to be one of the characters in an alphabet book I was illustrating at the time. At the time I really didn’t want to be a designer and only wanted to illustrate children’s books, and didn’t even know how important this anteater is going to become in my life!

Here’s another book I illustrated at the time, which someone has even made into a read aloud story on Youtube!

Anyway I was trying to remember what I was doing ten years ago in September 2010 – it’s only been a decade but feels like a generation in the age of the world. I had just returned from Sweden and had probably started working in TIL by then. By September I had found my groove with drawing again, and was as usual worrying about inspiration, drawing and happiness in Creative block and Being happy.

Finally when I read Plato and Platypus walk into a bar in 2016 it all made sense for me…

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Years ago on inktales

In May 2006

I moved to Delhi, and began this blog to share my sketchbooks with my friends back in Bombay.

The anteater had made his first appearance.

In May 2007

I was appreciating married men

In May 2008
Documenting how we ended up together

In May 2009
I was Struggling with schoolwork
and Not answering the phone

In May 2010
Enjoying the Spring in Sweden
Motivating myself, and Completing my masters.

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Best of the Archives

So many of you are recent visitors to the blog. Here are some of the older favorites when inktales was young:

On friends: The Big JoshiThe One and Only Parsa

On home and food: Things I miss about homeA Fish Tale

On my wilderness years: SuperbitchThe Mumbai chronicles

The body rebels

On the brown boy: The hero complainsOde to married menSomethingLiving in MumbaiLiving in Mumbai 2

The first real life appearance of the anteater: Early morning conversations

Motivating myself: In which I try

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