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.
I really enjoyed it. And Indi Hazra was not as accusing as the speech bubbles make it out to be!
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
I recently finished reading this book Life with Picasso, and there was much in that book that I wanted to remember for ever. So I made some visual notes for myself. This is the first in that series.
Quoted from the book, page numbers to be updated.
I just finished reading Life, the autobiography of Keith Richards and here are some drawings I made while reading it.
Some sketches from our weekend trip to Kesroli. We stayed in a real 14th century fort that is now a hotel.
(The brown boy is reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.)
This is the view around the fort, which was on a hill in the middle of a valley surrounded by other hills. Just like Mordor.
I’m reading This is not the end of the book.
I found an old favorite book the other day – Abol-Tabol by Sukumar Ray. Like most Bengali children, we grew up with this book and know all the poems by heart. Though the original has drawings by the author himself, I really like the illustrations in this edition, and also the typographical titles for each poem. Here are some photos: