Thursday, December 13, 2018

Heartfelt Prayer During Life's Upheavals

Thank you God for Swiggy delivery, Fresh Menu, Amazon Pay and most of all for Chai Point Ginger Chai which is the equivalent of drinking a flaskful of rocket fuel.
Once again my Smartphone has saved my life. I love my Smartphone. It is the greatest thing ever invented after the flushing loo system.

Sunday, December 2, 2018


What are the challenges facing design and creative industries in India? My answer in the 100th issue of POOL magazine -

There are problems in a lack of discernment on what makes a good illustration and a lack of knowledge of the extent of work it takes to make a thought provoking, convincing image.
If the writer provides the script, then the illustrator is the actor who emotes. To do this successfully requires a solid foundation in the art of interpreting the text visually and treating each challenge as unique rather than maneuvering it into a formulaic solution. Similar to using language well, it is not merely about getting the message across but how. Emotion, intelligence, metaphor and beauty become integral components that build a good illustration.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Deep and Dark Drawings

"There is nothing more satisfying, more gratifying than true adulthood. The adulthood that is the span of life before you. The process of becoming one is not inevitable. Its achievement is a difficult beauty, an intensely hard won glory, which commercial forces and cultural vapidity should not be permitted to deprive you of."
~ Toni Morrison

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Brief Hipster Moment

I had to get out of the house and sit in a Hipster cafĂ© to complete this long pending picture. I left my phone at home. It was a revelation that the rest of the world could wait until I finished my illustration. I am perched on a high chair and drawing on a table in a corner. Behind me one woman told another, “I want my wedding to be a simple affair!” And her friend/wedding planner advised her, “You should get your wedding done at Royal Orchid, they have the best deals...” At the other end of my long table, an American in Indian body screeched excitedly in a familiar nasal accent, “Oooo the croissants here taste JUST like those at home!” And in front of me an immaculately dressed couple, he Mohawk and neat beard burnished with beard butter, she wearing the latest from Label Life. He told her, “Your hair looks nice.” She coyly fluttered, “Thinnnk yooou.” And then I, I am eating cherry pistachio croissant and drawing for fun, for a Sunday project with a friend all the way out there in Montreal, and this at an age where most women are worrying about their daughter’s marriages or their son’s ICSE exams, Oh God, I am as hipster as all these folk around me...

You can read the entire comic here at GOOSEBERRY JAM.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


One day while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I chanced upon the raven haired Shreya Ila Anasuya wearing a red sari with a green blouse. Her resemblance to the woman in my painting of The Lovers, was remarkable. When Shreya bought a print of The Lovers from me, I asked her to send me a photo of herself in a red sari and holding the picture. You will agree that the result is simply breathtaking.
Thank you Shreya.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Gooseberry Jam

There has been a resumption of Hello Every Sunday after exactly
one year. I am glad for it since experimenting leads to all kinds of surprises like the illustrations in this post where I've tried to create a comic out of an unusual encounter. With the progression of each panel I found that my drawings gathered strength, much like I did. Rather than going around feeling dead after the previous project, I found myself reviving once more.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Giant Sketchbook

 When I bought my first GIANT Strathmore Sketch, I remember I carried it home with pride. At 14×17 inches it was my biggest sketchbook ever. It cost over a thousand rupees and though I had to mull considerably over buying it I gave in since I felt I had earned it.

 I also thought that since it had 100 pages I would take a lifetime to fill it. Little did I know that I would use this entire book on just one project and that I would use it so much that it would be battered and pummeled like dough to make bread rise. 

Yesterday I finished the last usable page and in less than a year and out of sheer necessity and without second thought I have bought myself a second Strathmore Sketch. 

Therefore it is with some ceremony and a sense of satisfaction that I am closing the first one and retiring it. I have learnt and progressed much in those one hundred pages. Onward to the second.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Ruined Versailles

I thought of the faraway time when we made love and all of life was still ahead of us - and of all those years since, impalpable, as if dissolved into thin air. I knew that the return trip is the real journey, when it floods the days that follow, so much so that it creates the prolonged sensation of one time getting lost in another, of one space losing itself in another. Images are superimposed on one another- a secret alchemy, a depth of field in which our shadows seem more real than ourselves. That is where the truth of the voyage lies. The hardest thing, then, is having to get up with nowhere to go. 
                                                                                       ~ Michele Lesbre, The Red Sofa

These crumbling havelis of Kolkata still continue to haunt my dreams...

Also see:
A Walk through a Santhal Village