Monday, January 19, 2015

When in Kerala

Having lived in close to thirteen towns and cities throughout my life, it's become difficult for me to answer the inevitable
"Where are you from?" question. I sometimes settle for Kochi; even though I've really only lived there for two years and Delhi is the city I've lived the longest in at a stretch of time. Yet, in Delhi, I still feel like a migrant; an observer lookingat the city from the outside. I love the city, but with each visit to Kochi, my affection for it grows deeper and with each return to Delhi, my heart inevitable sinks at the first sight of it through the airplane window. Here are a few sketches from my last visit to Kerala.  

At Wayanad: God's own country prospers due to money that is sent in from the NRI's
who are hardly mentioned in the media; the ones in the middle east.

Wayanad: Near Sultan Batheri; the place where Tipu Sultan's battery (place where
weapons are kept) existed.



River bank: Bharatapuzha, Kuttipuram

Kochi blues brothers: The infamous 'blue shirt' labourers of Kerala

Kochi bus stop

At fort Kochi

#whyloiter. I visited the Kochi Muziris biennale and loitered around a lot on my own, looking at art and admiring the beautiful buildings and trees of Fort Kochi. On one of the days when the heat was getting the better of me I stopped by to drink some tender coconut water. I think the old man who sold the coconut to me found me rather amusing.
The biennale was wonderful. It was so nice to see art being accessible to everyone. Fort Kochi was full of curious visitors; apart from people from artists, there were students from schools and colleges, folks with regular office jobs, naval cadets and officers, sweet old couples in mundus and saris and even nuns and priests who could be seen looking at massive artworks with wonder and inquisitiveness   

Tiny carol singer

On the way to Erumely, Kottayam. The shabarimala season was on.

Back in Kochi, luck is waiting to be sold

And the red flags still exist 

Father Pillion: Kochi . I feel lucky to have been born in such a diverse country. Homogeneity would be so bloody boring.

And there was also time spent with the family: The sister

The niece

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lajpat lace

Bookaroo part 2

Last weekend, I took a workshop with the amazing 
Sara Lundberg a Swedish illustrator visiting Delhi as 
part of Bookaroo . Little kids are so amazingly creative! 
They don't have to try at all. The workshop was titled
'It's in my nature' and the kids had to make characters out
of leaves,twigs and dry flowers that were collected and 
given to them . 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

You sickular, libtard, tree people!

A few drawings back, Orijit Sen of people tree asked me to  cast my wickedest eye
on a typical 'People Tree type' couple. What best way to do it than to cast the wonderful
 themselves! For those of you who don't know, Gurpreet Sidhu and Orijit Sen
together started People Tree about 25 years ago with a vision of combining
social purpose with ecological responsibility . It's now become an institution that visitors
to Delhi make it a point to drop into.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bookaroo 2014

Here are some images from a workshop I took for some lovely kids from the french embassy school in Delhi. We had fun making colourful birds out of junk. This was part of Bookaroo, an annual children's literature festival held in Delhi. Some of my original art is also part of an exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam till the 25th and at IGNCA from the 26th to the 30th of this month. There are also some of my other wonderful illustrator friends exhibiting. Do drop in with your kids if you have the time. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali! This comic appeared in the Hindu Business Line yesterday. You can read it in
its entirety (click on the PDF in the article) here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gingerly | Business Line

The Hindu Business line featured 'Gingerly', my piece from  'DOGS' the anthology of comics. 
They also have a link to a PDF on their website where you can read the comic in its entirety.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


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