Friday, February 27, 2015

IAWRT exhibition

If you happen to find yourself near India International Centre, Max Mueller marg near Lodhi road,
 do stroll in and take a look. Some of my prints are on display along with the lovely drawings of Radhaben Garva
http://zubaanbooks.com/bookauthor/radhaben-garva/ and Shruti Shyam.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cremation: Agha Shahid Ali

On reading Basharat Peer's excellent memoir 'curfewed night'. I couldn't help but
revisit Agha Shahid Ali, whos poems make more than one appearance in the book.
I found this one, in a collection called 'The veiled suit'

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Auto ride (+ lecture) yesterday

Delhi's been in a frenzy ever since campaigning for the upcoming elections began. The entire city is littered with campaign material (so much for the 'swach bharat' mission!) and syrupy campaigners ring my door bell every once in a while. I took two auto rides and a taxi ride yesterday. Predictably, talk veered towards the elections and if the conversations I had were anything to go by, (and yes, yes 3 people is no opinion poll!) David might just win this fight. At least, it's evident a lot of hopes are pinned on AAP. All of them mentioned the trouble they had with officials extracting money from them.."Bas is se chutkaara chahiye!" Did you know that to get a license to drive an auto rickshaw, one has to be what is called a 10th pass? "Sarkaar hi itne bekaar kannoon banati hai..ki dusvi pass ki farzi certificate banaane mein majboor ho jaate hain sab. Kejriwal hi kuch kar sakta hai" said the first auto driver whom I hired from Greenpark to Saket. (The government makes completely inane rules..all of us have no other way but to procure fake 10th pass certificates. Only Kejriwal can do something") 


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Chandigarh Children's literature festival

I was at the Chandigarh children's literature festival yesterday and took
a workshop with few really sweet and enthusiastic  kids. We made some
fun characters together.

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 looking at 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.

Wayanad

Calicut

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 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
couple
 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.

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