Thursday, June 19, 2014

A time and place for everything

I felt like practicing some handwritten type and the first thing that popped up in my head
was this verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The verse is attributed to King Solomon, but it's
thanks to the Byrds and their cover of Pete Seeger's Turn!Turn! Turn! that I first paid
any attention to it. I thought it was pretty cool that a bible verse had been used almost
verbatim, and had been turned into such a popular song. The verse itself is about how
there is a purpose to everything we see and experience around us and nothing is
random even if it seems so. Also, nothing is permanent ( which is why perhaps -
Turn, turn, turn)

what a humid week

Saturday, June 14, 2014

a music video on loop

I can't get over the way this kid(Maddie Ziegler)dances in this new
Sia music video Like the way a kids energy levels spike
up post 11:30 pm says my sister. She's spot on. 


My neighbour has a beautiful cocker spaniel who
has stubbornly befriended me. This is Ginger's
favourite sitting pose when he comes visiting. 

On the Delhi metro

Thursday, June 12, 2014

..and the world cup begins

Grandma rocks the Nikes

The world before her

 I  happened to watch The world before her , a documentary that's been running in theaters lately. As the film's promotions state - "it moves between two extremes - the intimate drama of the Miss India pageant's rigorous beauty "boot camp" and the intense regime of a Hindu Nationalist camp for young girls."  There are aspects of the film that are extremely disturbing. At the same time, the film surprised me, as I left the theatre feeling extremely affectionate towards, and charmed by the young girls interviewed at the Durga Vahini camp. (Which is why perhaps , it is also at the same time heartbreaking). The kindness with which the film maker, Nisha Pahuja treats her subjects  in the film, is also palpable in  this quote from  an interview she gave. She says - "all of our belief systems: whether they be democracy, fundamentalism or patriarchy..all of them, like us, are constructs..products of time,place and numerous other things beyond our control" 
 (On the sketch: I saw this teenager  flipping through fashion magazines while I got a haircut , and something about the moment  made me think of those young girls  from the film once again. How much of her life, would really  be her choice. Perhaps I was witnessing a moment where some choices were unconsciously being made? ) 

Monday, June 2, 2014

B.I.G. Book Illustrator's Gallery

Two of my illustrations have been displayed at the AFFCC  Book 
Ilustrator's gallery. The exhibition, consisting of art from children's 
books from across the world will be up at the NLB central library, 
Singapore from 22 May - 15 June 2014 10am – 9pm. Picture courtesy, 
Payal Dhar. Check out the work of some more illustrators here


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