Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Happy Dada Day!
My Dad(Dada) and I, are a team. The rules of our team are, that we can shout, bully and scold each other, but dare anyone else do the same to either of us, we stand tall(and small) and defend one another until the 'anyone' understands the rules of this team.
Sometimes, people ask me, "How do you draw like so?", well here's the answer; I get that from my Dada. As a child I have spent many afternoons keeping very very still, as he sat and sketched one portrait after the other of me. Which were followed by frustrating pursuits from my end, to draw him.
Happy Birthday Dada!
Here's to endless singing sessions, crossword, sudoku, scrabble, sketching, dancing and all of the other crazy daddy-daughter things that I treasure.
Thank you for being the worlds most wonderful father.
You are what perfection means to me.
I hope one day, I can draw like my Dada.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
This one's for the most wonderful birthday I've had in 24 years.
A big thank you to my parents and brother, for making it absolutely star studded and writing one of the most
touching letters I have ever received;
to Ladoo, who went out of his way to give me one of best and most well thought of gifts; an actual home for all my work! Yes folks! I am soon to have a website up and running, all thanks to the man. Moreover, also for making me breakdown with happiness for all the other gestures, which I hold very close to my heart. Honestly, you get me *fist bump*;
To my two bestest friends Maddy and Pallu, for making it happen after five long years, I wish I could trap you guys in my awesome new handmade snow-globe and carry you around with me! I could honestly not ask for better friends than you two;
To Shubee, who's been there through the craziest times, been my pillar of support, also just a pillar in general and the most considerate best friend anyone could ask for, if anyone tries to mess with you, you send them to me girl. I now have 50 dogs on my team. 'Bffs for life yaw';
To Harsha, for being at the receiving end of all my horrendous jokes and being supportive and protective *face palm* your face now;
To Nanda, who's always been a willing audience to my ridiculousness and laughed with me, no matter how NOT funny I can sometimes be (it's a good thing you've got some trouble hearing), thank you also for always being around, sharing the same mad interests and sometimes even crying together both when high and low;
To Kanshu, for always making sure I see the other side of the coin. For holding me up when I was falling;
To Porky, for unknowingly helping me through stuff and all the food binge hopping,
To Leo' for being a part of my life and the selfless love;
And to everyone and every dog who made my birthday memorable, with all their wishes and wagging.
I feel very loved, thank you.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Forever Best Friends.
This is dedicated to the world's most doting and wonderful mother.
My Ma and I often take walks, and as we walk, she educates me on the flora around us. She names trees and flowers and shrubs and creepers; scientific latin uttered with every step.
I remember this, like it was yesterday.
I must have been five or six. We were walking around our coffee plantation in Coorg and she stopped by a flowering shrub. It had bright red flowers that looked like budding hibiscus'. Ma plucked one off of the shrub, removed its calyx (the little green cap that the flower wears at its base) and sucked at the back of the flower. I stared at her and soon followed suit. Oh my! That sense of wonder and surprise makes me smile even today! As I sucked at the back of the flower, I could taste honey! I spent the rest of the afternoon sucking all the honey from most of the flowers I could reach up to. And when they ran out of nectar, I tried eating the flowers (I do not do this on a regular basis, both Ma and Me are pro 'long live nature'). We then made garlands with the plucked flowers to adorn the various frames of Hindu Gods and Godesses in my grandmothers' puja room.
Thank you Ma, for everything.
You let me explore, make mistakes, dust it off and stand up again.
You stopped me from nothing.
I try, everyday, to be half as good a person as you are.
Here's wishing you the brightest, most enjoyable year ahead.
I love you.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Lately, I'd been thinking of new things to draw, and I realised I've never really tried to represent the night. It's interesting how colours work in a dark room. Figuring this palette out, was massive amounts of fun. You should try it too, if you haven't already!
On a side note, this one's for those innumerous times I've heard you singing "ghum naam hain koi", in the dark Satyam. It's also for the innumerable hours you've stayed up to talk to me.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
She knit the coolest mufflers and overcoats, told me the most descriptive and engaging stories, sang songs from old rhymes to English pop' with me, could switch from telugu to french in a wink and cooked the most amazing mutton curry, rasam and rice. I miss you so much Naanu. But I know you're in good company and the furry boy is around to protect you.
We all love you.
And you? You would have loved to meet her.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Me at theSaint-Germain l'Auxerrois
Sometimes, some dreams, do come true. I remember sitting with my history project on the Renaissance while growing up, and wondering to myself if such places did, in reality, exist. I had seen pictures, which were not only breath-taking, but unfamilar and alien. I promised myself, that some day, far into the future, I would save up and find out.
This summer, I had the immense satisfaction of striking one wish off of my bucket list.
(The Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois has a very dark history with respect to the 1572 massacre, google it or find a book!)
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Of course, I strongly believe we don't need a single day to celebrate how much we love our mothers. But keeping a date down in the calender just for Ma, is also something so special. Here's to the woman who magically seems to be the solution to every problem, giver of endless abundant love and the superpower that keeps everything in perfect balance. Mamma, we love you.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I was listening to Bob Acri's piano music, and I think I instantly saw exactly where I wanted to be in the near future, of course listening to Acri's piano alongside. Now this to me is my ideal space. I'm getting there, I already have the shorts :). The perfect way to look at this would be to be playing Bob Acri on the side. (Windows users may also have one of his tracks as a part of their sample music :) ).
Monday, April 30, 2012
Thoughtshop Foundation. The colours are coded for six faces of eight cubes. Participants roll the cubes like dice and get to tell a story with the top faces of all eight cubes. I had a ton of fun working on this, working for them is always a pleasure.
In More Detail:
These illustrations are for “Storybox”, a skill-building game that encourages positive thinking. It is part of a set of participatory tools for youth Change Makers – volunteers with the WE CAN CAMPAIGN.
The game stimulates the ability to envision positive outcomes for girls and women in adverse circumstances. It has been designed in response to the need to empower young people, to enable them to act with inspiration and hope when dealing with situations of gender based discriminations and violence they see around them.
The tool is being piloted in English and Hindi through a few organizations associated with We Can Campaign.
There should be links to download USER MANUALS and DIY kits on the Thoughtshop Foundation website soon. I shall update this space as soon as the links are up!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
I know I've already mentioned how wonderful she is :). It's finally your birthday, and I want to wish you infinite amounts of love and good luck! Get that scooty and come to me! :D Happy Birthday Spandeshwari, may you always be blessed and crazy. Oodles of love.
(psst.. I didn't miss the little spot on your chin).
Sunday, April 1, 2012
(Though unintentional, the drawing reminds me of Kathy Keene from Archie comics!)
Monday, March 19, 2012
"Sometimes, somethings hurt so much, that we're left looking over our shoulders, instead of looking at the road ahead of us'"
I'm sure there are plenty of us who feel that way every once in a while, but do not be defeated, this too shall pass. :) .
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
SO this was an experiment of new things, a list of things I haven't animated before, like water, swimming, waving hair, fish and cartwheels! You see I can't really swim (I will learn someday), but at least here I can save myself the embarrassment of arm floaties! :D Hope you enjoy it as much as I did doing this!.