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Of literature

Being rather a bookworm, I’m usually to be found immersed in some English book or the other. But I have never managed to find time for Tamil literature, largely on account of me having a rudimentary knowledge of the Tamil language. Where do buses come in to all this, you ask? Well, buses in Chennai…

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Welcome

Welcome to a world where it is always 6.43 – never early, never late, suspended between dusk and twilight, maybe. Welcome to a world where time stands still – pushing you away a little further, or prodding to bring you a little closer, a time for dreams, maybe. Welcome to a world that is what you want…

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SPACEMAN SPIFF.

Flipping through my sketchbook, I came across this – a sketch I had done a long time ago of a fellow passenger reading Calvin & Hobbes. It was enough to keep me awake on an early morning commute that day. Talking of Calvin, here is what he has got to say on creativity. What do you…

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A world-in-between

Light below, lies a man-made world of fantasy. Darkness above, whose reality competes with the world below. The stars flicker and the moon stays hidden, their light too feeble to match those on earth. As I sit dreaming, a whisper in my ear wakes me, the wind that brought me to this paradise — a paradise…

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Power to the women

A mother, holding a child, sleeping, a doting grandmother, watching. A student, talking, a friend, listening, an office-goer, dozing. A bus conductor, ticketing, and an urban sketcher, drawing. Just embracing my feminist side, I suppose. Ink and dry pastels on paper –  As seen and sketched aboard M70, Chennai (26 Nov 2014). Stories in Transit series…

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It is Monet’s birthday today

It is Claude Monet’s birthday today. And that for me meant an early morning trip down memory lane to distant college days, where I studied art for a semester. It meant sitting in a dim classroom and thinking about Monet’s works, punctuated by rustling of leaves heard through the open windows. It meant going to the art…

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Those little rooms

I’ve been over-thinking thinking over stuff lately (And boy, that is never really a good sign, is it?). And those thoughts led me to this dialogue from House M.D. (Thank you, television!): “It’s what life is. It’s a series of rooms and who we get stuck in those rooms with adds up to what our lives are.”…

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Jasmine and a long ride home

Notes from a Friday evening commute: 1. When the fragrance of fresh jasmine refreshes you on the way home after a long day at work and entices you to sketch something on the bus.. (In case you are wondering, many women in India wear flowers in their hair.) 2. When a simple act of sketching in…

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When will the bus come?

Want to know when the next bus is due? Just ask the one-man passenger information system, who simply looks at incoming buses and announces them on the mike! Stories in Transit series is a documentation of life in public transport and is a result of observations made during many hours of commute in Chennai, India. It seeks…

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Take the bus

Stories in Transit series is a documentation of life in public transport and is a result of observations made during many hours of commute in Chennai, India. It seeks to capture different stories that are brought out by a chance gathering of people in a transient, ever-changing environment. Most illustrations are digitally reworked from manual sketches that were created…

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A day of summer.

I hate summers. Those bright sunny days with temperatures hovering around the 40 degree Celsius mark drive me nuts. I sincerely believe that temperatures are directly proportional to my crankiness (Boy! Won’t that explain a lot in my life right now!). Makes me dream of rain. Wind and some cool showers (No, we don’t get to…

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Intelligent life. Really?

This is what the question was: “The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?” And there was me almost falling off my chair, with my hand in the air, mouthing “I…

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On the move: Wanderings and a city

Wandering takes you places. Wandering takes you to streets Wanderings reminds you of childhood. Wandering make you think of priorities in this world Wandering lets you meet people; some inviting, some guarded, others too engrossed in their lives to notice you pass by, It also makes you aware of time, Wanderings makes for stories. Of being. Of curiosity.…

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Drums, dancing feet & paint!

I had the opportunity of witnessing a live-painting session a couple of weeks back at the Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, held as part of the South Indian Art Show.  Meant to explore the link between inspiration, painting, dance & music, it featured established artists from the city painting during a Thapattam performance (a folk dance form…