Tuesday, January 5, 2016

White, Gold and Serene

The Golden Temple- tourist spot for some, a second home for others. Heads shrouded, feet cleansed, we push forward through the mass and into the clear white. Other than the thick crowd lined up to see the inside of the temple, there were the walkers, talkers, listeners and snoozers- harbouring the area surrounding the main temple, settled in their spots- sunny or shaded.

The air peacefully carries the music being played, resonating throughout the temple. As I walk on with chilly feet on the cold marble, a different sound echoes in my ear. Three singers and their instruments, singing songs fresh and lively. I am drawn. Around them are laid some carpets, with people sitting- listening, not listening. I stand by them, stealing a moment of stillness, feeling the energy of the sun and sweet sound. I think to myself- this is it, nothing else matters. Then a woman shoves me aside, shaking me awake. I guess nothing else mattered to her either.

Meanwhile, there was this boy...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lets Play Catchup!

It all started with a thought: "This weekend I have to catch up with a lot of stuff. including myself."

Catching up with oneself never happens over a couple of days. It involves a whole lotta jumps, dives, surfs and elephants...or maybe thats just for me. 

Some ice creams and many drawings later:

(Blogger doesn't allow HD viewing here. Check out the direct vimeo link for better video)

We keep catching up with things, or things try to catch up with us.
 Regardless, it is a constant game of catchup. So lets all just play!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fridays at The Tampered Press

I had a ritual a few months back. A weekly visit to this warm, cozy cafe- a routine set outside the usual routine. Here are some sketches made in between thoughts and treats.

There was a table of three fathers having very entertaining conversations about their lives. 

If you live in Toronto and haven't been to The Tampered Press, you should definitely check it out! Its located just across trinity bell woods on Dundas and Shaw. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

That Wonderful Feeling

A few sips of the coffee, a bite of the cake, and some eavesdropping later, a profound thought arrived. 

Here it is:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Catch a snooze

Sleep where you can,
bus or train;
It's tiring,
life in the fast lane.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bear Witness

"Bear witness to the situation and have faith that the right thing to do will naturally arise."
-Bernie Glassman, Dude and the Zen Master

This quote inspired a pun, and then the drawing begun...

A compilation of dialogues between Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman, this book is a great read! You can find an excerpt of dialogue between the two here.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Taking The Wheel

I had the good fortune of attending a brainstorming session for Azad Foundation, a non-profit organization based in New Delhi and Sakha cabs, its brainchild. Sakha is a car hire service that provides transportation for women, by women. 

Steering clear of yawn inducing speeches, the meticulously organized session was packed with information, visual aids, Q&A rounds and discussions amongst the attendees. Shanti and Khushi, employed with Sakha as cab drivers spoke about their inspiring journeys- not only about how far they have come, but also how far they aspire to go. Their smiling faces and simple words revealed the power they hold in their hands and mind.

Two illustrators were also present. They drew everybody, and I drew them.

The beautiful symbiotic relationship between Azad and Sakha has empowered many women, impacting the family and community as well. At a time when safety for women has become a dire issue in this country, they are already ahead of the game, both in vision and action. A venture as great and significant as this can in no way be an easy task. The Azad-Sakha joint spirit is an inspiration!