Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

Pouring out…ghee and grief

August 16, 2019

The young daughter pours the oblation of ghee into the sacred fire of the “havan”…and her tears pour down her tender young face.

My own eyes fill as I see the sorrow of the toughest part of growing up. If Agni and Swaha do not take her love up to her father, surely those twin streams of salt and grief will do so.

IMG_6042 Outpouring of ghee and grief, Blr, 160819

Sight words, and art, 041114

November 5, 2014

A drew “sight words” (words that need not be spelt out but just recognized) in this drawing, and asked KTB to look for them.


Then, of course, KTB had to do the same thing, and ask us to find them!


I think she’s done a wonderful job!

KTB’s drawing, 050114

January 6, 2014

This is going to be an unabashedly proud-grandma post.

KTB, I must say, has morphed into “Boodi Ma” (which means “old woman” in Bengali..don’t ask me why I started calling her that….there is no logic for nicknames).

The last few days have been bitterly cold…tomorrow is going to be zero degrees Fahrenheit..and that’s the high for the day!

But being snowbound has meant that DnA are spending “quality time” with the children, and some of A’s efforts with KTB are here….she asked KTB to draw these buildings:

a k drw 1


a k drw 2

After that, this mythological being was produced:

a boodi god

Here’s A’s description of this god-monster being:

” Collaborative monster with a spear, quiver of arrows, arrows, a bow, rings on his fingers, encircled in flames, big hair, a multi colored belly button, nipples and, of course caught in the act of going multi colored potty.”

How I wish that I too was there with my little Boodi Ma, watching the flowering of her creativity! Well, I’m lucky that halfway across the world, I’m able to see and share in some of the daily activities, so I suppose I shouldn’t grouse!

One of my favourite creations

August 21, 2013

This cartoon, which I drew when in college, proved to be so popular that I must have drawn dozens in the notebooks of my friends, teachers, and college mates…decided to draw one and send it as a greeting card to someone today.

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I’ve done a lot of variations of this, only-nappy, no hair, no flowers, and so on….

I do love drawing, but don’t get around to it too much!

Bangalore Bird Race, 200113

January 22, 2013


is the write up about the Bird Race 2013. Don’t miss

Rohan Chakravarty ‘s great cartoon!

Well, here it is….

200113 bd race crtn rohan

Bird Race time again! Or to be more precise,
The HSBC Bangalore Bird Race is what it’s known as to the wise.
As soon as the registration was declared open,
Thirty-six teams registered, every person hoping
That he or she would be the one to sight so many birds
That “You’re the best!” would be the judges’ appreciative words.

The Bird Race team consisted of a lot of names with Esses…
Srihari, Subbu, Sunjoy, sort out all the messes
And successfully stage the event.
Thanks to their work, it all went
Smoothly, with sponsorship from HSBC…
A day of being in the open air, sighting birds happily.

One team dropped out ,alas…
But , in spite of that, there was
High enthusiasm amongst the rest.
At dawn, they fanned out north and east
To partake of the birding feast
They also travelled south and west
To make sure they were the best.

Over hill and dale they went
As the “hunting parties” spent
The day near water, near grass, under trees
A team could tick only what its member sees.

A surprising thing happened this year…
Something that will bring great cheer
To each and every birder’s heart…
Seven teams decided they’d not be apart.

Of these, one had to drop out, and the other
(Three young men, a daughter…and a father
Who’d done surgery till the early hours)
Started late..but used their powers
To ultimately win the race,
And accept first place with smiling face.

(Team Flowerpecker: Vaibhav Choudhary, Apoorva Managoli, Chandrashekar M, Deepak T M, Sanjeev Managoli, all aided by Surekha Managoli….155 species)

The second-placed team, led by Mr Jagirdhar
Wandered over the city, near and far
Managed to get a hundred and forty…
Enough reason for Bangalore birders to party.

(TeamWhite Throat Jayram Jahgridhar, Mani, Hemanth, Vikram, Vinaya….140 species) Hemanth

The third prize went to Team Black Stork;
They did not have to do too much work.
Between breakfast and lunch, snacks (and jokes) and chai
They sighted birds, looking low…and high.

(Team Black Stork: Deepa Mohan, Chandrasekhar Bandi, Mani K, Santosh B S, Yashpal and Yuvi Rathore….128 species)

The White Stork was the Bird of the Day
Spotted by Team Florican down T G Halli way
One team had no rare bird; they decided to use
As their own own choice, the “Chased Wild Goose”!

(Bird of the Day: White Stork, spotted by Team Florican: Krishna Murthy Dhananjaya Kulkarni , Deepika , Gowri Kulkarni ,Srihari Kulkarni)

Ibis, Falcon, Spotted Owlet and Ruff
Got several birds…the number was enough.
All the other teams, also, enjoyed
The day very much and filled the void
Spaces on their list of birds.
With common names or scientific words.

Whether they saw just one or a flock
They’d seen enough by five pm on the clock
To satisfy them at the end of the day
As towards AF they all wended their way.

Several Green Teams went walking or by bus
And got their sightings without any fuss
Kaadu Goobe were the team with the most
Birds seen…However, the host
Of other birders “racing” this day
All met each other at Alliance Francaise

(Green Team Kaadu Goobe: Sahana Balkal, Ashwini Kumar Bhat, and Sainath Vellal..108 species)

The judges, Dipu, Shreeram and Karthik
Carefully identified every click
That the birders brought them, and did the sums.
They weeded out the doubtful ones.

Swarna invited Mr Vivek Sinha
And his wife to cheer the winners
Sunjoy spoke about how tough
It was to get funding enough.
Karthik and Dipu spoke from the heart
About birding’s most important part:
Getting to know the birds by their “jizz”
Not just wanting the winners’ champagne fizz.

Prizes were given away to the teams.
Then dinner, till each was bursting at the seams
Happy and tired, all then dispersed
They’d all won even if they’d not come first.

Hoping to be, again, in the next Bird Race
The community of birders parted ways.

Hope you enjoyed that!

A wonderful part of my childhood…and life….

December 14, 2011

suddenly changed his Facebook userpic to that of a little devil, red, with cute little horns, a forked tail, and a trident….and that brought my “comic-book” past rushing back to my mind.

I grew up with a world of comics. Dell,Disney,Classics Illustrated,Gold Key, Harvey,…my mother bought them by the dozen, and had them bound (the whole collection is still there in Chennai!). Little Lotta, Spooky, Casper, Little Dot, Little Audrey, Baby Huey, Richie Rich, Wendy the Witch (Casper’s girlfriend!) and Hot Stuff (the little devil mentioned above) were all part of

Harvey Comics ;

You can see some of the images


Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and Unca Scrooge….the Beagle Boys, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and the lesser-known characters like Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle, and Gyro Gearloose (along with that little bulb man who was SO smart!) were all part of the world of Disney. I particularly loved the work of

Carl Barks

which was very witty and gripping.

Classics Illustrated introduced me to so many works of literature, that I read in the original later. The artwork was always brilliant!

We also got the British weekly comic magazines, The Topper, The Dandy, and The Beano. Some of the characters (a Dennis the Menace different from Hank Ketcham’s creation, a Beryl the Peril, a Julius Cheeser, and Mickey the Monkey…) were superb. Earlier, I also remember comics for younger children which had characters like Sooty, and Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men…I can’t remember the name of those comics.

Oh…these comics…were just wonderful. Off I would go, into a world of fantasy, adventure and laughter, while the new comics lasted…and I would often read the old ones. I realize, now, how high the quality of work was, consistently!

Of course, then the Archie comics also came along and I also loved Hagar the Horrible, B.C., Garfield, some (not all) of Charles Schultz, Blondie, Mutt’n’Jeff, and the magical, superb Calvin and Hobbes…

Amar Chitra Katha was also a major part of our reading, and introduced us to Indian mythology and folklore. Tinkle was a regular part of my daughter’s childhood, and she enjoyed contributing, too. Suppandi and Kalia and the rest kept her childish fancies happy….

Comics have always formed a great part of my life…and I salute the extremely talented artists that have enriched my life and imagination. I may not read the depressing headlines in the morning paper, but I never fail to read the comics!

Thank you, Ga, for the happy trip down memory lane.

Fantastic Cartoons….

September 16, 2008

What telling cartoons they are…superb.

Thank you, shortindiangirl.

I spent the morning rapt in a magnificient animal….

October 30, 2007

I saw the photograph yesterday, and the image stayed with me…by this morning, I knew that whatever else I did, or didn’t do,today, I just simply HAD to sit down and sketch …

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At last, it is out of my system….that itch to bring out through my fingers and my pencil, what had captivated me.

Art…any form of it…is a demanding mistress. Today I had people coming to repair: a)the geyser container; b) the handle on the double-glazed window-frames; c) a leaking cistern….the workmen must have thought me crazy as I would nod at them and return to my desk in a most pre-occupied fashion!

For those of you who are interested, my tiger sketch is at

That sketch is much lighter than this…I should darken it, I suppose…