Friday, December 17, 2010

Sky comic

I wanted to do a Softer World type comic, but could not come up with a funny or thought provoking line.
But I like sky photos, so will leave you with this.

Also, this comic has been made in Microsoft Powerpoint, and Microsoft Picture Editor.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

What's on YOUR desk?

People personalize their desks in many amusing ways. Just some around my work place.

Some people park their bikes
Others put multi-racial families. A travelling Bedouin family with a pet cobra, a huge baby, and a treasure chest.

Some have anti-backstabbing mirrors :)

Some are passive aggressive.

Others are more open.

What do you keep on your desk :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010


I made myself a facebook profile picture today. I have no good photos of me, so why not make one I thought? I put in some elements I thought vital. Curly hair(of course), red lipstick, tea cup, giant sunglasses and a fancy jacket with huge shoulders. And blue skies. I love blue skies, they make me happy.

Just to clarify, I am not a red-head. But I love red hair, I think its so Celtic. And exotic. And nothing like mine. But then, whats the point of making your own picture, if you can't even change your hair colour! So it stays.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weight watchers

I joined a gym again, to take another stab at controlling my weight. I was so regular for about a month, and felt that my clothes fit better and was confident I had lost weight. So, one morning I stepped on the scales.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Raavan watches a movie

How would it be if Ravaan watched a movie? Too many heads and too many opinions. Er, and not enough popcorn, I guess?
My first attempt with Corel Painter..not very awesome..But I shall get better, I promise!
Till then, Happy Dusshera!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Where my feet have been

I was looking through some photos, and realized I have taken photos of my feet, for some reason.

On the beach

In a courtyard, in a village
in the sea

under a tree

Maybe I should start looking up for some time??

Monday, September 20, 2010

House for tall people

I am a petite person, who comes from a family of similarly small-stature people. I recently was visiting a friend who is quite tall, and noticed that everything seemed to be outside my reach!

Monday, September 13, 2010

My long weekend

I had made plenty of plans for this long weekend, (this included book-shopping, catching up with friends, relaxing, cooking some, making comics, and so on).

However, things didn't quite turn out that way, I was down all three days with a horrendous cold, and spending time with my new best friend, the Vaporiser.

Fun times.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

People with tattoos

I recently accompanied some friends for their first and second tattoos respectively, and spent some hours in the tattoo parlour. After giving them "helpful" comments ("that one? reminds me of a bouncer"), I spent some time doodling and chatting up the other patrons.

There was a girl who wanted a tattoo "to give her strength" and decided on a intricate one of Lord Shiva on her forearm, a boy who wanted Che Guevera with a chinese script saying 'peace' under it (bit of an oxymoron, don't you think?), and a couple who sauntered in to get their daughter's ears pierced. The kid raised hell, crying, yelling and kicking. This whole drama included the mother yelling at the kid's father, the kid trying to escape repeatedly, and everyone else freezing till the screaming stopped. I must be getting old after all, but whenever a kid in my family got his ears pierced, we went to a jeweller. These guys were such experts, that the kid would be playing one minute, and the next minute he would have pierced ears. AND they did home visits too. So the kid could throw a tantrum in the privacy of its own house, if it so pleased. Towards the end, another couple came in with the wife wanting a "tramp stamp" (this is a term I got from How I Met Your Mother, so you will have to watch that). Heh.

I doodled there a bit, but this is the one sketch I liked the best.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Categorising people

A quick categorisation of people based on their Independence day sentiments.

We all know which category I belong to :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Doodling something the other day. This was a rough draft for a 'contact-us' page for our team newsletter. The words you see are the some of the services we are trying to promote.
Too many services, not enough umbrellas

I wanted to create a textured feel to the umbrellas, I used a crumpled up newspaper to make the paint daubs.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fashion Tips from Ramayana

There was this one day we found a discarded earring on the stairs near my office canteen.  And ensued the following conversation.

The style is bit different from how I normally draw.. Easier to render, focuses more on the content. Thoughts?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

What Women Want

(Warning: Really Long Post ahead !)

I was reading a post by one of my favourite bloggers (who I admire for her courage and out-spoken attitude) where she mentioned a contest by BlogAdda called What Women Want.
There are several entries, some silly, some serious, and some downright stupid. This provoked me enough to writing my own post. The contest unfortunately is long over, so I cannot post my entry there. But I can definitely post it here :-)

Now, considering that needs and wants change based on age, culture, marital status etc., I will not pretend to make a generic list. So this is more like a list of what I want women to want.

So here goes:
  1. I want to have the confidence to make my own decisions. It’s easy to rely on someone else, father, husband, brother, uncle or even sometimes your mother to make them for you.  Infact, most Indian women are encouraged to do just that. This could be a thing as small as a haircut to as big as a marriage. Thinking for yourself is hard, even harder is taking responsibility for yourself.
  2. I want my education to be taken more seriously. Read, write, listen, and be curious of the world around you. Get your degrees, learn some valuable skillset, and be sincere about what you do. Do something which gives you a source of income.
  3. I want to work. All women should, at least once in their life whether they need the money or not. Being part of a team, being responsible for the decisions you make, teaches you essential life skills. It teaches you patience, responsibility, maturity, and diplomacy.
  4. I want to feel safe. Whether it’s going to a party late at night, or being alone at home, I want to feel I can be alright on my own.
  5. I want to be financially independent. Whether you like it or not, money plays a big role in being secure.
It annoyed me a little bit to see how some entries went on and on about the “need to be loved” and how a woman only needs to be listened to and other such soppy stuff. What is this incredible need to glorify women, and claim that they are so very sensitive and caring and self-sacrificing? These are not gender-specific qualities! This in my mind, is what society wants women to want. 

Now before you brand me, let me say I am neither a feminist nor a tomboy. I am like every woman and no particular one. Probably most women think like me too. 
( Phew! This might be one of the longest posts (and the fiercest, perhaps) I have written on this blog.. )

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Its time for mean observations about the world

My observations over a croissant in the canteen

List of things not to wear to office(assuming you work in an office like mine, which is...corporate)

1)      Strappy sandals with flesh coloured toe socks. Those are just ugly. Period
2)      Ill-fitting shirts with ill-fitting trousers. They look like pajamas.
3)      Combinations which remind us of the housekeeping staff, security guards or factory workers
4)      The same tie. Every. Single. Day.
5)      Sweater- vests in mustard. Pants in mustard colour. Actually anything in mustard.
6)      Sport Shoes under your formals. unless you are planning to go running after work.
7)      Jangly bangles or anklets. Leave your jingles for weddings please.
8)      Stockings. Ok seriously, we live in a tropical country. Do you really want to die of heat-stroke?
9)      Combinations which defy the colour pallete. Maroon shirt and green trousers. Blue shirt and plum pants. No, just no.
10)   Anything with ruffles or frills or bows. Especially in pink, and especially with ribbons. Please don’t.

Monday, June 14, 2010

About Slumdog Millionaire

When Slumdog Millionaire won an Oscar, I had made a comic about how it would affect Indian media. Oh well, none of this has happened...yet.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Watching saris

The wedding season is in full blast, and I have spent the last few weekends attending weddings, receptions, and other shaadi-related thingys. A small comic inspired by a wedding attended with my friend S.

Bet you didn't know all that much about saris either ;-)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

a little trip

I went on a little trip recently, where I didn't do much but eat and sleep. I also managed to produce these two little drawings.

My friend sitting on a swing on the verandah.

And the two beautiful snow-white bulls which lived in the cattle shed behind us.

 This is yours truly, chatting and painting in the verandah. (Photo courtesy: S.)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Self-doubt and et all

Putting up a few doodles I had done long ago. The theme, as it were, is self-pity and whining ;-)

This is just a random thought. I mean, I know I am awesome of course. But even the most confident can have a niggling of self-doubt..

I think the main conclusion I need to draw from here is that I need scanning lessons.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Rant about beauty contests

I keep seeing photos of Femina Miss India contestants, and to be honest, they all look the same to me. They are pretty much template-ised.
Although it would probably be unfair to say that these beauty contests are shallow and meaningless, because the winners generally do have that 'something different' factor. I suppose its the intelligence which makes the difference, I don't know. What I do know is the girls who win this contest come across as articulate, smart and savvy women. And yes, seen individually they are truly beautiful.

However here is a dig on one of the shallower beauty contestants.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The talkathon

For a long while I have wanted to do a drawing with a lot of "busy-ness". That translates into lots of colours, lots of characters and quirkiness.
This was done after a long day of talking and listening to many many people....

Sunday, April 11, 2010


A friend of my mum has a small batik-print studio. We went over to buy some stuff from her and I snapped some photos. This is an attempt at photography, since my phone has a good camera now.

I have no understanding of textiles, much less prints, but I have taken a liking to batik.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland'

"A wholly unremarkable movie", intoned my friends, as the credits rolled.

I had been interested in watching this movie, since I like Tim Burton's work and I liked 'Alice in Wonderland' (oh, BIG fan). Ergo I was very keen to see his take on one of the most famous children's book of all time.

Burton has always been one for developing memorable characters. Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and even the prissy White Queen are incredibly well designed. Same cannot be said of the story, it seems as if Burton got so caught up in the beauty of his film that he forgot to write a story line.

The story goes some-what like this: Alice(Mia Waskowska) is now nineteen (and looks about sixteen), and is in an awkward situation. She has a proposal of marriage from a rather dull but rich man. While she mulls over this dilemma, she is distracted by a waistcoat-wearing, pocket watch holding rabbit, and falls down the self same rabbit hole, as she did when she was 6. This time however things are much different in Wonderland. The Red Queen(Helena Bonham Carter) is terrorising the land with her 'darling' Jabberwocky, a fantastic monster(another good character). There is a prophecy which foretells that Alice will kill the Jabberwocky and give the crown back to the White Queen (Anne Hathaway; (who should stick to being a brunette, white-blonde suits her not)). She finds an ally in the Mad Hatter(Johnny Depp; who might try playing normal people for a change) and other strange creatures on Wonderland. Does Alice manage to triumph over her difficulties and kill Jabberwocky? Of course, she does, silly! And does she take charge of her own life when she gets back to her world? Naturally!

Oh Mr. Burton, you can do so much better...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Little things

Some days back, a friend asked me to make some teeny-tiny illustrations for a magazine they come out with every few months. I did not have too much time unfortunately, but I did my best. So here they are now.
 (Blogger is being very difficult today, hence pardon the layout)
She used some of them in the magazine, of which I will add the link later.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's day and a terror attack

Isn't it strange that on the day before we celebrate the day for the Saint of Love, there happened a hate-induced attack in my city?
This is the freaky Valentine day card I wanted to upload today.
However this probably wasn't scary enough, I heard the news of the attack.
So today I drew this. So I will upload this too.
My heart goes out to the victims of Pune's terror attack. Love and peace to all.