Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Exhibition Blues

I have recently also voluteereed for an exhibition where we have to talk about Bringing peace into the lives of Children. AH! one can actualy talk lots on the topic, provided your audience understands you!So,in order to make matters worse, they invite school children, for the time-slot that I have volunteered.God!What I hate the most is explaining things that are interesting, as in when you especially make the effort to make people understand, you would lack the skill to keep them interested in you!Damn!X(

Driving Lessons

I recentlystarted my Driving Lessons at a certain Driving School called 'Sangam Driving School'.
They send the teacher and he comes over to your doorstep to pick you put for the class.The accent as usual is very counfusingly funny for me. You know he'd say Brake and I would Accelerate!God what havoc on the roads!But of course, no worries!no crashes....yet!;)

Mingo a.k.a. Aashram

Recently, on my way back from Ahmedabad, a senior of mine, who is from Chandigarh itself, asked me if i could carry his new pet kitty home.Since I was travelling by train, it would have been easier for me than for him( he was flying).Being an animal lover myself, I couldn't help but agree.
Well, the over-night journey to Delhi, on the train was quite amusing. We were three of us. My friend donated her precious pink t-shirt with blue hearts to wrap around the kitty and her Blue towel to cover the kitty's basket(God Bless her!).AH! the continuous mewing was rather difficult to deal with.Other passengers also began complaining soon...and the night was painful-awkward sleeping style, the "wannabe"sleeping moments.I eventually had to sit up all night, next to the toilet, with the kitty on my lap eating "rabari"(an indian sweet-we figured it was really fond of it!)
The way things turned out by the morning, I was quite sorry for my friend. She had decided to discard her t-shirt and even probably her towel, because of kitty fundaments on them!!:D
What can I say next, I guess one over-night journey is good enough for an animal-lover to get used to the animal.So,(i feel proud of this!) i was able to handle the kitty from then on!Could make it sleep, run play, eat, accouding to how i wanted...or rather, I synchronised myself with the kitty's biological timings!It was great fun.
My aunt and uncle aren't particularly animal lovers and are very conscious about what happens around the house.However, the task was manageable even there!
I was a little sad handing over the kitty at the Chandigarh station.I miss it...I decided to call it 'Mingo', derived from flamingo...because of the colour of its nose).The attendent on our Ahmedabad train had however named it 'Aashram', after the train itself...as a memory of the journey!
Quite an unforgettable journey.;)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

IF: Impossibility

Well, this was done very randomly.Its actually like "Wingardium Leviosa"(a charm from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series)...seemed pretty impossible everytime I tried it.For those of all who have read the book, its a 'Swish and a Flick'!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Illustration Friday:Padma Auntie started wearing shades

Padma Auntie was always very scared of ghosts and bats .Being very superstitious as well, several ill-omen creatures also bothered her..the ones seen most often were crows on her balcony.However, by the influence of our "ever-cool" entertainment industry,she too found her new talisman.Now she wears them everyday, and the local crows have since been head-over-heals for her!:P


done for illustration friday:P

Friday, April 3, 2009


Stereopia takes me back to those old bollywood movies greatly publicised on the deadly orange and pink tinted posters.My picture shows the stereo-scenario, where there is a tall, imposing figure who is the epitome of style and fashion.Not necessarily an actor though,can also be a political leader,or a musician or a singer...basically someone seen and broadcasted all over! The figure, is greatly admired, loved and worshipped by a smaller creature(shown as a cute squirrel),who blindly follows whatever it sees.After all, you believe what you see.This is probably where visual communication steps in and takes over the mammoth responsibility. After all, an entire generation of those squirrels will eventually follow what it sees!

Sleepy Nightjar

Nightjars are small nocturnal birds with small features.
I've seen a couple at home, hiding in the trees.I like to watch birds as well.They are the most wonderful creatures made by god(that's if he exists),of course closely followed by dogs!!:P

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Design Opportunity in Roti(Food)

My idea was for the dry, hilly regions with lack of water but lots of sunshine!(some place like the village we visited for our Environmental Perception course.)
The concept was to first generate water by the simple method of precipitation.There is moisture in the lower layers of soil, but the only problem is that the water table is very low.Hence, by digging a deep pit, putting a plastic sheet on top and tapping the water,voila!We get what we want!.From here, water pumphouses will pull the water and supply it to the area.One of the supplies would be to a Steam Generating house(steam generated using solar reflectors),from where pipelines will again be connected to the houses around the area.These houses can cook food using steam, instead of being dependent on fossil fuels, or even LPG!~similar techinques could be adopted in citites, maybe on top of houses or apartments!


This assignment was to represent what we actually know about Roti(Food) and the issues related to it.

This was the next level of the same assignment, where we had to think about how roti is or is not sustainable at the moment.The problems and issues related to it.We interviewed some organic farm owners,designers, wholesellers, People teaching and practising sustainability in colleges,CEPT faculty and the IIM faculty.Also, some of the NGOs working in this field.It was a very enriching experience to actually understand the wider picture of how things are around us. Formulating, editing, filtering and then representing the data was difficult but fun(once again)!:)

The Omllette walas in ahmedabad

One of the best assignments in Foundation: a visual presentation of the Ahmedabad street vendors who sell egg-based food offerings.A business model.
Lots of fun, lots of fights!;)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


A Design Concepts and Concerns Assignment:Visually representing the experience of the week long stay in the village Bhoira, Hingolgarh, Gujarat.It is a small village some 7-8 hours from Ahmedabad.Environmental perception was the best course in foundation, closely followed by DCC.


done for illustration friday..