Let It Shine

How could I let Diwali pass me by without a miniature in tow? This was a dream house that I struggled to put together, so it was time to light it up with the traditional kandil (lanterns) and put up the pretty lights. I couldn’t manage to get a traditional rangoli in the scale I…

Relax and Retreat

I can’t paint, can’t even draw a straight line with a scale (ruler) to assist me. I even manage to get measurement conversions wrong and usually mess up my crafts. But I know how not to panic and have endless patience for fixing my errors, or what we call in Bombay, I can find my…

Artistically Inclined

I love putting miniature settings together. I would have started with small little trinkets, without any vision. Then I started creating a scene. Backgrounds and accessories became an obsession. I had that kind of mind space and desire to escape and be fully consumed in such creations at my disposal. But life is never static….

Something’s Fishy

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? ~ Ralph Marston  

Mural Culture

Murals are painted art on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surface. Murals are usually in harmony with the architecture of the building or wall it is painted on. In the days of civil unrest, artists used murals as a means to speak their mind. It soon also became a way to vandalize property, but today…

São Gabriel

This is the stunningly realistic oil painting of São Gabriel; the flagship of Vasco da Gama’s armada for his first voyage to India in 1497-1499. After he invaded Kochi, the locals fought its new captors valiantly. The ship is featured in the 2011 Malayalam movie Urumi and is said to be a masterpiece. Hopefully, it will…

The World Is Not Enough

The world is not enough But it is such a perfect place to start, my love And if you’re strong enough Together we can take the world apart, my love The world is not enough The world is not enough No Nowhere near enough, The world is not enough… (Song by the band Garbage)