Living, Sketches

Day out at Lepakshi

We took a day trip with the Urban Sketchers Bengaluru, to the small temple town of Lepakshi.On the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh its the furthest we’ve ever ventured. We’ve were all a bit apprehensive, being that this is the first time we’ve organized a sketchmeet this way, but it turned out to be such a wonderful experience.There’s something very liberating about being with like minded people, who give you the space to do the things that you want to do. Although we sketch individually on our own time, sketching in the company of other sketchers, give you a level of comfort and encouragement rarely available in other situations.
Although Lepakshi is a temple town, it is also a quiet sleepy village, and I enjoyed sketchin that aspect of the place more than the temple. The temple in itself is beautiful with its many pillars and intricate carvings, but it was a challenge for me to get a satisfactory sketch there. My sketch doesn’t do justice to the place.But I tried to capture the village, the villagers seeing all of us with our books and paints were curious, but also very gracious, inviting us into their homes, offering us water and asking about where we are from and what brought us here.The more I go out into the world, the more I discover the abundance of kindness out there, as if it is waiting for me to overwhelm and restore my faith once more.
You would think life in the village is easy, it seems like that to the city mouse, but it in fact extremely challenging. There’s a lot of hard manual work, a lot of tending to, things to be taken care of. It seems uncomplicated to us, but there is hard work in the village that we cannot comprehend nor would we be able to cope with. Somedays we forget the effort that is involved in food that makes its way from field to table, sometimes we take these things for granted.These are the things that struck me as I passed through this village.
I am grateful for these opportunities that come my way, I am grateful for the chance to experience and record them and share them.The more we venture out, the more we see, that the struggles of people even though not the same as ours are real for them as they are for us- the fabric of being human that binds us all.

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Living, Sketches

We took a day trip with the Urban Sketchers Bengaluru, to the small temple town of Lepakshi.On the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh its the furthest we’ve ever ventured. We’ve were all a bit apprehensive, being that this is the first time we’ve organized a sketchmeet this way, but it turned out to be such a wonderful experience.There’s something very liberating about being with like minded people, who give you the space to do the things that you want to do. Although we sketch individually on our own time, sketching in the company of other sketchers, give you a level of comfort and encouragement rarely available in other situations.
Although Lepakshi is a temple town, it is also a quiet sleepy village, and I enjoyed sketchin that aspect of the place more than the temple. The temple in itself is beautiful with its many pillars and intricate carvings, but it was a challenge for me to get a satisfactory sketch there. My sketch doesn’t do justice to the place.But I tried to capture the village, the villagers seeing all of us with our books and paints were curious, but also very gracious, inviting us into their homes, offering us water and asking about where we are from and what brought us here.The more I go out into the world, the more I discover the abundance of kindness out there, as if it is waiting for me to overwhelm and restore my faith once more.
You would think life in the village is easy, it seems like that to the city mouse, but it in fact extremely challenging. There’s a lot of hard manual work, a lot of tending to, things to be taken care of. It seems uncomplicated to us, but there is hard work in the village that we cannot comprehend nor would we be able to cope with. Somedays we forget the effort that is involved in food that makes its way from field to table, sometimes we take these things for granted.These are the things that struck me as I passed through this village.
I am grateful for these opportunities that come my way, I am grateful for the chance to experience and record them and share them.The more we venture out, the more we see, that the struggles of people even though not the same as ours are real for them as they are for us- the fabric of being human that binds us all.

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Sikkim Diaries

Ive never travelled to the North of India, so to think that we actually went and travelled through sikkim seems like a bit of an accomplishment to me. This is the husbands and mine first long distance trip together. We could’ve gone to typical places like Manali or Ooty, but my heart was set on going some where no one has been before, the husbands heart was set of doing a but if site seeing.

After much thought and discussion., we narrowed it down to Sikkim. The one thing about planning trips together is that you can plan all you like, what happens in the end won’t even

Living, Sketches

Sketching at the Flower Market

This week we went sketching at the flower market at Chickpet. Its one of the do to things in Bangalore, yet this is the first time I’ve heard of it.
It reminded me of the beginning of My Fair Lady, the early morning scenes at the flower market. Flowers and hawkers everywhere.

In one corner of the market, women were tirelessly stringing flowers into garlands, in the other, people were calling out to the people passing by to buy their loose flowers.

Most of these flowers would be offered up on altars in temples and churches, and homes, some would be used to decorate cars and homes and events..the energy is just unbelievably chaotic but colourful.

The flower market in itself is hidden, and to get to it, I had to navigate through tiny narrow alleys and gullies, making my way to the place the old fashioned way – asking the vendors for directions to the flower market.

Its nice to see people being kind and helping out. I always find that to be something of a wonder.

My sketch in itself is not all that I hoped it would be, my impatience and eagerness got the best of me this time. I have to learn to plan my sketches, because they seem to lack depth and composition. I seem to draw just what I see. Instead of trying to manipulate the scene to tell the story, I seem to just impose it on the viewer. Something I really need to work very very hard on.

I guess that will come with practice and conscious planning.
Overall it was a fun sketchmeet, I had the best time, taking in the colour and chaos and the attention of passerby, wondering what the heck we were upto, sitting right there in a crowded place on a Saturday morning.

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Getting back to reading

One of the 5 things I am pushing myself is to read more this year. I think its important to pursue activities that expand the imagination, tv and binge watching doesn’t seem to do that as much as reading.
I’ve always needed something to occupy my time, with long commutes to work, and a lot of time to myself, reading is a better alternative than constantly reaching out for my phone.
This is my current stack of books that Ive completed reading. Not sure if you can make out, but Fredrik Backman is my most favourite author till date. The way he writes, the magic he wields with words is just unbelievable. I love how he writes with such a sense of humanity, dignity for people who have been cast aside be the elderly, or the youth, the sick, the abused and the bruised. I love the way he views the world, the way he looks at people, and writes about them

One of the greatest blessings we have in this generation is the ability to choose the content we consume. Whether it be tv, or books or music. We get to choose what we read, what we listen to, and what we watch.
Sometimes we forget the choices we make shape our thinking and our imagination. It is my constant effort to pursue something that adds joy and meaning to my life. I’m beginning to realize the absolute importance of investing time in myself, in educating myself, in learning new things – things that I can relate to, that give me an understanding about cultures and people. Its important in this increasingly complicate world to look beyond ourselves and our immediate world.
I believe reading is one of the means to get there.

There are too many stories about the apocalypse and doomsday and negativity- always about a world falling apart, but Backman gives me hope. His stories are so big on heart and people and how we rise above our challenges and how we are always responsible for each other.
Its so real.
I wish we had more stories like this.
I wish we had more people who see the world like this.
I hope to be a person like this

But I am happy to be sticking to my promise to myself to get back to reading. When I see the stack of my books pile up, it gives me immense joy.
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Next on my list is Anthony Doerrs’ All the Light we cannot see.