Friday, August 27, 2010

Project: Story-telling

For the past 2 years, I've been trying to convince my thatha (grandpa) to tell me all the bedtimes stories passed down to him by his beloved aunt. When I was a child, thatha would put me to bed and tell me beautiful tales of ancient India. Every story started "Oorai oru oorilai" (like "once upon a time")... and I would stare into the darkness seeing the characters come to life. To make sure I was listening, he would quiz me with a listening comprehension tests. 

I want to pass down the beauty of these stories and all its morals. So I decided to translate my thatha's stories into English (while recording it in Tamil if possible) and create a written collection for future generations.

Unfortunately, Thatha is in India on a visit, and his speech has declined with age and Parkinson's. I'm not sure how we will accomplish this (I know he's excited to do it, because he's like our family historian), but I hope we'll find a way.

Till then, I'll start writing down the titles of these beloved stories. I guess it will be appropriate to start with Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lotus Ganesha

In the past few years, I've been dabbling with art (again). As a child, I would draw, paint, cut, paste...constantly. In fact, most of my memories are of me "art-ing" my heart out.  As I grew older, many of the grown-ups would talk to me about art, reveal their artistic talents and then say "I stopped drawing when I started college" (or something to that effect). I was shocked. Why would anyone stop doing something they used to love? I was determined to not let this happen to me... but I almost gave up.

Finally, I found a way. I started teaching art to children. I saw their beaming faces, complete disregard to any inhibition and use whatever colors they wanted, create beautiful pictures (my opinion) and then scribble over it because that's what made it beautiful to them... I learned more from them than I could ever teach them. I learned to keep the child-like spirit alive and just seize the crayon, charcoal, paintbrush, whatever and create!

This illustration was done in pastels. It's my depiction of a simpler Lord Ganesha and his vahana (vehicle). I drew Tibetan style clouds and a couple lotus.  This drawing was completed a couple days ago, and will be posted in my Etsy shop soon!

Lotus Ganesha

hello hola namaste bonjour molo sawbona salaam salve konnichiwa world!

*waving hello eagerly to the world*


So, here I am creating a blog to tickle the virtual world with my mind ramblings. I often hear the phrase "finding yourself" in reference to young peeps ready to take on the world while figuring things out on their own... but today, I'm totally using it for myself (young at heart). This is the first time, in a long time I've relaxed and felt comfortable with the moment (usually my moments are filled with chaos, drama, and anything else to accommodate my nomadic lifestyle).

I'm dedicating a little time in my life to reconnect with my roots, work on my artsy projects, and anything else that captures my child like spirit.