A fully booked festive season!

Chiming temple bells. Loud chanting of prayers. The unmistakable fragrance of jasmine flowers. The lingering sumptuous aroma of freshly steamed modaks. Its yet another Ganesh Chaturthi in India, a 10-day long festival celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesh, the God of wisdom and good beginnings. The much loved elephant-headed God has taken fascinatingly versatile art forms, from elaborate traditional paintings to contemporary minimalist silver pieces.

More on an experimental basis of perceiving what forms a ‘canvas’ to create some art on, I created an installation with books dedicated to the God of wisdom and knowledge, much to the amusement of the folks here. After working on it for 2 weeks discontinuously, dealing with dripping paint, blotched pages, rearranging books with respect to size where necessary, an abstract Ganesh took its form on the facade formed by the installation of books.

That’s my experimental book art dedicated to the Lord of wisdom and learning. Here’s wishing everyone a great festive season ahead 🙂

 

Book Art

 

Book Art

Abstract painting on book installation

Water and acrylic colours

Eight Things I Learned From Travel

Sharing a wonderfully written piece that made my day. This one is for all the travel enthusiasts 🙂

Life After Liquidity

Travel Cover

As I write this post I am sitting in the Caltrain, passing through various suburbs of the San Francisco Bay peninsula on my way to the city. It’s comforting to be surrounded by so many familiar sites once again.

My wife and I have had quite a journey: 17 countries, dozens of cities, and countless airports/train stations/bus stations. We’ve witnessed both staggeringly beautiful phenomena (Northern Lights in the Yukon Territories) and horrifying moments (a mob beating up some dude in the streets of Istanbul) along the way. Fortunately, my wife and I came out the other end of our trip completely safe and with a lifetime of memories.

I’ve delayed writing this post as long as I could; it’s been taking me a while to process what I’ve learned from this trip. The short answer is: a lot.

I may not be able to cover all the lessons I’ve learned…

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