This is a cellphone photograph of the back window of a taxi, when I was in Kolkata. It had rained heavily, and the windows were all hazy with condensed vapor. We begun to draw from our fingers onto the windows starting from smilies to Jimi Hendrix!

Purportedly known as “Buster” to friends and family as a child, Jimi Hendrix was a shy and sensitive child who was deeply affected by the conditions of poverty and neglect he experienced during his youth. After purchasing his first guitar for a mere $5.00 from a friend of his father’s, he practiced incessantly, managed to fail music class in school, yet rose from the depths of despair to be one of the most influential musicians of all time.

After initial success in Europe, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

Homage to one of the best guitar players of all times – Jimi Hendrix.