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Delhi completed its 100 years yesterday on Dec 12, 2011. “Happy Birthday Delhi!” to began with!
So yesterday, I and a few of my friends went out to click some pictures of this awesome city showing its various colors.. turned out, it can’t be compiled in one post, and neither can it be clicked in one day! So I’ll upload more as they come, meanwhile..

Here’s a sketch of hindu deity Lord Rama I made on the back of some register.

Im not much of a religious person, but I truly believe that the images of our deities need to be modernized for the youth to take interest in them. Our hindu Gods used to be depicted in beautiful and generally healthy form.

I believe that they should now be illustrated as more muscular and well.. “super”-like, so that the onlooker can relate more to them as “the protector”. For a start, I think they need a slight bit identity rebuilding..

An abstract interpretation of Lord Rama. There still is a lot that is going to be done on this, meanwhile, critic and suggestions are welcome.

Regretfully I have to agree to the fact, that there still, exist a major part of Indian population, which looks at the female crowd that stays out relatively late or wear short clothes which according to them are “inappropriate”, in a demeaning way. It is completely disgusting how narrow a certain lot can get. And this unwillingly forces many to dress up in long length dresses, or takes the shape of rapes and molestation. The most frustrating fact is that this particular lot probably considers short dresses as an invitation to rape/molest them!

Baffled by this, women of India thought to follow the chain of event which started from Toronto to across US, Australia, New Zealand, and Britain, called “Slut walk” or “Shameless walk”. It all started when constable Michael Sanguinetti outraged students of York University with his remark, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised”. The idea of this walk was to dress up, as they say, “inappropriately”  and to march out on the streets to support this cause with as much media coverage as possible.


Unfortunately again, the anticipated number of women did not participate, which somehow still is not surprising.

“It is very typical of women to not show up, fearing trouble. I asked a few friends to join me but they refused saying that it would create a lot of hassles for them. One of my friend’s husband refused to let his wife attend. Women are not used to coming out in the open in this country and fight against what is wrong,” said Hemal Sringla, another participant.

My concern here is also that was this at all able to communicate the message to the target mass? It is good to see the effort, and I would completely like to support it on my blog as well with whatever I can, but I doubt if it is so easy to explain things to such people. In fact I hate to say the disgraceful and narrow minded elements would still be finding this funny or maybe even arousing.

One good thing was to see male participants walking for their wives, sisters and daughter’s future.

I appreciate the people who understand, and bow to the people who actually took an initiative.

Ref: http://www.hindustantimes.com/Delhi-SlutWalk-didn-t-quite-walk-the-talk/Article1-727871.aspx

A recent trip to Kutch district in Gujarat was far more than I had thought it would be. I expected that Id see some village, some artesian, some desert and I would try to get some pictures. But perhaps I had imagined less. Far less!

This trip showed how much is left for us to see, and more importantly understood. What I saw was a rich heritage untouched from industrialization (well almost, till lately) suspended in time, and immortalized by their Handicraft. The craftsmen are truly God-sent, but it is sad to know that they are not completely getting what they deserve most -Acknowledgement.

Id like to take this platform today, to bring to your notice, the people, their art and their self-less endeavour to keep it alive. But before that, a brief go-through of the place and the trip  :)

A mini pick-up lorry, and don’t miss the paint! No one does kitsch like India!

A Temple, and the flags..

Sunset at the Great Runn of Kutch, a White saline desert. I hadn’t witnessed such a sight before! 

The tradition, still prevalent..

How could I have missed the Turban!  :P

And the journey..

(I was accompanied by a few of my colleagues, forming a design team which went there and did this project. You might want to read from a different perspective, perhaps Legend of the 16 tribes and the soul of the embroidery art: http://saumyanagar.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/44/ )

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