Friday, March 2, 2018

Madhu-An Obituary

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27 years, From Attapadi,
Forest is my home. They usurped it and they call it their own.
Mentally challenged, they say.
I was lynched by a mob for stealing some rice to feed my hunger.
I died on my way to the hospital.
I am survived by my mother.

If only we would  – Live and Let Live!

“Kindness, quite simply, is the rent we must pay for the space we occupy on this planet.” 
("Who will cry when we die?" - Robin Sharma)

Our society had upgraded itself in all possible ways but has downgraded and hit the nadir unlike never before when it comes to being human! We usurp everything on our way and yet claim to be super-civilized. We create jokes at others’ expense!!! We, humans, as a race have become so uncouth, rude, impolite, mean and vicious. Why is compassion, gratitude, humility, generosity such a rare virtue these days?

What will be left for our children and their children -  our posterity? What values are we teaching them? Where are we heading? 

Friday, February 23, 2018

From my sketchbook

Today I am sharing a couple of works from my sketchbook. I am not someone who draws religiously in sketchbooks but I do draw in random papers and stack it. But recently, probably, with Inktober I have started drawing in sketchbook since it's easy to keep it organized that way. The first picture reminds me so much of Mexico, haven't been to the place yet. I would someday since it's the place of one of the most inspiring artists, Frida Kahlo. Sadly, I have come across sneers (particularly from men) when artists, particularly females, mention Frida as their favourite. "It's kind of cliche!" they say, but personally I feel that female artists tend to connect with the struggles, sufferings and the undying spirit Frida still carries in her. It's a struggle of love, loss, pain and overcoming them with her awe-inspiring, exalting and unabashed art.


As I have mentioned previously, I am fond of making portraits these days. This is a portrait (with her due permission) of Eiko Hara, a Japanese model, whom I came across on Instagram. In case you would like me to do your portrait, please email me with a picture of yours to mail(dot)huesnshades(at)gmail(dot)com...just for fun!


A couple of months back I had gone to Paathirakunnumana around one and half hours from my place. It's a serene and beautiful place with Sarppakkavu, the sacred abode of snakes with snake deities in a traditional and natural setting. It was part of the traditional homes in South India and is almost extinct except in a very few, rare abodes. The air and the vibe there is so different and unique! This is a quick illustration during our visit.


Another quick hand at a flower picture.


Linking it to PPF and the gorgeous ladies there! They are awesome!!!