Fictional worlds don't need to adhere to the laws of nature and logic. The sky can send down a rain of flowers when a beloved character dies. A person can develop a friendship with the ghost of the man he killed. Time can go in a circle. One Hundred Years of Solitude is filled with many … Continue reading Yellow butterflies
The earsplitting screech of a thousand tires mixed with the grinding of heavy machinery -- that's what it sounded like. I was riding my bicycle down to the market on a sunny winter day when this monstrous noise forced me to a halt. It took me a while to figure out what the hell was … Continue reading Guilt, anger, peace
I showed the full moon to a toddler a few weeks ago. She was mesmerized, transfixed at the sight of this circular, pearly object I pointed at. I felt quite pleased with myself -- not every day do we get to invoke such wonder in others so easily. I speculated whether, by some random chance, she … Continue reading Innocent wonder
A speed-painting of ICBS and NSCB halls of the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Kolkata. This particular spot used to be my favorite hangout area. I tried to experiment with light and shadow in this one. Real life:
Four of us sat on a secluded lawn engulfed in the last golden rays of the day. Our two years at IIMA had passed us by. Now, face to face with the end of our student lives, we were in a rather contemplative mood. The discussion revolved around what we were going to miss about … Continue reading A spring sunset
Concept art featuring some of my favorite courses from the second year at IIMA. Courses included: Philosophical Foundation of Management Leadership, Vision, Meaning, and Reality Hitchhiker's Guide to Business and Economies Across Five Centuries Elephants and Cheetahs: Systems, Strategy, and Bottlenecks Explorations in Role and Identity
Let's say there are two individuals: Richy and Bill. Both are completely selfish. Richy, by the astrological virtues of his name, is rich. Bill is poor. One day while strolling they stumble upon 100 bucks stuck under a large boulder. The boulder is large enough to resist the force of an individual pusher but will oblige … Continue reading Free market inequality
A character sketch from one of my favorite Ghibli films. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a beautiful story of a girl of mysterious origins raised by a family of bamboo-cutters. One of the best depictions of female social problems that I've seen in cinema, while simultaneously touching on fundamental questions of happiness, sorrow, and … Continue reading Princess Kaguya
My mood is highly correlated to the weather. More specifically, I need the sun to feel cheerful, motivated, and all other optimistic emotions. My life may turn upside-down but I'll be happy as long as it's bright and shiny outside. This hasn't changed even after living in Ahmedabad where the sun can literally melt roads at … Continue reading A grey day
A lot of our current problems can be solved if we could just overcome selfishness. For example, the richest 1% population own more than half of the total human wealth. They could end world poverty by donating a meager 1% of their wealth. Sounds like a simple solution? It's not. There are reasons why we … Continue reading Selfishness and altruism
A review of my inktober experience with digital painting. May (or may not) be useful for people who want to try out digital art.
Attempted to paint Michael from The Godfather trilogy. It started looking like a Kevin Spacey and skeleton crossover midway. Went with the flow from there.