Drawing Challenge #Day 18

Cardboard doodles Day 18 of the drawing challenge was to draw a ‘cardboard doodle’. Wait, before you start googling (I did), that’s not an actual drawing term. It’s simply a term that the instructor invented for the doodles he makes on the cardboard backing of his drawing notepads.  So the challenge was to draw aContinue reading “Drawing Challenge #Day 18”

Drawing Challenge #Day 17

Day 17’s drawing challenge was to make two eye drawings. First we had to draw an eye as realistically as we could. Once we had done that, we had to draw a second eye, which was as graphically simple as possible. The objective of this challenge was to explore the polar opposites of the visual solution.  According to the instructor,Continue reading “Drawing Challenge #Day 17”

Drawing Challenge #Day 16

So the original drawing challenge #16 was to draw an owl in an iconic style. I started it, but somehow never got around to completing it. I guess I found it boring and not challenging enough. Anyway, months passed, and I still hadn’t done it. I suppose I could simply have moved on to theContinue reading “Drawing Challenge #Day 16”

Got the first Covishield jab yesterday

So my mom, husband, and I got our first Covishield jabs yesterday. Registering was simple and the whole thing was seamless and uneventful. We were all fine during the mandatory observation period of half an hour, but we all reacted differently after reaching back. The health worker had told us to take a paracetamol twiceContinue reading “Got the first Covishield jab yesterday”

A Bigger Makeover Project

A side benefit of working from home has been that I’ve made considerable progress with “Know Thy Neighbour”. My nextdoor neighbours are a couple with a three-year-old. The first year or so after we shifted here, we barely got to see them. We were busy. They were busy. We travelled a lot. So did they. Continue reading “A Bigger Makeover Project”

A Small Makeover Project

After completing a year of working from home this month, I felt that the home needed a little bit of TLC. Various nooks and corners could do with a little sprucing up. So I’ve been working on a number of small home-improvement projects the last two weeks. There were bathroom shelves to put up, paintingsContinue reading “A Small Makeover Project”

Celebrating Women’s Day with a New Skill

So this is my Women’s Day achievement — I completed my driving lessons today and thereby acquired a new skill. Actually I need to qualify that. I have learned to drive before as well (more on that in a later blog), but this is the first time that I have learned to Drive Without Fear.Continue reading “Celebrating Women’s Day with a New Skill”

Those Days and Nights of Leisure

दिल ढूँढता है फिर वही फ़ुरसत के रात दिन बैठे रहे तसव्वुर-ए-जानाँ किये हुए दिल ढूँढता है फिर वही फ़ुरसत के रात दिन जाड़ों की नर्म धूप और आँगन में लेट कर आँखों पे खींचकर तेरे आँचल के साए को औंधे पड़े रहे कभी करवट लिये हुए दिल ढूँढता है फिर वही फ़ुरसत के रातContinue reading “Those Days and Nights of Leisure”

Trailing the Tiger in Bandhavgarh

This travelogue about our trip to Bandhavgarh more than a decade ago was selected for publication by Mississippi Books (www.mississippibooks.co.in) in their anthology, Caravan. Over the last few years, I have been on tiger safaris in Corbett, Rajaji National Park, and Thekkadi but have never been fortunate enough to actually spot a tiger. This time,Continue reading “Trailing the Tiger in Bandhavgarh”

Aloha On the Ganges, Rishikesh – A Review

Usually, when we visit Rishikesh, we stay at the Ganga Resort run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). But it hasn’t yet resumed operations after the Covid lockdown. So this time, we tried a new resort, Aloha on the Ganges. Aloha on the Ganges is a beautiful, 3-star resort in Tapovan, Rishikesh, a little aheadContinue reading “Aloha On the Ganges, Rishikesh – A Review”