Tata Nano ghar !


The common man’s dreams of a home have been answered by the Tata’s. Way to go….You guys rock but seriously, 218 sq ft carpet area sounds a tad too disappointing, doesn’t it ?

P.S: I was just drawing my version of a ‘modern’ common man and then this idea clicked! I’m feeling good about this cartoon as I didn’t copy or refer anything 🙂 Hope you guys like it too! and please forgive the sad quality of the print and the ball point pen markings over pencil….

Remembering Winnie the Pooh!

Today is Winnie the Pooh day!

…………….so a little history and some quotes (my favorites usually!) in celebration of this day. This most endearing bear was created by A.A Milne born on January 18, 1882 and named after a toy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne. Pooh’s friends which include other popular characters such as Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo were also based on Christopher’s stuffed animals. Winnie the Pooh stories were set at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex known as the hundred acre woods. Original versions of Winnie the Pooh stories were brought into beautiful illustrations by E.H. Shepard.

Besides being a very lovable bear adored by children, Winnie the Pooh’s clear-eyed wisdom also won the hearts of adults. I’m honored to share some of Pooh’s quotes hoping it will touch you there and remain !

“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”

“Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.”

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you.”

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” 🙂

Even decades after his first appearance, the Pooh Bear continues to steal the hearts of young and old alike. I heard they are bringing him again to Ashdown forest with a sequel but the magic may be missing! Enjoy Pooh day!

Pinocchio – A Book Review

OK! I finally finally did it and I must say it’s a milestone achievement. All I ever knew was that he was a wooden puppet named ‘Pinocchio’ and that his nose grew longer every time he lied. But who was he? Why was he made of wood? Was ‘Pinocchio’ his real name? Where did he live? Who were his friends? Why did he lie? – These and many more mysteries intrigued me until now. Thanks to a free reading session at the neighboring ‘Crossword’ bookshop, I can now say I’m Pinocchio enlightened!

Conceived by the renowned ‘Carlo Lorenzini’, the Italian children’s writer in ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ that first appeared in an Italian children’s newspaper, it slowly caught on the imagination of the world and ‘Pinocchio’ lives on to see many an interesting adventure for himself and children alike.

The story makes for some interesting mix of characters, an engaging plot and an inspiring moral towards fulfillment of a dream. It revolves around ‘Pinocchio’, a wooden puppet carved by Geppetto, a carpenter who makes wooden toys in a simple Italian village somewhere in the 1800’s when life was full of meaning and hope. Now, our hero ‘Pinocchio’ aspires to be a real boy!

A series of adventures carved towards teaching values forms the central theme. A lucid, heart warming tale with a string of characters touch ‘Pinocchio’ and his readers in every adventure. And yes, eventually, Pinocchio does become a real boy and lives on with Geppetto ‘happily ever after’ !

I am fortunate to have read the book and wish to share my learning’s thereby. So, here are some beautiful points to ponder upon:

1. A dream however impossible can be achieved but you need to be patient.

2. Life is a wise Teacher who knows that you don’t know and teaches you whatever you need to know.
3. You will be punished if you try to fulfill your dreams the shorter way.
4. You will be forgiven at once when you are feeling sorry from your heart.
5. Fairies are the guiding forces in nature. Believe in them for your own good!

What started off as a newspaper story now lives on in my heart!

My first commissioned artwork!

OK! I am no cartoonist but a good friend managed to make me one! It so happened that yesterday he sent his photograph with a strange request to make his portrait knowing very well that I’m not a portrait artist. Therefore, don’t accuse me of making faces – it’s not my my bread and butter! I worked hard towards achieving a museum-worthy portrait piece but his face triggered innate cartoonist skills instead. So, this is what happened…

Fig a: Photograph
Fig b: Photograph (modified) 

(added stubble to reflect growth while sleeping and also that he felt the previous one lacked resemblance. As for me, both of them lack any resemblance!) 
Fig c: Cartoon

Claimer: Any resemblance to the photograph is purely unintentional. In case of discrepancies, please attribute it to ‘artistic liberty’. Please give your valuable feedback and remember ‘It’s easy to make cartoons but difficult to make a cartoon character’- a quote by some famous cartoonist. But I have managed to create not only a ‘cartoon character’ but also a cartoon in my first portrait piece. Enjoy!