Throwback to a selfie at dawn on an Indian sleeper train, up early to brush my teeth and wash some of the hot sticky dirt away from my face in an attempt to stay fresh despite the thick and heavy air.
Travelling within India is my favourite and I still don't know why. Looking forward to another few months there this Fall, just a few weeks to go until I'm back riding the rails and immersing into traditional Indian art practices.
'Why didn't you come to the platform?
Ha ha ha. . .
Thought I wouldn't spoil you like that every week!
From- My Beloved '
Comics, or the genre of narrating stories through visuals, come in various forms, styles and techniques. Comics don't only mean Super Human in suits fighting an antagonist with equal and often superior strength. Comics can tell simple tales of life and the fantasy of mundane.
Mixtape One, is a collection of four different, quirky, and almost silent short comic strips from various artist and authors. The first time I had heard of Mixtape from my friend, I had asked her if she was talking about the musical gifts Charlie made for Sam in Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Its rare to find alternative and experimental comics of Indian origin, Mixtape tries to mix up fantasy and surreal through its visual stories The Silver Spider, and Gather Lovely Things. My beloved is a bittersweet story of LGBTQI love in India. Voyeur was pretty predictable, yet the Climax was well built and drawn.
Each story has different art style, sadly I am unaware of the names of the styles, I think there is a name for each technique. I could feel and see a play between noir, doodle, realism and horror in the well crafted panels.
Though the short stories were influenced from different graphic and fantasy novels around the world, I loved the over all presentation of Mixtape, from cover to its sepia seeped hard papers to monotone play of stories, this is an anthology you can't stop but glance once.
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@platformagazine does a really cool piece on Indian indie artwork. So glad to see Furniture Music and @jeevesandzoya featured in there along side some other stellar work. :)
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(2/2)" Even after 35 cycles of radiation and losing all of my hair, the most horrible experience was going back to school. The teachers sympathised with me and treated me differently than other students which made me a very isolated kid. Other children never spoke to me and that really hurt me, but eventually made me the strong person that I am today. Once school got over, I was so glad that that phase of my life was over and I was ready for a bright future.
I had made up my mind to become a doctor and help other children who were going through what I had faced. After clearing the medical entrance and obtaining a good rank I was called for admissions. During the medical check up I was told that I can never become a doctor due to partial paralysis in my left hand. I cried for weeks after that as the only dream I had was shattered. But life goes on... And I got into DU and moved here. I am now working with multiple NGOs and I am the creative strategist in a corporate firm. I love meeting new people and listening to their stories and finding inspiration in them.
My advice to anyone going through a tough phase in life is to be yourself. Half your problems are over when you are true to yourself. No matter how adverse the circumstances you find yourself in, do not lose your identity. Whatever it is you can get through it. Whenever anyone asks me if I can do this or do that, no matter how difficult a task it is, I always say, I've fought cancer, this is nothing."
B.Sc (H) Botany, 2nd Year
(1/2) "I was a crazy, wild child. The symptoms started off as numbness in my left little finger and my parents only took me seriously when my whole left hand was paralyzed. After a series of tests I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, when I was only 6 years old. That was a complete shock and changed my life as I knew it. Our family had heard about a doctor in Lucknow who was supposed to be really good. We went there for a surgery but he just opened up my head and didn't even touch the tumor. The surgery was unsuccessful. We then came to Delhi, where after a lot of deliberation, all the good doctors in the city deemed my tumor as inoperable, as the operation would put me at risk of complete paralysis. After a biopsy of the tumor it was confirmed that it was cancerous. We were referred to TATA, in Mumbai, by a family friend, and that was a great experience for me, especially after Delhi. I was finally around people my own age, who were going through the same struggles as I was, people who made me feel comfortable.
There we began my radiation sessions. After my first radiation I felt very nauseous and puked on one of the busiest roads in the city. It was 2005 and we were caught in one of the worst monsoons the city had seen. I remember a time when we only had 500 rupees, and we had to make do with that until the ATMs reopened. My father and I walked all the way to the hospital and back that day to save money. The next day we learnt that some ATMs in Mantralaya were open and when we went there and withdrew cash my father and I started dancing like crazy people as if we'd found some great treasure. I'll never forget that day."
One of our favorite galleries in MUMBAI, India is @dagmodern ▪️ Their taste on Indian Modern Art is simply exquisite, and extremely fresh for people that are not familiar with Indian artists.
Here are some #fineart works by AA. Almekar and Rada Charan Bagchi.
First look. A mesmerising painting by Sayed Haider Raza (Untitled, 1982) from our October 2017 Sotheby's Modern & Contemporary South Asian Sale in London.
Born in India Raza live and worked in France from 1950s. This unique landscape showcases the influence of both countries, pulsating with flaming colours that mimic the rhythms of nature.