Oh, the places you’ll go.

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Oh, the places you’ll go by Dr. Seuss is such a cute little inspiring poem.  One of those simple little things in life that remind you to keep faith and keep moving forward.

I hand lettered it the other day. Made me so happy. I am definitely going to do this more often now.

Here, the hand lettered version:

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And here, the digitized version.

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So, keep going.

Because you are the guy who will decide where to go.

You have the power and you will go places.

 

Hand lettering – Patterned

So I tried my hand at patterned hand lettering – patterned monograms and they came out fairly nice. There is still a lot of practicing needed before I can even remotely do a good job but I am happy with the progress I am making. I used normal sketch pens to make this as the technical pens I had ordered were taking time to be delivered. I am sure once I start using those pens, the flow will be smoother.

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I added a few danglers to the negative space around ‘N’. I used the simplest form and a very few of them as I did not what it to look very busy but now I think a little more doodling here and there wouldn’t have hurt.

I also made a greeting card. Here.

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A birthday greeting card with lots of hearts and a folded paper stuck inside the heart which opens into a nice little birthday message. I did a lot of origami as a kid ( my first love – Origami 😀 ) and that’s where the folded letter idea comes from.

Patterns make for an amazing and visually aesthetic illustration enhancer as they add a lot of beauty and interest to even the simplest of designs. I am definitely using them a lot in my illustrations from now on.

 

 

 

The Roller Coaster Ride.

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Have you been to the land of happy,
Where everyone’s happy all day,
Where they joke and they sing
Of the happiest things,
And everything’s jolly and gay?
There’s no one unhappy in Happy
There’s laughter and smiles galore.
I have been to The Land of Happy-
What a bore!

– Shel Silverstein

Riding a Roller Coaster is fun. One moment, you are at the top, and the next, at the bottom. Occasionally, you even find yourself hanging upside down in the middle of nowhere. It scares you, sure, but that never stops you from enjoying the ride and/or going on it again, does it?

That is exactly how one’s life is to be lived. The roller coaster that is our life needs a few ups and downs every once in a while, a few twists and turns so as to say, make the journey exciting enough for us to want to live it. After all, who’d like a roller coaster that had no turns? or maybe one that just went up?

Happiness – sadness, love – hate, success – failure, pleasure – pain, they are just two different sides of the same coin and they need to be experienced, felt, accepted and embraced if we want to live a fulfilling life. One cannot know happiness without knowing sadness, or pleasure without knowing pain.

They are the must-use ingredients to make the perfect dish.

So, enjoy life, embrace the change, learn from it, and always be positive. Life is too short, make the most of it! Live it! 

” Life can be like a roller coaster. And just when you think you’ve had enough, and your ready to get off the ride and take the calm, easy merry-go round… You change your mind, throw you hands in the air and ride the roller coaster all over again. That’s exhilaration.. that’s living a bit on the edge, that’s being alive. “

Hand Lettering for dummies. ^.^

It should actually be titled Hand Lettering by a Dummy 😛 but anyway..

So I came across this blog a few months back, and it had the most beautiful illustrations. Lisa Congdon’s 365 days of hand lettering. Check out her blog here!

For the next many days, I’d spend all my time googling new artists and going through their work, just sitting there in awe, hoping and wishing I could do that as well. I remember being told by my teachers and relatives that I am a creative kid, I do remember I’d do a lot of origami, I did love drawing too ( definitely do remember always getting an A+ in art and craft class 😀 ) but for years now, I haven’t even picked a pen to sketch let alone draw, what I call, a legit illustration. I wanted to still give it a try though, but I just didn’t think I could do it so, I kept procrastinating.

But today, finally, I picked up a register, and told myself I wasn’t going to make any excuses. It’s okay if I don’t have a sketch book right now, it’s okay if I don’t have the right pens. I am just going to think of a thought and illustrate it, hand letter it, the best I can. It’s absolutely okay if I suck at it. After all, sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something, right! 🙂

So after I gave myself the much needed pep talk and motivation, I sat down with my ‘weapons’ ( haha, it’s nothing short of a war when I have to get myself to stop procrastinating ) and began to draw.

I had seen a video by Sean McCabe wherein he had explained the thumbnail concept and how it can help the quote lettering composition. I learnt about line elements, fonts and which words to emphasize on. Keeping that in mind, I started with a few rough drafts, fancy swirly letters, to check if I can even ‘draw’ an alphabet and not just write it.

A few drafts later, I got so tired of the smudging of the pencil and leaking of the sketch pen ink, I decided to just go ahead, make a final draft without making further changes.

And this is what I ended up with.

 

My first attempt!! Yayyie :D

My first attempt!! Yayyie 😀

 

I know this is not even close to what one may call a legit illustration but it was my first attempt, and I am honestly happy because it is a lot better than what I had expected, and I’m glad I tried. Next step is to buy the right instruments and keep trying and illustrating.

Do let me know what you think. Suggestions and tips for dummies like me are most most mostt welcome! If you can provide any advice that may help me and many who are trying their hand at lettering, nothing like it! 🙂

Over the next few months, and maybe years, I hope to keep trying till I get sorta good at it. So expect to find a lot of quotes hand lettered by me 😀

Teehee ^.^ 🙂

They fight, they yell, they cry.

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”

           – Neil Gaiman

 

It was 2.30 in the morning and for the first time in 7 years, he was not home on time.

Type: Text Message

To: Keith

Sent: 12/5/2014 2:37 am

Priority: Normal

Status: Delivered

” Where are you? Pick up the damn phone, please. I am worried. “

They had had a huge fight earlier in the morning. They had yelled, they had cried.

***

She called him again at 2:40, worried sick and again, for the 17th time, he cut her phone.

It had never happened before. She didn’t know what to make of it. Scared and worried, she curled up in a ball on her bed, trying to fight back her tears.

Few minutes later, her phone vibrated.

Type: Text Message

From: Keith

Received: 12/5/2014 2:44 am

Priority: Normal

Status: Received

“I am not coming home tonight. At a friends. Don’t call. “

“At a friends? Don’t call? What does that even mean? I know all his friends. Why couldn’t he just specify the name? What if he’s with another .. no, no.”

She was going crazy. She hated this feeling. She couldn’t fight back her tears anymore. She couldn’t fight back anything. She felt weak. This agonizing pain.. her chest hurt. Every inch of her body hurt. She couldn’t breathe.

What was happening to her, she couldn’t tell. All she knew was, this was a first.

***

She calmed herself down.

She tried to not think about anything and just sleep. But she couldn’t. She tossed and turned the night away.. waiting, thinking, analyzing.

It had been 7 years since they had got married. He was her childhood sweetheart, her everything. They were neighbors and they had always been best friends.
Got married in 2007, when they still were best friends.

But today, seven years later into their marriage, best friends? Not so much.

“May its the seven year itch, just a passing phase. Things will get better. “, she consoled herself.

But somewhere in her heart, she had lost all hope. So, she cried herself to sleep that night.

Must have Indian Food – Part 2.

Yesterday I wrote about the 3 Indian delicacies that are a must have. Today, I extend the list with 4 more dishes that are equally appetizing and mouth watering.

4. Paav Bhaaji

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This street food that originated in Maharashtra, is an all time favourite! i’ve had it for breakfast, lunch and even dinner! Bhaji  in Marathi ( language spoken in Maharashtra, India ) means a vegetable dish/curry which is prepared using a wide variety of vegetables from carrot, french beans, peas to mashed tomatoes and potatoes. Garnished with finely chopped onion and coriander, and served with a lightly toasted Paav i.e bun, this dish is sure to please your taste buds and how!

5. Dosa ( Masala Dosa )

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The next on my list is Dosaaaaaaa. 😀 Probably the most popular South Indian dish, Dosa is a crisp, thin crepe or pancake like dish, rolled in a three-fold cylinder. It can either be eaten plain i.e without any filling but the most popular is the Masala Dosa, which is filled with a lightly cooked stuffing of potatoes, onions, and various Indian spices.

This is, then, served with Sambar, a lentil based preparation (curry) using vegetables like lady finger, drum stick, brinjal, and tamarind pulp ( to give the curry its special flavour 😀 ), coconut chutney, tomato chutney and Indian pickles.

Dosa is perhaps the healthiest Indian dish ( more like the healthiest Indian dish I eat 😛 ).

6. DAHI VADA

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Again South Indian by origin, Dahi Vada is prepared by dipping the fried vadas ( lentil based dumplings ) in sweetened yoghurt, topped with coriander, sliced tomatoes, and lots of boondi ( fried little balls , prepared using chickpea flour ).

This is one dish I order, without fail, every time we are out for lunch to a South Indian restaurant.

Dahi Vadaaa ❤ ❤

Need I say more? 😀

7. IDLI SAMBAR

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Again served with Sambar and coconut chutney, Idlis are savoury, steamed cakes made of fermented rice. Just like Dosas, they are yummy and oh so healthy!


Must have Indian Food.

So, how do you like your food? Spicy? Tangy? Bland? Sweet? Roasted? Fried? Steamed? Name it and we will definitely have an Indian dish that is sure to satisfy your hunger.

India has a number of races and cultures coursing through its veins, and consequently, a wide variety of regional cuisines. With a vast and marvelous array of spices and herbs used, Indian cuisine is definitely one of the most flavorsome cuisines in the world. So, here is my list of the 3 must have Indian dishes that are on my mind right now.

1. GOL GAPPA ( also called Pani puri, Puchka, gup chup )

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Popularly referred to as Gol Gappa in North India, these beautiful crisp balls, are known by as many different names as the number of states in India. Well, almost. 😛

It’s basically a hollow deep fried ball or puri ( deep fried indian bread) filled with a mixture of tamarind chutney, chaat masala, boiled potatoes, chickpeas, and dipped in, what I would say is the most important ingredient, the chilled minty jaljeera or cumin water.

Fill it, dip it, eat it. Ah!

These delightful little puris definitely are a must have street snack!

2. CHOLE BHATURE

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I am a Delhiite, and any delhiite will tell you that CHOLE BHATURE is louuvee. Pure bliss, I say! Bhature, again is a deep fried Indian bread. All blown up like a balloon, when served hot with choley ( chickpeas ), this dish literally calls out to you and is probably the heaviest a breakfast can get.

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So many calories but oh so worth it! 😀

 3. DHOKLA

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Have it as a snack, breakfast, side dish or even a sweet dish, this Guajrati delicacy is the juiciest, softest, fluffiest a dish can get. You’ll usually find the dhokla ( rice and lentil based steamed cake) garnished with coriander and sometimes, grated coconut, which makes it even more delectable.

Often topped with green chillies, Dhoklas are usually served with green chutney and/or tamarind chutney and make for a great healthy snack!

 

Note: None of the above pictures have been taken by me. If any of the above pictures belong to you, kindly let me know so I can give you the due credit. 🙂

Inspiring and Motivating.

 

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I’d like to thank xximlosingitxx  for nominating me for this award. She’s so amazing!! I haven’t been around for long but I am so glad there are people who consider me inspiring and motivating. That is one of the major reasons I started blogging, and also to share my thoughts, experiences, and this nomination feels great! I’m inspired and motivated by many bloggers that I’d like to nonimate! Here are the rules:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 10 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Step one – done!  Step two – done!

Step three:

1. I am 21 years old, fresh out of college, hoping to make it big someday soon and travel a lot.

2. I am an Asian. Indian, to be precise and I oh so love it! 😀

3. I love to read! I am currently reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

4. I love to eat. If its edible and do not mind trying.

5. I have the best parents in the world! My elder sister is pretty rad too. 😀

6. I am spiritual. ( not religious 🙂 )

7. I am an ambivert, i.e somewhere in the middle of introversion and extroversion. 😀

Now , for the nominees.

1. Just a small town girl 

2. Play with life 

3. You should see my scars 

4. Lost in Wanderlust 

5. Wanderlust

6. I am Alice 

7. Positivelives313 

Please take the time to visit these blogs, they’re all amazing.  Nominees, here are the rules:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 10 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

I have added only 7 blogs due to some technical issues. I’ll edit and add more as soon as my internet stops being a jerk.

Officially Unemployed.

So, finally, I am done with my last semester University exams. They have kept me so busy I haven’t even had the time to think about blogging. Or sleeping. Or eating. 

Nah, I never ever forget to eat. Food is my louuuveeee. Haha! 😀

But yeah, blogging has not been on my mind, and I do say it with a heavy heart. I had completely forgotten about it. Sigh. And then today, I was checking all my mails and I realized, ‘ oh shoot, I have to get back to blogging! ‘

So, here I am! Back to blogging, enjoying my freedom, just lying on the bed doing nothing but eat. Ah, Bliss. Pure bliss.

But how long will it last? I have to start hunting for a job soon. 😦

Not that I don’t want to, but I had just started enjoying this feeling of having to do absolutely nothing and now.. but anyway! You gotta do what you gotta do!

As lazy as I may be sounding right now, I definitely can’t wait to get into the wonderful world of advertising and explore, the field and my own potential. How fun would that be, right! 

*starts day dreaming* 

Hehe. I just can’t wait to be officially employed now. You’ll be getting the good news any time soon. 😀 

IT’S ART!

 

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Eating is art. Cooking is art. Sleeping is art. Bathing is art. Loving is art. Being is art. Dressing up is art. Dressing down is art. Smiling is art. Frowning is art. Writing is art. Talking is art. Dreaming is art. Painting is art. Singing is art. Dancing is art. Thinking is art. Playing is art. Dying is art. Living is art.

Life is art.

You are art.