The 72nd Indian Republic Day

Oh! the ruler of the minds of people, Victory be to You,Dispenser of the destiny of India!Punjab, Indus, Gujarat, Maratha (Marathi heartland),Dravida (South India), Orissa and Bengal,The Vindhyas, the Himalayas, the Jumna and the Ganges,And the oceans with foaming waves all around.Wake up listening to Your auspicious name,Ask for Your auspicious blessings,And sing to Your glorious victory.Oh! YouContinue reading “The 72nd Indian Republic Day”

a rant

Today I’m thinking of Asifa, an 8 year old child raped and murdered for political and social reasons. But is this something really new, India? I was in my fifth standard walking along side my mother when someone grabbed my not-even-there-yet boobs. I was terrified, confused, worried. I still remember the street, I remember theContinue reading “a rant”

Color and Pray

Here is a doodle that was birthed as a prayer over India. The peacock is India’s national bird. Peacock motifs are widespread in Indian temple architecture, old coinage, textiles and continue to be used in many modern items of art and utility. (Nair, P. Thankappan (1974). “The Peacock Cult in Asia” (PDF). Asian Folklore Studies.Continue reading “Color and Pray”

Praying over India on Indian Republic Day

India celebrates its 67th Republic Day. A day when the Indian constitution came into force moving India forward into an Independent Republic. This is the first year a foreign troop (French military) will be leading the parade. How fun! The French President Francois Hollande is the guest of honor this year. This doodle is my prayer overContinue reading “Praying over India on Indian Republic Day”