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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Book Review- A Basketful of Lies


Title- A Basketful of Lies
Author: Geetashree Chatterjee
Publisher: Creative Crows Publishers
ISBN: 9789384901687
MRP: Rs 199/-

When I received an autographed copy of this book, sent lovingly by the author, I was excited about the cover. You will come to know the reason by the end of this post. However, as and when I started reading the stories, the cover took a backseat and I could not stop wondering at the mesmerizing lyrical prose with which the author has clothed her brainchild. This work is her debut collection of short stories that revolve mainly around urban life and complexities in coming to terms with an inevitable change. Be it the old dignified ‘Maamone’, who chooses an austere life and self-respect over everything or a shrewd small town girl ‘Aninda’ who makes a whole career out of a yesteryear’s superstar, the characters in these 15 stories are very relatable and one can feel them popping out of the paper, for the portrayal is so real.

A few stories have spooky and surreal plots that are fun to enjoy and offer nail-biting twists. Some are about star-crossed lovers and those stuck in sepia memories buried under the nostalgia. Reading these, I felt a range of emotions, from a surge of sympathy for the sincere ‘Probir’ to pity for the old ‘Kaku’ managing a forgotten bookshop.

I will call this remarkable collection as a very ‘balanced’ one for many reasons. The plots are varied yet connected with a common thread, like beads in a string. The prose is lyrical yet it does not crash under its own weight; the passages are beautifully described yet the writing does not go overboard with unnecessary descriptions. The author has a very good command over the language too. So, in a nutshell, if you are a lover of meaningful, clean and well penned literature, this one is not to be missed. I am sure you will thank me after reading this book!

Regarding the cover, I am glad to have sketched the cover artwork. Each painting is done in color pencil and conveys the respective story-line. 

Rating- 4/5

The book is available on Amazon and Flipkart

The author blogs @ Panacea



Monday, October 8, 2018

A Basketful of Lies

I am excited to share this amazing news with you all!



Congratulations to Ms Geetashree Chatterjee as her debut book 'A Basketful of Lies' has hit the stands! In this collection, each short story is a gem presented in a lovely lyrical prose. Everything from concept to language and from flow to the ebb, has been handled very meticulously. I just loved reading her work!



I am so glad to have done the cover illustrations for this title.There are six illustrations in total, done in color pencil. Each one reflects the respective story line. I sincerely thank the author for putting her trust in me.


This book is available on Amazon and Flipkart

Get your copy now!







Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sin


There is a thin line between luxury and sin; the former after a point turns into the latter. An item is purchased as a necessity, then a better one for more utility, then another version for style and aesthetic aspects. Next follows a bigger brand for status and then an even expensive one for luxury, but beyond that, our repeated purchase of that item becomes a sin and sinful wastage. This amount wasted on vanity can be easily used for charity, education or saving for rainy days. 

I know many people who are always under debt and loans for purchasing luxury possessions beyond their means, just for the sole purpose of flaunting. To me, longing for approval and applause from others betrays a lack of sense of self worth.



Friday, September 14, 2018

Adarsh Bahu


I have no appropriate words to describe how flabbergasted I feel at the news of Barkatullah University in Bhopal launching the ‘Adarsh Bahu Course’ (Ideal daughter-in-law Course). It is funny prima facie, but a serious look into it brings to fore some depressing truths. Even in these times when we find a pleasure in our non-traditional views and modern ways, such a course that aims towards training young women to become good housewives and brides is discouraging. We are pushing our women towards rut; forcing them to confine themselves into the space defined by the men with rotten patriarchal mindsets. We are manipulating them psychologically and making them visionless, dumb machines suitable only for domesticity, recreation and procreation. This course is a slap on our society that promises little gender equality. The overall situation remains as grim and gloomy as ever.

Also, the recent gang rape by a dozen men of a CBSE topper in Haryana reflects how low the already fragile male ego can stoop to any low to satisfy itself. The nincompoops who could achieve nothing have exacted this perverted revenge on a helpless girl who worked hard for her dreams. Intellectuals are leaving the country and brain drain is very high, colleges are struggling with lack of faculty and facilities, good health care is too expensive. In a nutshell, we are slipping into a dark one way ditch and the sooner we realize it, the better.


Friday, August 24, 2018

Help Kerala



It seems God is livid with His own country. With extreme floods all around Kerala, over 373 people lost their lives within a fortnight, while at least 280,679 people have been evacuated. The state is on a high alert. It is a time for us to donate as well as pray for the people stuck in such a painful situation.

White gel pen on black card paper




Sunday, August 19, 2018

Decline


Hate crimes are on a steady rise. The communal harmony is declining and hatred is slowly darkening the love communities in India had for each other.

Medium- Pitt pens and color pencil




Monday, August 13, 2018

Karma

I firmly believe in Karma. The 'Law of Karma' is infallible and it sees everything. It also ensures that what goes around comes around too. 




I got my new watercolor squeeze brushes today and this is my first poster with them



Thursday, August 9, 2018

Freedom



Men often take pride in ‘granting’ freedom to their women, which they think is a grand favor on their part. Sadly, women too feel or are made to feel lucky upon having such a liberal man in their lives. However, freedom is one’s fundamental right and cannot be granted, given or permitted by anyone. Sadly, in our culture, women are made to feel thankful for basic rights and apologize for everyone’s mistakes. Such things, in the long run, make them feel guilty about everything that goes wrong with anyone around them. Society turns them into blame absorbing sponges. 

Even though one may face hateful remarks, I feel personal freedom is something that must not be compromised upon. A woman's freedom is not a piece of cloth that can be trimmed as per someone's idea of freedom or perceptions.




Saturday, August 4, 2018

My Art On Cover Page 3

I am happy to have painted the cover page for this title.
Cover painting done in color pencils




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Lakdi Ka Pul III

I am glad to share that three of my poems have appeared in 'Lakdi Ka Pul III' an international multilingual poetry anthology published by Twin City Poetry Club, Hyderabad.








Cheers!