Sketching Goa: Part 6

One last post from Goa, India. Bits and pieces, little vignettes, my family, and a tree I love.

Clothes hanging on a line to dry. On one side, a barbed wire fence holds up the line. On the other, a banana tree.goa_clothes_drying

The corner store anywhere in India is an amazing thing: tiny, but packed full of stuff. You can walk in and request almost anything, and the storekeeper will magically find it for you.

Wires crisscross the sky like someone took an exacto knife and slashed across the expanse of grey-blue. Radio towers, cellphone towers, bamboo scaffolding, crumbling buildings. This could be anywhere in urban India.

Food. Batatavada and garlic chutney, maharashtrian-style. Yum. With one special chai.

And malai kulfi for dessert.

Sketches of my family. My mom making chai in the morning.

And my dad doing his morning exercises. For 40+ years I’ve watched him do this same routine set, never skipping a day.

Quick little sketches: a woman washing clothes by beating them against a large, flat stone.
Lighting a wood fire to start the day’s cooking. A dried palm frond is the kindling.

A hot Sunday afternoon spent with a bottle of ice cold Kingfisher Beer.

And my very last sketch from India. A gulmohar tree in bloom. The flowers range from egg yolk yellow, to California poppy orange to fiery red. Those strange things under it? Giant spools of electric cables to be laid underground.

I’ve been back from India for a long time now, but posting my sketches over the weeks is a little like extending my trip and reliving the experience. Thanks for coming along for the trip. All my sketches form the trip, including many that didn’t make it to the blog, here on flickr.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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14 Responses to Sketching Goa: Part 6

  1. Lee Kline says:

    Thanks for your wonderful travelog of your country, Suhita. I hope to get there one day and draw for myself. This series has been wonderful.


  2. divineexistence says:

    Thankyou for sharing the cutting chai link and your post is lovely tour 🙂

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  3. Yours is one of my favorite blogs. I look forward to posts

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  4. Fabio says:

    Sketches from the hometown are like food from the hometown – they have a special taste, color, and excitement. Bravo, Suhita!

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  5. Amazing how you notice all the peculiarities. When I go through any of your travelogue sketches your last sketch gives me the same feeling of the last day of any vacation. I never want it to end!


  6. Loved the Flickr page and have shared it among all the Goan cousins, the Goa lovers far and wide and all my friends who are also into sketching, with all their varying styles and mediums. Suhita, your talent is really something!

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  7. Gabriella says:

    Great and inspiring series!

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  8. sitanaik says:

    The sketches are wonderful – for those of us who love Goa they are really special. Thanks

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  9. Stephen says:

    Love your Goa series – especially the market sketches with all the movement and colour. I’ll be in Southern India in August (Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady, Thottapally…) and have been thinking of replacing my Koi watercolor travel kit with watercolour tubes. I was hoping you could recommend some colours for the region. Many thanks for your fabulous and inspiring blog and sketches – they always brighten my day.


    • Stephen, I use a windsor and newton travel kit, with artist watercolors. love the box, but I like tube paints better than pans so once the original half pans are done with I just refill with tube paints and let the paint for a little ‘skin’ over the surface of the blob before shutting the box: if you’re travelng in India in the monsoon, though, that can be a problem because the high humidity means the tube paint never dries and runs in your box…

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  10. Suri says:

    Your sketches are truly terrific & lovely! ❤


  11. sunita10395 says:

    Very nice….good momemts


  12. leslie fernandes says:

    Love your sketches that tells the dys to day life in Goa. Visted Goa in 2011 and 2014 and did a lot of photography with the help of a great tour guide from Margao…Did not have time to do any sketching.
    Cheers….Leslie fernandes

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