Category Archives: India


Oops. Don’t know how I filled non-waterproof ink in my pens instead of my usual Platinum Carbon Waterproof ink. Sometimes mistakes like that make for surprising results. Like this ‘Winchester Western Wear’ store sketch: I was originally attracted to the … Continue reading

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Last Bits and Pieces from Chennai

Anywhere in Chennai you see golden statues of the politician MGR. On the banner behind him is the Jayalalitha.  It’s a bit eerie, they’re everywhere. On a more normal note, here’s a sugarcane juice seller on a street corner. And … Continue reading

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Coffee in Chennai

When in Chennai, drink filter coffee. And if you can help it, make sure you grab some at a tiny corner shop that pours your coffee just right. (wish I’d captured that pour in a sketch: here’s an instructables step-by-step on how to … Continue reading

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Wedding Music

Traditional music at a South Indian wedding is led by an instrument called a nadaswaram accompanied by thavil drums. You can listen to it here. It plays almost continuously at a South Indian wedding. To a trained ear, I’m sure it means more … Continue reading

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More wedding moments

Bits and pieces from an Indian wedding. Day 1 included the mehendi ceremony. Here are more sketches from different events. As you entered the wedding hall everyday there’s always a lineup of beautifully dressed women handing out strings of jasmine (and conveniently, bobby … Continue reading

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Small moments from a big wedding: The Mehendi ceremony

I was recently at a family wedding. A very big family wedding. My sketches don’t capture the huge festivities, the pomp and splendor, the crowds of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people who attended the four days of festivities. What I have instead are little vignettes, mostly … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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