January 27, 2012 § 2 Comments
So this week I had to plan my daughter’s third birthday party, and lo and behold – she’s obsessed with pink (shudder). I always secretly hoped that she would skip this phase, but now that she’s in the thick of it, I figure my best approach would be to embrace it, overdo it and get it out of her system by over-exposure! (only slightly kidding!). Anyhow, I doodled this thinking about her wearing her pink party dress and her sparkly crown. Also – kudos to Jane Yolen for writing this fantastic children’s book – ‘Not all princesses dress in pink‘ ( See more here http://janeyolen.com/works/not-all-princesses-dress-in-pink/).
This if for my pink princess!
January 18, 2012 § 3 Comments
July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
The first half of this year has gone by in having one more baby who is now 5 months old, housing parents for a few months in between and managing a toddler who is now 2.5. So my hands are busy, my legs are tired , my back aches and my sleep deprivation is finally catching up. As of about a week ago, I have finally started to carve out some ‘me time’. If there’s anyone out there reading this and is a mom – you know who you are, then you also know how special and precious ‘me’ time is – whether its that morning cup of coffee or the few minutes of quiet during nap times, or that last one hour of the evening. My ‘me’ times have been so far and few inbetween and have just slipped me by.
So, 6 months have gone by, since my ‘ New Year Resolution’. But resolutions are made to break right. So my new mantra is no more resolutions. Just do. And I did.
I finally went (toddler in tow) to see the Alexander McQueen show at the MET, and while I am not a big fashion person, the show was far from being a show about a fashion designer. It was spectacular – art in fashion, art in inspiration, art in presentation and a feast for all senses. It has inspired me to stop resolving- but just doing. So here I go again – 6 months later. Do more things. Make more art. Live more in Life.
January 26, 2011 § 1 Comment
So I finally have a website up – a real live one that actually exists in cyberspace. After months (possibly years) of procrastination, my make believe world has made it out to the real world. Do check it out and I would love to hear from you!
Along with this born-again website, I have some other new year promises to keep.
1. Do a sketch a day. (Hopefully some of these are good enough to share with you on this blog).
2. Get all those picture book ideas that are currently swimming in my head out into the world.
3. Shamelessly promote my illustration work.
December 22, 2010 § 4 Comments
Ok, so am not the biggest fan of most Indian sweets, but I love Carrot Halwa (and Gulab Jamuns and Kesari and Thartipal and Badam Halwa and Payasam), but that’s really it! I also love the blog ‘ They draw and they cook’ so am thrilled that they featured my work there. I hope to keep drawing fun food stuff !
December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
Ok, so I promise this will be my last post about Maya, but I had to share this with you. My almost two year old toddler discovered Maya, and has taken quite a fancy to Happy Holi Maya! I get so excited to see her completely mesmerized watching it, hitting play again when its done and repeating ‘Happy Holi Maya! I’ll admit, it gives me a big kick, but also makes me re-believe in the work I do, in pursuing the passion I love – storytelling and illustrating for kids! Also, I’ve been getting shout outs from many mommy friends who have seen both Maya episodes doing multiple re-runs on Nick Jr. in between shows so if you happen to catch it let me know! Meanwhile, it’s back on nickjr.com, under kids-videos/storytime.
November 22, 2010 § 1 Comment
Post the success of Maya the Indian princess, Nick Jr. commissioned me to do another animated spot – and I created Happy Holi Maya! in 2005. Happy Holi Maya aired on Nick Jr. in May 2005. Besides being on TV and online, it screened at a number of film festivals worldwide, including the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and BAMKids, NYC.
The idea took shape after I went through my third cold white winter in NYC, and longed for spring colors and summer warmth. (In India, we welcome Spring by celebrating the festival of Holi, where kids and adults alike, frolic and throw colored water on each other).