I must admit this – I was too lazy to color all the parts of this mandala. So, I decided to keep it simple. Good decision. This time around I tried something new. Instead of coloring the outer circle, I filled it by drawing tiny hearts (one of the few shapes I can draw). I think I’ll try to go out of the mandala. The blank space around the mandala is, and can be, made part of the mandala by filling it with colors or drawings!
Mirror, mirror on the wall..
To me, this mandala looks like a circular mirror that mirrors the image of another circular mirror, which reflects a light blue rectangular mirror, which reflects the image of a dark blue rectangular mirror, which itself reflects a red rectangular mirror. Mirror image, indeed.
In hindsight, it also takes me to Jorge Luis Borges‘ short story The Library of Babel..and Lewis Carroll‘s Through a Looking-Glass.. and, last but not least, Jostein Gaarder‘s Through a Glass, Darkly.
Crazy stories. Just like this seemingly simple image.
Sometimes, I look at my reflection in the mirror and wonder if I am the real person or the reflection. Or maybe both? Depends on which side of the mirror you are at.
Basant is the traditional festival which marks the start of the spring season. It is synonymous with kite flying, flowers, food, and color. The pattern and the colors in this mandala reminded me of this spring festival.
Summers in Karachi are synonymous with Koel‘s sweet songs and cool evening breeze. I LOVE koel’s coo-coo. While I was coloring this mandala, a koel was perched on a tree near our apartment house, going coo coo. When I finished coloring this mandala, I decided to name it ‘Koel’s Song’ as that was the background music to this mandala. I call this koel ‘our resident koel‘ 🙂
Some additional comments about Koel: This bird has been commonly used as a metaphor in Urdu poetry. So is its lovely voice or coo-coo. There is a famous Hindi movie song (Nindiya se jagi bahar) from the equally famous movie, Hero. This song is about the awakening of spring accompanied by koel’s singing.
I was talking to my family members while coloring this mandala, and made a ‘mistake‘ i.e. colored the top rectangles pink instead of green (as I had originally planned). Oh what to do now! No worries. We’ll create a new pattern. Luckily the bottom rectangle wasn’t yet colored. So, I colored it pink to create a new pattern. This was my jugaar (or Jugaad, as some people spell it).
This one took me a lot of time..around 2.5 hours. Why? Because I was talking to my family while coloring this mandala. The colors came out quite well. I’ve noticed that happiness has been a recurring theme in my mandalas. A good sign, right?
I was also accompanied by my neighbor’s 5-year old daughter, Fizzoo. She graciously awarded my mandala 3 stars (as can be seen in the image below). What more can one want!
I love the light blue and red combination. That’s what I colored first, followed by the flower petals. I thought about coloring the inside of the petals but then decided to leave it as white. Simple & clean. I like it.