Monthly Archives: October 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (07:11PM): The Green Pond

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I was reminded of my friend when coloring this mandala. Not that she looks like a frog! She just likes frogs. She collects frog-shaped things 🙂 I used crayons and markers to color this one but the crayons proved to be quite annoying. Markers, by far, are my most favorite medium to color a mandala. I plan to try acrylic paints sometime. Let’s see how it goes. Till then, the green pond with the green frogs will have to suffice.

P.S. No, these aren’t frog princes!

Sep 21, 2014 (07:11PM): The Green Pond

Sep 21, 2014 (07:11PM): The Green Pond

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Jul 30, 2014 (05:17PM): Breathe Slowly

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This one was a surprise for me in more than one way. Firstly, I tried a shade which I have rarely used. I used to think it was a useless color. My bad. It was surprisingly good and hence covers most of the mandala. Secondly, this mandala took more time than I had expected. I started it on Jul 27th and ended on Jul 30th. Thirdly, the overall African feel was completely unintended. Reminds me of my visit to Uganda back  in 2008. While I was coloring this mandala, a phrase from a very famous Urdu verse by Mir Taqi Mir kept popping up in my mind “le saans bhi aahista..” or breathe slowly.. breathe slowly as you color this mandala.. breathe slowly as the lion may hear you..breathe..slowly.. Jul 30, 2014 (05:17PM): Breathe Slowly ..so slowly that you even forget the ‘e’ in breathe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 27, 2014 (11:57AM): Combination – Beyond the Boundaries

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I have noticed that I try to remain within the boundaries when coloring my mandalas. Is it because I have always been told to color within the lines? I have noticed my urge to tell my neighbor’s daughter to do the same. I get frustrated sometimes when she refuses to color inside the boundaries, especially because I have see her classwork where she has colored beautifully. But is it justified – my urge to make her stay within the boundaries? I am aware of these thoughts when I color mandalas with her. Maybe it’s her way of expressing herself? Maybe she can’t do it at school (thank you, teachers, for your scolding) and feels comfortable at home thereby deciding to color outside the picture? Or maybe I am psychoanalyzing too much!

But isn’t it the way life is too? This pattern sets in from a very young age. We remain within the defined boundaries – self-defined or otherwise. Stay within these boundaries and everything is OK. Move outside and things go haywire. Professionally or personally. This is why I decided to color outside the boundaries in this mandala. It may not be as evident as it is in the original paper version but it is there if you look carefully. The purple pencil color outside the outermost circle. This reflects what I try to do with my life every once in a while. Go outside the boundaries – comfort zones – and try something the very thought of which scares me or makes me anxious. It’s fun. If you notice, it is still close to the circle and follows its shape. Outside but still connected. Interesting, if you ask me.

Jul 27, 2014 (11:57AM): Combination - Beyond the Boundaries

Jul 27, 2014 (11:57AM): Combination – Beyond the Boundaries

Jul 27, 2014 (11:13AM): Meezan (Balance)

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I know this image is used as the zodiac sign for Libra. And, I was actually coloring the zodiac sign mandalas. However, while coloring this simple image, the word in my mind was ‘meezan‘ (arabic for balance/scale). Whenever I think of this word, I am reminded of a TV program I watched back in the 80’s or 90’s (can’t recall the exact time). Someone was asked to explain the difference between the concept of ‘adl and insaf, as it is referred to in the Quran. The gentleman explained it beautifully by explaining that ‘adl means that both sides of the scale (meezan) are balanced whereas insaf means that one side of the scale is lower than the other. i.e. justice vs. equity. This definition has stayed with me over the years. It explained to me the idea of justice, equality, and equity before even I was familiar with these concepts. Simple and to-the-point. Wish I had remembered this gentleman’s name. Whoever you were, thank you!

Jul 27, 2014 (11:13AM): Meezan (Balance)

Jul 27, 2014 (11:13AM): Meezan (Balance)