Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 270 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Dec 25, 2014: Asad (The Lion)


I must confess: I don’t like brown color (any shade of it). But I love this kind of mandalas. Abstract form of things. Quite stylish, if you ask me. And, after trying the lion and owl earlier, I know that these mandalas come out well in shades of brown. So, I colored this lion in light brown. The first attempt didn’t go well as I colored the outer section by mistake. Luckily, I had another copy of this mandala. So, I colored it right the second time. Happy with the result. For those who don’t know, Asad means Lion (in Arabic).

Dec 14, 2014 (10:50AM): Mayajaal


This one I enjoyed a lot. The innermost section I colored taking the inspiration from my 5 year old neighbor’s technique. Moving outward, I colored each section of the web. In those days, I was reading Chetan Bhagat‘s novel Half Girlfriend. The novel had one of the characters referring to the other as casting a mayajaal on their son. While coloring this mandala, I remembered this part from the novel. From there onward, the boring and tedious-looking mandala became an interesting one! I colored the web in vibrant colors, and decided to go outside the mandala and use the blank page to add more depth to this mandala – by coloring the page in ‘black’! To me, this took the mandala to a whole new level. It now has a story (of mayajaal – colorful, enticing, and yet dangerous), a perfect title, and the memory of a book that I enjoyed reading.