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RK Laxman’s “The common man”

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If you read the Times of India anywhere from the 1950’s onwards, you couldn’t have missed the little comic strip “You said it” featuring  the common man by RK Laxman.

The common man

This caricature could be found in the daily comic strip, peeping down manholes, observing speeches, fights and  games.  He is usually a silent witness to all the action around him but ah… so memorable.

So for all of you who feel the same nostalgia, here are some timeless strips.  Enjoy!

The common man celebrated 50 years  sometime ago -he  has been featured on a commemorative stamp as well as honored by way of a 10 foot bronze statue at the Symbiosis Institute (Pune).

Little desi detective

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Have you heard of Sally Bollywood the little desi detective?  Sally is an animated Indian girl who owns her own detective agency (SBI – “Sally Bollywood Investigation”)  and solves cases with her best friend Doowee.

Sally bollywood

Thumbs up to details like the little choli that Sally wears (with an elephant pattern on the front) and the cool dance numbers. But I can’t quite understand why she sports a large vermillion bindi (A bindi of that size and color is traditionally only worn by married women and since its against the law to marry off a 12 year old ……) 😉

But bindi’s aside, this sweet little animated series is a good effort in developing an Indian /Asian character for little kids to follow.

Here is a youtube preview:

The Sally-Bollywood series is developed by France 3 and Seven network and distributed internationally by Zodiak Entertainment Distribution.  The series is popular in UK and Europe and yet to make its way to North America.

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May 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Warli art revival

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Does this artwork look familiar?  No-this isn’t just a hip T-shirt print you may have come across.  This Warli art form has its origins in the Warli tribe from western India and is said to go back to 2500 or 3000 BC! The Warli use only white for their paintings. Their original white pigment is a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding.

By Jivya Soma Mashe (1997)

The Warli used circles based on their observation of the sun and moon, triangles from mountains and trees and squares to denote an enclosure of land.

Humans are represented by two triangles joined at the tip:

Jivya Soma Mashe (1997)

Today, this tribal art form has found new life through the efforts of artists like Jivya Soma Mashe and is exhibited in galleries around the world.  And yes -it has also found its way to inspire hip T-shirts and other modern Indian accessories 🙂

Warli painting kits are available at

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April 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm

A modern take on the Dhol + Video featuring Rani Taj

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The dhol  (Indian drum) is best known for its widespread use in Punjabi and modern Bhangra music and was often used to celebrate a successful harvest.

Courtesy: Little guruskool musical instruments board book

The drum is made up of a wooden barrel with animal hide or synthetic skin stretched over its open ends, covering them completely.  The dhol is played using two wooden sticks, usually made out of bamboo and cane wood.

But the main reason the dhol has recaptured our attention is new Dhol sensation Rani Taj (yes you read that right – a girl dhol player!) and her modern take on this ancient instrument.  Here is her Dhol remix rendition to Rihanna’s Rudeboy:

Note- lyrics of this song are not kid-friendly

So, what did you think?  Post your comments here or  on our facebook page.

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April 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Artist feature – Aarohi Singh

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We recently stumbled onto Aarohi’s gorgeous pieces of art.  This self – taught artist from Bangalore, India says she gets inspiration from everything around her.  Aarohi paints on almost anything whether its paper, wood, metal, cardboard or fabric.

Her Kitsch kettles are one of a kind and she never repeats a pattern.  We love the cheery colors on the India kettle:

Nazarbattoo kettle

India kettle


People have always told me to put a ‘kaala teeka’ on my kids…thats where the idea of the ‘Nazar batoo’ kettle was born”







These watercolors will transport you to warm summer days :

Chalte chalte

Boys scribbling















And for those of you who prefer functional art, check out this vibrant game table:

Khiladi table


Aarohi does have a few select pieces in some stores in India but those are few and far between. Her art is available from her directly and she can even ship to North America!  Just contact her on her site and she will take it from there.   So which of these appeal to your style?


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April 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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