Skip to main content

A timeless love story

This is a painting I made in February 1996. It hangs on the wall, in my mother’s cottage, in Kerala.
It shows Lord Krishna and Radha. Theirs is an immortal love story that that has inspired painters, musicians, poets and artists for centuries. There are thousands of songs and paintings ,dating back to the 16th century,describing and expressing this love affair .It has an element of adultery too--but oh, the passion! The story is indeed timeless and continues to inspire and fascinate people, even in this age.
I was no different. I remember that day, when I made this painting. I was just 24 then and barely 10 months, into my marriage. I hadn’t had my children. I had accompanied Satish, on one of his official trips, to this beautiful place called Hyderabad. He had taken permission from his company, for me to accompany him. We were staying in a luxurious and posh place. He left for work early that morning. I was free, to do what I pleased-- to explore the city on my own or just laze around. We had decided that once he completed his work, we would go to see some places together—otherwise I would go on my own to some art museums and galleries.

That morning, I was sipping my tea and browsing through the well stocked collection of books and I came across this image. It was compelling, fascinating and alluring. I simply loved it. I felt this intense urge to copy it. It was a small image.(perhaps 8cms by 6cms) I wanted to recreate it and paint it much bigger.

I always carry my art supplies, when I travel. I can never say when I am seized by this uncontrollable urge to paint. That morning I was.

I spent the whole day painting this picture.(The finished painting is about 2 feet by 1 and a half feet) I did not budge till I completed it. I did not even take a break to eat. I was so engrossed in it.

When Satish came back from work that evening, that’s how he found me—huddled over the painting, ecstatic about how it had turned out—and very very hungry!

It has been 11 years since I made that painting. Looking at it, transports me back in time. It definitely is not easy to resist a good love story! ;-)

Comments

  1. What can I say. Wow

    ReplyDelete
  2. Superbbbbbb painting..wowwww P u r a grt painter, writer, mother, wife, n wat else dear? may God bless u wid happiness n joy always!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This leaves me speechless! This is awesome!

    Vidya

    ReplyDelete
  4. Marja: :-)

    Pai:Thank you!Thank you!You have been one of my greatest supporters.I'm grateful!

    Vidya:Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nice, especially also because you say it was completed at one go!

    (My favorite aunt is '72 born too!)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Spunkey Monkey:Thanks! I'm born in 71--but in the latter half of December.(so its almost 72 but not quite!)
    Do you paint?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hey,,,,that was just amazing!!!!! it is a time less love story...gr8 title!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Quite good...Do you still paint???I like to dabble too, but am nowhere as good as you

    ReplyDelete
  9. hey i rem the apinting.. it sure is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Akanksha;Thanks pal!

    Diya:You must have seen it at mom's right?

    Kartik:Thanks.Yes I do paint.But i dont copy any more.Click on P's art site on the right side of this blog and you can see my original paintings.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Lovely painting. You leave wanting to see more of your work

    ReplyDelete
  12. Lovely how that moment of passion caught you. The intensity of doing what you love is amazing.

    beautiful painting.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Keith: Thank you! I dont do copies anymore.You can click on P's art site which is right inder my picture on the right side of this blog to see more of my paintings.

    Me in my world:Thank you!

    Dame's diary: Am smiling now.

    Sweetsticky : Oh yes--sometimes the madness just takes over--but i love it!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Excellent painting, u r so talented..

    ReplyDelete
  15. So u not just a good writer. Ur a talented painter too! wow!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Painting's beautiful. Shows your skill and enthusiasm. :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Beautiful painting! You are too good woman!

    ReplyDelete
  18. You paint quite good.. and you seem to have loads of patience. Which is a good thing.

    Now can you lend some patience please..

    ReplyDelete
  19. J: With paintings I am patient--otherwise not really!

    NM,Rads,Tys,timepass and point blank: Thanks so much!!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow, that's not a painting - that's a whole experience of emotion and personal voyage :) How wonderful that it can take you back!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hmm. Used to, but these days I make random pencil sketches and call them "modern abstract art in the school of Chagall" or something like that.
    So, to answer your question simply, No. But I wish I could. Seems to me like a very interesting, engrossing and at time cathartic exercise.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I like the way you euphemistically refer to 'Hunger'..who can fathom the ways of the heart?..love is not rational..it can't be..it is driven by passion and hunger..to this your picture is dedicated. I like it.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Your painting is beautiful. Now I must go look up the love story; D

    ReplyDelete
  24. I am in love with your being in love with that love story. I have heard of it. I have not learned it. And I am a bit ashamed of that. Most everyone, I think, has heard of Lord Krishna. Time to delve.

    Thank you, Ps.

    ReplyDelete
  25. This is a simply lovely lovely painting...and you ares so true, the Love of Radha & Krishna is so eternal and immortal...Really timeless, your painting too!

    ReplyDelete
  26. WOW what a lovely painting!!

    PS ur so talented.


    Keshi.

    ReplyDelete
  27. TS:Thanks!

    Niall: Yes--that element in the story appealed to me.

    Nessa:The story is worth a read.

    Kalyan:Did you know that even after radha was married off, she continued to have these clandestine meetings with Krishna?
    Krishna too was married.

    Keshi:Thanks!! But I honestly feel that there is more talent in creating original pictures--not merely copying!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I adore the tales of Lord Krishna, and I always see him depicted this way, blue.
    So in love am I.
    Your painting is timeless, tasteful and full of life, I love it!
    WEll done you.
    xo
    Blue

    ReplyDelete
  29. Loved your painting! So full of movement and great colours!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Beautiful painting!! Stumbled upon your blog. Enjoy reading it. Which part of Kerala?

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your leaving a comment! Okay--I appreciate your leaving a comment if you have something nice to say ;-)


Popular posts from this blog

Ten Reasons why you should attend a book launch by your favourite author. No.9 will delight you!

Why should you attend book launches? Here are ten GREAT reasons! :)


1. You get to hear the author and know what their personality is like when they are not writing.




2. You learn something about 'behind the scenes' that went on in a book.





3.You can ask them questions.





4.You learn something new. (most of the time!)






5.You are showing your love to the author by turning up.





6.You can discuss what the author spoke about with your friends.





7.You will be a a part of a fun event.




8.You can take selfies to post on social media.





9. You discover new books! (what can be a  better reason that that?)




10. It is a thousand times better than watching a movie (which you can always catch later!)



For those of you in Bangalore, come and meet me today(5th May) at Sapna Book House, Koramangala where we launch my new book

  Love a Little Stronger.


The launch of Love a Little Stronger, and a picture for you :)

I have just come back from the launch of Love a Little Stronger. It was a fabulous event, and I am so overwhelmed with the massive turnout, and the love that my readers showered on me. One of them (Madesh) got me a lovely gift too! He gifted me a framed photograph of my family ! (a picture which I had posted on Instagram). A very cherished gift indeed. Thank you Madesh!

Here are a few pictures from the launch:

I was in conversation with Arup Bose, who heads Srishti along with Mr.J.K.Bose.


 The stage, all set for us.
 The fabulous crowd.

My readers--it was a full house.
The interaction was fun! We laughed a lot, chatted a lot and really had a great time. Everyone who came to the launch said so and I was happy to hear that.

I have posted more photos on my Instagram stories  and I will be sharing many more photos on my Facebook page tomorrow.

 This is  the gift which my reader Madesh gave me:



I feel very blessed and grateful to have such lovely and wonderful readers. A big thank you …

What happened when an annonymous person sent me flowers.

This morning when I returned from my walk, a pleasant surprise awaited me. It was a gorgeous bouquet of pink flowers, the very same ones you see in the picture above.

'Who has sent these?' I asked my husband.
He shrugged, ' It was there when I came back after walking the dog,' he said.

I looked for a card, and there was none. It was an anonymous mystery sender.

'I am sure you sent it, as a surprise! And you are pretending that you haven't,' I told my husband.
'No, I actually wanted to get you flowers, but I didn't get around to it. I didn't send it. Must be one of your friends,' he said.
I was puzzled. It had to be someone who knew my residential address, and  I wondered who it could be.
'Perhaps it was wrongly delivered, and it was meant for someone else,' I said.
'No chance. How can anyone wrongly deliver these flowers? It's someone who has sent it for you,' said  my husband.
I asked one of my closest friends if he had…