Monday, 22 February 2016

शायद मैं एक देशद्रोही हूँ

शायद मेरी देशभक्ति कुछ गलत है, क्योंकि मैं आजकल सोशल मीडिया पर जेएनयू तथा उसके कुछ छात्रों को फाँसी देने या गोली मार देने या पाकिस्तान भेजने जैसी पोस्ट करने वालों में देशभक्त को नहीं बल्कि देशद्रोही को देख रहा हूँ। उन सभी लोगो से क्षमा चाहते हुए यह लिख रहा हूँ कि मुझे ऐसी धमकी देती हुई पोस्ट ख़ुद हमारे देश के संविधान और कानून का उल्लंघन करती हुई ऐसी लग रही है, जैसे कोई आतंकवादी संगठन अपना वीडियो जारी करता है। 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Who is Anti-national?

My social media timeline as well as newspapers and news channels are filled with JNU issue these days. I have kept my silence on this issue so far, and just following the people shouting their lungs out on TV channels and posting hate messages on Social Media against so called Anti-national students and “Anti-national” institute JNU. I was really amused how a small number of student’s rally can tag entire institute Anti-national. There are so many hate posts by some of my friends on social media. There are so many hate speeches by famous news anchors on their prime time. I kept myself out of this issue, not because I cannot form an opinion about it, but because I refuse to blindly follow mob mentality on any issue. In my opinion, real Anti-national is the person who put hate speech or comment against someone without knowing the fact. When we call someone Anti-Indian for not believing in our country and its constitution, it is actually we who are not believing in our constitution and not following our country’s legal system. Actually, we don’t have time for this, as we live in small moments. We see some video or photo on social media or TV and don’t like it, we just express hate comment and pass it on for others to see and express their hate comment. We don’t have time to validate the authenticity of the original post or news. In fact, we don’t even care if that is fake, because deep down in our black heart, we have the same expression which we expressed, irrespective of the news or photo or video.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Artshake - a staple dose of Art

Artshake is a marvelous art book by Yogesh R Pugaonkar, the renowned artist in Comics Industry of our country. I have been a fan of his art since I met him in first Comic Con in Delhi, and I still cherish the sketch card he gifted me in our first meeting. Then I loved his work in Ravanayan series. He has been drawing and posting some of his work on Facebook, and we were enjoying his style. I love the way he draw eyes as they speak stories. I have always been fascinated by his art, and could not hold myself from buying this in recent Comic Con. The art book is fantastic as it features a journey of Yogesh’s artwork from his school days to sketches to realistic to caricature to digital art and making process. It even has a special feature “Flicker Fun”, which animate the characters once you flicker through pages. Each page holds you with its beauty and you will enjoy the visual art for some time before flipping the page. It is like walking into an art gallery and enjoying the arts on display. 

In most of the pages, the process was shown on how an individual piece of art was created. I think that is going to help new and upcoming artists to learn something. But for me, as a fan, it is a visual treat, and I think it is one of its kinds in India. My favorite is “Protect the innocence”, followed by “Artworks in Greytones”. I would have wanted these as posters, but it’s still nice to have these on good quality thick paper to enjoy from time to time. 

This is one shake I love to have, and show to my friends. This is my staple dose of Art Shake. This art book is available online with various retailers as well as in Comic Con events.