Monday, 25 November 2013

Tin Tin Shoes for my Tin Tin

It's been a while since I have posted something. But haven't been doing much work these days. Well, getting married soon, so am enjoying the shopping phase. But honestly, that's what I have been doing for sometime now. But in between, I got this request to hand paint a shoe, and the request was from my loving and little genius nephew Agastya.

He had seen what I did for Gautam, the Angry Birds shoes. And mind you the 3-year-old vividly remembered the background of that shoe and wanted exactly the same light blue background but with his father's favourite character Tin Tin in it. Yes, Tin Tin was and is favourite comic character of Agastya's dad since his childhood. 

Agastya got to know about Tin Tin after seeing scores of Tin Tin comic books and VCDs lying in his house, preserved by his doting father since his childhood. And in this smart phone and tablets age, Agastya has more often than not has seen Tin Tin cartoon videos on his dad's phone. And that's how the request to spray Tin Tin on his shoe came to me.

Now, there was a challenge here. I had to hand paint the smallest possible size available canvas shoes for someone who is obsessed with its details too. Due to my shopping ways, I kept the request on a back burner. But one fine day, the cutie pie, called me and said 'Maasi, what's happened to my shoes?. I replied casually, "Sorry Agli, I forgot." Pat came the typical sweet kid response, "Please maasi, get it done naa, please." And my heart melted like an ice cream.

I decided to get on with it on war footing and mind you the result is nothing less than impressive. And I am not the one evaluating my work. Agastya has decided that he will be wearing these shoes for my wedding. Which essentially means, he has 'LOVED' it. So the process was no different from what I did during Gautam's shoe. 

Just that Gautam, at 29, wasn't the one looking for details and Agastya, 3, was. Yes, by mistake a rocket that I had painted on the shoe was filled with wrong colours, and I was told to change it to white and red like its in the comic series. But then it was worth it. I completed the shoe in a matter of three days.

Delivered it to him the next day, and since then, Agastya hasn't worn any other pair of shoe. And has also promised me that he will wear them to my wedding too. That's all what I wanted, the joy he has and the smile he wears is worth more than all the hardwork. 

The beginning

Work in progress

Adding the right colours

The wrong rocket

The finished product with right rocket colour

In love

The rocket with the right colours

Agastya wear's them with some attitude

And mind it he doesn't like anyone saying a word about it

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Hand of God

No. This is not about Argentine footballer Maradona who scored a goal with his hand and got this term 'Hand of God' coined. This is about one of oldest friend Dhruvi Reshamwala's skills. This mother of a cute little, 2 & a half year old girl Kavya is one hell of a Rangoli maker. Not that I didn't know about it. But what she did this time around was stupendous, splendid and awe-inspiring to say the least.

Just before Diwali time every year, there is a Rangoli exhibition organised at Surat Science Centre year on year. Dhruvi and her sister Shraddha are hardcore Rangoli enthusiasts and no wonder they were keen on being a part of it second time this year. Luckily I happened to be in Surat this time around, managing to maintain some distance from my hubby-to-be. And let me accept I thank my stars I was in Surat.

Just for the sake of catching up with Dhruvi for old times sake, I eventually ended up spending hours with her for a day or two even while I was feeling sick and unwell. And yes it was worth the pain. Dhruvi was attempting to design a 3D rangoli of 6 feet x 16 feet size. And impossible was not a word she understood. And after a gruelling 7-8 hours of dedication for 5 consecutive days, the result was nothing short of outstanding. 

And what was more compelling is how she managed to switch from being a mother of little Kavya, wife to Devang and daughter in law to Devang's mother. And all this wasn't possible without their support. And it was worth their support. In an exhibition with over 50 rangoli designs, her stood out solely for its 3D perspective and one has to see it to believe it. The disappointing part was the meagre compensation that she received from the organisers, but that was never her motivation. 

So see this and tell me if I was wrong to say that she has a 'Hand of God'

The final rangoli