Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014...

Taught at university
Moved to a new country
Explored new places
Set up a new house
Set up a new business
Made some great friends
Rediscovered some old ones
Studied social media
Learned how to paint
Learned accounting
Wrote and shared poetry
Cooked food I love
Ate stuff people wouldn't
Started Skyping regularly
Met a cousin after 6 years
Listened to stories about courage
Read many many books
Started singing again
Started writing songs again
Took loads of selfies
Overcame tough challenges
Swam in the Pacific
Fed a kangaroo
Drank a lot of wine
Travelled like crazy
Fell in love, again.

It has been a year of learning, friendships, strengths, abysmal lows and great highs, exploration and rediscovery.







Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rickshawala: Wax crayon on paper

On a cold Kolkata morning, I took a cycle rickshaw. This is what my view was from the passenger seat: The driver's torso wrapped in a gamchchha (a loosely woven cloth that functions as a towel, a lungi and a turban).

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Kolkata (Mercury)

I asked my grandfather to come up with a word to describe Kolkata and he said, "Paradox." I then asked a Bengali friend and he came up with "Mercury." That, inspires this poem:

Kolkata (Mercury)

A Sunday evening
in The City of Joy,
a man peddles
his many wares.

Boxes and bottles,
jars and pouches,
potions and tablets,
leaves and branches.

A wrinkled hand
with a painted nail
holds out a vial,
"Guess what I have."

I look closely:
A shiny liquid,
a dense liquid
"It's mercury!"

He smiles at me,
clutches the vial.
I follow his gaze,
a faraway gaze.

Buses, trams,
tempers, crowds,
dumps, fumes,
kites and crows.

Sweat and blood,
heat and vapour,
a million dreams,
crushed ambitions.

A city of paradoxes,
judged and measured,
of value and poison
like a vial of mercury.

- Eisha








Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A mind too busy

Words and voices,
memories and noises,
a mind too busy,
a soul uneasy.

I rest my head,
toss and turn.
Sleep's a witch,
doesn't return.

I turn on the lamp,
watch its glow:
First a mild orange

then bright yellow.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mountainside: Acrylic on paper


The Lone Tree: Acrylic and oil pastel on paper

I tried acrylic for the first time and loved the results. My art teacher Gabriella Veidt-Weidmer then showed me how to mix wax pastel with diluted acrylic paint on paper. I loved the effect and tried on my own with oil pastels: