Small Things #8 – The Legend of Latu Bhai

“Latu Bhai hid Vava’s glasses,” declared my Little One as we were rushing to find my Older One’s glasses this crazy morning. I was lecturing the older one on his carelessness as he was getting late for school. But my three year old came to his rescue. “It is Latu Bhai!,” he said with conviction.

So, it was Latu Bhai again! Latu Bhai and his ‘partner in crime’ Undistynx are responsible for all the mishap in my house. They hide things, make the closet messy, drop water bottles and even tickle kids. We have been hearing about Latu Bhai for quite sometime now.

And surprisingly, Latu Bhai sounds so similar to my ‘Paper Bunny’, a character I had created when I was 6 or perhaps 7 year old. He was a naughty person who would throw paper all over the house. How kids recreate their parents’ second childhood! I had created another character called ‘Ms Jealousy’, who was jealous of everything and would chase everyone.

This legendary Latu Bhai (I don’t know how he comes up with these names) brought back so many beautiful memories of us kids running all over the house, wildly and happily, being chased by ‘my’ imaginary characters.

I am not done with Latu Bhai yet! It does not matter how many mischiefs are done in his name! All that matters is he brings innocence, story, creativity and magic in my house. I want Latu Bhai to stay because the day he leaves, my kids will grow up!

(Art by Adiraj)

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From Chandraprakash to Chandramukhi

This Thermocol Mannequin Head in the hobby store, ‘Michaels’ caught my attention. It looked so inviting that I couldn’t resist buying it for $5. My little one, who loves naming everything, called it ‘Chandrapraksh’ for some reason. Chandraprakash stayed in the laundry room until yesterday when an idea struck me. And then the process of transforming Chandraprakash into Chandramukhi began in the basement.

Some acrylic paint, brushes and sketch pens were used to paint her face. And a flower sticker was attached to her neck.

A feather band was used as a headgear.

And finally she looked like this. Now, she sits prettily in a nice corner. This is my Chandramukhi!

But how would you decorate and transform your Chandraprakash?

My Madhubani Artwork

The Madhubani painting kept me busy this holiday week. It is a folk art that expresses mythology as well as other old practices through bright colours, rich pattens and lovely figures. Traditionally, it is made with a special nib and natural colours but I adapted it, using ball point pen and acrylic. These paintings can brighten up any place in your house. Do tell me, what do you think!

Bar Girl and More!

A visit to the awe inspiring Marine Art Museum at Winnona, Minnesota charmed the artist in me. Who knew a small wayside museum would hold grand artistic splendors created by masters such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet…!!!

 I was fortunate to be the first one to admire some recently added exhibits, informed an assistant curator. I marveled and oohed and aahed over the visual delights all around me. 

The visit filled me with a passion to create, leading me on to paint the bar girl (impressionism, above) using water color for the first time. I also went on to draw two sketches. 


A Marilyn Monroe like beauty!


A girl next door!

The artistic frenzy has still not left me and I guess I will have to create more to get over it.  

The Winona Marine Art Museum, situated along the scenic Mississipi river has left me inspired and wowed! I bought an amazing book on Impressionism. Will write more about it sometime soon. This last one by Morisot is an exhibit at the museum.


I highly recommend a visit if you live around!