Monday, September 24, 2012

The Old and The New

India Art Journal Aug 26 By Meera Rao 2.5x4"
 
According to WikiHow, 'Herding cattle is an art and science that requires patience, knowledge of flight-zone, and a bit of bovine psychology'   But I bet  herding on a motorcycle is pretty unique to urban India :) I have seen this often since my stay in India the past three months - mostly around sundown.  I am not even sure how the cow and the herder find each other in the urban jungle!!! The cows are still seen on the streets in Maisuru and unfortunately they suffer through living in the urban area - dealing with traffic, and eating plastic bags and garbage that is strewn in the streets. Sadly, not much is being done about it and somehow the owners think its perfectly fine to let the cows out as if the cityscape is countryside pasture :(

 
India Art Journal Aug 25 2012, by Meera Rao. 2.5x4" 
 
Maisuru city has many ruins of old bungalows and houses waiting to be either renovated or swapped for shiny new multistory buildings that are sweeping the landscape.  Soon after the rains though, in and around the falling bricks and crumbling buildings are jewel like blooms and lush greenery! The combination of fresh foliage, flowers and tired old remnants of building has its own special charm.  
 
Once again, I am posting a sketch from the earliest lot giving it indiviual spot :)  You may read more about it here. 
 
 
India Art Journal July 1 2012 by Meera Rao
 
P.S :It is sheer coincidence, but is there an irony here that I have sketches relating to herding and airports in the  post! :)
 

6 comments:

ashok said...

interesting sketches...

padmaja said...

Oh, the motorbike guy is a regular on our street and I get angry with him, the cows runs to keep up with him,why cant he just walk along side!
Lovely sketches and some pondering Meera!

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Ashok, your comments are always welcome!

Meera Rao said...

Padmaja, thanks:) yes these sketches have provided me with lots of things to ponder and much food for thought!

Katherine Thomas said...

That IS interesting that people require certain skills to herd animals properly... You're right, we should all be good herders, because we ourselves are always herded around. We have to follow airport procedures, stores, sports events, schools... everywhere we are given rules of what to do and how to do it! I like the irony of herding the cow with a motorcycle. I guess even that job has made technological advances! Your sketches are so much fun!

Meera Rao said...

Thank you so very much Katherine! I am glad you find the sketches to be fun :)I sometimes wonder if sketches mean much to others at all. Its been a personal achievement for me to have sketched everyday for 93 days now ( I know I am way behind in posting!) and I am really excited that I have kept up with it despite my hectic schedule here :) Thanks again!

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