India art journal Sept 4 2012 by Meera Rao
I did not see this scaly anteater in person, but it made the news for a couple of days! It emerged from the forests in a nearby village and scared the inhabitants since no one had seen a specimen until then. The police captured the animal and handed it over to the forest department officials who identified it as the Scaly Anteater, tagged it and released it back into the wild. I am not sure who was more scared - the rare scaly anteater Pangolin or the villagers! But the excitement till it was identified was well documented :) I read that despite their looks the closest relatives are the carnivorous mammals cats and dogs and not reptiles! The scales are sharp enough to wound lions and tigers and are made of compressed hair.
India Art Journal Sept. 5 2012 By Meera Rao
Right in the centre of busy section of the neighbourhood is a Buddha Vihar - a Buddhist Temple with a beautiful golden Buddha statue. The temple is an unexpected quiet place for reflection and meditation right in the middle of noisy hubbub with its serene blue walls accented with orange trims and marigold flowers artfully arranged on the black shiny alter. I enjoyed visiting the place whenever I felt lonely or lost.
Two more sketches below from earlier pages of the journal as well as the whole page look at the journal sheet with sketches from Aug 3-sept 3 2012.
India Art Journal July 8 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal July 9 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug 31-Sept 3 by Meera Rao