2013 India sketch journal June 23 2013 By Meera Rao
Automobiles are special to people almost everywhere in the world. When it is a huge investment in your life savings it is treated very differently. I find plush seat protectors, fancy steering wheel covers, special things hanging from rear view mirrors, idols on dashboard to ward off evil and keep the vehicle safe, and of course the hanging air fresheners. This particular van in the roadside auto repair shop around the corner even had lace curtains and I had to sketch it!
2013 India sketch journal June 24 2013 By Meera Rao
During my college days drinking sugar cane juice with friends at the end of the day from a vending stand like the one I sketched here was an almost daily ritual. But having lived outside India for many years now I don't want to check if my system can still tolerate the roadside offering :( I really miss buying it and crave to drink the sweet juice but reluctant to take a risk (not yet anyway!) BTW, an interesting fact is that these road side vendors are such permanent fixtures that people use them as landmarks when giving directions :)
I realize looking at page 9 below that even though I have sketched the van and the sugarcane vending stand in isolation both are very much part of the landscape and life around here! Curtains in vehicles ( though I read they are now banned) and brisk business for the vendors is nothing out of the ordinary.
2013 India sketch journal Page 9 by Meera Rao