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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


'The only thing keeping you from being happy, is the belief that you are alone.' - Anna Draper, Madmen.


Too many terrible tidings on the news, too many treacherous losses over the last couple of weeks. A small prayer for peace. A little hope for more love. And genuine gratitude, for what some of us are fortunate enough to have.

A big thank you, especially to Ladoo, for making the distance take a hike, always.  :) ♥.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Roommates - the short


And here it is! :D I hope you enjoy it!

Roommates from lavanyanaidu on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Roommates


 Roommates

I confess, I used to be mortified by the sight of lizards. No logic really. Ironically, I would probably appear to be some tail-less Godzilla to it, but it's just one of those things that you fear and refuse to reason with.
 I've had this Mother lizard in my room, for say over 2 years. She pretty much keeps to herself, sometimes taking rounds between my desk and a small hole in the wall behind my waste paper basket, catching moths and light bugs and what not. Every once in a while she leaves a little surprise on my table while I'm asleep at night, not a pretty one. but the previous nights digested dinner. 

It's all peaceful. 

Until,
She goes outside for a walk on the wall, has a one night stand and has a ton of babies.

Suddenly, I wake up one morning, and they are all over the place. Crawling out from behind the tube-lights, merging with the ply on my desk, snoozing on the rim of my wardrobe. 
Mother lizard knows me, but these fellows? NO. So the minute I shriek, they fall, either on me or near my feet, running nervously in all directions, me all the while trying to stand still in order not to step on them.

So this is how it is post mating season. A lot of lizard babies and a lot of mild trauma on my part.

But then everything changed. 

My partner got me some sticky paper to trap these guys and throw them into the bushes. 
 Things were going too far, and I couldn't keep track of them anymore. I'd go to sleep with one perched on my tube-light, then wake up in the middle of the night for a drink of water and find them on the frame above my head. Have you ever turned the lights on and off and seen how fast they move from one place to another? DON'T. Apparition exists, Harry Potter fans.

So I finally got around using this paper. And it changed my life. How? 
I put it on the floor and waited. There was this particular Tiny thing that merged with the ply on my desk. Bold and brave, catching bugs almost one third it's size. And then one of these bugs landed on the paper, Tiny thing gets excited. Tiny thing is stuck on paper. 
With probably the most courage I have ever had to display, I picked the paper up opened the window and let it go. Lizard gone, cool wind blowing and I realized a minute too late, that it broke my heart. 

Not that I wanted a room infested with lizards, but it was out there in the cold, predators and all. The adhesive would dry in a bit and it would be free to go. But why I found it necessary to do that to something so tiny, I could not find an answer to. I stood by the window for an hour.hoping it would crawl back in. Actually hoping, waiting.
And then when it didn't, I sat down on the floor and had the biggest cry I've had in a very long time.
Not a pretty sight. 

The next morning I looked out the balcony and the paper was empty, the bug and Tiny thing were both gone. I felt guilt and then relief. 

Now? I have roommates. I've learnt to live with them. When they need my desk, I just give them their privacy and leave the room, or pretend my bed is an island and plonk myself there.
I sometimes even try to stick light bugs to broom sticks and feed these guys (hasn't worked so far, you have to be really really still). I'll still scream if one falls on me and quietly leave the room if it's running all over the place. But I am not mortified anymore. I wish to coexist.

I've worked on a tiny, silly little short film, bearing only little coincidence to real life events.
It should be up soon, and here's a still from it ^^.

 I hope you have a laugh or a shiriek, but enjoy it. 

Coming soon! :D











Thursday, June 26, 2014

Celestine!


I was gifted an early birthday present this year! :D 
It's my new Ukulele! I've aptly named her Celestine, from Ernest and Celestine., because she's small but isn't in the least shy of speaking her mind when strummed! 

I love to sing (I'm not sure if I'm any good), and have been wanting to own an instrument to accompany my singing for a while now. And I finally do! All my love and gratitude go to my partner; you have no idea how grateful, thankful and happy I am, to own one of these! I love you so much!

On the other hand, I've been experimenting with new styles and this one's a semi-rough sketch of working purely with light and colour and no lines. SO MUCH FUN!! :D

Hopefully more to come soon! 






Sunday, June 15, 2014

To Dada, love, Mamoni.



To my father who taught me everything, and still looks at me as if I were a child. 
Thank you for everything Dada, I am and shall always be, ever grateful.

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(On a technical note, this was an experiment to understand colour and light. And drawing everything with colour, including the shadows and highlights. So in other words, it's all one single layer of colour! 
Open the image in a new tab for details!)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Key to Happiness

 and my first acrylics on canvas! :D 








It's difficult to put into words what we feel for those we love.

Everything that's ever been good/deal in my life, I've always had to work really hard for. But the joy of experiencing that something good, when you least expect it, has always been worth the wait, the agony and the hope. 

If you have that good thing in your life, treasure it, guard it, and love it, like every day were the first day you realised you had it. 

Thank you Fuff', I love you. Big Happy two and to infinity and beyond.

The distance is only a state of mind. After all, there's a window on your wall now. 

♥.





Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mommy.



Up On the Daily Prophet! 

To the greatest woman on Earth to me. Thank you endlessly, for every little and large thing you have done for us, thank you for all the little and large sacrifices you have made to put our happiness first. Mommy, you are everything to Dada, Gau', Leo' and me. 

My mother, is the reason, that I have so much to be thankful for, today, every day. One right move in the right direction, at the right time, changed my life, for the best I think it could possibly be.

She's Magic. 


I devote my lifetime in keeping you as happy as the best I can. I love you.

(psst: click on the image if it's not moving, and view in a new tab. There seems to be a freezing charm (Immobulus) that's on the loose)


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Food, water-colours and a small prayer for a vacation.



I've been attempting a balancing act at this point like never before! So many things to sort and work on all at the same time. All I need a nice swig of cold beer, some evening breeze, a good sketchbook with some good old cartridge paper and a partner in crime. I think he'll be here in a week.

On a different note, I'm sitting with my water-colours after ages. And I realise I've run out of all the good paper I use to have in college. Need some urgent stationary stocking up. 
Wonderfully enough though, my eight year old set of Camel water-colours is still mixing up really well. She's got a decade and more, I bet. 

 Hope everyone out there is taking time off and enjoying the weekend!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ron.


My official first attempt at drawing my first realistic yet fictitious dragon. I had so much fun. drawing in all the details on the scales and the veins and everything. Ridiculous amounts of fun! 

This one is dedicated to my best friend across the sea, Maddy. On having a conversation with here about drawing the dragon, she promptly named her Ron. She'd seen the first colour draft and was reminded of the Weasleys. 

So there you go, Ronnie ♥.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Birthday Soul Sister!



She is one of the most wonderful, big hearted and loving people I know. Seven years. ago she made room for me in her life and I am so glad. Apart from all the peculiar things we have in common and also those priceless moments, you truly redefine magic to me because of the human being that you are.

My best friend, my soul sister.
Happy Birthday my love! 

You deserve every happiness in the world. 

Love,
La'.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Somewhere only we know.


Summer's here! And so are all the birds and geckos and other little forms of life outside my window! (I am mortified of the wall lizards though)
Time for pitchers of nimboo pani, icecream and kulfi and cold water showers, films with happy endings and hanging out at air-conditioned spaces a lot longer than usual!

Open up your windows and let the sun in! 

Hope everyone's got plans! :D

Happy Birthday Maddo!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADDO!

I know you're across continents and I really wish I was with you! 
But I hope you had a great one, and you know how much I love you.

May all your wishes come true! 

Keep up the over-achievements! 


Monday, February 17, 2014

It feels like home.


I am eternally thankful to the Universe for the existence of these girls. And I am more than deliriously happy and fortunate, that our paths entwined.
My best friends, my confidantes, my conscience and partners in crime, a big part of who I am today, I owe to them. 

Thank you, for making it almost surreal, for making it despite the distance, despite how wonderfully different we all are, and despite the time.

When I'm with you, it feels like home.

I love you three birdies.



Friday, February 14, 2014

Let there be love.



Let's all be honest, we don't need to define a day to celebrate love.
But I hope that this day, poses itself, as an excuse to spread some anyway. Love in all shapes, sizes and kinds. 

Liberate yourself. Show some heart.

(A little note to my Valentine: Thank you for the magic. To infinity and beyond. I love you. Stay crazy.)
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy Birthday to you potato! :D


To the little things that make for happiness.


It's funny how distance can make you understand (albeit some times with much agony), the impact of  another person in your life. It makes the little things matter. 
(Even if they are as ridiculously tiny and as irrelevant as my feet.) 

Happy Birthday to the boy who can fit all of the little things in the palm of his hands.
There is a little world that rests in them. And that world is a whole person.

Thank you for everything. 
Your ignorance to how special you are, is both endearing and humbling.


Always stay happy, always stay loved. May all of your large and little wishes come true.
May you always be the Spud amongst the moronic studs that surround us.

Love,
the other potato.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Birthday baby!


Happy Birthday. We love you.


A Long Walk for Bina - Ruskin Bond

Recently checked something off my bucket list, illustrating a Ruskin Bond story. 
Worked with one of the nicest publishing houses, Rupa Publications and their awesome creative director, Maithili. Had a fun time churning these out, hope you enjoy the result.

(The book is available online if you'd like a copy, A Long walk for Bina, by Ruskin Bond, Illiustrated by Lavanya Naidu - Rupa publications.)


Here are some of the final illustrations/explorations! :












Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ever Blossom.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY DEAREST!

Last year on the 5th of November, I gifted my mother an ever blooming variety of plant, the euphorbia milli aka Milli. It was to be my proxy, while I spent time away from home travelling abroad. My mother has always been a gifted green thumb and the plant true to it's description and it's owner, has always been in bloom. 
Recently about a month ago, my parents took a vacation to the South of India. She left Milli to the care of our mashi. Mashi vowed to take care of Milli and religiously did so while my mother was away. Strange as it may be, Milli having sensed my mother's absence, refused to rejoice in a new caretaker's shower of love, and did not bloom. 
On my parents' return, mother was horrified. Milli was sunken and depressed, with not a single blossom on her.
Mashi was thoroughly confused and upset and needed much consoling.
 Mother started to talk to and take care of little Milli. Within three days time, by what I would normally call a coincidence, but what was quite obviously a Mother's love, Milli was back being her usual blossomy self, swaying in the breeze, leaves shining.

A month later, which is a few days ago, I returned from a long travel, quite exhausted and haggard. Took me two days of Ma's love and her home cooked meals to feel like Milli does. 

My mother has that effect on me, and everyone she loves. She is a miracle maker. 

Happy Birthday Mommy dearest!
We love you more than one can contain in expression.

To good health, happiness, good fortune and the superlatives of all good things in the world-
Cheers!

And Happy Birthday Milli! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

I is.


At the end of hectic Thursday.