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Friday, December 5, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Birthday awesomeness!


This post is dedicated to the people I love and cannot live without. 
I had the most splendid weekend and got a ton of thoughtful, useful and lovely presents!
A big thank you to everyone who got together to make my day so special.

I've always secretly wanted my friends to draw for me, and I don't know how my thoughts carried through the wind, but they actually took the time to make some of the most beautiful, meaningful and magical work I have ever been on the receiving end of. 

I cannot tell you how much this really means to me. You are all magic, you are all joy.

Love you.


Paper quilling awesomeness from Kanshu!

Magical matches and lovely little messages by Nandu!


8 bit me, with nail colour and earrings and floral prints! Such detail by Ladoo.

My love for dogs (and the way I sit) perfectly captured by Shubee!



Thank you for everything! Thank you for making the time, no matter the place. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy Anniversary folks!!


In 30 years, if we can be half as strong and as in love as the both of you are, then we consider ourselves lucky. 

Thank you for making me believe. 

Happy Anniversary! 

We love you! 
♥.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Strong.

To every one of you who has made me who I am today. 
Thank you. 

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Importance of Hugs

We live in a world, where there cannot be a more important thing than to emphasize the need for love. 


After a long year, of seemingly endless work and terrible food, welcome home Maddy! 

A big thank you for the charms bracelet. I cannot tell you how much I love it!

Something's never change. I will always love you. 

Now for organising those weekends!! :D



Saturday, September 6, 2014

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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