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August 09, 2007


Nicely done sketch. It certainly captures well -- to use VP's famous words on Churchill -- the "boneheaded imperialist" in him, not to mention the "pompous, self-promoting windbag" aspect of his personality :-) Do you recall what inspired you to do his sketch?

Do you recall what inspired you to do his sketch?

I actually do. And as you might guess, it had nothing to do with my admiration for the "boneheaded imperialist".... "pompous, self-promoting windbag."

I had just participated in a major wall to wall exhibition for the English Dept. of my college for which some of us were commissioned to make poster sized portraits of several English and American literary figures. We basically copied on a large scale, the thumb nail pictures available in text books. It was quite a bit of fun.

After that experience of successful portrait drawing, I proceeded to make more sketches, in note books and on loose paper, of well known figures who I thought possessed "interesting" faces. I remember drawing Tagore, Lenin, Abraham Lincoln, Mao, Sojourner Truth among others, as also a pretty good likeness of the young Amitabh Bachchan. Bachchan had just taken us young women for quite a charming ride with his histrionics in "Anand" and we were ready to drop Rajesh Khanna like a hot potato. (I never did like R.K. much - preferred Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar during those days.)

Churchill, with his "Bulldog" face qualified as "interesting" and was included in my choice of subjects. Unfortunately I have lost the other drawings but Churchill the Windbag, for some reason is still with me.

Yes, excellent sketch, Ruchira!

About the sailor: I am struck immediately by the alarm in the nurse's body language when I see the photo and I always found it interesting that others saw it as a picture of celebration. While the sailor's identity has been a matter of interested speculation over the years, the nurse seems to be regarded as a prop in the photo. And all this sailor can say about her is that they "never spoke"—not a word about her reaction.

Ruchira, you liked Dharmendra? Oh, my. After so many illustrations of good taste comes this confounding revelation! :-)

Hey, what does "good taste" have anything to do with liking Dharmendra? Are we women not entitled to our share of "himbos?" My mother, a woman of impeccable taste, used to drool over Dev Anand!

Hmm. I think a part my resistance to him came from the fact that he always got the girl too easily (though on one occasion he was willing to jump to his death for it). :-) By the way, when Dharmendra campaigned for a Lok Sabha seat from Bikaner on a BJP ticket, he was repeatedly asked to deliver the choicest dialogues from Sholay.

Hi i am afetr the ornament of the sailors picture for my dad as the one he had recently has been damaged if any one knows where i can get this from can they contact me on [email protected] thanks

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