Books by Usha Alexander

  • A lone woman travels fearlessly into the jungle to confront the enemy. She holds the fate of an entire world in her hands.

  • When Craig Olsen returns to Idaho to say goodbye to his dying uncle, who raised him, he comes face to face with matters he can no longer evade.

  • "A suspenseful narrative weaves the stories and secrets of two generations into one seamless drama ... a worthy literary journey." —Kirkus Discoveries

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October 17, 2007


I just discovered your wonderful blog while searching for pictures of Udaipur, where my college-aged daughter is traveling during her semester abroad.

I've just started to blog about books -- mainly fiction -- at the above URL.

Thanks so much. I'll visit often.

Hi Ruchira. Thanks for sharing your inspired paintings with us again. I won't presume to pronounce on whether they are art, Art, or Great Art ;^) but I will say that I enjoy their moodiness and I think they are really lovely. In fact, I find them far more interesting than the paintings of Richa Arora. Just my $0.02.

Thanks, Usha. These two happen to be my own favorites too - particularly because I worked on them with much enthusiasm and the end result was satisfactory in each case. I like to show these together for another reason. My co-blogger Anna picked up on the common aesthetics of the two. I agree and pointed out the following:

Other than the fact that both happen to be inspired by magazine photos, I put them up together for the similarity in their color schemes. I used almost identical colors in the two paintings. For the most part, they are gold, amber, midnight blue / black and alizarine crimson. But because of the difference in the colors of the skies and the light on the horizon, one picture is cold and the other summer hot.

Namit will probably kill me for shameless self-promotion - but what the heck! Do visit my second anniversary post on A.B. where I have another painting up.

Like Usha, I find these paintings more interesting than Richa Arora's. I also find your explanation of your paintings far more understandable than Arora's jargon-laden statements.

I also like Usha's elegant classification of things into art, Art and Great Art. It has the appeal of minimalism, so I vote that the classification itself should at least be called Art :-)

Nice work Ruchira, sure beats Jack the Dripper! The trick now is to get the critics to agree with me, and art collectors to pay you the big bucks. Talking of Jack, do you know this saying about art critics: "No degree of mediocrity can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it interesting"?

Thanks, VP and Namit. The advantage of showing off before friends is that one is assured of kind words. As for my explanations being simple, that may be because: 1. They happen to be the truth and 2. Not being a professional in the market, I have no use for jargon.

In fact I find it so difficult to "describe" my paintings beyond the obvious that the one and only time I had to come up with titles for them (during my exhibition), I drove my family up the wall with anxious nagging for their suggestions.

I have heard that quote about art critics (the same goes for lit-crits, to a lesser degree) which is why there were so many derisive references to "art mavens" in my comments on the "Dripper" post.

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