It took me about 8 months to do the painting below called, ‘Ibaadat’, which means prayer. The reason I named it that was because It became like praying. I used to wake up early and reach the university studio at 7.30 in the morning, work on it till the time that I could and then, most evenings, I used to walk out of the studio with a thought, a picture more clear and vivid than the other thoughts on the string. Perhaps they were answers to my prayers.

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Menstruations: Indra’s sin and women’s curse

“Venus and I” watercolour on paper. 2017

Time and again, I have wondered, and perhaps like every woman, that why do half the population on this planet bleeds every month and the rest don’t and I think that I might have found the answer to this dilemma in Hinduism. It not only answers that why women have periods but also why are they considered unclean, cursed and fit to seclusion for those painful days.


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