Friday, April 29, 2016

Her hair, all that hair, so much of it

Work desk with images from my graphic novel 'Sauptik: Blood and Flowers' (tbr Fall 2016, HarperCollins India). © Amruta Patil 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016

The Arm of Mahadev / Bloodletting

From my w-i-p graphic novel 'Sauptik: Blood and Flowers' © Amruta Patil 2016

Had shared the predictable Flowers. It was time to share the Blood. Jayanta Mahapatra's 'Sunday' (thanks, Sumana Roy, for the lead) changed the way I perceived the act, visually:
"A hand of God
from the shapeliness
of the arm
where the flesh
had long bled out."

Saturday, February 13, 2016


Tentative cover of Sauptik: Blood and Flowers. Graphic novel 2/2 of the Parva series and sequel to 2012's Adi Parva, Sauptik has Ashwatthama as its narrator. To be released in Fall 2016 by HarperCollins India.

Friday, February 05, 2016


Two paintings from my forthcoming graphic novel 'Sauptik' (tbr September 2016, HarperCollins India) accompanied the opening essay of the sex survey special issue of news magazine India Today. Top: Arjun and Subhadra. Bottom: Hidimba and Bheem.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Obstetric ultrasound

Thump-a-lump of a certain heart. All else is fuzzy imagery, and one single day at a time.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Book of Hours | Postman Cheval's Ideal Palace

For National Geographic Traveller India (January 2016) © Amruta Patil
My heart always belonged to the allegedly-mad ones. Ferdinand Cheval's Ideal Palace reminded me of Nek Chand's Rock Garden in Chandigarh. Tireless acts of love that seek no instant validation. For more installments of Book of Hours:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Neti Neti and Iti Iti

From my w-i-p graphic novel 'Sauptik' © Amruta Patil 2015
Neti Neti (Not This, Not This) and Iti Iti (And This, And This): Austere sister, sensuous sister. Each keeps the other in check: from abstemious parch; from festering excess.|(From left to right): Neti Neti and Iti Iti. Yogini-Apsara. Bhikshuni-Dakini. High Priestess-Pregnant Empress.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book of Hours | Via Negativa

For National Geographic Traveller India (November 2015) © Amruta Patil 

Understanding the world by removing the superfluous (rather than by piling on the detailing) becomes more and more attractive to me. Thank you Paroo and Vasu for calculating how much rock was hewn out of the site. More Book of Hours here:

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Book of Hours | The Hunter's Shirt

For National Geographic Traveller India (September  2015) © Amruta Patil  
This installment of my visual-musing column is about a ceremonial hunter's shirt from the North African Sahel (most likely Mali). As the hunter slowly becomes one with his environment, so too does his shirt transform. To view image in larger size, click HERE.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015


From work-in-progress graphic novel 'Sauptik: Sleeping Ones, Rise' © Amruta Patil 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Book of Hours | Kamakhya

For National Geographic Traveller India (July  2015) © Amruta Patil
This installment of my visual-musing column, about Kamakhya Temple, is particularly dear to me. Seems like the hokey-est of desi justifications to do this or that, but the visit to Kamakhya in Assam happened because of lucid dream-beckoning. More 'Book of Hours':

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


From my graphic novel 'Sauptik: Sleeping Ones, Rise' (work-in-progress) © Amruta Patil 2015

Friday, June 05, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book of Hours | Padaria Vicente Pereira

For National Geographic Traveller India (May 2015) © Amruta Patil
Latest miniscule-visual-musing column is about the poders - bakers of traditional Goan bread - of Taleigao, Goa. This padaria (or 'poderia', bakery) is a particular favourite for its crumbling but ambient setting, excellent undé, and warm-hearted people. No matter how hard it rains, poders get around; reassuring pau-pau-pau horn, doughty bicycle with oversize blue tarp-covered bread basket. To see other installments of 'Book of Hours':

Friday, April 17, 2015

Book of Hours | Khuldabad

For National Geographic Traveller India (March 2015) © Amruta Patil
My last column was about Khuldabad, where lies the tomb of the disliked-by-modern-consensus Aurangzeb, Emperor whose name is now an adjective for things one fears in a leader. I found his resting place far more moving than the funerary ostentations of his family members. Reminder to dismiss none, specially not the despicable. To view other installments of Book of Hours:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Adi Parva images in private collections

                                      Photo courtesy: Tadpole store

The umbilical is cut. Parted with artwork originals for the first time. 3 multi-image sequences, a diptych and one solo image from Adi Parva will soon be in private collections. Thank you for the quiet, ergonomic gift of wings. And do check my website (click here) for future notices about artwork originals on sale.

Friday, January 16, 2015


From 'Sauptik: Sleeping Ones, Rise' (work-in-progress graphic novel) © Amruta Patil 2015 
When it comes to that which is un-ownable, truly open-source: no shelf-life to learning and delight. But wobbly cores no can handle autonomy.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Book of Hours | Andlau Abbey

For National Geographic Traveller India (January 2015) © Amruta Patil
About Alsace, Andlau Abbey and Europe's steadily-effaced Bear mythology. The Bear King was reduced and humiliated, while the Lion crowned in his stead. Kiss blown in the direction of Mister Noia for sms-counsel.