Aao sahlei Chugli karein

After a draining long summer school day, I would get back home, untie my ponies, loosen my tie and with sweaty hands quickly run to my mumma’s arms, who would eagerly await my arrival, kiss my forehead and serve a refreshingly chilled glassful of rooh-afzah. We would sit cross-legged on the low-lying couch in the baithak savouring those fingerlicious samosas dipped in lip-smacking gurh-imli and pudina chutney. Everything in that time and space would come to life, but for that vintage black and white television, which would awake for a couple of hours every evening streaming the likes of Chitrahaar. Then, we would indulge in those never-ending but emotionally rejuvenating and intellectually stimulating conversations, whose every byte of wisdom is embedded in my memory to cherish for a lifetime.

During the recent pandemic several people went through anxiety and depression solely because of loneliness.

Gossip is not a trivial pastime: it is essential to human social, psychological and even physical well-being. The mobile phone, by facilitating therapeutic gossip in an alienating and fragmented modern world, has become a vital ‘social lifeline’, helping us to re-create the more natural communication patterns of pre-industrial times. 

Medium: Waterproof Print on Canvas

Size: 30 X 24 inches