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In love with mandala

The hardest part, sometimes, is to spot hidden talents in you. Once you found your mooring, it’s rather easy to nurture it and that’s exactly what helped Ashwathi Ashok find the inner artist in her. As an engineering student at FISAT (in Angamaly), Ashwathi took to drawing, then doodling and finally other spheres of art. Here she shares the story about her tryst with art. Aswathy is now working as a business analyst with Standard Chartered Bank.

It all started in college when I got a kids’ drawing set as my 20th birthday present. I was clueless about what to do with those tiny crayons and the empty drawing book. Then one day I decided to try my luck, making a card out of it for my roommate to make her feel special on her birthday.

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That was the day I realised how much I enjoyed the process of drawing something (kid with a huge rainbow cake on the card which came out really cute) than the otherwise monotonous college life. I slowly picked it up as a hobby to spend my weekends and free time practising on the lines by doodling or sketching and enjoying the whole process. Going to art shops, picking up materials, trying out various techniques, watching YouTube tutorials, experimenting with watercolor, acrylics, glass paintings, pencil sketching …it was all fun. Believe it or not, I filled three entire drawing books by the time I left college. Needless to say, engineering made me an artist!

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During my art exploration, I spotted the mural wall paintings at a temple. It was so mesmerising that for a couple of months it lingered on me. One fine day I wanted to draw the same on my bedroom wall. My father was not so excited like me (for obvious reasons as the wall was painted anew), but he gave me permission to draw something small instead. I sketched some florals which looked totally like a new wall sticker and so I was very happy to show off my skills to all friends and relatives who visited my house. Since then my parents became so supportive and proud of this.

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It was then I got a job and moved out to a new city. If engineering life made me an artist, the corporate life made me a traveller. It was like I got a pair of wings. I flew to all the dream places I wanted to visit in India and each place taught me a different thing. If Jaipur was full of vibrant colors, Himachal was peaceful like a lit-up candle on a snowy night. I got inspired by various things that came across in my travel life and made it into my sketchbook. I mostly sketched the things that inspired me. For example, a scene in a book, a woman I saw in a colorful bandana, the vibrant fish in a clear lake and that’s the best part where I can relate art and travel. Now since the time I visited a Buddhist monastery, the focus has shifted onto Mandalas and Zentangle art which feels like a therapy for me to balance out the stress from my daily corporate job. I think there are similar-minded people around, that those pieces were much likable so I had taught the same to my friends on how to create mandala patterns and to use art as a therapy.

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I hope I will keep on exploring new things which art has to offer me. And to learn and take up art in a professional manner. In the long-term, I would like to inspire like-minded people to help find their hidden happiness through art, at least to create an Instagram page for my best pieces, to conduct workshops and on branding and selling my works.

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