Dots and dashes: How artist Madhvi Parekh developed her own language to tell stories of her youth

Dots and dashes: How artist Madhvi Parekh developed her own language to tell stories of her youth Entirely self-taught, the artist depicts fantastical creatures, fables and divine beings in a style often compared to the Spanish painter Joan Miro. Share Tweet Email Reddit Print From a distance, Madhvi Parekh’s early paintings look like Kantha embroidery. Dots and lines add up on the canvas to form whirlpools, waves, a stretch of road. These guide the eye to focus on the fantastical animals, mythological figures, trees, and people that populate her work. A new retrospective of Parekh’s works, The Curious Seeker, at the DAG Modern art gallery in Delhi has 70 works made over five decades, and at least as many examples of how the dots and dashes foreground certain elements and give cues on how to read the work. In King of The Water, a work from 1980 made on paper with pen, ink and glitter pen, for example, the dashes and dots are dense in the bottom third of the canvas and thin out as you …


His tongue shorn, father confuses
snacks for snakes, kitchen for chicken.
It is 1992. Weekends, we paw at cheap
silverware at yard sales. I am told by mother
to keep our telephone number close,
my beaded coin purse closer. I do this.
The years are slow to pass, heavy-footed.
Because the visits are frequent, we memorize
shame’s numbing stench. I nurse nosebleeds,
run up and down stairways, chew the wind.
Such were the times. All of us nearsighted.
Grandmother prays for fortune
to keep us around and on a short leash.
The new country is ill-fitting, lined
with cheap polyester, soiled at the sleeves.

by Jenny Xie

The Gift of Death

The Gift of Death:

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th December 2012

Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it. There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; a silver-plated ice cream tub holder; a “hilarious” inflatable zimmer frame; a confection of plastic and electronics called Terry the Swearing Turtle; or – and somehow I find this significant – a Scratch Off World wall map. They seem amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the twelfth they’re in landfill. For thirty seconds of dubious entertainment, or a hedonic stimulus that lasts no longer than a nicotine hit, we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations. Researching her film The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered that of the materials flowing through the consumer economy, only 1% remain in…

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things" from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Copyright © 1998.

Don’t Make These Common Writing Mistakes

People judge you by your writing, so getting a word wrong can make you look bad. Be sure to avoid these common writing errors in your next email:Affect/Effect:Affect is a verb; effect is a noun. It affected him. The effect was startling.All Right/Alright: Although alright is gaining ground, the correct choice is still all right.A Lot:A lot is two words, not one. Allot means “to parcel out.”Between You and I: Nope. Between you and me is the correct phrase.Complement/Compliment: Things that work well together complement each other. Compliments are a form of praise.Farther/Further:Farther is for physical distance; further is for metaphorical distance. How much farther? Our plan can’t go any further.Lay/Lie: Subjects lie down; objects are laiddown. He should lie down. Lay the reports there.

Dragon Arlene Dickinson’s simple secrets for financial success

Toronto StarBusiness / Personal Finance Dragon Arlene Dickinson’s simple secrets for financial success: Mayers Dragon’s Den co-host talks about her attitudes towards money and why material trappings can be a trap. CODY STORM COOPER / FOR THE TORONTO STAR Former Dragon's Den co-host Arlene in the garden of her Blue Mountain cottage: Beware that the trappings of wealth don't trap you, she says. By:Personal Finance Editor,Published on Mon Aug 31 2015 Arlene Dickinson is best known as one of the tough-talking, no-nonsense venture capitalist co-hosts of CBC’s Dragon’s Den. The highly successful businesswoman, who the broadcaster bills as a multi-millionaire, came by her success the hard way. She arrived in Calgary as a three-year-old with her immigrant parents, who were fleeing South Africa for a brighter future in Canada. “My father and mother wanted us to have a better place to live,” she says. “But we were the typical immigrant family, with five dollars in our pocket.…