There was a time when I had a lot of time at my hands, time enough to paint and sketch. And then life happened.
I shifted home a year back. The most heart-strumming experince of moving a house is that all your memories which you have stacked away in boxes come tumbling out. You past dances a full-monty and your brain pulls out images which you thought were lost somewhere. So, as I picked up these sketches from a cardboard box ten years after they were made, there was a smile on my face remembering a life that seems like a forgotten dream now.
When I made these sketches, I thought they were perfect but now I can see the mistakes I have made. Urmila’s eyes need more work and Sridevi looks like a cross between herself and Divya Bharti. Raveena’s lips look as if she is straining them against a glass window and Aamir does not have teeth.
But let me not bore you with the nitty-gritty. Go ahead and enjoy these wisps of my memories.

Rekha

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If you liked the sketches, you might also like a few of my paintings.
Before you leave, I have a few more things to say. A few days back, I was given two blog awards. I haven’t thanked the bloggers who gave me those awards, so here goes –

Ricky gave me the Liebester award a few weeks back.
Sapna gave me the Best Blog of 2012 award.

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Thank you Sapna and Rickie for all the praise and considering my blog. Both of you made my day.

And in the end, please do not forget to promote my story idea for the Get Published contest on Indiblogger sponsered by Harper Collins by pressing the Like button on this link –

http://www.indiblogger.in/getpublished/idea/237/

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

83 Comments

  1. Jas December 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Rekha and Kajol are simply awesome… You sketch so well. I don’t know the nitty gritties but I liked how these looked.

    Voting done sir already 🙂

    Off to seeing your paintings now 🙂

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 8:58 am - Reply

      I still think Rekha is the best of all of them. She came out pefect. The rest need some work.
      Thank you Jas ji. 🙂

  2. Punam J R December 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    OMG!! Aweesomeeee sketches!! I think sketching portraits is the toughest thing to do. Wow!!
    And the paintings are even more beauuuutiful! Especially the cup of nature and the thirsty sun… just beautiful. Don’t tell me u’ve stopped painting.. that would be sad.

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Thanks Punam. Errr…I don’t know if it is tough or not but I do take a lot of time to create one. 🙂 Surprisingly, I cannot sketch a live person sitting in front of me. Guess, it is because no one can sit that still. 🙂
      I haven’t painted since the last 10 years but there is a bare wall in my new house that is very tempting.

  3. scorpria December 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    The sketches of Rekha and Kajol are stunning. Awesome work 🙂
    Off to see your paintings…

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Thanks Scorpria. 🙂 Yes, I think Rekha was the best of them. When I saw them after so many years, I still liked her.

  4. Giribala December 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Wonderful!!! A feast for the eyes!! Looks like some celebrities have even signed their pictures!

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Thanks Giribala.
      Hahaha! No, they haven’t! I thought it would be better if I put up their names instead of people coming to me and asking embarrasing questions like – who is this? 🙂

  5. Indian Homemaker December 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    These are really good!!! Awesome!

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Thanks IHM. 🙂

  6. Latha December 6, 2012 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Oh My!! Amit. i didn’t not know you had this extra talent. The sketches are so good. But you are right about Sridevi…hehe..and who’s the 2nd one? I like drawing and painting but I could never draw faces properly. 🙁

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Latha. 🙂 Yes, everyone who has seen Sridevi’s sketch think that she is Divya Bharti. I have had major discussions with people on that. Of course, I think she is Sridevi because she is Sridevi. 🙂
      I think we all have different talents in painting as well. Some people draw landscapes very well while some can draw faces.

  7. Roshni December 6, 2012 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Rekha is definitely the best, but the others are also really good!!

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Roshni. Yes, I agree. I still like that sketch.

  8. Anonymously Disguised December 6, 2012 at 6:46 am - Reply

    I can’t resist the thought of catching hold of Aamir and pinning him down (shirt on) for a game of chess :mrgreen:

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Yeah, you can turn him into a table and play on his back. 😛

  9. kayemofnmy December 6, 2012 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Hope you haven’t stopped drawing. They’re simply lovely. Have already ticked the red heart for your story. Hope it has a good dose of your trademark humour.

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:16 am - Reply

      I haven’t picked up the brush from the last 10 years but I am having this urge from some time now. Time of course is the main villian in my story.
      Thank you for liking the story. Oh no! It is a serious one. That was one horrible experience I would like to forget.

  10. inducares December 6, 2012 at 7:12 am - Reply

    I did not know about this talent of yours.Good you brought it out.The sketches are great!!!!!!!

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Thanks inducares. 🙂

  11. Harikrishna December 6, 2012 at 7:26 am - Reply

    They are simply lovely…. Oh man! How many things have you got? 😛 Unleash all 😀

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Thanks Harikishna. 🙂 There are so many things to do in life and I don’t have time. I guess none of us have. There is talent in everyone of us.

  12. suthewriter December 6, 2012 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Very talented! I like.

  13. Priya Sreeram (@priyasreeram) December 6, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply

    you are incredibly talented- while all you could see was your so called mistakes ; i only saw pure, raw talent; just wow; find time to keep this alive

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Thanks Priya. Yes, I have to find time. I have already squeezed in exercising, reading, blogging, watching movies and writing in my jampacked schedule. I need to add painting and PS3 to it. Then my life would be complete. And my wife would beat the shit out of me. 😛

  14. Priya Sreeram (@priyasreeram) December 6, 2012 at 8:24 am - Reply

    btw- kajol looks so alive and very real

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Thanks Priya. I agree. Its her eyes.

  15. Zephyr December 6, 2012 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Great stuff, Amit. Don’t go into the nitty gritties, just sketch and paint. It is a gift.

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Thanks Zephyr. Yes, I need to get this gift up on its feet. 🙂

  16. The Girl Next Door December 6, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    These are beautiful, Amit. I could realise some of them need a bit more work, but overall, great work! Especially loved Rekha and Kajol. They’re brilliant!

    Congratulations on the award!

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks TGND. I think Urmila and Raveena were the first ones I created. Rekha was the last one. I had a steady hand by then. 🙂

  17. Rachna December 6, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    You are gifted! And those are good sketches especially Rekha! Do stay in touch with this side of you as well.

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rachna. I will try. My only problem is that there are only 24 hours in a day.

      • Rachna December 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

        Tell me about it! I am really struggling with time management issues these days :(. With two kids, one dog, a husband, a home and my professional work, I am wading in huge problems of staying organized and finding time for everything.

      • Amit December 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

        For me the major issue is this huge amount of time I waste travelling. I really have to get rid of this for some peace. 🙁

      • Rachna Parmar December 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        I work from home though that has its own issues but commute is not one of them. How about renting a place close to your place of work. Here in Bangalore, people put their own houses on rent and find a rented place close to their workplace. It is a nightmare on the roads here, and we don’t have Metro yet :(. I really hate driving in such crazy traffic conditions :(.

      • Amit December 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

        I can’t even think of living in a rented apartment anymore. I have been doing that from the last 6 years and I now I really want the stability of living in my own home. I will rather try to bring my office near my house. 🙂
        I have a office bus, so I do not have to stand and travel or drive myself which is a relief.

  18. Ashwathy December 6, 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Wow!! This is awesome stuff!! Don’t kid yourself.

    Loved Rekha the best. Love the emphasis on Kajol’s eyes… bushy eyebrows in tact! 🙂
    I can see why you said Sreedevi and Urmila look like they need a bit more work on them. But I had no trouble recognizing any of them! 🙂

    Err… except the second one. Looks like a cross between Shamita and Shilpa Shetty. Don’t know, maybe my amateur eyes need some work! 😛

    My vote is anyway for you.. no two words there!

    • Amit December 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Hahaha! Thanks. No kidding. 😛
      I think the way we can identify Mahatma Gandhi by the outline of a sketch, people will identify Kajol in the future with only a pair of joined eyebrows on a paper.
      The second one is Shilpa. Do not forget that this is Shilpa 10 years ago. She wasn’t two dimensional then. 😛
      Thanks Ash. 🙂

  19. scribblehappy December 6, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Great sketches all–Rekha’s came out the best!! You are right about Sridevi looking a little like Divya Bharti (hehe) but great work overall! You sure are gifted!

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Yeah, Rekha was the last one I made. By then I had a more steady hand and knew where I made mistakes. I was happy with Rekha. 🙂
      Thanks Scribblehappy. 🙂

  20. Visha December 6, 2012 at 11:18 am - Reply

    My eyes were riveted on Rekha’s jewellery..you have put so much detail into that…awesome work Amit 🙂

    Loved all the sketches…great work!!

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:37 am - Reply

      That was the most difficult part. I was bored making all those tiny circles and designs. 🙂
      Thanks Visha! 🙂

  21. ashreyamom December 6, 2012 at 11:21 am - Reply

    wow.. nice sketches.. i remember doing everything in the drawing, keeping the face blank.. it took me years to get courage to draw the face.. :). but it became a style in my college days, not to draw the face, but complete the drawing.. :)..

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Thanks Ashreyamom. During my training in my present company, I got famous in my batch for writing names with human figures. I used to have a stack of files to take home to write names. Funny days those were. 🙂

  22. Lazy Pineapple December 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Lovely sketches 🙂 I loved sketching too and my favourite subjects were dry trees. No time to pursue that hobby now.
    I loved Rekha’s portrait a lot.

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Lazy Pineapple. I know! Time is the only problem with me too. 🙁

  23. Liju December 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Its really Awesome Amit. Rekha & Karishma look great. Liked all of them.

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Liju. 🙂

  24. seena December 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Awesome sketches Amit. Rekha is the best and her jwellery the bestest. Your paintings are also tooooo good. ‘The cup of nature’ (the tiger in it is so real) and ‘drinking the mirror’ are awesome.

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Seena. That jewellary was damn difficult to make. It really tested my patience. 🙂

  25. Maddie December 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Really awesome Amit!! 🙂

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Maddie. 🙂

  26. Nisha December 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Rekha looks the best!!
    You’re an engineer, writer, artist… do you cook and shop as well? Qualities of a perfect man…haha 😀

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Yes, I like cooking new dishes. I usually experiment during weekends. And I can shop. I can’t tell you how I have followed Geet like a dog for hours while shopping. 😀 I have acted as a walking hanger too.

  27. Bhavia December 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Can you do a portrait of mine? 😀 shameless request after realizing rekha looks more ravishing in your sketch than the original photos.

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Oh! The question I always fear! 😛
      Areee no, you should see the original photo which I copied. She looks stunning in that.

  28. Swaram December 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Wow u are so good 🙂 Let me go check out the paintings now!
    Congrats on the awards 🙂

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Thanks Swaram. 🙂

  29. My Era December 7, 2012 at 12:13 am - Reply

    I knew you are the master of pen on paper, but never knew the list includes pencil and paint too. Amazing observation and reproduction of minute details, both in these portraits and also in the paintings.
    Need a super-like button for the painting post 🙂

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Master of pen? Ahem! I think I have a long way to go. But thanks for the faith. 🙂
      Thanks My Era for liking the paintings so much! 🙂

  30. Purba December 7, 2012 at 9:33 am - Reply

    You’ve done full justice to Rekha’s sketch. In fact, all them are pretty decent sketches,expect Raveena who looks like Snow White’s long lost sistah!

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Thanks Purba. Yeah, I know. Her hairstyle gives that impression. And she looks like as if she is sliding down a wall of glass with the help of her lips.

  31. metherebel December 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    We only knew as a talented writer but what an artist you are?? I am truly amazed! You also cook don’t you? You have an impeccable sense of humor…. I am just curious do you have an unmarried brother who has all the above qualities??? 😀

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      I like cooking but only when I am trying something new. 🙂
      And unfortunately I don’t have an unmarried brother but a sister who is poles apart and very very lazy. 🙂
      Thanks for all the praise metherebel. 🙂

  32. Nidaa December 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    You probably deserves all those complimentary adjectives in the dic

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nidaa. 🙂

  33. Dr Roshan R (@pythoroshan) December 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    the fun part is i can remember so many of the original pictures… back then we only had a few options for these pics – Stardust, Filmfare, cIneblitz 🙂

    • Amit December 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      These are all from Filmfare. I was a Filmfare addict ever since the magazine used to cost 15 rupees. 🙂
      Filmfare used to have the most amazing photoshoots of Rekha. The photographs were a class apart.

  34. afshan18 December 14, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    These sketches remind me some sketches I made in school 🙂 anyway jst wanted to inform that I gave U an award too http://afshan-shaik.blogspot.in/2012/10/awards-and-honors-at-afshans-blogotorium.html . Sorry for not mentioning earlier as I thought it doesnt matter much but wanted to let U know I love ur blog 🙂

  35. afshan18 December 14, 2012 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I would be glad 🙂 if u reply to my questions

    • Amit December 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks Afshan for giving me this award. 🙂
      And of course it matters to me that people like what I write. Believe me, even if there is a single person who likes what I write, it makes me happy. 🙂

  36. Personal Concerns December 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    All Lovely Sketches! Specially like the one of the diva i.e. Rekha!

    • Amit December 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Yeah, Rekha’s sketch is my personal favorite too.

  37. Reema December 22, 2012 at 11:34 am - Reply

    very nice sketches…D also has some old sketches from college when he had that hobby. Will post someday.

    • Amit December 23, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

      That will be great. Will love to see them.

  38. pseudomonaz April 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    OMG… multi-talented people…Engineer, awesome writer and now these sketches…!!! Really good work, specially Rekha, its great..! Off to see your paintings… good lord.. how do you manage all your talents?

    • Amit April 28, 2013 at 6:22 am - Reply

      🙂 Aree, I can hardly manage anything nowadays. I have completely stopped painting. Most of my time goes in reading, watching movies and writing. I wish life could slow down a bit. 🙂

      • pseudomonaz April 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

        With so many talents, you surely do need 48 hours a day!

      • Amit May 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

        🙂 And don’t forget that I have to take out time for my wife too. It’s so tough! 😛

  39. Avada Kedavra April 30, 2013 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Really good drawings 🙂

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