Suhita Shi­rod­kar on Mum­bai, In­dia.

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“Cap­tur­ing life’s en­ergy and mo­tion on paper is per­haps nowhere more chal­leng­ing than in In­dia, where I was born and raised and to where I re­turn of­ten to visit fam­ily and take in the sights, sounds, and smells that I miss so much,” says Cal­i­for­nia-based graphic de­signer and wa­ter­col­orist Suhita Shi­rod­kar. “It was on a re­cent trip to Mum­bai—which will al­ways be Bom­bay to me—that I stopped to sketch this scene of St. Thomas Cathe­dral, a 1718 land­mark near Horn­i­man Cir­cle in the Fort area. Around me, gen­eral chaos pre­vailed as pedes­tri­ans threaded their way through stalled, honk­ing traf­fic. But there was some­thing won­der­ful about how this old white­washed church rose calmly above the city’s mad bus­tle, aloof and time­less. Also fab­u­lous were the passersby who stopped to watch me work and to chat with me, par­tic­u­larly the gen­tle­man who brought me a cup of hot chai. I can’t think of any other city where the ev­ery­day and the ex­otic, the old and the new, sit so com­fort­ably to­gether.”

BOM­BAY GOTHIC Built in the early 18th century as the city’s first Angli­can church, St. Thomas Cathe­dral rises solemnly above South Mum­bai’s Veer Na­ri­man Road.

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