Suhita Shirodkar on Mumbai, India.
“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.