The Story of Us – at TFI Institute 2014

Now that we’re in our 5th and final week of Institute, we were asked to present our “Story of Us” – that’s what it’s called. Basically, we present our journey here at Institute in any form of our choosing. I chose illustration. It’s not as tidy or finished as I would’ve liked it to be, but there’s just no time for that right now. Regardless, I think it still conveys most of what I felt Institute has been for me.

To give you some context before you go through the cartoons-

Institute is the 5 week training period before the 2014 cohort of Teach for India takes on their classes in the city.

There’s no non-vegetarian food served on campus.

The campus is on top of a pretty hill – which makes it hard for us to get to places with chicken.

1 title

2 intro 3 reaching-flame 4 registrstion 5 sessions


6 emoshunal


*these many times a day

7 1 miss-chicken


7 friens

8 commvisit 9 jk 10 dance-song 11dance-sara


12 1 chicken 12 summer-school 13 5am-sleep


14 morning 15 reaching-jaihind


16 staff-energy 17 jk energy

18 lp123 19 lp234

20 night-sleep


21 joy-of-rec


22 head-count


23 terrible-class 24 good-class 25 omb-learn 26 better-worse 27 learn-n-learn 28 hard-life 29 push-self 30 better-teacher 31 thank-you


The Family Rosary

I’m actually glad for today’s DailyPrompt. After my posts on pee and poop, I sincerely hoped my blog wouldn’t begin to be associated with scatological humor. I promise you I am better than that! So in today’s post I’m going to talk about PRAYER. That’s a major upgrade from listening in on someone’s business in the loo, isn’t it?

I come from a Roman Catholic family. And we Catholics pray to (not worship as is widely misunderstood) Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Rosary is a set sequence of OurFathers, HailMarys and GloryBes. And the life of Jesus is meditated upon while saying this 20 minute (approx.) prayer.

Intro over. Google will tell you more if you’re interested. I have a story to tell right now. 🙂

So, my Roman Catholic-ness goes up,up,up my family tree. I’m not sure how up, but that isn’t relevant to this post. Since the DailyPrompt asked what tradition/ritual was my favourite, I chose the Family Rosary. We’ve been praying the Rosary since I was a kid, at home, and in every relative’s house I stay over at during the holidays- therefore, it’s a traditional ritual of sorts.

We usually say the Rosary as a family at night before we all go to bed. And to be honest, Rosary time wasn’t my favourite time of the day growing up.

I’ll give you a peek into what our Family Rosary was like back in 1997 (I was around 7 years old)

Little Black Sheep

Little Black Sheep


Ya 🙂 So that was how our Family Rosary was back then. But after all these years, we still come together as a family whenever we’re under the same roof and say the Rosary.

It’s not exactly the prayer or the beauty or power in praying together that’s made me choose this tradition as one that I’m glad has stuck. It’s that it brings the family together. All of us have our own lives that keep us busy and apart from each other, and then come RosaryTime we’re all together, and since no one is all rigid about the Rosary beginning at sharp 7pm or anything, conversation mum, my dad, my elder sister and I. My parents make us crack up by taking childish jibes at each other, I talk about something that happened during the day, or something my friend told me, my sister gives her opinion on things. Sometimes it’s a big discussion, sometimes it’s one of our anecdotes making all of us laugh..and this goes on until somebody realises they have work or bed to get to and that person gets everyone to start praying.

Now that my sister’s married, her husband is one of us, and joins the fun and conversation.

And now there are 2 toddlers, my niece and nephew, in the mix too!

So, you see what I mean? Rosary time is pretty wonderful- the family, the conversation, and the praying together.

pray together


A Family Outing

I’m spending this month in Kerala with family. Trips to touristy places was on my Things-to-do-while-in-Kerala list. I didn’t intend a family trip, but that’s what I got on my first attempt at a trip to Fort Kochi. Eventhough we didn’t go to any of the places I wanted to visit, there wasn’t a dull moment. And that’s because it’s my family packed into an Innova. More importantly it’s because my dad who drove us there wanted to be back home all the while.

He says “There’s no parking spacee!” while passing empty parking spots.

He says “See??you can see from the car itself. Why you want to get out and walk in this heat?

Ya. So that’s mostly why it was eventful. Getting to our destination was a result of my willpower pitted against his.

I like quick cartoons..if asked to express myself- this is what I prefer. So, here’s a look at how a trip with my family looks like 🙂



When I was about 5, I remember sitting to read my picture bible and an unfortunate fly came and sat on the page I was on. So I slammed my picture Bible shut and that was the end of the fly who tried to get religion 😛 I still remember some stories from my picture bible, but more distinctly, I  remember the fly I killed. Must’ve been a quite a moment for me.

So this is  a comic strip triggered by that memory- drawn at work quite a while back. Spent more time than necessary making it presentable :s I got So much to learn.