Super Mario

238 Super Mario

It took me a while to be in complete awe of his work, I don’t exactly know why, but I just knew of Mario Miranda before (like I had heard the name, knew very little about him) and enjoyed seeing some of his drawings and vignettes in select places in Bombay, etc. That was about it! I never really took care to go through his work, or such. Last month though, I went to Goa for a few days; I was staying with my ex-roommate Nandini (Velho), and well (unrelated), her house reminded me of a modern day tree-house, from the furniture to the rooms, etc. Everything just looked so interesting, and the home – so very inviting. Anyway, her dad, Luis (d-uh, a Velho too) is an architect (felt I should inject that, here), and a complete Mario Miranda loyalist.

The walls of their house are covered with some of Mario’s coolest works (there were some outlined drawings in black over fluorescent yellow paper)… And that is where I discovered more artworks apart from the few I used to see at Cafe Mondegar in Colaba. On my last day in Goa, Nandini took me to the Mario Miranda shop in Panjim, and I wanted to buy nearly all the greetings cards, postcards and some of the prints, there. However, I picked up a handful of ten assorted cards for Rs. 200, and can’t wait to stock up on some more, the next time I visit the store. (This card featuring the Le Crocodile bar in Paris is from Mario’s Impressions of Paris set.)

P.S. Oh, and yes, I definitely did learn a little bit more about him now, and otherwise, really want to get some of the poster-sized prints. Also, inspired! Very, very.

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

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Letters to Juillet

Letters, Letters to Juillet, Juillet, July, Love, Hope, Dreams, Roanna Fernandes

Wow, time really flies huh? I can’t believe that there are only five more months left to complete this year! Well, one thing is for certain, I really ought to do much more with my time. I’m thinking of learning CSS and HTML (some basics + more) in order to better my blog (this means that I’ll spend every day from now reading online tutorials and making notes), and I must thank my friends, Pearl and Saurabh, for their amazing advice and help regarding all of this! Besides that, I don’t have a solid plan for the rest of the months to follow (blurry blueprints, folks) but there are some good assignments in hand, and my main principle is to always be happy (also, to rake in the big bucks, haha!). Ooh, and the illustration here? Well, let’s just say that it’s my version of the bigger picture. It serves as a reminder of where I want all of this to ultimately lead to… shucks, I’m talking too much! Tell me about you now.

Is there anything you’re looking forward to, for these last five months of the year? Or more importantly, in August? :-)

Ooh, and happy birthday Harry! I miss you, I truly do.

P.S. I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about Pearl before here, she writes about fashion and showcases her personal style too (on her own blog). And she recently gave her baby, P for Pearl, a face-lift. I think it looks so minimalist yet lovely, and really reflects her personal tastes (it’s this work of hers that’s pushing me to make sure that I get on track with my learning of codes).

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes