Imparting wisdom is parents’ second nature. But there’s a subset of this wisdom which has its origins in hearsay and inexplicably enough takes such a stronghold of one’s imagination that it becomes indisputable over years of belief and practice. Persistent, mostly unscientific and sometimes even stupefying, these advices have been proclaimed in every Indian household. And my case has been no different. However, what’s been left behind with me over the years is this unique phrase that invariably concludes every single piece of such advice – ऐसा बोलते हैं
And so for a change I decided to listen, attentively, for my linocut project. Here’s a catalogue of some such memorable conversations. Only a few are personal, rest are based on kind donations from friends (or should I say friends’ parents).