The Fuschia Tree
Editor's Note.
Every sunbeam, every strain of music, every sapling and starfish is ultimately the regeneration of a previous something, a collection of somethings, taking on new shape. At the most indivisible level we can comprehend, all life is nothing more than atoms and molecules dancing their way through various forms. And if everything comes from something, it stands to reason that everything must go to something as well.
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Perennial discontent is the determinant characteristic of human nature. Our aversion to satisfaction is what keeps us eternally curious, always searching for something more meaningful around the next corner. We peck through the unraveling entrails of our past for prophecies of the future, chase recurring motifs to root out their significance, and search for signs in the banal backdrop of everyday life.

Some look for meaning in the world around them, others search within. That the value of any endeavour is often hiding in the process is a truth that artists grasp better than most. It is only through the process of striving to convey your truth that you become fully aware of what your truth is. In this issue, we bring you four creators who express their truths in unique ways.

Through her mixed media artwork, Sukanya Ghosh, deftly blends together the nostalgia of the past with portents from her dreams, giving her work a multilayered depth that opens up in different ways as one descends deeper into it.

While some search for meaning in the immediate, others revel in virtual realities of sight and sound. Aniket Dabholkar, video game designer and music maker, abandoned his old life and moved to a new city in his pursuit for purpose through creation.

Artist Manmeet Devgun distorts reality, attempting to arrive at veracity through the twisted portraits she creates. A master of the Grotesque, her work is saturated with all the shock and spasms of inescapable truths.

Finally, author Andaleeb Wajid finds import in the intricacies of everyday life. Through her books, she brings to light the significance of moments that usually pass us by, as we hurry through our days trying to make sense of it all.

No matter the intention of the artist, we project our own truths onto everything we see, hear, taste, smell and experience. When nothing else in life makes sense, we immerse ourselves in art, music, literature; waiting for those exquisite moments when the creator’s truth aligns with our own.


Illusion: Seeing Beyond Seeing
Meaning: In Search of Significance.
Melody: A Different Tune
Rhythm: Ordering Time

Dhrupadi Ghosh is an old friend of mine. We have often had long sessions of adda late at night, discussing her dream projects since her college days at Santiniketan, where she majored in Sculpture.