Collages Weeks 2 and 3: Deadlines and Beauty

You know that moment when you’re about to have a baby, and you’re very, very excited about having the baby, and then you have the baby and you’re like, “… well crap. This is a lot of work.” And then a few months later you love the baby so much you go, “Hey, why did I ever think this was bad? Let’s do this again!” And then you do it again and the same process starts over?

Come to think of it, most of you actually don’t know what that feels like, but projects, let me tell you, are a lot like that.

It’s been beautiful and very fulfilling, but also hectic. A. F. Certainly for yours truly, who is interning at a national daily *ahem*, and for your artists and writers. Here’s a look a what they’ve been up to while also doing this project.


This dude has been livin’ it up with homework and band practice. The guy literally stayed up until 3 AM to bring you Sayan’s offering. There were frantic phone calls to the tune of, “Dude, SEND ME THE THING” and even more frenzied FB messaging along the lines of “No, no, rectangular for Facebook, SQUARE for Instagram!”

It was nuts, but also a lot of fun, especially when you see the kind of beauty he created with his writers.

On that note, please follow me on Instagram.

       2. Avnika and Swastika

If you’ve ever heard of the term ‘badass’, revise your ideas of it. Then put Swastika and Avnika into the definition. The two went to the National Youth Poetry Slam in Bangalore and slammed their gorgeous genius hearts out.

Here is a video of Swastika performing. Here is a picture of them with Sarah Kay. I have actual tears.

Avnika, Vrinda Bhatia and Swastika WITH A GODDESS.

        3. Harnidh

Harnidh was being, well, Harnidh. She wrote a bunch of stuff, attended a couple of panels, went to a couple of radio shows and read some things. Basically, she kicks ass and she knows it. Yep.


        4. Aastha, Dishani and Tanvi

Aastha has to be one of the kindest, nicest, most patient people on the planet. She was suffering from typhoid a month back. She’s still recuperating. And she STILL created a piece of beauty for us. I hope y’all love her as much as I do because you should.

You know who on this list is Instagram goals? Tanvi. Tanvi is. She’s so professional and crafts words with such beauty that I’m left in awe. She works at the Pune Mirror and studies and writes and basically is Queen of multitasking. Also, please follow her on Facebook. I’m in love with her page.

The littlest person on this list has been the first to explicitly call me ‘didi’ in years- years– and is thus automatically now my sister. Yes, you are. It’s a lifetime contract and there’s nothing you can do about it, Dishani. Nothing. DO YOU HEAR ME? THERE IS NO ESCAPE!!

        4. Mudita

As is true for most artists, deadlines have haunted Mudita this weekend. (If you thought it’s artistic genius that haunts artists, you thought wrong. Deadlines haunt them. Trust me.) Landing in Mumbai for a workshop, she sent me an optimistic, cheerful message on Saturday hoping to get WiFi in the city to send in her creations.

Within hours, the optimism dwindled to horror, then panic, then resignation. After a myriad of emotions, lots of exclamation marks, a couple of capitals and some emojis, Mudita and I finally accepted that her art would not make it to Spiktinot this final weekend.

And so, with heavy hearts, we postponed their launch to the coming Tuesday and Thursday, in the last week of September.

Hey, always better late than never, right?

In the meantime, in case you missed them on Spiktinot’s Facebook profile, here are weeks 2 and 3 of Collages.

Collages: Week 2

Theme: Fire.

  • Writer: Tanvi Mona Deshmukh.
  • Find her on : Facebook
  • Artist: Souradeep Roy
  • Style: Collage Poetry.


  • Writer: Harnidh Kaur
  • Find her on: Facebook, Instagram
  • Artist: Souradeep Roy
  • Style: Collage Poetry


Collages: Week 3

Theme: Air.

  • Writer: Aastha J Parmar
  • Find her on : Instagram.
  • Artist: Mudita Agarwal
  • Style: Collage Poetry.


  • Writer: Swastika Jajoo
  • Find her on: Berlin Art-Parasites
  • Artist: Mudita Agarwal
  • Style: Blackout Poetry


Collages will be back for its swan song in this week. Will you be there?

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