“Challenging, Exciting & Cartharic!” : #6FrameStoryChallenge Entry by Ambica Vinod

What we loved most about the #6FrameStoryChallenge was the disparate nature of the entries we received. People of varied ages and backgrounds submitted entries-ranging from mother-son/daughter duos, professional illustrators, aspiring illustrators to techies! This one’s from a software professional, music teacher, stay-at-home mom and a first-timer- all rolled in an eloquent, expressive woman!
Ambica Vinod’s story is titled, Himalayas to Thar – A train’s journey Its a train journey from Himalayas to Thar desert. 
Ambica goes on to explain: “These are two of our country’s finest and distinctly opposite terrains…. A chill and wet Himalayas to a hot and arid Thar desert. Through the journey, the train traverses terrains like a valley, through a tunnel, a sleeping city and a river bridge. The train is emoting its feelings in each terrain, traveling at different times in a day. It also brings back to me the nostalgia and excitement of traveling in a train when I was a child. 

“This is my first attempt at creating illustrations. I signed up for the challenge to challenge myself to create stories based on a limited wordlist. To say that the other illustrations on the Pratham Books Facebook page have been very inspiring is an understatement. I hence decided to illustrate even though the drawing artist in me hasn’t grown beyond a 10 year old!!  

CHALLENGING, EXCITING and CATHARTIC experience for me. I started illustrating on 29th after I had a concrete story idea. I
chose the train primarily because it is easier to draw!! It took me 5 hours to finish my drawings. My daughter let me use her crayons for my illustrations (happy hours for her watching TV in return). Thanks to my family for enduring a mother engrossed in drawings.”

(Ambica Vinod is a stay-at-home mom to 4 year old Mahathi. She is on a break from her erstwhile software profession. Presently she is a musician and music teacher who is still exploring her true passion.)
Read the other interviews by illustrators who took the challenge:
Rajiv EipeKalyani GanapathyPrashant MirandaKavita Singh KaleMegha VishwanathPriya Nair PanickerSweta Roy ChoudhuryPaneendra SureshPriya KuriyanYulianto QinManjari ChakravathiSonal Goyal and Sumit SakhujaSamidha GunjalPreeti LataShwetha Elisha,Mithila AnanthSunandita MehrotraVedavathi Narasimha MurthyJithin JacobVidya Gopal,Archana SreenivasanSomesh KumarGumaniAntara MukherjiAnjora Noronha,Vinayak VarmaSoumya MenonJisha UnnikrishnanKruttika SusarlaNinoshka DiasIsha S ValentineNeelima RaparlaVallabhi ShegaonkarSangeeta DasHari Kumar Nair,Lakhsmi MitterLily BanerjeeAditi DilipNiloufer WadiaDeepa JayaramanAnupamaApteNishith MehtaMuhammed ShafiAmar SoniKrishna Prakash K,Lavanya KarthikSonal Gupta,Kabini AminJason DvorakTanvi BhatRanjani SShikha NambiarAritra Roy ChowdhuryVaishali ChudasamaSharanya KunnathPriya ManikandanMilan NayakDelwyn RemediosGeetanjali BAmbica VinodShailja Jain ChouguleChitra ChandrashekharNikita ModiDavid KnightGeetali TareNilomee Jesrani
If you missed the #6FrameStoryChallenge, but are inspired by the work of fellow illustrators and want to contribute to the open source story platform – do send us your stories! Story guidelines are available here.

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